A TRADITIONAL cafe is keeping up with what works best as customers continue to return for their cooked breakfasts and hearty meals.

After working in the catering industry for the past 40 years, Paul Gaskin has put all these years of experience into PDG's Eatery, which opened along Cambridge Road in 2007.

This means that PDG's, which Paul describes as a "family-orientated cafe", consistently serves up the traditional meals that their customers want to see.

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St Helens Star: PDG's is renowned for its cooked breakfastsPDG's is renowned for its cooked breakfasts (Image: PDG's Eatery)
The main meals that customers come to the Cambridge Road cafe are the 'mini', 'medium', and 'hearty' breakfasts, which are all jam-packed and relatively priced.

There are further traditional meals at PDG's such as fish and chips, casserole, and soup, as well as salad boxes, sandwiches, 'secret' meals and chef specials, all made fresh every day.

St Helens Star: Inside the Cambridge Road cafeInside the Cambridge Road cafe (Image: St Helens Star)
Although PDG's meals have made it a popular spot along Cambridge Road over the past 16 years, it hasn't always been plain sailing for the Newtown business.

Covid was a particularly difficult time, Paul explained, after the cafe was forced into closure for six weeks, and certain customers "had a go" about following the restrictions and not being able to sit inside.

Like many other businesses, the cost of living crisis has also hit PDG's hard, and rising food and electricity bills have forced Paul into putting his prices up for the first time in 16 years.

However, after customers readjusted to life after covid and the business has adjusted as much as it can during the financial crisis, PDG's is still seeing regulars and familiar faces coming through their Cambridge Road doors.

So with the cafe open six days a week and the team following what works best, PDG's aims to serve Sintelliners for many more years to come.