An attractive modern cafe with proper coffee. It's also a terrific place for mums and dads of pre-school children to meet up, where they can sit & watch the kids entertain themselves in the play area.
There are two sections to the café. Downstairs sounds like the ninth circle of hell, but thankfully those without young children don't have to go near it because the 'adult' part is above that.
Pros - I love the wood and purple décor, which contrasts with the interesting bottles and display of cakes. Large blackboard with the usual teas & coffees, including soya milk if you like, and a selection of dishes such as sausages and snacks. It feels like a treat to be here & meet friends for coffee. The food looks good although I haven't had a meal here yet. Unlike in some cafes you don't feel pressured to rush and vacate your table and they will give you tap water to drink with your coffee/meal if you like. The loyalty card means you get a free coffee now & again (a small one - 20p extra for a large!).
Cons - There is one lovely friendly lady but everyone else could do with looking customers in the eye and pinning on a smile. There is a general air of faffing about and the service is terribly slow - it's not like Café Nero or Costa where you get it straight away. I've been disappointed with some of the cakes and cookies. If you're paying £2.40 for a small brownie you expect it to taste of chocolate, but it didn't. A bit more choc in the recipe please! The coffee is OK, although my friend said her hot chocolate was delicious. The problem with the coffee is that it's not as hot as it could be, so you tend to gulp it down and then you need to buy another one!
But over all I love it here and I'm intending to try the food next time because it looks really good.
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