What a little gem in the back streets of East Cambridge. The Norfolk Street bakery has been open for a while but this was my first chance to truly indulge in all they had to offer.
Firstly the interior is delightful, I love the home-made-concrete-style lamp shades, and the staff were lovely to match, really chatty and friendly. But most importantly the food! I had a lamb ciabatta with mint mayonnaise from the daily menu and, oh my days it was delicious – mint mayonnaise is a revelation, and you can really appreciate the quality of a sandwich on freshly home-made bread. To get a big, tasty sandwich for less than £4 is an epic achievement in my book.
I had a cappuccino, which was good although it wouldn’t compete with a Hot Numbers or Afternoon Tease flat white, but when you’ve got great bread, sandwiches AND cake, you can’t be artisan about everything! The cake selection was wonderful and pretty affordable, which was refreshing for such a nice little place. Between us we tried the goey chocolate cake, lemon cake and mini florentines and they were all delicious, with options to eat in or take away in smart boxes. There was a great range of gluten and dairy free options too.
The bread itself looked awesome, a nice variety and very reasonably priced. I didn’t try any that day but they had a great range that would make a great addition to a picnic, or as a contribution to take to a dinner party or BBQ. They also have a lovely selection of specialist ingredients, including chutney and Marriages flour (just in case you leave feeling inspired!) Now I need to work out a recipe for that mint mayonnaise…