I was drawn to this patisserie and cafe by the sight of the scrummy looking cakes through the window. A quick check of the menu showed that they served Croque Madames which are one of my favourite sandwiches. The cafe had about ten tables, all seating two to four it seemed, so the likelihood of having to share is not big. I have to say that I found it a little old fashioned in that there were only tables, rather than having a relaxed lounge area as well. I felt that some people might be more inclined to pop in and linger over coffee and cake(s) if that we're the case. However, the cafe is only small and on a Saturday lunchtime, there was no shortage of people coming in for a table- they did not stay empty for more than a minute or two and at times there were also two couples waiting- always a good sign. Attempts were made to make the place feel French, as French music was being played, but the wallpaper and choice of colour of tablecloths didn't really add to this theme. From my seat, I could hear the chef a t work in the kitchen and he certainly sounded French! It also looked like he was trained as a patisserie chef as the cakes looked to be of very good standard. My Croque Madame was a little above average for a UK one,but below par for a French one. the bread was homemade, which was a plus, but it was small, and the cheese was just cheese slices rather than a Gruyere based bechemal as you would get in France. To be fair, it did just state ham and cheese sandwich with an egg on top, but I had secretly hoped for more! Good choice of teas and coffees, including blends done especially for the tea room. polite, attentive staff. I would definitely return for one of the cakes!
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March 18, 2013
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Our main priority is our food! Our decor was never mean't to be "French", no theme just a light space, as we don't get much natural light in the room, just a pleasant place to sit and enjoy a light meal or cup of coffee!
I am French, my aim is to prepare French patisseries, which is my passion and present them in a special way, so that my customers feel special and want to come back. I make an effort, whenever I can, to come out and talk to my customers, obviously, it's not always possible when we are busy!
With regard to the Croque Madames, where I come from they don't have bechamel sauce, yes we could use gruyere or another cheese similar, but for the amount we make throughout the week, we think using the cheese we have is much more practical. The bread I use is a small tin loaf, but it should be cut thickly, if they have run out, I use my other white loaves, which I make for sandwiches and toast.
I hope this answers some of your comments. We know that everyone has different expectations and standards, we just try to do what we are doing to the best of our ability.
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