I have eaten up and down the country from Michelin star restaurants to small road side cafes. My friend had recommended No 15 to me.
My first impressions were that of entering a very pleasant cafe with a nice atmosphere. There was no distinct welcome or feeling of warmth from the staff when entering (although the person who directed me to a table was polite). Having worked in the catering business for years a warm welcome is one of the main ingredients that can make a place stand out.
My order was taken promptly but again without any particular warmth or a smile from the person serving me. Having said that I noticed that when serving the table opposite me the waitress was very warm (it may have just been a one off). I ordered the Sweet Potato and Harissa Soup with a half shot Vanilla Latte.
This is the part where I was disappointed. The Latte was nicely served but had far to much Vanilla in it (to the point of being sickly). I had to ask for a jug of hot milk which was very politely and swiftly provided. The coffee would have been super otherwise.
The soup was served in a large bowl with a large serving of freshly baked seeded bread and butter. I have to confess that the soup was a real disappointment. It was quite underwhelming. All the ingredients seemed fresh but it really lacked depth of flavour - something for No 15 to work on if serving that soup again.
The menu looks lovely and my friend raved about the Cumbrian Rarebit when he visited No 15 with his family. Overall this is a really nice place that I would recommend with a couple of things for the Cafe to work on.
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