I had just over an hour to use before catching a train from Salisbury Station...this imaginative cafe within Fisherton Mill, is just a few minutes walk away. Time enough to buy some quality gifts from the extensive choice in the craft gallery, appreciate a good conversation with one of the creative craft persons in their workshop and enjoy a mug of peppermint tea and a memorable piece of almond and lemon cake.
My previous visit was quite different... a Saturday afternoon where the queue for this much praised cafe was so long we weren't able to wait for refreshments. The reputation of cook Michael Fox reaches far and wide.
The cake was so very good that I bought two copies of the in-house recipe book 'a cook and a painter' in the hope that I would manage to recreate the recipes at home and that a friend would also find the content inspiring. Michael was kind enough to pass on some recipe tips and yesterday I managed an almond and nectarine creation based on his recipe on page 73. The book is a simple delight with delicious paintings by Kate Lowe.
What a stimulating and satisfying hour...and the service was perfect too... no one chased me out at closing time at 5pm and I was wished a safe journey home!
I hope for a return visit to try out more of the exciting menu...maybe on one of the evenings with live music! Sunday lunch seems to be a great experience too. All in all this place is the perfect recipe!
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