Dear Cake (fans). First of all, a rant. Now out of the literally millio… thou… hund… tens of people who will read this review, I need to start this one with a rant. Get ready, it’s a doozy!
It’s about the last review done on Monday the 28th July by the charming Raymond B!
Who gives a company they haven’t even been to a 1 star review (just because they were closed)? It’s simply outrageous. These small companies are made and broken by the strength of the reviews online and they can lose hundreds, if not thousands of pounds in revenue because of a single star in the ratings box, and to mindlessly give ANY company 1 star without even visiting (especially if there were staffing issues), is just outrageous! It’s petty and mean and exceptionally inconsiderate… didn't he bother to PHONE first? Because I did before I went on Sunday. Why? BECAUSE it’s common sense to check if a company is open – ESPECIALLY on a Monday when many cafes are closed after the busy weekend. Seriously. I urge you to ignore that review and visit the Francis Café and then post positive reviews yourself. Why? Because it’s fantastic!
There, just HAD to get that off my chest. Now, let’s all take a deep breath, and get things going. Are you sitting comfortably, then I’ll begin…
Was in need of a pick me up today and the Power of Cake was calling, so I thought I’d make the journey to the Francis Café for some well-deserved nosh. Now, the worst thing about the café is the location, which really is out of the way and while it’s hardly a LONG walk to the venue, it’s up a pretty steep hill, but if you’re near the Spa then it’s only just up the bank (a leisurely walk through the gorgeous gardens and you’re there).
Now, that one minor point out of the way and it’s time to get to the nitty gritty: the food and the ambience. It’s the little touches that appeal to me and the fact that every table has a whopping bowl of Midget Gems on it was a really fabulous touch. I swear these companies are trying to bribe me by appealing to my piggy nature!
Of exceptional note is the venue itself, which is vintage in every possible way as it’s an almost untouched barbers shop complete with original mirrors in wood-panelled privacy booths. It really does have a particularly atmospheric feel and is a lovely building with buckets of vintage atmosphere.
Now, on to the nosh. And this is where Café Francis excels and you only have to read my many many reviews to know I’m something of a connoisseur of Afternoon Teas, and here Café Francis put on a real show with a fabulous selection of sandwiches, a smorgasbord of cakes, and absolutely delicious mini scones with jam and cream. In fact, I could have ignored everything else and just stuffed my face with one hundred of the mini-scones – they were that scrummy!
Also on offer are plenty of homed made food and cakes, along with a wide range of loose-leaf teas – twenty five to be precise - and the Chai Tea was particularly exquisite on a Sunday afternoon.
The Afternoon Tea consisted of a plate of sandwiches, one of each, egg mayo, ham and mustard, cucumber and salmon, and they were all delicious, you can really taste the quality of the ingredients and there were no cost-cutting corners here, which, at £6.50 for Afternoon Tea and a pot of tea AND Midget Gems, was an exceptional bargain and we left feeling full and extremely content. I’ve paid a LOT more for a lot less and this combined with excellent service from the charming owners, really made this a particularly stand-out visit!
So, really, there is no better Afternoon Tea in Scarborough. It is well worth making the journey, as it really is an absolute (midget) gem in the rough.
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