Joffers is a new cafe in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear.
The decor is reminiscent of French bars/cafes plus a touch of Art Deco.
The waiters are dressed in smart long sleeved shirts and black waistcoats - very un Whitley Bay - but how lovely to have a bit of class on our high street.
There is a sting in the tale, however. The menu offered Croque Messieur which is a typical snack offered in almost every French bar/cafe and the description of this item suggested something really appetizing. Sadly, the reality was nothing more than a very expensive cheese and ham toasty made with very thin and barely toasted white sliced bread. The filling was fairly tasty and the accompanying rocket leaves made it look attractive.
As I visit France regularly - my last visit was November '12 - I expected my Croque Messieur to resemble the French version which is a thick slice of toasted bread, covered with ham and a thick layer of melted cheese on the top.
I think that Joffers should amend their menu to read 'cheese and ham toasty' as Croque Messieur is certainly is not!
Notwithstanding the disappointment of my Croque Messieur I will continue to visit Joffers as the ambiance, coffee, and locally made cakes, are delicious.