14th November 2016 12.30pm
Set, somewhat unusually, in a former opticians, Thomas J Walls has managed to keep some of that old world charm its previous occupier had left behind. A little coffee shop that serves a small line of brunches, sandwiches and soups works perfectly for those wanting a quick coffee or bite to eat. I was meeting a work colleague for a good catch up. We had a look at the menu and then ordered at the till. I went for the Sriracha Benny – a delightful eggs benedict but with a sriracha hollandaise. My friend chose one of the two soups on offer that day – broccoli, courgette and kale (if my memory serves me right).
We didn’t have to wait long before our drinks were brought over. I had ordered an apple juice and was pleasantly surprised to see it was a freshly juiced drink, done on the premises. A big tick there. My dining partner had a pot of tea. The food followed shortly after. My sriracha benny looked like a beautiful plate of food, with the Thai sauce creating a vivid hollandaise. The taste was amazing. The eggs were poached beautifully and sat upon some bacon, spinach and toast. The toast crusts were a little hard to cut through but that is a minor quibble. It all worked really well and was a nice alternative to the standard brunch options. My friend enjoyed her soup a great deal. She said she doesn’t usually go for the more adventurous type soups (the alternative on this trip was chilli and carrot) but she still got plenty of flavour from the soup she chose. She also was impressed at the butter portion for the bread, which wasn’t stingy in the slightest.
I have to say I was impressed with this little café and it’s worth popping into.
Food – 8.5/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 7/10
Overall – 30.5/40
Would I eat here again? Yes, particularly for brunch
Cost – around £17 for two lunches, a soft drink and a pot of tea