Hartleys – Carlton Street

This is a place we walk past quite often – every day on the way to and from walk in fact – and although it’s been open a year we’ve never ventured inside. It was very warm inside but it as it was a hot summers day that could be expected, and we decided to sit outside anyway.

Kerry had an Americano and bacon cob whilst I had a decaf latte and white chocolate and cranberry tiffin, total price was £8.50 which felt like a reasonable price. The food and drinks arrived quickly and the bacon cob was double the size I expected it to be, mega value for money there! The tiffin was big too.

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My coffee was very hot so had to wait a while to taste it and it was lovely, nice and smooth and a decent size. The tiffin was beautiful, clearly hand made with a good amount of white chocolate on top. Kerry’s bacon cob was lovely, the girl put the ketchup in a separate little paper cup as she prefers to dunk that have it put in the cob, little extra customer service is always appreciated. Bacon was not to fatty and bun was fresh and soft. Her coffee was nice too, milk in it’s own jug so easy to leave it as strong as she likes.

We will definitely be going back, so I am told, but I wont argue, they do a massive range of sandwiches and salads although I do like cake!

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Edin’s Patisserie Bar & Kitchen – Carlton St.

This is a new little coffee shop in the Hockley area, we are not 100% certain on the name, as the window has Natural Kitchen on it, the business card’s say Edin’s, and inside it seem to point to both being stuck together. (When post was written it was called Edin’s Natural Kitchen – but has since been rebranded so post was updated).

My first impression was ‘wow’ as inside it feels very continental without feeling hip. The counter is small but contains a lot of choice, I opted for a decaf latte and a chocolate tart whilst Kerry went for a white Americano, £6.80 in total. There was a wide range of savoury and sweet delights to eat in and also a selections of breads to take away.

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Once the order was placed we set down at one of the outside tables and was served within a few minutes. The coffee was lovely, very smooth and frothy. The chocolate tart was very nice too, a good size and very fresh, the chocolate mouse was not too gooey to be sickly and not so hard to be more like a biscuit. Kerry’s coffee was okay, she wasn’t too impressed at the size but we went for regular so another time we may request a large.

She wasn’t impressed with the place though, felt too warm for her inside and although there was a large choice of food there was nothing she fancied and a lot of it was not labelled so I can see her point there. They also didn’t ask whether she wanted cold milk or hot, but were quick to make a swap when warm was brought out.

I like the place though, I prefer the mis-matched style and relaxed atmosphere. It could be a place I only get to go to alone, unless I can bribe her with some of the fresh breads at some stage.