Le Petit Four (LP4) – Kings Walk

We planned to visit a specific cafe today, one which opened only recently, but when we got there is was shut. Went to another which was on our ‘unvisited’ list but it was closed. Ah Nottingham, I do hate you so, people complain about chain coffee shops but at least they are open at 3 p.m. on a Sunday.

We ended up at Le Petit Four, or LP4, not sure exactly what it is called, but it was open at least and is one from the list of cafes less travelled to.

Table service, which was nice, are staff were nice, staff singular as there was only one guy working, and as we were the only customers that didn’t matter of course. I had a decaf latte and a white chocolate and raspberry muffin whilst Kerry had a ground coffee and a chocolate twist. Total price a staggering £8.65, but more of that later…

The latte was odd, the word I used at the time to describe it was boring, and that sums it up, it was inoffensive and just dull. The muffin was nice enough, it was warm and that was unexpected but not un-tasty, one thing is did lack was white chocolate, think there was the hint of a wisp in the first bite and nothing else. There was raspberry luckily, easier to spot – being red.

Kerry’s coffee was really nice, she isn’t really one to go for the less traditional blends of flavours (such as the Ethiopian beans on offer from Rapha – which is her example for bad coffee) and prefers a taste similar to what she would make at home herself. The chocolate twist was okay, nothing else jumped out at her but she was pleasantly surprised and would have it again. It was warm too, not as warm as the muffin though.

The place was okay, a clean cafe with comfy chairs, good location as we could sit and watch loads of people walk past in the wind and rain whilst staying dry and warm ourselves. The issue I have is the price; if we had taken away the same items it would have cost £5.13, it is 53% more expensive to eat a muffin in the restaurant than outside it. I realise there are costs involved in running a cafe and most places charge more for eating in that taking away, but I have never noticed it being that much of a difference.

I wont be rushing back, got others still to visit – should they ever be open when we pass – and the pricing issue wound me up a little, I will say that is due to the principle involved rather than me being tight.

Look Mum No Hands! – Old Street

This place has been on my radar ever since I heard of it, a bike shop/workshop and a cafe in one, two of my favourite things in the same place. It’s not located in the most salubrious area of London but that goes in it’s favour as it takes a little more effort to get to than other more hip places I wont name.

I had a decaf latte whilst Kerry had an Americano, and we both had bacon rolls, not often our orders synchronise so closely. Kerry’s Americano was really nice, no white sugar for her yet still she loved it, a kudos point there for sure.

My latte was really nice, smoothly bitter – if that’s possible. 

The bacon roll was stunning, although I love bacon I don’t have it often but it was a great choice. There was a lot of bacon, organic bacon, and it was very tasty, added a little ketchup for flavour. It was on a buttered ciabatta and that wasn’t too hard, as I often find ciabatta to be.

The staff were really friendly and chatty but without being overly friendly. The place itself is cool, great decor – pretty much all cycling related of course. My expectations were high and they were still blown away. We will be going back as soon as we can get back down to London, it was a great place to have our last coffee in the capital.

Krispy Kreme – Selfridges

I’ve been wanting to go to a Krispy Kreme for a while but they are few and far between around us, or non existent to be accurate. We stood and admired the selection for quite a while before carefully making our selections. Kerry had an Americano and a caramel crunch doughnut whilst I had a decaf latte and a lemon meringue doughnut.

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I do not recall what the coffee tasted like, I am sure it was nice, but I only had eyes for the doughnut. I am quite ashamed to ask but I have never had a doughnut before, and I am not a child! It was an amazing way to lose my doughnut virginity, how you go about making a lemon meringue doughnut I do not know but it was crisp meringue on top and inside soft meringue and lemon curd. I wanted to go back and get more but that would be naughty.

Kerry’s coffee was okay, not especially nice, she thought it tasted quite cheap and thinks the focus was on the doughnut, not horrible but just a coffee. The caramel crisp doughnut was lovely too, a little sickly but the best doughnut Kerry has ever had – and she has had more than 1 before.

Apart from Krispy Kreme we do not like Selfridges, and they need more seating in the food hall area for the next time we go, and that will be as soon as we are in London again.

Cafe – The Crystal

This cafe is rather swish, it is located at The Crystal in Docklands – an exhibit about homes of tomorrow, something like that, we only went for a drink after using the rather superb Emirates cable car. The cafe was spacious and modern, and the staff were really good

I had a decaf latte and a chocolate brownie, Kerry had, as always, and Americano and a Chelsea bun. The latte seemed very Italian, it was bitter but nice, not the largest mug but still enjoyable. The brownie was really nice, a big thick slice, rather gooey too.

The Chelsea bun was a decent size too and was lovely, really fresh and soft, not too much fruit either. The Americano was nice too, bitter too so extra sugar added but that is a given with all coffee Kerry has.

One place we would definitely like to go back to, and Kerry isn’t usually the one to say that so a special place for sure.