Peyton and Byrne – Greenwich

We were in Greenwich as wanted to order a piece of art and so following that with a coffee was a given.

First place we stumbled across was Peyton and Byrne, and even though we’ve been passed a few of these (there is / was one at St Pancras station) we’d never actually stopped for a coffee.

My eyes were drawn instantly to the pink battenburg – I love normal battenburg so I was sold on going in right away. The picture of the cakes doesn’t do justice to the selection, there was probably double that amount available of not more. I ordered the battenburg and a decaf latte, Kerry had blackcurrant cheesecake and a cortado. Total price a reasonable £12.60.

Kerry thinks her cortado was nice, it’s a few days since we went and she hasn’t been very well and is a bit muddled! In future I will draft the post as soon as we have been to avoid any confusion. She did enjoy the cheesecake, even though not massive she couldn’t quite manage the whole thing.

My latte was very nice, smooth and a nice flower on the top. Slowly getting used to not being upset when drinks do not come in buckets. Now the bad thing – the battenburg didn’t live up to the expectations, the sponge was too dry, if it was a day old I would not be surprised, and that made me a little sad.

We will go back again, got many other cakes to try out and it’s a nice place, friendly staff and clean enough. May suggest a trip when we go to pick up the picture in the next week or so….

Have had a second visit and coffee still as good but cake was muchly improved, I had a lemon meringue muffin, to quote the young of today “OMG!” I expected the meringue  to be crisp but it was soft and fluffy, the cake was soft and the lemon inside was ace – could have even been more lemony for my taste but absolutely amazing. Sad to only have had one.

Also sad that they shut at 6, seems early for such a tourist fuelled place as Greenwich.

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Caffe Concerto – Regent Street

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It was Kerry’s birthday recently and WP_20160527_001rather than buy a cake I offered to take her out for cake to a Patisserie Valerie, then we saw Caffe Concerto and it looked very similar.

Kerry had an Americano and a slice of strawberry gateaux, I had a pot of decaf tea and a slice of chocolate gateaux. When the drinks arrived the tea clearly won on the posh from as the tea bag (it was called something much more refined than a bag of course) arrived on it’s own small dish, and in a box.

Kerry’s coffee was nice and the cake was nice too, a bit too large for her but she managed most of it. it was no better than that she’d had from PV so I guess that means is is technically worse as the price was definitely not the same.

The tea was fine, only managed about one and a half cups from the pot which was fine really, sometimes you can get a lot more though. The chocolate gateaux was lovely, very soft cake, lots of cream, was too much of it really but I didn’t leave any of it of course.

WP_20160527_002The place itself was a little dated, looked a bit tired and warm out in places. For the price – well over £20 –  I would have expected it to be pretty much immaculate. I would be stunned if the cakes were made on the premises as they look too well presented and also look exactly the same in each of their establishments. They could be the same as from PV I guess, which I could research but do not inclined to make the effort.

WP_20160527_003The staff were friendly enough, was served quickly enough but did take a while to get someone’s attention when we wanted to pay the bill.

Not sure we’d go again, it was nice enough just too expensive, a much better idea to just get the cake to take away and save enough money to get coffee / tea from elsewhere.