Thursday, 15 May 2014

Canterbury: Susan's Cafe

A shopping trip bought myself and a friend into Canterbury on a damp and chilly weekend. After a few hours of heavy browsing, a stop for a drink and something to eat seemed essential. Finding ourselves near the Old Buttermarket we wandered along Burgate Lane and found Susan's Cafe tucked under the arches.

Without the bright green canopys we wouldn't have noticed this cafe almost hidden under the imposing columns. With lovely bowed glass windows, this is a cafe we haven't come across before and decided to try it out.

Upon entering we were welcomed by a friendly young lady at the counter who was preparing another customers order, a much more friendlier welcome than what we got at Burgate Coffee. Taking a while to study the menu and the fantastic cake selection, which is all locally made, I admired the cakes presented in smart glass cake domes giving it the feel and look of high end produce. 

The selection on the day of our visit included carrot cake, coffee & walnut cake, Victoria sponge, macaroons, choc chip cookies, scones and croissants to name a few. Everything is presented well even the sweet colored teapots on a shelf at the back. We didn't feel rushed when trying to make our minds up but eventually ordered and took a seat.

I really wish I had tried one of these scrumptious looking macaroons, they were huge! Definitely need to try these out another time. All of the food here is all from Kent using local producers with lots of them deservedly having won awards.

The interior is very clean and uncluttered giving it an airy yet cosy feel. The seating options are great - comfy loom tub chairs, wooden farmhouse chairs with squishy cushions and lots of outside seating. The friendly staff and warm lighting create a comfortable atmosphere where you could happily come solo to enjoy a brew whilst people watching or with a group of friends.

This huge dresser houses a whole range of Teapigs tea including the Orgnaic Matcha which is all the rage at the moment. You can choose your favourite flavour to drink in for £1.95 a pot or buy a packet to takeaway. The paint scheme of this cafe has been thought about, very Farrow & Ball, even down to the lovely stripped wooden floor.

We didn't have to wait long for our food to arrive. Tester 1 went for poached eggs on wholemeal buns, which she said tasted good. The only slight criticism I would have is the presentation was not as good as my breakfast in the River Cottage Canteen.

For my mid morning snack I went for carrot cake with a flat white. The cake was delicious, moist and tasty with just the right amount of icing. I would say better than the cake I had at Browns Coffee House. The flat white was also good, not in the same league as Loaf's flat white but it is a good cuppa. Using Musetti coffee, all the drinks are espresso based and good value.

Tester 1 had a latte and some apple & raspberry juice, both very good with the juice being super tasty and refreshing and locally made.

The Verdict?
A great little spot for a refreshment stop in a modern yet traditional cafe. Comfy, friendly, good value with a great selection of cakes. Pop in for coffee, breakfast or an afternoon tea - there is something for everyone here. Also the loo was very clean, always an added plus. 

17b Burgate 

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