Saturday, 14 June 2014

Tunbridge Wells: The Cake Shed

A Saturday spent in Tunbridge Wells is, in our opinion, a day well spent. Independent shops line the streets and a pretty colonnaded walkway at the lower end of the town called The Pantiles is our favourite area. Busting with great places to shop and eat, we chose The Cake Shed for a spot of lunch with our friends.

After a gander at the blackboard menu inside, we ordered at the till and instead of giving us a number they took my name. All cakes, soups and sandwiches are made freshly in the kitchen at the back through out the day. Whole cakes are also available to take away, great for a celebration.

 A very popular spot with other lunchers, we took up residence at the last available outside table.
Admiring our surroundings amongst the pillared row of shops we didn't have to wait long until a young lass announced 'order for Hannah' as she came out with our drinks and food.

I went for The Italian Job - free-range chicken, homemade green pesto, roasted red pepper, tomato and rocket in sundried tomato bread. It looked amazing, bursting with its filling and tasted very good.

Tester 1 and 2 decided to share a Piccalilli Circus -  gouda cheese, baked ham, piccalilli and mixed leaves in a seeded bread. Also stuffed to bursting, the bread was quite dry as if it had been left out for a bit but the oozy filling made up for it and it tasted very good.

Drinks wise between us we had two flat whites, a ginger and chilli posh pop and an Americano. All were lovely, the posh pop giving a burst of refreshment, the flat whites strong with a deep alkaline flavour and the Americano spot on.

Deciding not to have a sandwich, he went for a Croissant with butter which was a buttery flaky delight. The cake selection looked fantastic and if we had had room could have easily polished off a few different types.

The Pantiles has the feel of almost stepping back in time with all the shop fronts very classic and regal looking. Owner and head baker Francesca Gilpin has created a really easy going spot here amongst the bridal and lifestyle shops.

The atmosphere in the cafĂ© was chatty and informal, all staff friendly and efficient with plenty of seating both outside, inside and downstairs.  The inside seats were mismatched along with the tables giving a vintage look to the interior slightly like how Jitterbugs feels. With no harsh lighting the inside space feels cosy and I could happily pop in on a solo trip to sit in the window people watching whilst sipping a great coffee.

Drinks choice was extensive with all types of expresso based coffees available along with cold drinks and juices and a large choice of loose leaf teas. Having the teas displayed in teeny white bowls is a great touch.

The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
Great independent place for a bite to eat and super coffee. Cosy comfy feel with great seating options. The sandwiches were really tasty with harmonious ingredients combinations. Prices were reasonable seeing as they source and use top quality local ingredients. Overall this place is a must visit when in The Pantiles.

32 The Pantiles
Tubridge Wells

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