Category: Reviews

{Review} Huffkins Bakery & Tea Rooms

Last Sunday my OH & I wanted to have a relaxed day. We’ve been really busy over the last few weekends, mainly working in the garden. So we decided to head out for brunch. Our first choice was Burford Garden Company, as we were going there to get a few bits for the garden anyway. However, they don’t open until 11am on a Sunday and then the cafe doesn’t do breakfasts. Fail. So after a bit of time on Google, my OH discovered Huffkins, a delightful tea room with a bakery next door in Burford. After a quick menu check, we set off. If you’ve never been to Burford, you are missing a treat! It is quintessentially beautiful Olde World England, with lots and lots of Cotswold stone. We decided we’d like to live there in under a minute flat! With free parking in the town centre, we parked up & walked through to Huffkins. Located on the main road, it’s easy to find. We got there about 20 minutes after opening and they were already busy. Good sign! We sat in the back & checked through the menu.

Veggie Sausage bapI ordered a veggie sausage bap. As it was before 11am, we got a drink and the bap for £6.95. We also asked for a fried egg each, but sadly our waiter forgot to order them and by the time the food came, we were too hungry to wait. It wasn’t added to the bill and the waiter apologised. No harm done. I wasn’t too annoyed about it though, as I’d already made the waiter work extra for his pay as I’d thrown the full milk jug across our table and made a huge mess. Think I went as red as the chutney in the picture above. Our waiter was very lovely about it. I was mortified.

The bap was great. Quorn veggie sausages in a tasty soft roll bap. My loose leaf tea also came with a jug of hot water to top it up. I was very impressed. Not only that but you get 10% off in the bakery with your cafe receipt, which we took advantage of, as did almost every other patron of the cafe while we were there! Great idea! We’ll definitely go back to Huffkins, as they’ve got a few tasty looking veggie options on their menu that I would like to try. A lovely tea room in a picturesque town!

{Review} Plantation Cafe, Towcester

Eggs on Toast

A few weeks ago, I met up with some teacher buddies at the Plantation Café, Towcester. We’d met there a few times before as it’s a central spot where we can meet up, chat & have a mooch about a garden centre. Perfect! We always meet for brunch so that we have plenty of time to catch up on all the gossip. I normally have poached eggs on toast. They do a cooked breakfast, but the veggie options are very limited. This time, however, they had updated the menu and had increased the number of veggie options. Excellent, I thought! I’m going to have a veggie breakfast! They also have Gluten Free options, as one of the party is Coeliac. We head up to order & everyone’s looking forward to their breakfast. Then I order and am told the veggie sausages haven’t been delivered. Fail. I was really disappointed and quite angry. Everyone else could have the breakfast they wanted except me. Sadly, this was just the beginning of quite a poor service. So I opted for fried eggs on toast.

Eggs on Toast

What can say about fried eggs on toast? The eggs were cooked well, crispy on the edge without being burnt and they were really tasty. And when the waitress realised that we’d had quite a few errors made with the other breakfasts on the table, we were given free teas and coffees, which is always a good thing. But I didn’t get the breakfast I wanted and was one in a run of things that inspired by ranting post this week.

My friends and I have decided to give the Plantation café a miss for the next few get togethers. I hope they up their game by the time we return.

{Review} The Jam Factory, Oxford

chai

We didn’t have much a bank holiday planned, but we did want to relax as much as possible. So we decided to head into Oxford for a bit of breakfast and a bit of shopping. I’d seen on Twitter that the Jam Factory had a new breakfast menu so was really keen to give it a try, mainly because it contained pancakes! My favourite breakfast of all time! I had a quick look at the menu to see if there were any options with it (I’m partial to a fried egg or two with my pancakes!) & there were a few. You could have banana, blueberry compote or chocolate chips with it. I opted for blueberry compote, imagining that it would come in small dish on the side. I also ordered a chai latte, mainly because I was curious to see how it would taste, as it’s not a particularly common drink. My OH ordered a breakfast burrito & an orange juice.

chaiThe drinks arrived first & I was pleasantly surprised by my chai latte. It was really tasty, lots of spice without it being overpowering. The only thing wrong with it is that it wasn’t warm enough for my tastes. I do like my chai & my tea really hot, and this is a common complaint I have when ordering chai in cafes.

PancakesThen the food arrived. I was pretty disappointed. Not only were my pancakes covered in the compote (not what I was expecting or what I wanted) but they’d also been covered in icing sugar. What is this obsession that cafes have in this country with dusting everything with icing sugar?! Not necessary! The pancakes tasted great but they were a little on the small side and I could’ve done with 1 or 2 more. I really enjoy having breakfast out – it feels really decadent. So when I don’t get what I’m expecting, I’m always disappointed & I felt that we shouldn’t have bothered, even my OH was disappointed with his burrito as it wasn’t very warm.

I really like the Jam Factory. I like what they do & it has a great atmosphere. But we felt that paid a lot of money for very little breakfast, especially when we could’ve had a bigger, more filling breakfast elsewhere in Oxford, for less money. I’ll happily go back to the Jam Factory, for lunch or elevenses but I won’t be having breakfast there again. Such a shame.

Lassco Three Pigeons

Stained Glass

I love a good mooch about an antique centre. It’s like a step back in time & it’s great seeing lots of old bits & pieces and imagining them in my home. Last Saturday we went to Lassco Three Pigeons at Great Milton, Oxfordshire. The thing I like about Lassco is that they always have something new, something you’ve never seen before, something that you’d expect to see in a stately home so it’s always a real adventure! We were on the look out for a few things – new tiles for my fireplace, lampshades, birthday presents for me and anything we can find for the garden. We did pretty well!

ButterflyI was drawn to the framed images of butterflies that they had upstairs. I’d seen some lovely ones in Home Barn, but sadly, they were out of my price range. These are much more affordable and really lovely. We also saw a gorgeous set of green tiles for the fireplace but we’re just deciding whether it’s worth replacing the ones we have. We’ve already got a lot of work to do in cleaning it up! Plus it’s missing it’s basket on the front, so it was great to get advice on whether it’s worth doing or not.

Stained Glass

We saw this gorgeous stained glass, which I really love – just wish we had somewhere to put it! We also saw these prison doors, which were really unusual. Walking around outside is a real experience. They have lots of things that are amazing & I think they do a real service by salvaging all that they do.

Prison DoorsThey had lots of great things for the garden. We’re looking for something to edge the borders & they had quite a few things so we’ll be back once we’ve taken the measurements. We’d like to use reclaimed materials as much as possible. Not only is it great to recycle, but it also makes the garden a bit more interesting.

Eggs

After a good look around, we stopped in the cafe for a bite to eat. I ordered scrambled egg on toast and a pot of tea. I was very impressed when my pot of tea came with a second pot of hot water. I loved this! I remember this happening a lot when I was younger but it seems to have gone out of fashion. As a massive tea addict, I want my pot of tea to last as long as possible so this was a real treat. I was even more impressed when my lunch came out – the eggs were piled high on thick cut toast. There was so much of it, I couldn’t finish it. Very tasty, great value for money & service with a smile. We’ll definitely be heading back!