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Cafe, British
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Reviewed 1 February 2022 via mobile

Nice vibe, great coffee and Panini. Menu offers a lot of choice and the team are very friendly. Will certainly return again soon

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 9 January 2022

Personally I found it to be ok, clean tidy friendly attentive staff comfortable seating, outdoor seating area, nice food.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 16 October 2021 via mobile

Popped in today for a quick lunch with my daughter. We both has the mozzarella, tomato and pesto panini and shared a portion of chips. We both loved it and there were plenty of chips for both of us. Cafe was busy but not too...crowded and service was efficient and friendly.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 25 September 2021

I ordered an afternoon tea for 6 this week to be delivered to a little spa day for my birthday. Charlotte was very responsive and helpful via email. All ordered in a couple of communications and delivered spot on time locally to Letchworth. I asked...for wraps instead of sandwiches, which was no problem and the cakes were just delicious. Thanks all - I will be back!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 11 February 2021

This was for my wife's birthday and we were delighted with the afternoon tea. We super sandwiches, fantastic scones(with jam and clotted cream) and delicious cakes. There was plenty of food (we ordered for 3 people) and the value is excellent. Communication from Charlotte about...the order was great too. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 29 January 2021 via mobile

Did a search on google for best afternoon tea in Hitchin and this place came up in the top 10. As we are not local we contacted them directly and they were so helpful and professional and arranged a delivery of afternoon tea not only...for our daughter and her husband but a special one for our Grandson who absolutely loved having his own! The food was all fresh, lots of choice and plenty of it to and our family thoroughly enjoyed it. You will not be disappointed here, we can only thank Charlotte for all the help she gave us, keep up the excellent workMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 24 January 2021

Popped into TasteBuds on Bancroft last week, lockdown restrictions meant we couldn't have a table, however, grab a couple of Jerk Chicken baps ... even typing this is making my mouth water... (I should really ask for the recipe) Hopefully be able to sit at...a table in the summer and watch life go byMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 24 January 2021 via mobile

Thank goodness Taste buds is still open and doing takeout. It is litterally a little ray of light through this lockdown 3.0. We popped down on Friday and had a Sandwich and a Salad box along with two lovely large pieces of cake. Ladies who...served us were busy bit friendly and helpful as usual. Thank you for keeping us going!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 24 January 2021

Having ordered and collected an Afternoon Tea from here, I was as always very happy with the Service and the Wonderful Tea. I’ve been using this place whenever I can and it’s an extremely pleasant experience. Staff are second to none and Food Top Class...always. Once again a very happy customer, keep up the good work and hope after Lockdown I can enjoy using more frequently again. Thank you to allMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 23 January 2021

While in Hitchin today my husband and I decided to get lunch of sandwiches and coffee from Taste Buds. In recent years and before lockdown we were regular visitors to the cafe for lunch on Saturdays, at this time we were usually looked after by...the same waitress. It was a pleasure to be served by her and food was excellent. We went back again when the first lockdown was lifted and were happy to see she was still there but unfortunately after a very few weeks she left. On our next visit we were served by a person who we have always thought of as the owner but the experience was very different. No smiles and to us what seemed to be a very stroppy attitude. Thinking she may have just been having a bad day we visited again a couple of weeks later but this time it was even worse, same stroppy attitude with food and drinks just banged down on the table. We vowed not to visit again as, with an attitude like this she certainly didn't deserve the business and as customers we didn't feel we should be treated this way. Today however, we relented, the sandwiches have always been enjoyable and we thought we would give it a try for a takeaway. Once again, there were no welcoming smiles and our sandwiches were prepared under the owners supervision by a young girl who was being trained. The problem came when I requested coffee. The board behind the counter offered drinks in regular or large size, I asked for a regular latte and was immediately snapped at and told that the only size available for takeaway is large. I'm not a fan of large drinks, would spend the afternoon looking for a loo and they are mostly closed in Hitchin. The owner then pointed out that her takeaway cups were only a large size. I suggested that she could still use that cup but only fill it with a regular size coffee, I didn't think it would be too much to ask. She clearly wasn't happy with this but snapped that she would do it just this one time. The late was for my husband, so in order to appease her I said, look, ok, make the latte large and I'll have the smaller one as a cappuccino which was for me. At this point, the owner just glared at me with fury and disdain, my request was obviously too much trouble. My decision was made, as a customer I don't need to be treated in this stroppy way by someone who is extremely rude and has no customer service skills whatever. I left the shop, deciding not to buy either the sandwiches or the coffee. It really is a shame as the food is very good but customers deserve to be treated with respect and not just as a nuisance. Further down the road I brought food from the Caffe Elite, the experience could not have been more different. Greeted with a smile, food efficiently prepared and nothing was too much trouble.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Tastebuds106, Owner at Taste Buds, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review Taste buds if only it was under better circumstances. Before committing to posting your review it may have been prudent to read previous reviews and hopefully you might have gleaned that we take customer service very serious....More

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I had a lovely soya latte here, several times over!
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Yes, Taste Buds offers takeaway services.

Yes, Taste Buds offers delivery services.

Taste Buds is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5