This is a pretty little cafe, with good food and drink. But I think it's raved about more because of the scarcity of decent, independent places in Norwich, rather than it being completely amazing. It was pretty standard for parts of London or bigger cities. Nice food and drink though.
The reason that I give it a slightly lower rating is because I felt a twinge of 'not being welcome'. I am used to using cafes to write in and when I saw it was open I thought that I would go in and have my breakfast, then read and work on my laptop for a few hours while drinking tea and having lunch. It was almost completely empty when I was there, and a couple of other people were reading newspapers, so I thought I'd just tuck myself away in the corner. I had already ordered a breakfast and tea, so was committed to spending money. When I opened my laptop I realised the battery had completely run down. There was a prominent electricity plug so I went to plug it in for a few minutes. But the owner asked me to unplug it, telling me he didn't let people charge their equipment. I said that I would be willing to pay, as I was supposed to be working and needed very much to be reading something as I ate and drank. But he kept saying that he didn't have any idea how much it would cost to let people use the electricity so he preferred not to let anybody do it. This is of course his prerogative, but I didn't feel that he was being completely honest about his reasons - it doesn't take much time or intelligence to find out that the electricity used to charge a laptop for a few minutes is more than balanced out by somebody staying longer in the cafe and consuming more. The impression I had was that he just didn't want people to use electronics in his cafe - the atmosphere was more about people 'reading'. I find this sort of attitude a bit elitist but I can understand it. However I think that one needs to be upfront about things - put a sign on the wall, so that there isn't this humiliating moment, witnessed by everybody in the cafe, where he asks you to unplug your laptop. I felt really uncomfortable, and rather frozen out by fake smiles at the end. I definitely didn't feel welcome to go back. If it was genuinely about the money then I would say he missed out on more than £10 of custom from me that day - porridge for breakfast, teas over a couple of hours, sandwich for lunch, maybe a cake. And I would have been a repeat customer.
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