We were really looking forward to coming here and made a special trip from Norwich for it, so expectations were high. The atmosphere and decor in the cafe were a bit underwhelming; cheap Formica tables did not fit the image of stylish French patisserie and being nearly empty, no buzz of happy customers
As it was lunchtime I had the lasagne, but sadly it was inedible and had to go back, being burnt and hard baked all down one side. The waitress was very apologetic and I changed to a croque Monsieur which was very bland. My husband's eggs benedict included cold poached eggs with solid centres, which he ate because he was so hungry, but this is not good. Was this the chef's day off?
However, the main event did not disappoint - the cakes!
Absolutely scrummy - very difficult to choose which one to have as they all look so gorgeous. They are also huge so I defy anyone to eat more than one at a sitting. I believe that Patisserie Valerie is opening in Norwich, so I will go back for coffee and cake, but not for other food.
The Bury St E. branch should look out, as we were amazed how many cafes the town possesses, so lots of competition, plenty of good quality tea shops too.
Sorry for the mixed review but the "average" score sits between excellent (cake and coffe) and terrible (other food).
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