Forgive the strange metaphor in the title of my review: this café has a lot going for it in a sparsely populated area of Wiltshire (near the New Forest. It is popular with locals, and seems also to attract cyclists, especially after deciding last year to open on Sundays. There's a lovely walled patio in the back, and indoor seating on two levels. Service is always friendly.
The food is all home-made: excellent panini, and some good cakes too (the flapjacks are my favourite). The ordinary coffee is very good; with the cappuccino, the "schiuma" (steamed-milk foam) collapsed under the weight of the cocoa powder (not an ingredient of the traditional Italian cappuccino).
My only grumble is that their normally reliable gluten-free was not available on our most recent visit.
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