Cafe review, Strutt Street Bakery, Belper

Think I’ve mentioned belper’s amazing cafes before… We tried a new one this week and loved it. This cafe has been around for about a year but we still hadn’t tried it. I will definitely be going again. The cakes were absolutely amazing! They looked gorgeous and were really unusual. I had a peanut butter brownie (they do a whole range of brownies) and Chris had a slice of billionaires shortbread. He even managed a cup of hot chocolate with it, but that would be too sugary for me nowadays so I opted for a sparkling water to go with my cake. The hot chocolate was delicious though. It was made the proper way with melted chocolate and milk so totally delicious! The meals looked nice, but it was definitely the cakes that sold the place. I saw a few people come in for takeaway cakes whilst we were there, which seemed like a great idea.
The cafe was lovely and comfy, with a little courtyard as well as seating out the front. The only one thing I found disappointing was that they weren’t actually a bakery for bread. They baked their own cakes/quiches etc, but got the bread in from a place in crich. That said, it must be pretty good because there wasn’t a single loaf left when we were there at 3pm on a Saturday!
All in all, I will definitely be going back and working my way through the various cakes!

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Cafe review- Fresh Ground, Belper

Might as well start with our favourite cafe of all time! Belper boasts a great cafe culture. Off the topic my head I can count 6, excluding morrisons cafe (!) but I’m sure there are more. In fact, I’ve just remembered a seventh. Even better, there isn’t a single chain cafe, which nowadays is something to celebrate. In ashby where I work, which is a similar size to belper, the costa on the main road is always rammed whereas when I went to an independent cafe it was empty. In ashby I often go to costa, I’m not against it exactly (well on principle I am actually but the coffee is quite nice and there’s little choice nowadays) but the main reason I go is the independent cafes in ashby shut early whereas costa puts in the hours- disappointing.
Anyway, belper holds off this sort of thing quite well in general (although someone did let greggs open a shop opposite our local bakery, birds- a chain in itself but a local one). All belper’s cafes are worth a visit but Fresh Ground is the best because it does the best coffee. Not just the best In belper, but the best I’ve had anywhere, at least in this country. We always have the same thing, a latte, (actually Chris has been known to branch out). You can only have it with semi-skimmed milk, and there’s never any need for syrup. If we can fit it in calorie-wise we have a cake. Last time I had the carrot cake which was lovely and Chris had some of their homemade white chocolate and chilli ice cream which he said was lovely but hot! Everything is made there, and when we had lunch there the other day the cook was discussing the soup Chris had had with him (she thought she’d put in too much cheese). They do all the normal cafe stuff, paninis, sandwiches, soup, and also a few specials. We are yet to try out their evening menu, but they have a chilled out evening menu of sharers and a couple of dishes, which looks lovely. You can have a coffee in the evening too, it’s open until 10. Sadly it’s shut on Sunday but then I am keen for them to have a break!
They do a good milkshake too, that is panther’s favourite. Once she drank it so fast they brought her some more! They do a half size for children for £1. They also, possibly my favourite thing right now, have a basket of toys for children which keeps her occupied meaning we can actually talk!

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