Posh Nosh at Baker & Spice, Brighton
Whilst most of Brighton watched or ran the marathon we headed for breakfast at new spot Baker & Spice. Nestled in the South Lanes at the former site of Fishy Fishy, this is the first of the small chain’s locations outside of London.
The café boasts a wide array of daily cooked breads, cakes and pastries, which lay temptingly before us as we took a seat in the sun-drench conservatory.
With rumbling stomachs, these delicacies seemed to whisper sweet temptations that led Simon to order Blueberry topped Buttermilk Pancakes with an extra side of bacon (£9.50 + £2 for bacon).
As a marathon runner wrapped in foil entered, I suddenly felt the need for something healthy, opting for the Tomato and Avocado on Toasted Sourdough, with extra poached-eggs (£11.50 + £2 for eggs). The tartness of the blueberries and sweetness of the pancakes worked well, though they were slightly undercooked, which tainted the classic American experience we had hoped for. However, the bacon was perfectly crisp.
My breakfast came piled high with rocket, red onion, cubed avocado and sweet cherry tomatoes. On seeing the bright orange yolk ooze out, I had no doubt they were fresh and free range. The sourdough tasted better then I’ve had before too, toasted lightly enough to cut through and kept warm by the hot plates.
Taking advantage of the 20% local business discount I popped in for lunch a few days later and picked up a veggie lasagne to-go (£5.50 without discount). The pasta was layered with tomato, spinach, pine nuts and cheese, but was too heavily salted to finish.
RATING: Must Go | Worth a Try | Give it a Miss
PRICE: £30.90 with coffee and juice
This sun-trapped location provides the perfect spot to while away a morning chatting with a friend, or people watching. The staff are friendly and very attentive with all their customers and whilst my experience so far wasn’t perfect, it’s early days and I’m sure they’ll iron out these small flaws as they go. In terms of the price point, it’s high, but I’m a firm believer that you have to pay for quality ingredients and if something is too cheap, you should ask why that is. I’ll certainly return to indulge in the many tempting cakes and pastries.
*Disclaimer: I was invited to review by Baker & Spice, but as always, my opinion isn’t swayed by freebies and you are getting my honest opinion on the whole experience.