Sunday, 7 April 2013
Let us eat cake
I've been meaning to visit this café on Gordon Terrace in Saltaire for ages... It's funny, isn't it, that you don't necessarily frequent your local cafés and attractions, unless you have visitors to impress! It always seems a super-indulgence to eat out, when home is just around the corner. But my friend and I decided we deserved a super-indulgence, after the long winter we've had. Cue frothy coffee and cup-cakes.
Jeanette's Cakery has been open for a good year or so, and is usually pretty busy (always a good sign). Inside it's a visual treat, decorated in kitsch 1940/50s style (including the waitresses), with mismatched florals in the Cath Kidston tradition and lots of bunting, pretty flowers and sweet vintage crockery. Drinks are indulgent (Love Potion No 9, anyone?), cupcakes light and delicious. Because all the baking is done on the premises, there is an ever-changing menu, with some really attractive and unusual cakes. Mine (pictured) was a pear bakewell: kind of almondy with a sweet chunk of pear right in the middle. You can also get sandwiches, snacks or a full traditional afternoon tea. And (oh joy!) you can buy little hampers of cakes to take home too. It was my first visit, but it certainly won't be my last.
It has been a chilly weekend but at least the sun shone and it did start to feel a little more spring-like. Hooray.