If you had asked me two years ago what I was probably going to be most successful writing a popular blog about when I’m older, I probably would have said … writing about cafés. My favourite moments in life are usually spent in a coffee shop, preferably with either my journal or a close friend. So why do they feature so little on my blog? I’m not sure the answer to that question, but since I’ve come home for the Easter break and felt at a loose end after being plunged from essay after essay to blissful sunshine and no routine, going out for coffee is all I’ve really felt like doing.
So it’s finally time to tell you about my favourite patisserie. When people know about Sweet Berries Patisserie, they usually demand that I bring them cake whenever I visit, hence the reluctance to share. This was where I spent my summer holidays working, and when home in the holidays it is the best place to pop in for cake – there simply is nowhere else like it in the Cotswolds to stop for elevensis, or afternoon tea!
Inside, it’s small and sweet, but the cakes are SO different from the usual manufactured, overly sweet and mass-made or else stodgy ‘home-made’ products that you come across in cafes elsewhere. It’s a little out of Bourton-on-the-Water’s town centre which makes it a bit of a secret, but once people know about it, it becomes a small haven for local regulars to treat themselves.
So what can you expect to eat there? The patisserie counter is different everyday, but here are a few of my favourites that you can expect to come across. Number one, favourite ever, buy it if you see it or you’ll regret it FOREVER, is the Triple Layer Fudge Cake (see picture above) – which has a layer of cheesecake in the centre. Its. Amazing. But I’m equally partial to anything with the word ‘mousse’ or ‘delice’ in, especially if I’m in the mood for something a bit lighter with my cup of tea, and that’s what I had today – it had a sponge base, then a layer of berry mousse, topped with a thin layer of clementine jelly. With two cups of tea and a long-awaited catch-up. Mmmmmm…
My favourite thing about the cakes that you find here, is that you’re pretty much guaranteed to come across things you’ve never heard of before, alongside the usual but top quality favourites such as chocolate brownies, black forest gateau etc. So… white chocolate rocky road anyone? Or, my personal favourite, blueberry cheesecake cupcakes? If you’re in the Cotswolds, make a special trip (but not on a Sunday or Monday) and you’ll be glad you did!
The other place I have to share, which is ideal if it’s a good latte, cappuccino or hot chocolate you’re after, along with a bit of Al Bowlly jazz and rustic wood and stone Cotswold feel, then I head even closer to home to Northleach’s wine bar with the locals. In the day-time it opens up to serve coffee, and it’s nice to have somewhere within walking distance to take my book, and dog if you like, for a bit of time out of the house. But the thing which makes me laugh the most is one of their posters in the window advertising their evening ‘Man Creche’….