If you don’t know already, (and i’m sure you probably do because I talk about it 99% of the time), i’m a huge foodie.
Eating, cooking, talking about it, thinking about it, if it’s to do with food, i’m into it. I’m also a huge lover of eating out, and it’s something I wish I could do more but, ya know, my magic money tree hasn’t fully grown yet.
There’s nothing I love more than getting dressed up, meeting friends, and having a big catch up over drinks and food. The luxury of experiencing different cooking, and to be honest not having to do any of the work…gives the perfect chance to fully relax and enjoy good food.
Recently, i’ve really been enjoying brunch. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something so special about going out for brunch and to be honest, I love the food. I mean lets face it, brunch gives the perfect opportunity to basically eat whatever you want, whether it’s a big stack of pancakes, a triple layer sandwich or a huge slab of cake, call it brunch and it’s acceptable.
I live in lovely Cambridge, and whilst there is no shortage when it comes to food choices, i’ve been on the hunt for some more unique, hidden gems to get my brunch fix.
And I think i’ve come across a very shiny gem…
I recently had a couple of blissful days off work, some time to recharge, spend some quality time with Chris, and to do a little bit of exploring, so we decided to take a little day trip to Saffron Walden, a beautiful old town just a short drive out of Cambridge. We explored the markets, went into the cute shops, and generally had a good mooch around.
Angela Reed – Furniture and Fine Things
Of course if you know me, you’ll know a day trip just wouldn’t be complete without a stop for food…and maybe a glass of prosecco or two!
Angela Reed is a beautiful boutique furniture store in the centre of Saffron Walden selling everything from scented candles to old oak desks. In amongst the hand picked furniture and furnishings, they have a cafe and bakery, and recently they very kindly invited me to come and try a selection of their food.
You can imagine my excitement when I arrived to see a counter covered in a huge selection of handmade, beautifully decorated cakes and bakes…and that was just the start!
Of course i’ll start by talking about the food because ya know, it’s me, but also because it was spectacular. From the presentation to the taste, everything we ate was absolutely delicious and can only be described as a sort of indulgent feast of fanciness.
We were presented with a three tiered afternoon tea selection (yes, I did have to hold in a little squeal of excitement) covered in sandwiches, tarts, cakes and more, all beautifully selected and presented.
Some of the foodie bits included were:
- Pastry tarts – goats cheese and tomato (YUM)
- A selection of savoury sandwiches – a particular favourite of mine was a cream cheese, prawn, and cucumber open sandwich on granary bread. It was so beautifully presented as you can see in my photo, it even included edible flowers!
- Scones – I can’t rave about their scones enough. Freshly baked, soft and absolutely huge they arrived with flavoured jam and clotted cream.
- Sweet treats – spongey carrot cake, smooth chocolate mouse, and a beautiful fruit jelly.
Accompanied by their own brand coffee, its fair to say we polished off as much as we could, but were more than happy to take home the leftovers.
(see photo of me looking dreamily at the box of leftovers i’m holding, already thinking about when i’m going to scoff them)
What I loved about Angela Reed, is that it’s an independent, family run business, and you really do get the feel for that when you’re eating there. Everyone is so friendly, and it really does feel like a lovely atmosphere to be in. The cafe manager Paul was unbelievably welcoming and was more than happy to chat to us about the history and story of the shop.
Which FYI is seriously interesting so if you go, make sure you speak to him or one of the other lovely ladies about it.
It was great to hear about how it all started, and to pick his brains about some of the incredible cakes we spotted around the cafe. We were also fortunate enough to meet the chef, Andrew, and after seeing and tasting his incredible creations, it was brilliant to meet and thank him.
One thing that’s really important to me when i’m eating out, and it may have something to do with the fact i’m a blogger and take photos of everything I eat (sorry not sorry), is light. What’s lovely at Angela Reed is the fact the cafe is right at the top of the shop, and is surrounded by natural light and big windows. They have a balcony with tables which i’m sure would be gorgeous in the sun and gives such a nice view over the rooftops of the town.
There’s a lovely feel of hustle and bustle in the cafe, and even when all the tables are full, there’s still a very relaxed, calm atmosphere.
I can’t recommend Angela Reed enough, if you’re a foodie like me, or are just looking for somewhere a little different, it’s the perfect place to go.
With such well presented, tasty food and lovely atmosphere this would be a great choice for a birthday spot or even a special mothers day treat. We had the prosecco afternoon tea which had some absolutely beautiful touches.
And really, you just can’t go wrong with a glass of prosecco…most of the time!
It’s one of my favourite things to find independent, unique places to try and that’s exactly what you get at Angela Reed, and i’m so glad i’ve found it.
Please let me know if you get the chance to go, i’d love to know your thoughts!
P.S Just for your information, the lovely people at Angela Reed invited me to enjoy this experience in exchange for a blog review, however everything you read on my blog comes from the heart, and I would never promote anything I didn’t truly recommend.