This week’s sweet treats – 03/10/2014

Eat'n'Mess, London, capirotada, pastéis de nata, Portugese Tart, Petworth, The Hungry Guest, cream tea, The Old House at Home, The Old House at Home chidham, Chidham, West Sussex, Las Iguanas, Salt Cafe, Wicor Marine, Portchester, Portchester cafe, carrot cake, Manna, Manna Tearooms, Old Portsmouth, Old Portsmouth cafe, Caracoli, alresford, biscotti,

What better way to start your Friday than with our weekly round-up of some of the many sweet treats we’ve eaten this week. Here’s five of our favourites! Clockwise from L-R

1. Helen came across Eat ‘n’ Mess at the Real Food Market on Southbank in London. It was the first time she’d seen them so couldn’t resist picking up a few mini treats including a very nice treacle tart. As usual she chatted away to the man at the stall (not the owner but a friend) and learnt that they have a nice laminated book of ingredients. This is handy for those with allergies as they can check to see which one of their tasty treats, many which are gluten-free, are suitable for them.

2. Alresford was this Wednesday’s cycle ride destination. A visit to Caracoli foodstore and coffee shop for lunch where I had a very tasty Mediterranean vegetable wrap with feta and pesto along with a Portugese tart – also known as pastéis de nata – and a biscotti with raisins and nuts, drizzled with white and milk chocolate to take home and eat in the bath. This is somewhere I plan on taking Helen before she sets off on her travels again, which sadly is soon 🙁

3. Last Saturday’s ride was our club’s annual ‘President’s Ride’ where the destination is kept a secret. We ended up at the Old House at Home at Chidham, West Sussex where we had the most delicious cream tea ever! £5 for two very fresh and tasty scones along with lovely jam and clotted cream and a tea. Definitely a place we shall be returning to soon. Funnily enough I told my sister that I’d had a wonderful cream tea and she said so had she. It turned out to be the very same place and we had missed each other by only a few minutes. What’s the chances of that happening eh?

4. I took my husband along for my third visit in just over a week to Salt Café at Wicor Marine in Portchester. He also enjoyed it there and after a sandwich each we shared this nice carrot cake together. Most of the cakes come from The Hungry Guest Bakery who have a cafe and shop in Petworth which we happened to visit yesterday. The review of The Hungry Guest Cafe will come soon but we have tons of reviews to do. Sign up to our mailing list on our homepage so you don’t miss it or follow us on Facebook/Twitter.

5. Helen couldn’t return to good ol’ Blighty and not have lunch at Manna Tearoomwhich is opposite the cathedral in Old Portsmouth and who make the best carrot cake around. (This picture has the carrot cake in the background. In the foreground is semolina lemon drizzle cake). We’re off there this evening for a pop-up restaurant with a Michelin star chef from the Black Rat in Winchester. We’re really looking forward to it.


Living life, loving cake

A x

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