56 Cafe Review

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm

So, yeah, long time no post.

My partner and I went to the new cafe, ’56’, on St James Street this weekend. The Twitterati had be talking about it for the two days it had been open.

It’s on a street corner in a shop which used to be a solicitor’s. The tinted windows aren’t really inviting; there have been other cafes which obscured the view inside. In this case they are a left over from the previous tenants and a costly element to replace.

On Saturday the front door was wide open; inviting to customers but also the noise from the busy traffic. The décor is a shabby chic the high point of which is a large collection of National Geographic magazines on a high shelf. There is a mix of tables and chairs and some nice antique tiling around the door.

They were quite busy, probably on the back of the internet hype. However their lunch menu consisted of a £5 salad which was just salad, no bread or sides and ham, cheese and tomato sandwiches. I went for the latter and on discovering they had no Earl Grey tea went for a posh lemonade.

Apparently the coffee is excellent but as I don’t like coffee not really a bonus that attracts me. They also have some cake.

Frankly I think it needs a lot of work before it’s worth making the extra effort to get there from the high street.



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