Excitement! My first girly catch up tea and cake entry. I chose Bea’s of Bloomsbury because it looked like an excellent, central, cosy cake place to spend an afternoon with the girls. I was meeting up with my fellow classicists from University for a well overdue reunion. As we used to have our lunch dates in Gregg’s when at Durham, Bea’s was a good step up for us! Although I won’t hear a bad thing said about a Gregg’s steak bake.
So we turned up to the original Holborn Bea’s when it opened at 12 noon. The cafe itself was quite small and had about 6 tables for 2-4 squished in around the huge cake display. The cakes looked amazing. There was a good selection of cupcakes, brownies, blondies and even something that looked like a brownie baked in pastry?!? It was the cheesecakes, however, that stole our hearts.
I chose the lemon meringue cheesecake, tempted by the caramelised meringue on top. Dominique and Katie both went for the chocolate peanut butter cheesecake, while Katy opted for the truffle chocolate cake. The tea came in futuristic looking metal teapots for one and we had a comfy cushiony seat. The main problem was that everyone else had booked and so we had to vacate our table by 1.30. So a spanner in our girly chat time, and a tip for anyone thinking of visiting. Otherwise the staff were fairly friendly and the décor modern and pretty, think teapots hanging from the ceiling and pretty flowery plates.
The cheesecake was yummy; it tasted like very good New York style cheesecake with lemon curd and meringue on top, which worked well and the meringue was very light and fluffy. The peanut butter chocolate cheesecake, with a layer of each on top and crunchy peanut decorations, was almost more tasty but so rich it was difficult to finish. I didn’t taste the chocolate cake but the speed with which Katy ate it suggested it was good. Overall these were good cakes and made a good lunch for us, as there was no savoury option available for the weekend. A lovely Saturday with my Latin Ladies, thank you for a lovely catch up girls. I think we found a better place than Gregg’s to indulge our cake fancies!
On another note, from looking at what other tables were eating, the afternoon tea option looked rather enticing!
Cake: Me 5.5/7 Dominique 5/7 Katy: tba Katie: tba
Atmosphere: 4/7 – should have booked.