I kindly declined the offer of beauty treatments and turned my attention to the treats on offer. The baklawa looked impressive, and the cafe opened up at the back with a large seating area, which I thought would be perfect for groups and families.
I was a little surprised however, at how empty the cafe was. I visited on a rainy Saturday and had expected it to be at least half-full like a lot of the other cafes which line the High Street. Cafe Boutique, however, was empty.
It soon became clear why there weren't any customers. The customer service is a real let down. Once I'd ordered a slice of baklawa (£3.00), and sat down with a mug of herbal tea (£1.80), the general manager came over to me and asked why I was taking pictures of my food. I thought her question a little strange, but explained I'm a bit of a foodie and love a good picture to share with the world. She told me I must stop because picture-taking isn't allowed.
Nonplussed, I left the cafe shortly after finishing my rather tasty slice of baklawa, but it was a real shame because I was looking forward to leisurely enjoying my slice and sipping my tea in peace.