The new deli cum cafe on Beckenham High Street, with its bright space and outdoor seating is the new cafe this end of the high street.
In with the new
Cafes are a dime a dozen in Beckenham, but the good ones are closest to the station, leaving little past the brow of the hill. After traffic lights, things (literally), go down hill. So it was with delight that I saw this new place open, what seemed overnight.
It's a good kind of deli. I was concerned it would simply be a new cafe with average offerings, but it has a range of deli goodies that make for lunch-time eats as well as gifts. Home-made Black Forest with a real cherry middle, rounds of manchego cheese and hanging meats make it a real contender, not to mention crowd-pleaser.
It's cheap too. A cup of tea costs £1.60, which is a damn sight cheaper than what's offered merely shops away, for the same quality.
Now the coffee needs to be good to receive any sort of seal of approval and annoyingly it's not there, yet.
Plenty is on offer though - espresso, latte, all filter, no instant here thank God.
Tea and cake
It has an Italian vibe in terms of food, but has a Spanish feel from the decor to the relaxed but efficient approach by the staff.
The owner is attentive. It's brand new, so he's pretty hands on, which is admirable.
My mom ate the cake it what seemed like seconds and she's a fussy chocolate cake lover. If it's not the right type of chocolate, she'll shun it. I had to stop her wolfing it down so I could try some. I could understand why though, it was a perfect balance of just enough dark chocolate married with the sweet cherries and a unique white chocolate topping.