And tea and cake doesn’t get significantly better than at Anna in Clifton Village. Run by cake maker extraordinaire Anna Tyler, this upmarket ‘cake couture’ store and cafe is uncommon in that it bakes each cake it sells on the premises, reasonably than purchase them in.
An open kitchen within the cafe means prospects can see the truffles being made on daily basis, however it’s additionally the place Tyler and her bakers run common lessons and workshops.
On the morning I used to be there, a small group of girls had been collaborating in a ‘trendy wafer paper flowers class’ no matter that may be.
With its distressed white floorboards, modern furnishings and trailing pot vegetation, the cafe has a lightweight, ethereal Scandi vibe.
At 11am on a midweek morning, I used to be the one man within the cafe, my fellow elevenses indulgers being largely good Clifton Village women of a sure classic.
One immaculate lady dressed like a forged member of the Eighties crusing cleaning soap drama Howards’ Means was operating by way of an inventory of luxurious holidays she had lined up for the following few months.
When Anna first opened, it was the colorful macarons that drew a crowd however the newest attraction is the ‘cubicake’ – dainty, bite-size variations of truffles divided into classes of ‘classics’, ‘chocolate lovers’, ‘mild and fruity’ and ‘naughty nook’.
There are a dozen flavours, starting from banana and caramel or carrot and orange to crimson velvet cheesecake or strawberry, chocolate and chilli.
The cubicakes can be found as ‘flights’ for one individual (two items for £5.95), two individuals (5 items for £12.50) or a gaggle of 4 (£25 for ten items).
I went for the eagerness fruit and toasted coconut (‘layers of tangy ardour fruit jam and toasted coconut buttercream topped with a white chocolate glaze and coconut shards’) and the espresso cake (‘mild espresso sponge soaked in espresso syrup, layered with vanilla mascarpone and occasional buttercream topped with a gold dusted chocolate espresso bean’) – each of which lived as much as their menu descriptions. They had been superbly made, mild, fruity and simply the suitable dimension.