I’m already fond of one of Kenilworth’s newest cafes. Alexa Lauren’s Patisserie is in the old part of town on High Street opposite the Virgins and Castle and a short walk from Abbey Fields and the Castle.
I’m a sucker for a good coffee. I don’t have a sweet tooth but generally good tea and coffee is synonymous with places that do those kind of things well. The place is focused around the rather excellent patisserie work of the owner. The decor is kind of French tea room with a light and airy feel, a mural on the wall, china dinner service and big glass windows facing out onto the street. Parking is easy most of the time with short stay facilities on the cobbles.
With cafes it is important to have a “thing” and for my family the hot chocolate is the “thing” to have with the cakes. It is a wonderfully rich and chocolatey confection which is available in large and small but anyone who can consume a large cup has a stronger constitution than I. Its probably best served with a glass of tap water but it is not to be missed.
Another thing of note is the seasonality. During my visit on Sunday there was a delicious spiced pumpkin cake with butter cream – like a carrot cake but more interesting. While Bakeoff was on, the technical challenge would be available during the following week. It’s nice to see a changing menu which reflects the time of year.
I have tried the Croque Monsieur and the Brioche Toast with bacon. Both were very good and are reasonably priced too. The Full English Breakfast looks good at £7.50.
Footnote – for something a little less traditional try Pomeroy’s