I don’t know about you lot but this awful British weather has really been getting me down in the dumps recently especially since we’re still in January, sad times.
So in these times I take comfort in well, comfort food! To me, nothing means comfort like a good ole’ cup of tea and jam on toast. My favourite place in Cardiff for comfort food you ask? Why it’s The Barker Tea House!
Now, let me tell you about this exquisite place because it truly is, somewhere special. From the second you walk in you are transported back to a time when elegance and tea went hand in hand (I swear the word tea-bag is shunned at the door). Everything about this place is warm, from the friendly staff at the counter to the old world, vintage interiors. The place is even cosier in the colder months when they place fleece blankets outside to keep customers warm.
Just like your usual tea and cake place, they stock all the essentials. Sandwiches, paninis, different varieties of cake and they do daily specials aswell. The menu is pretty small but everything is prepared with such attention to detail you can’t help but forgive them.
They also do a very fancy looking afternoon tea. However, when in need of comfort I always order my go to favourite, jam and toast! They always offer customers the choice between white or seeded bread and give you a huge slab of butter alongside a tub of jam.
Now don’t be foolish in thinking that two slices of toast are nothing noteworthy because believe me they are! The slices are like doorstoppers, they’re so big I can barely get my mouth around one slice to take a bite!
Of course, I don’t just have toast and jam when I visit this little slice of heaven I have quite a bit of experience with the menu. If I go around lunch time and the weather is pretty awful I often treat myself to the soup of the day. This comes with a huuuge pan of soup (you read that right, PAN!) and a paper bag full of crusty doorstopper style bread. The soup is home made and tastes amazing. Honestly, I think it’s the best I’ve ever had (Heinz who?)
However, I don’t just stop at the savoury stuff, this girl doesn’t half have a sweet tooth. All the cakes are presented in a glass cabinet by the till so your tempted from the off. I tried the brownie with one of their signature hot chocolates and it was like chocolate paradise! Their hot chocolates are made from actual melted chocolate healing the battered soul from the climate outside with coco goodness. The cream is then delicately placed on top of the jam jar glass and is also made fresh by the staff on the day. It tastes soooo good by the way. To finish the naughty little thing off the staff add a chocolate flake and a few mini marshmallows.
Barker Tea House is perfect for anyone who wants a relaxing breakfast or lunch away from the stresses of city life, it’s perfectly tucked away in the royal arcade opposite the castle.
So if you fancy hiding out from January with some yummy food in comfort, look no further than The Barker Tea House.
With thanks to Wales Online and The Barker Tea House.