Cafe Walcot - Bath
If you ask me, as wonderful as it is to go away on holiday, nothing quite beats that moment when you arrive back home, roll your suitcases through the front door and experience that renewed sense of appreciation for all your home comforts. It could be the simple, idle pleasure of just popping on the kettle to brew your favourite cup of tea or coffee, opening up all the windows to let in the fresh air, or, (if you arrive home after a delayed night flight!) cocooning yourself up in a bed of freshly laundered linen! But, what isn’t always such a welcoming sight is the moment you realise you have an empty fridge staring soullessly back at you. The jams, chutneys, ketchups and mayo’s just won’t fashion up something tasty on their own, will they?!
Such was mine and Scott’s predicament this past weekend when we returned home in the early hours of Sunday morning from a two week break in Menorca. Time for a Sunday brunch I think, we can worry about restocking the fridge later!
Bath has many delicious options for weekend brunching, and you certainly don’t have to venture too far before you can pitch up for a tasty mid-morning treat somewhere in the city. Well, you may or may not know that Bath has just welcomed a brand new café, and to find it, we must hotfoot it over to Walcot Street!…
Welcome to Cafe Walcot, where you can breakfast, brunch or lunch on a concise but mouth-watering selection of seasonal dishes, seven days a week. All of their meat and eggs are free-range and locally sourced, and you will be delighted to know that their gorgeous array of cakes are all made in-house as well. Oh Heavens, just stop teasing me, you irresistible Victoria Sponge, you!
Did I mention that they are dog-friendly?
Well, Winnie, I sure know where I am taking you on our next date…
Cafe Walcot is part of Walcot House - Bath’s trendy club/bar, which frequently hosts live music and comedy events as well as popular DJ nights too. We spent New Years Eve there with friends, enjoying tasty tipples, a great meal and a night of dancing til’ dawn! It was the perfect way to see in 2018.
Walcot House is located on Walcot Street, but to find their café, simply take the first right past Aqua restaurant down a side street called ‘Old Orchard’, and you will find them tucked away on the left hand side, just a hop, skip and jump away!
Cafe Walcot is housed in a former bakery - it’s a beautifully bright, light, spacious venue filled with a smattering of well-trodden, ornate floor rugs, a mixture of different chairs and tables, a shabby chic leather sofa and snug banquettes. There is a distinctly industrial feel to the space and a soft, warm green theme throughout. The friendly waitresses wear trendy, muted green matching jumpsuits, the coffee counter and open-plan kitchen all feature smart wood panelling in shades of green, as do the coffee cups and fresh floral displays. The overall vibe we felt was a sense of being ‘home from home’, a place where you can kick back and relax with family or friends, or even bring your laptop if you fancy a change of scenery from working at home.
Now you know where to find Cafe Walcot, let me reveal what we ordered for our brunch…
A latte for Scott and a freshly prepared juice for me.
I opted for their ‘Homemade Porridge’ (£3.50) with fruit compote (£1). Organic Scottish oats and milk, topped with a fresh tumble of raspberries, blueberries and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and coconut shavings.
Meanwhile, Scott tried the ‘Ham Hock Hash with Poached Eggs, Spinach and Mushroom Ketchup’ (£8.00)…
As if my porridge wasn’t decadent enough, I scooped on spoonfuls of homemade, stewed apple and apricot compote - all coated in cinnamon and spices - it was absolutely delicious!
It was so creamy and comforting, a perfect heart-warmer for a chilly autumnal day.
Scott’s ham hock hash was perfectly cooked and seasoned, crunchy and caramelised on the outside.
Complete with perfectly poached eggs, this dish will be hugely popular, I am sure.
We simply couldn’t resist sampling one of their homemade cakes before we left. The vegan Chocolate and Banana Loaf (£2.50) was winking at us from the counter, so we opted for a slice to share.
Oh, what a mistake! To share such a tasty slice! It was time to sharpen our elbows and fight for the last few crumbs!
Don’t you worry, Victoria Sponge, I will be back! But in the meantime, Scott and I now need to make a beeline for the supermarket to fill our sad-looking fridge!
I would really recommend a visit to Cafe Walcot, if you haven’t been already. We found it to be such a great addition to Bath’s independent food scene and I am sure it will become a popular, regular haunt for many Bathonian’s. Us included!
For more details regarding Cafe Walcot, please head here…