Coffee&cake@Bettys, Northallerton

Bettys is a very civilised place. Traditional surroundings, staff in uniform and all the baking, patisserie, tea and coffee brewing skills you expect from a quality British institution. We’ve been to the Harrogate and Ilkley branches before – now it’s the turn of Bettys in Northallerton.

I have a cafetière of coffee made with Kenyan Karatina beans while Rock is happy with a cup of Bettys cafe blend. We share a piece of the Autumn berry cheesecake and the tangy lemon slice. They are both excellent with the cheesecake winning the beauty contest and the lemon slice winning on flavour.

As usual, as we leave Betty’s we wander into the shop to buy bread and pastries for later. It would be foolish not to!

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Coffee&Cake@Noir, Malmö

We have loved watching three series of the Nordic TV drama The Bridge – so it is great to have the chance to travel from Copenhagen to Malmö, by train, over the Øresund Bridge. Now in Sweden, we can briefly forget about Danish pastries and start thinking about Swedish kaffebröd.

As we wander round Malmö, it is clear that there are an abundance of places to enjoy coffee. We decide to invest in some local knowledge and, as we pass a really fine looking deli, we ask the lady there to tell us the best place to get coffee & cake. She is sending us to Noir.

Noir is an independent cafe only 150 metres from one of the main tourist areas of Malmö, Lilla Torg (or Little Square). We find Noir to be both relaxed and friendly when we arrive.  But it is their coffee and cake that we really love!  Coffee which has been expertly made by a proffessional barista and their classic chocolate cake created with a great deal of chocolate and mascarpone … Wow!

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Using local knowledge is always a great idea.

Coffee&Cake@Daylesford, Kingham

Daylesford Organic is a farm with its own market garden, dairy, bakery, cheeseshop, cookery school and more. They sell their produce in several places from the Cotswolds to London and use it in their own restaurant and cafe. The Bamford family started farming organically over 35 years ago and Daylesford is now one of the most sophisticated organic operations you will find anywhere. Their base in Kingham is also a fabulous shopping experience for foodies!

Today we are here with Gustav & Izzy for afternoon tea or coffee and cake. Gustav & Rock order an Americano, I have a latte and Izzy has a pot of tea. The tea and coffee are high quality but the real excitement is the cake.  Gustav & Izzy both have the indulgent scone with clotted cream and jam. Rock has the ginger cake and I have the bakewell. All the cakes are freshly baked using the finest organic ingredients…..and you can certainly tell when you eat them. The word fabulous was created for moments like this!

Coffee, petit fours with William Curley & the Isley Bros

Put yourself in my place…. we have about 45 minutes spare and it’s my shout what we do with it. I think it’s time for a treat! We head to William Curley, patissier and chocolatier for coffee and something to go with it.

As we walk into the Belgravia boutique Rock beams at the display of finely crafted chocolates and cakes. That lady clearly believes this place contains some sort of harvest for the world. We order coffee and, despite the glory of the chocolate, it is the vibrant colour of the petit fours that grabs our attention.

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There is an apricot mousse that tastes like a summer breeze. The lemon curd creation and the tiny hazelnut choux bun are beautiful. But the chocolate biscuit & meringue is best and manages to create more joy that you might guess at from behind a painted smile.

If you love chocolate and patisserie – come to this place – it’s your thing!   (at least 7 song titles)