Passing through Hungerford? If you’re struck by an urge for cake, these three spots should see you right.
WORDS BY CHRIS ROWLANDS
Cake is, most would agree, the highlight of an afternoon. Enjoyed with a fresh cup of tea, it’s likely to bring joy to even the drizzliest of English afternoons. Which is exactly why we’re such fans of the Berkshire town of Hungerford, home to a host of sweet nibbleries. Here are three of our favourites – which, admittedly, aren’t the friendliest on your purse, but your tummy will certainly thank you.
3 Bridge Street, Hungerford | libbyblakeydesigns.co.uk
Take a pew upon one of the wrought iron chairs which nestle happily amongst the swathes of flora on the terrace of this delightful design shop and you’ll find yourself in a beautiful sun-trap, a sweet spot that’s perfect for enjoying any one of the delicious and intriguing home-made cakes – not to mention a scrumptious cappuccino. Alternatively, devour some gluten-free nibbles in tranquility beneath the olive drapes of the peaceful conservatory, before passing an afternoon perusing the wonderful wares and heavenly creations of Libby Blakey’s interior design emporium.
24 High Street, Hungerford | elianesmiles.com
For something a little busier, Eliane is a sure bet. Situated in the middle of the high street, this bustling spot is a thriving hub of old-meets-new, with an array of sweet treats to choose from beneath low wooden beams, before nibbling them in the glass-sided conversion at the rear. Rarely quiet, the range of teas, coffees and smoothies on offer is usurped only by the delectable array of cakes – with everything from fresh brownies to a sumptuous slice of red velvet.
Barrs Yard, Bath Road, Hungerford | honestygroup.co.uk
With several sibling stores scattered nearby (including a rural haven in Inkpen), Honesty’s latest tea room offers laid-back coffee and cake in modern surroundings. Situated in the Barrs Yard complex – an artisanal collective home to a wine store, art gallery, fashion boutique and more – it’s an ideal place to spend an afternoon treating yourself. Better yet, as the name suggests, Honesty takes an honest approach to business, with all staff paid a living wage and produce ethically sourced, and free from all the usual nasty stuff. How refreshing.
Categories: Nibbles & tipples