It was the chaps from Zomato that put me on to the Fountain Cafe, on Grove Street, as they’d stayed nearby on their recent trip and availed themselves of the place’s services on a number of occasions. Indeed they’d gone all misty eyed at the mention of the colossally good smoked salmon and scrambled eggs they were served on a couple of occasions. I felt compelled to investigate.
The glass fronted place, which has a few optimistic seats out front, is bright, clean and airy. It has a simple elegance to it.
On my visit, I was lured in by talk black pudding and potato scones so ordered up a roll that featured them. I tried their espresso, which was well-made although Carraro isn’t a huge favourite of mine.
Service was friendly throughout with mulitple sit-in and takeout orders balanced and delivered in quick time.
My roll looked good (so good I forget to snap a photo before eating it!) with a generously thick slice of black pudding that had been nicely crisped on the outside and a tasty looking tattie scone. It proved an enjoyable eat with the black pudding particularly good. Good care and attention had been put in to the preparation and that was reflected in the really good balance of flavours and textures.
So overall, the Fountain Cafe was an impressive little place. I look forward to returning to sample the much vaunted eggs, perhaps as a brunch treat. I’d be happy to recommend a visit next time you’re looking for a well-prepared and tasty breakfast.
Blythe scores the Fountain Cafe
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: black pudding and potato scone roll
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: www.tieclub.co.uk tie
Total bill: £3.50