I imagine the place is, at times, full to the brim with frenzied and over-sugared people, but I caught it on a quiet morning. The space is light and airy with an understated charm. From the good array of seating options, I chose to sit at a window table.Service was at the counter. I placed my order for a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon and an espresso. The wonderfully friendly counter woman said she’d bring things over when they were ready, which she duly did.
Three rashers of nicely crisped bacon topped a profusion of well-seasoned eggs and good quality toast. It was a generous portion of pleasing items for the princely sum of £3.50. It was just what I was looking for to start the day.The espresso, from Artisan Roast, was short and intense. This was impressively good stuff.
So overall, I really enjoyed my trip to the No 1 Chocolate Factory. I dare say the focus of many of its patrons is on the sweet treats they create, but their coffee and savoury selection is really very good, too. I’d be happy to visit again and would recommend that you do so.
Blythe scores No 1 Chocolate Factory
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: scrambled eggs and bacon
I drank: espresso
I wore: black pinstripes
Total bill: £5.10