Indeed it had, but given the two places are ploughing very different furrows, any impact is likely to be at the mutual advantage end of the spectrum.Much as with CJ’s, LB’s is an informal counter cafe focussed on takeout business. In my contrarian fashion, I chose to sit in at their one table and made them dust down their one soup bowl to serve me the soup of the day, which was minestrone. To this I added an egg and ham roll.
The soup was really very good. It was simple but hearty and I munched through with enough gusto to elicit the offer of “a wee bit more” from the friendly counter man. It was a good portion, so I was happy to leave it at that.The roll was decently filling, with a good, fresh morning roll generously packed with egg and ham. It did the job most ably.
So overall, LB’s continues in much the same style as CJ’s. It’s a solidly reliable, no-frills little takeaway. I enjoyed the welcome and chat very much, and the soup was very good. It’ll be interesting to see what the locals make of the arrival of Twelve Triangles over the road, in due course.
Blythe scores LB’s
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: minestrone soup; ham and egg roll
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £3.50