The two interests on this occasion were my enjoyment of cafes in bookshops, such as Madigan’s or Looking Glass Books, and my joy at visiting ecclesiastical cafes. The Chapter House is a cafe in a religious bookshop, you see.As is so often the case with such places, much of their offering was homemade with their soup and quiche both catching my eye, today. I ordered the leek and potato soup in preference to carrot and coriander, while the quiche of the day was Spanish.
The soup was swiftly brought after I’d had just a minute or two to contemplate the lovely glass cupola and elegant cornicing.It was a very good soup, with rustic texture and bags of flavour. It was a good warmer-upper on this slightly chilly day.
The quiche wasn’t quite so good, but was still a tasty and well-seasoned dish, with a crisp and fresh accompanying salad and crunchy coleslaw. The pastry was, however, slightly unevenly cooked with the edges hard to cut and the middle a touch soft.So overall, I was pleased with the Chapter House cafe. It served me two good dishes, with the soup very good indeed. I’d happily pop back for a quick bite in these smart surroundings. It’s definitely one to note for future reference.
Blythe scores the Chapter House
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: leek and potato soup; Spanish quiche
I drank: water
I wore: black brogues
Total bill: £7.98