I’ll largely gloss over that, though, as it soon became clear that the creation part involved Nespresso coffee and the ability to make it yourself at your table (each being equipped with a Nespresso machine). This is right up there with the most asinine ideas I’ve heard this year.Anyhoo, their lunchtime offering included a £5 deal comprising soup and a choice from their pre-made sandwiches. Having spotted that chorizo stew was one of the soup options, this sounded worth pursuing so I added a mozzarella and sundried tomato ciabatta, which the friendly counter woman offered to toast.
The toasted sandwich and a good portion of the soup were soon with me. Having ascertained that the soup was plenty hot enough, I turned my attention to the sandwich.The cheese was nicely melted but it was pretty sparse, with the ratio of filling to bread rather too strongly weighted in favour of the bread.
The soup was rather better with profusely chunky vegetables and a decent amount of oily sausage. It wasn’t the most exciting soup in history, with the broth rather thin, but it packed a decent flavour punch.
So overall, Create was a bit of a strange one. I don’t get the thinking on their coffee and more attention needs paid to make their food a notch better. The place is really quite smart, though, and the service friendly, so with some relative minor changes it could be a much more inviting prospect than it currently is.
Blythe scores Create
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20
I ate: chorizo stew; mozzarella and sundried tomato sandwich
I drank: water
I wore: bolo tie
Total bill: £5