Taking a moment to shine a light on Indonesia in the face of the recent tragic events in Jakarta. I went a couple months back in October-November 2015.
My first visit to the Swallow Bakery was back in 2012, whilst working at The Times Cheltenham literature festival (in the kids tent), and en route to the train station homeward bound, decided to stop by because it was right next to the festival tents. In a rush I grabbed a cupcake which was so scrumptious with a generous serving of icing, I knew I would have to comeback again.
Cut to December 2014 and beyond I throughly enjoy returning because the cakes are THAT good. Above on the left is the three-tiered lemon cake.As you can see there is luscious, thickly spread icing between the beautifully moist sponges and very tasty icing on top and a squiggle of cream! Indulgent and satisfyingly creamy. Not the place to go when you’re on a diet! The slices are gigantic! You definitely receive generous, dreamy servings in this bakery.First I ate the panini on the far right . It is a delicious, can’t-go-wrong: chicken, mozzarella and pesto filling. All good and served hot. This savory sandwich was followed by the lemon cake and Bailey’s cupcake eaten in alternating intervals of the cakes; per two bites. My taste buds relished the juxtaposing rich, creamy lemon cake followed by bites of the chocolately cupcake. Yes I am indulgent like that! Greedier than Nigella Lawson! The icing tasted of Bailey’s and sat atop the complimentary chocolate cupcake sponge. Absolutely fabulous! I urge you to visit the Swallow Bakery. (Or better yet order online as they prepare x24 cupcake batches for home delivery! Wow!) For readers outside of the UK at the time of this writing: http://swallowbakery.com/pages.php?pageid=2 states: “We can ship to virtually anywhere in the World.” Double Wow!!!
Though I am happy to commute an our for an afternoon in glorious Cheltenham and loose-leaf tea & cakes in this particular café.
The drawbacks to this lovely place is that the cakes sit prettily with no cake stand glass lid! Argh! So if you’re lucky the cake will be fresh and moist. If you have popped in on a quieter day then with no lid covering the cake you find one slice horribly dry and unappetizing. Damn!
No problems with the panini’s tasty and sufficient fillings inside. However the other ‘warm’ foods like the mini burgers are cooked presumably earlier on in the day then simply left out on display so when you eat it, it is COLD!!!!! *Bleurgh!*
So this lovely café receives 7/10. In my humble opinion this deserves a “very good” label.
There is an island spot where you can sit on the free deck chairs but it was a drizzly day and it was not worth getting mud on my shoes to sit there. With better weather it’s an opportune time to read and wait in between events. 🙂
The venues are clearly sign posted and there are lot’s of stalls and random things to look at. All good fun for any age and if you have children 🙂There was a charming blackboard of quotes and wishes people wanted to accomplish before they die. Again my phobia of mud paralysed me from walking over and jotting down my very modest bucketlist: a luxury holiday in the Maldives, publish lot’s and lot’s of books, fall in love, eat Beluga Caviar with Lord Disick and go shopping with Mark Francis Vandelli and Ooooo meet Louis Theroux! 😛
The onsite Bookshop:
This is where you can purchase new and some backlist titles of the writers and authors in attendance. Also the book-signings take place here too!
Check out my video from my Youtube Channel: Catherine Vaughan for behind the scenes views!