Yes that is right, I do mean £2.20. In some places you’d pay that just for the coffee alone…
“St Peter’s Church”:http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/west_midlands/cheshire/st_peter/index.html is right in the centre of Chester at the Cross where the four main streets of Eastgate, Northgate, Watergate and Bridge Street meet.
From the outside it is a rather characterless brick box with a small square tower. Apart from its size it is easy to miss. It does however have a very good cafe and where else in Chester could you get a cup of coffee and slice of homemade cake for £2.20… The cafe is non profit making and run by volunteers.
I had gone in mainly to look at the church, but was completely hooked by the choice of cakes as well as the price.
The nave is filled with small tables with green and white checked tablecloths with the small servery at the side. Even at midday on a summer Saturday it wasn’t too busy and I easily found a table. It was mainly oldies, who obviously know a good thing when they find it.
I debated the choice of scone and jam, Victoria sponge, iced sponge with cherries or coffee cake. They also have a selection of gluten free cakes at 70p, or individual packets of biscuits for 40-60p. For those wanting something a bit more substantial, there was a selection of sandwiches for £2.50. They serve tea, coffee as well as a selection of cans, squash or milk.
The coffee cake won. It was a generous size portion which you would be paying £3 upwards elsewhere. The sponge was light and moist and really did taste of coffee. It was iced with coffee icing with half a walnut. It was definitely home made and very good.
Forget all the trendy and expensive places, this is definitely worth seeking out if in the centre of Chester.