Baker and Spice is a cafe on one of Brighton’s busiest shopping areas, East Street. With ample outside seating in the square/courtyard at the front of the building and spread over three floors with a conservatory area, it is a nice secluded spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch.
The outside seating area is perfect for warmer weather but with the temperatures getting cooler as autumn is upon us, we sat within the covered conservatory area.
On first look, it isn’t clear whether or not the premises is open with nobody outside or in view either as a worker or a consumer, but as we entered the building we were greeted by a very friendly and attentive waitress.
As you walk in there is a display cabinet containing sandwiches, cakes, drinks, freshly made salads and own brand deli products all to have in or take-away or you can select from their fairly extensive main menu.
I enquired about the array of pastries that were on display behind us and the shelves full of homemade breads, which we were told are made fresh and delivered every single morning from Patisserie Valerie, on Western Road, by whom they are owned.
We ordered two coffees, one black (£3), one latte (£3), the coffee wasn’t anything to write about alone, but it was nice. With our dishes we ordered two glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice (£2.75 each).
‘All-day breakfast’ lasts between opening (8am) and 2pm, they also run a lunch menu with sandwiches, small plates, salads and a set menu with either two or three courses.
We decided to go for one brunch dish, eggs Royale (£8.50), which was a toasted English muffin cut in half served with a generous helping of smoked salmon, a poached egg on each half and a wealth of creamy hollandaise and a sprinkling of chive to garnish. The muffin was lightly toasted, the salmon tasted fresh, the hollandaise was on the thick side and the poached eggs were exactly how I like them… runny.
We also went for their homemade salad option. Choosing the two salad option (£8.50) from the selection on view from our table, an avocado salad with fresh tomatoes and herbs run through and a couscous salad with fennel, lemon, sun dried tomato and green olives. We also shared a side of toasted wholemeal bread which came with unsalted butter.
On paper the salad sounded a touch pricey, however, the portion size of the dish was extremely large and well worth the money. The waitress immediately offered takeaway boxes and bag for anything we wanted to take with us, which we did!
Our experience was extremely pleasant and it’s a shame not many people seemed to have chosen it as a spot to spend their brunch/lunch-times. In terms of choice, price, portioning and general atmosphere it was spot on, apart from the coffee, which for the quality and size seemed steep compared to the immediate competition.
It could be down to poor social media presence with a generic UK twitter account and since their opening of the branch in Brighton earlier this year, there has been little I can find to make their offerings known.