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You may remember that back in September I wrote a review of Biscuit in Branksome. We were very excited to have the opportunity to come back again.
The first time we visited the cafe had only been open for three weeks, and owner Stephanie was still working on the menu. We were impressed the first time with the atmosphere, and this certainly hasn’t changed. Biscuit feels relaxed, is beautifully clean and everything is well presented. The plates and cutlery are spotless, the tables and chairs don’t have a single crumb on them and everything behind the counter is reassuringly clean and tidy. It is clear that Stephanie has worked very hard to present a neat and bright space.
Something else that hasn’t changed is the delicious drinks. Biscuit provides a complimentary petit beurre with every drink which we think is such a lovely touch, especially in such a reasonably priced cafe.
So what has changed since our last visit? Last time I begrudgingly gave Biscuit only 4 1/2 stars out of 5 due to a slight lack in range. As you can understand, being so newly opened we expected there to be a few creases that needed ironing out and this seemed to be the only one! I’m delighted to say that Stephanie listens to every single customer that comes in and has not only increased her range of savoury foods and cakes on offer but has also made everything more inclusive for those with additional dietary requirements. Those of you who suffer from IBS like myself will be delighted to hear that Biscuit strives to offer hot and cold options sans alliums (no onions or garlic) as much as possible and that Stephanie is working hard to develop lactose free options.
Due to this, I was able to enjoy a goats cheese and tomato quiche and try some of my partner’s mushroom soup. Just having these options was such a rarity – in ANY other gluten free establishment these dishes would be laden with onion and garlic.
I know what you’re thinking – “I can eat onion and garlic, I don’t want to eat bland food” – well, you couldn’t be more wrong. The soup was one of the best we’ve ever had (and we’ve tried lots of soups since this blog’s inception!!). Thick, warm, creamy and with a delicately earthy taste – I would happily eat this again and take tubs of it home to put in the freezer.
The quiche did not disappoint either. It’s been several years since I had quiche (even though other gluten free establishments offer vegetarian quiche they have always have alliums in) and so I was pleased to be able to try it. The pastry was flakey and did not crumble, and the filling was deliciously creamy without an overpowering egg taste. The savoury goat’s cheese taste went beautifully with the sweet tomatoes and I certainly did not notice the lack of garlic or onion.
The star of the show by far was this incredible cake that Stephanie made especially for Valentine’s Day (but dare I say should be a regular feature!): a Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Cake. This cake was two layered with light and fluffy chocolate mousse in between and on top and raspberries mixed throughout. It didn’t take long for me to demolish a slice (and to go back for seconds shhhh).
I can’t stress enough how this wonderful cafe not only provides beautiful food but is also extremely reasonably priced. Gluten free food is often extortionate, and lots of gluten free cafes charge upwards of £3.50 for a slice of cake! Biscuit’s cakes come in way below this at just £2.80. For cash strapped students like us this makes all the difference.
I hope you will also get the chance to go to this amazing place as I now award them an updated review score of
5 out of 5 stars for delicious and IBS-friendly food, a proprietor who values the opinions and suggestions of her customers and an all round wonderful place to eat.
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