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100 Happy Days – Day 86 (Blue Cafe Leatherhead – Review)

I haven’t seen Chris since last year so it was lovely meeting up with him this morning for brunch and a catch up 🙂 (can’t believe I’ve known him since I was 4! That makes me feel old…) We went to the Blue Cafe in Leatherhead as we’d heard good things about it and fancied giving it a try. I’ve always been attracted to their massive zebra print chairs in the window too! I’d read online that the service can sometimes a bit surly and I guess the staff seemed a bit lackluster, but they were efficient and speedy, so that was good enough 🙂 I was rather indecisive as to what to eat as they have a nice wide range of sandwiches and paninis, as well as jacket potatoes and pasta dishes. To say I was tempted by the cakes is a massive understatement, but in the end I went for a chicken, bacon, and cheese panini for £3.80 which also came with a small side salad and a couple of tortilla style crisps. It tasted pretty good, just could have done with a bit more filling though. But it was a lovely little place for a catch up and the prices were reasonable. After 12pm the cafe also got steadily busier as all the local business people came in for their lunch which shows that it must be rather popular with regulars!

Chicken, bacon, cheese, mayo panini

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100 Happy Days – Day 32 (Patisserie Valerie)

It’s a bit scary how quickly 32 days has passed since starting the 100 Happy Days challenge! It’s already week 4 of uni which means the dreaded exams and coursework deadlines are looming! I’m glad it’s the weekend and hopefully I’ll find some time to relax and take a bit of break from work! Did some mystery shops today and thought I’d treat myself to a chocolate gateaux cake from Patisserie Valerie – yum 😀 The displays in their shops always look so appealing and it was hard to decide which one I wanted since I wanted to try them all, but if I did then I would definitely be rolling to uni! The gateaux was very nice! It looks like quite a small piece, but it was actually pretty big, and very rich and filling! The profiterole on the top was lovely and I’ll definitely be having this slice again!

Patisserie Valerie Double Chocolate Gateaux

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100 Happy Days – Day 29 (Fleet River Bakery)

I met up with my friend Jess at the Fleet River Bakery for a bit of a catch up over a hot chocolate and carrot cake. I’d never been there before, but I’d heard great things about it and since it’s right around the corner from my university I was up for trying it!

We got there just before midday and it was already pretty busy and I’d heard that the queues snake outside by the time it reaches lunchtime! There was a nice selection of cakes available and I decided to treat myself to a carrot cake for £3.50 and hot chocolate for £2.80, which are pretty average prices for coffee shops and cafes in London. I also got a student discount for being at LSE, which was an added bonus 😀 Jess and I managed to find a table and had a lovely catch up. The carrot cake was very moist and the icing was very moreish and I’m very tempted to return soon to try another of their baked goods. The hot chocolate was very nice too and last year they did a hot chocolate festival where they had different flavours of hot chocolate every day, ranging from coconut, to honeycomb. Gutted I didn’t realise this last year, otherwise I would have been down there like a shot! The atmosphere inside the cafe felt very welcoming and warm. There were loads of different types of people in there, from business people having a quick lunch, to students working at their laptops with a coffee. They have a different selection of food every lunch time, and it was so hard to resist buying something else to eat when I saw people walking past our table with delicious looking food!

Fleet River Bakery carrot cake and hot chocolate

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