Welcome to Scones of the Month 2016, where I started with a return visit to J + A Café.
I had previous visited in January 2015 and as our guided walks for Walk London had finished nearby it, seemed the perfect place to catch up afterwards with C, friend and fellow guide, our wonderful back markers and Amardeep, who was also on the walk.
J + A Café is housed in a former diamond cutting factory and is tucked away just off Clerkenwell Road. We all arrived rather hungry and we pleased to be seated quickly. Sadly after raving about their Chocolate Guinness Cake it was sold out when we visited. Needless to say I ordered the scones and a hot chocolate.
The large plain scone was served warm. It was accompanied by generous portions of strawberry jam and fresh cream. I’m really sorry to say I really didn’t enjoy my scone as it was a little on the hard side and a bit chewy. I was disappointed as on my last visit the scones were delicious, but this time they didn’t have that firm exterior and soft centre, instead they were just very solid. I know I’m very particular about my scones (well I do eat a lot of them) so I asked the group, only one other person shared my views and the others thought they were fine. My big cup of hot chocolate was very warming and satisfying after my walk. The food was well priced with the scone, cream and jam just £3 and the hot chocolate £2.80. Service was friendly and prompt. It’s a really nice café so I’m going to put it down to one off bad luck and I’m hoping next time I visit that I won’t be disappointed.
Ratings: Scones: 1, Accompaniments: 2, Service: 2, Ambience: 2, Overall: 7/11
Until next time…