A firm favourite. Tiny, seats just six, but a wide range of mouth-watering savoury or sweet confections to eat there or take away from an incredibly enthusiastic Kiwi, Cane, and his assistant baker. They are baking all the time - at least whenever I go in - and the food is always fresh.
Great bread, quiches, tarts, cakes (the flourless chocolate and almond cake is absolutely to die for) and special orders not a problem - he did a great Black Forest Gateau for a big birthday of mine for nearly 40 people (I know, very sixties, but then that was what the birthday was about).
Great tea and coffee, and the home-made croissants (not least the almond) are heavenly. Personally, I can take Classic FM and find it adds to the place.
The best bit: It is incredibly good value! Take a large shopping bag for the food you're going to bring home! Open Sundays too.
Sugardough is a fantastic little cafe/bakery tucked away away on the Kingsway in Hove. They have been open for over two years now and I'm not sure how I have missed this little gem.
All the products are made on the premises and they have an open bakery in the back allowing you to watch the chef in action and smell the fresh products as they are removed from the oven, I could have stayed here for hours just watching the chef at work!
They have a few table to eat in, all of which were taken with people enjoying a coffee, cake or a light lunch. On this occasion I got a courgette and feta tart to take away, beautiful at home with a fresh salad. The cakes looked great but I managed to resist this time round, however I intend to revisit soon.
There is nothing quite like a refreshing slap in the face which is what I got when I stumbled across Sugardough, aiming to be somewhere else.
The first thing that strikes you is the small quantity but nice variety of cakes, biscuits, buns displayed on rather ordinary thin bookshelves in baskets. BUT you can tell by the 'bake' this is not your run of the mill baked goods you'd typically find. These are handmade.
The second thing that struck me, next to shelving your likely to find in a small flat was the typical large industrial shelving you'd expect to see in a bakery filled with trays of cooling goods including PIES.
What is all the more strange is this place has sprung up from nowhere in what I consider a quite inhospitable Victoria Terrace - an odd line of shops next to two lanes of traffic flowing each way.
Now just because something looks good doesn't mean it tastes good and perhaps out of pity felt obliged to buy a cupcake.
Inside, there are a couple of tables and chairs at the front. To the rear the Baker is working away in what appears to be the most open kitchen in the world, as if they've gone out and bought all their equipment from a catering supplier, set it up and just got on with the job.
The Pies did look good and were not long out of the oven. So I bought one along with now two cupcakes from a lovely lady behind her small counter who is clearly one of the proprietors.
Everything is made from scratch. They do not use premixes so dominant in supermarkets and their in-house bakeries as well as high street bakeries (which are actually not very healthy at all).
Despite all this the proof is in the taste.
I've would never say I was a pie fan. When I've tried Artisan pies sold at Festivals and the such. I've often felt slightly disappointed.
When I tried Sugardoughs (still warm from the oven) pie I was blown away. The combination of the filling with what I can only describe as the most delicious buttery pastry just was awesome. I felt a road to Damascus moment as I became enlightened to PIE.
Guess what. That pie only cost £2.50
Whether you're looking for pie or sweet bakes or just taking a stroll along the promenade. This place so deserves a visit and your patronage even if you just go buy a coffee or a tea.
Check it out.
Wow, what a great place for tea and cake! If you live nearby you have to check it out. Having opened only recently this quaint little bakery/ teashop is become increasingly popular and often sells out by around 3pm. The understated, clean interior is refreshingly honest, as it's not trying to be a fancy premium patisserie; it's simply a damn good bakery offering a passionately created product at affordable prices. For teas, cakes and pastries it's not to be missed.
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