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On a particularly wet Wednesday my partner and I decamped to Silvie, taking a seat in the conservatory. The interior closely resembles that of a house, with the café sharing its residence with the B&B Browns. There is a fabulous counter stacked with cakes in the reception room, with additional seating in the former living room. The venue was surprisingly busy, with a healthy mix of students and new mums giving it a lively yet enticing atmosphere.
We ordered an orange juice and a hot chocolate and, having perused the menu, decided on a Full Silvie each, with my partner adding greens and tomatoes. The meals also included beans, potato bread, mushrooms, bacon, sausage and an egg (in our case poached). The staff were friendly, speedy, and mostly left us to our conversation, soundtracked to the pleasing patter of rain on the conservatory roof.
When our food came it didn't disappoint. The egg was cooked just right, deliciously yolkey, while the beans were scrumptious and distinctive enough by being the black-eyed variety. The mushrooms were small, well-cooked, with a nice texture. and the potato bread was a great addition. It broke apart satisfactorily and combined well with the egg and mushroom. The selection of meats were great, with the sausage appetising and not too herby (sometimes the risk), while the bacon was crispy but not over-cooked. The mark of a good brunch café is the quality of the food, and here Silvie showed that it was a very good destination for the mid-morning meal.
Regrettably we were too stuffed for any of the fabulous cakes Silvie sells. But past trips have left me knowing that their egg custard is the best that I have tasted, and their cinnamon swirl is gorgeous. Plus, the café has daily bakes and specials that change on a weekly basis. You almost need to revisit this establishment on a regular basis to see what new culinary experiments the owners will be coming up with next. And as it branches into evenings, there really is no reason why you shouldn't make a date with this fabulous