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Cafe Blah Blahh
Tel: 01485 533507
With delightful decor and the warmest of welcomes this is the friendliest tea room you’re ever likely to set foot in; an upmarket and modern cafe serving exceptional teas, coffees and edible treats as well as a quality lunchtime menu and speciality crepes
Where to find it
Next to Sainsbury’s in Westgate and within a two minute walk of the beach, this cafe is perfectly situated for both town and tourist footfalls. It’s modern and tasteful frontage with topiary trees and bistro tables draws you’re attention but it’s the merriment within, visible if you peep through the frosted ‘blah blahh’ glass, that lures you in. You feel you’re missing out if you don’t step inside, then before you know it, you’re a regular and you simply can’t stay away from the place.
What to expect
Smiles, laughter and a friendly face are guaranteed here on any day come rain or shine. This is a place you can frequent alone or in a group; with your old granny or your teenage niece. Anything goes and all blend in. You’ll find a comfy sofa and cushions galore; charming crockery with cups and saucers that all match – nothing is thrown together but carefully planned with a designer’s eye.
Within eight weeks of opening, owners Andrew Waddison and Jamie Knight have established a strong local following and deserve to be a hot spot on the tourist radar too. Their first class customer service complements their outstanding food and drink.
What’s on the menu?
Committed to serving incredible coffee and the finest teas, you’ll find an impressive selection of both on offer. Their coffee is blended exclusively for them with beans from Guatemala, Nicaragua and Indonesia that are mixed to an exact specification and then ground on the premises seconds before hitting your cup. You can also find Kopi Luwak coffee here - exclusive to Norfolk – that is considered one of the smoothest blends there are after losing its residual bitterness by passing through the digestive enzymes of civet cats. Sounds wacky but it really does produce an exceptionally pleasant flavour worth investigating. If you prefer something cold however, they serve wonderful smoothies and quality soft drinks.
Food, glorious food
You can get all the usual sweet treats along the cake line, especially sensational blah blahh cupcakes, as well as toasted paninis, rolls, salads and omelettes. Light breakfast nibbles include mushrooms with garlic and cracked black pepper in a creamy sauce, and ‘posh beans on toast’ served with cheddar cheese and bacon lardons. Pancakes are their speciality though with a huge selection of sweet and savoury toppings on offer ranging from cherry with mint choc chip ice cream to spiced beetroot and goat’s cheese.
Events and merchandise
Cafe Blah Blahh is about more than just food and drink. It’s a community in the making. To reflect their love of locals they offer ‘working snax credit’ giving discounts and freebies to nearby businesses, and groups such as the ‘Hunny Yarns’ meet there regularly to ‘stitch and bitch’ as they call it.
They also frequently host events. The jubilee weekend was a hive of unabashed joy where the guys decked out the cafe, made afternoon tea feasts and ran an extravagant raffle based entirely on impressive prize donations which again shows the respect they have earned in west Norfolk. As I write this they are busy launching a four week Millinery Academy hat making course to be held there. Check out their excellent website for up to the minute plans.
You can also buy tea, coffee, hot chocolate from Whittards and a selection of giftwear: candles, diffusers and all things that smell, both on the premises and via their website.
They are open throughout the year, six days a week (closed Thursdays) from 10am to 4pm.