Finally something interesting to blog about! Today a friend and I decided to find out about Nottingham’s Best
Kept Secret, The Walk. Situated at number 12 Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham between Bridlesmith Gate and the popular Fletcher Gate in a serene courtyard, The Walk is described as a secret oasis. Unfortunately for us it had rained most of the day so the ‘serene courtyard’ was a little more on the soggy side than tranquil.
On arrival, we are taken to the only 2 seater table in the cafe, it was next to another table at which a couple and small child were trying to arrange their pram. We hesitantly looked at the table unfairly positioned close to the lively child. Our waiter noticed our worry and quickly offered another round table for 4 as an alternative. We chose to sit there instead which gave us a nice view of the room, next to a book case and 70s’ style display cabinets holding old china.
My friend and I had both looked a The Walk website before we chose to visit and had expected a hot food menu to chose from but weren’t disappointed to find at this time of the day (1.30pm on a Saturday) we had the choice of sandwiches and cake! The menu’s were a little on the over-used side but that didn’t put me off choosing. My friend and I decided to share a pot of Earl Grey Tea for two, very reasonably priced at £2.25. There was a small selection of sandwiches to choose from; Ham off the bone, Roast Beef, Brie Cheese, Camembert, Tuna Mayo, Egg Mayo and ‘Smoked’ (I presumed this meant smoked salmon but I didn’t ask). Sandwiches could be serves on white, brown, wholegrain bread or in a baguette. Extra sandwich fillings (Sundried Tomatoes Cheddar Cheese or Mixed Leaf Salad) could be added for an extra 50p to the £3.85 lunch.
I chose the Ham off the bone and added Cheddar Cheese on wholegrain bread. It arrived on a gorgeous china plate with mixed salad leaves and cheery tomatoes. The bread was delicious and fresh and the ham had a lovely off-the-bone flavour. I was disappointed that the cheese wasn’t mature cheddar and that it was ready sliced but it did go well with the ham and overall was tasty. My friend chose the Roast Beef and added Mixed Leave Salad with mustard on the side again on wholemeal bread. She said she enjoyed it also.
Our tea arrived just after the sandwiches came to the table. Served in a beautiful china pot with tea cups and saucers. The Earl Grey Tea was fresh tea leaves held in a Tea Ball within the Teapot. I drank my tea with a splash of milk and my friend drank it without, we both managed to get a good 3 cups out the pot and a forth slightly bitty cup.
To tempted to miss sampling a cake each, one of the friendly waiters took us to view the selection. From Chocolate & Apricot to Sultana & Cherry it was hard to choose! The waiter pointed out his favourites (the Carrot Cake and Lemon Cupcake!) which was a lovely friendly touch as he proclaimed how jealous he was that we were choosing which to have. I decided to go for the Sticky Orange & Poppy Seed Loaf and my friend chose the Banana & Prune Teabread.
The Orange and Poppy Seed Loaf was yummy, it had a bitter sweet taste with sticky orange peel on the top. The Banana and Prune Teabread was also delicious, more moist than the loaf with fresh soft pieces of prune in it.
Overall we had a lovely lunch at The Walk – we’d love to visit again to sample the evening menu as well as the Afternoon Tea selections. I loved the fact that the choices of Afternoon Tea were named after female British Royals, Princess Beatrice, Jane Phillips, Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth!
ADDRESS – The Walk, 12 Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2GR
OPENING TIMES – 11am – 6pm Sunday to Wednesday – Thursday to Saturday 11am – 10pm
TELEPHONE – 0115 9477 574
WEBSITE – www.thewalkcafe.co.uk