March was a crazy month filled with snow, then some more snow, travelling with work and an Easter break to Cornwall. Given the hectic schedule March had in store, my coffee shop breaks were limited, nonetheless, wonderful.
I started March with a visit to the newly refurbished Uprising Bakehouse, formally known as The Magdalen Road Bakery. After visiting in February just before they were due to shut for the refurb, I wanted to check out the bakehouses new look and menu. I have to admit, when they told me they would be shutting to make these changes, I did wonder why. I loved it’s look before and wondered why on earth they wanted to change it, BUT what they have done to the place is amazing. With fresh blooms adding a burst of colour to the tables, more seating available, the glorious smell of baked goods and roasted coffee, it’s the perfect place to start the day. The menu offers an array of brunch options from sourdough and poached eggs to a delicious fruity porridge. If you're looking for a delightful spot to enjoy some coffee and a pastry and somewhere to sit and read a good book, this is the perfect place.
My next coffee shop venture was actually a photoshoot at Mangos. Located on Exeter’s picturesque quayside, it’s the ideal location to soak up some rays on a sunny day and get cosy on those wet winter mornings. I have had several photoshoots with Mangos now, and each time I fall in love with the latest additions to the menu. I mean the banana bread with a drizzle of honey, avo on toast with a perfectly poached egg that oozes a gorgeous glow when popping it and the beetroot falafel flatbreads, it speaks for itself! How I didn’t eat it all instead of photographing it, I do not know! Not only do Mangos offer a fantastic breakfast and lunch menu, they also have an impressive choice of cocktails including Bloody Mary and Espresso Martinis. Whether it’s a morning coffee to start your day, lunch with family and friends or a cocktail by the river exe, Mangos is the place to be.
I hope my Coffee Shop Corners blog has introduced you to some of Exeter’s finest independent coffee shops and encouraged you to support local.
I cannot believe we are already a third of the way through April. I have a couple of coffee dates lined up and can’t wait to visit some coffee shops that I haven’t been to for a while.
I hope you all have a wonderful, coffee fuelled April.