It feels like years since I last updated my ‘Travel’ section but actually, it has been a good couple of months. (Still quite a long time I know.) I thought I’d change it up a bit, and let you into my new favourite place! If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know of my new obsession so I’m here to talk of it more in detail.
You will also be pleased to know that this post won’t be a one-hit-wonder as next month I will be traveling to Rome for a few days! So expect more travel-related posts in the next month and a bit. I hope to cover Preparation for Traveling type of posts before I actually go traveling (thinking ahead guys…) so stay tuned for that too. 🙂
Featured in this post:
Barker Tea House located in the High Street Arcade in Cardiff
(There is also another Barker’s in another arcade across town. Popular you see.)
I love coffee. I love tea too but that’s not so much of a thing that I purchase outside of my home. Coffee shops are rapidly expanding across the UK and well…globally I would like to say. It’s crazy. I guess I can’t blame them because a cup of coffee sells very well and even if you don’t like coffee, there’s something for everyone. It also seems very socially acceptable to go buy a cup of coffee and sit on your own. For hours. (With a book or laptop because why not?) Just an observation.
(My signature drink to order is a good chai latte if you must know.)
But the environment to drink coffee hardly feels authentic anymore as duplicates of Starbucks, Costa, Caffe Nero and Coffee #1 keep on multiplying. Been there, done that.
And depending on which chain of coffee shop you’ve chosen to enter, the setting can sometimes feel dreary rather than ambient. Cold rather than relaxing. It doesn’t take away how good a coffee shop date can be with a friend, co-worker or lover because good company wins but it can be better.
Recently, I’ve been going to a new place every week. It’s not so much ‘new’ in my memory as I’ve always known of it but it’s definitely new in my experience.
Welcome to Barker’s.
If you wish, you can high-tea here but it’s quite pricey. For one person it’s £20 and for two it’s £35. I haven’t jumped the gun yet because I think it’s a bit too much and really something you need an empty stomach for… But I’ve seen the cake tiers and they look so pretty!
Breakfast and brunch is also available at Barker’s though I haven’t tried either.
In fact, you can just skip to the drinks menu and realise just how much authentic choice there is. I typically have only ever ordered the Chai Latte but I’ve heard that their milkshakes are popular. There’s also a great selection of teas including fruit teas, a great selection of hot chocolate and of course, there’s coffee.
Some days, it can be quite quiet as above, but there are other days where the tea house is simply booming but have managed to find a seating space downstairs. Unfortunately, yesterday was a no-go as it was even more busy! It’s a great feeling to know that your favourite place is popular though. 🙂
I forgot to add that there is seating outside but it’s actually not used very much at all. Maybe in the summer?
In whichever seating space you end up in, there’s just a lot to look at inside the tea house. From the wallpaper, to the hanging lights to the wall decor. It’s all there. Some inspiration for your dream home perhaps?
So you see, there is still some authenticity left in the coffee shop industry – you just have to really go find it!
Have you come across any coffee shops or even patisseries, like this? Please let me know as I’d love to explore more in the future!
What’s your take on coffee shops? What do you normally order?
Comment below, and I’ll see you on Sunday for another post!
Take care. ❤ 🙂
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