In March we visited The Pudding Pantry for the 2nd time since it opened. Our first visit was back in 2014. I’d also visited on my own with people from work for a baby shower so it was my 3rd visit. The Pudding Pantry opened in Trinity Square in April 2014.
With a name like The Pudding Pantry we originally thought it was to be a purely desserts based restaurant/cafe. However it did not seem to start out that way. When we first visited the only thing that seemed dessert-y were some cakes which was quite disappointing so all we’d had were some tea and scones.
On the baby shower visit we’d had a pre-booked afternoon tea. They serve 3 types between 2pm and 4.30pm daily (5.30pm on a Saturday) which you need to pre-book 24 hours in advance. The options are as follows:
- Sweet Tea (£11.95pp) – 2 mini scones, homemade jam and clotted cream, 4 individually designed cakes
- Classic Tea (£15.95pp) – 2 mini scones, homemade jam and clotted cream, 4 individually designed cakes and sandwiches
- High Tea (£20.95pp) – 2 mini scones, homemade jam and clotted cream, 4 individually designed cakes and sandwiches and a glass of bubbly Prosecco.
Most of our party chose the sweet tea but 3 of us chose the classic tea. We were served quite promptly once everyone in our party had arrived. Everything was quite delicious although it proved too much for most of us to finish. The only complaint was that when one of our party requested more hot water to steep her tea leaves in she was told that she’d have to order a new pot instead.
On my visit with Keith we brought my mother-in-law (MIL). It seems to have improved in terms of the offerings compared to the first visit! They still do many different teas and hot drinks, pancakes, cakes but also cakes, breakfast, lunch, brunch and afternoon tea!
It was quite busy when we walked in so took us about 15 minutes to get seated. Our orders were taken quite promptly though once seated. MIL ordered the raspberry and prosecco cake with some tea while Keith ordered the salted caramel brownie freakshake. I ordered blueberry pancakes and peppermint hot chocolate.
Everything was absolutely delicious although Keith said the freakshake was really filling and was very glad he didn’t order anything to eat. My hot chocolate was delicious but as it was quite creamy and filling I was ridiculously full after having the pancakes AND the hot chocolate. The MIL really loved her cake as it was sweet and creamy.
I do hope they move into slightly bigger premises one day as everything felt really cramped and it got quite warm in there. Service was decent and the quality of food was great. Would definitely visit again as the pancakes were gorgeous. We’d like to come back and try out the breakfast as well as they look quite good!
The Pudding Pantry – http://www.thepuddingpantry.co.uk/
Service – 4.0
Food – 4.0
Value – 4.0
Overall – 4.0