Lets find a Cafe (or tearoom)

Lets find a Cafe (or tearoom)

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Incident lite. (Tall Orders,Dereham)

Tall Orders,
Dereham,
Opening times Mon-Sat 09:00-16:00
After having a short break from Cafe Cycle reviewing Wednesday seemed like a great day to get back on the bike and find a new cafe to check out. An old work colleague had suggested I try Tall Orders in Dereham as his fiancé owned it. This seemed like as good a reason as any so with guests Chris (wife) and Andrew (who is notoriously hard to please) we set off.

It was a beautiful warm summers day and we had a speedy and for once incident free ride to Dereham. Andrew and Chris had both recently had professional bike fits from Mr Footlab (highly recommended) so were comparing stem angles, seat post heights and handle bar widths. It was clear neither had a clue what any of it meant but it obviously made them both happy to be incidentally swapping meaningless numbers.

We arrived at Tall Orders and locked our bikes with a combination of Alarmio and non-Alarmio security systems and went inside. Sadly Tall Orders does not have an outdoor seating area but does have a fairly large single room indoor seating area.
Outside Tall Orders in Dereham
I went straight to the counter to review the cakes and to decide on the effective cake selection (ECS) rating. There were only a few cakes and a sign assuring us that they baked fresh scones daily, although these were not on display. The cakes they did have plus the potential fresh scones meant a reasonable ECS could be awarded.
The full cake selection. disappointingly there was no big sponge cake
I choose the chocolate brownie with my Hot Chocolate, Chris the coffee cake with her skinny mocha and Andrew the flapjack with his cappuccino, this meant we had almost the full cake selection covered.
Cakes and drinks about to be tried
The drinks were all good and scored well. The cakes were nice too with the chocolate brownie being the best. Andrew (who is notoriously hard to please) felt his flapjack had all the right ingredients but traditionally you would except them to be joined together in some way. This step seemed to have been missed when the flapjack was constructed and a spoon may have been a better cutlery choice than the fork provided.
Flapjack which was rather more crumbly than necessary
Overall Tall Orders was a nice stop with good quality cakes and drinks but not the greatest location.

The ride back was equally uneventful but all in all a pleasant return to the world of cafe cycle reviewing.

Scores for Tall Orders
Hot Choc Quality
Guest Hot Drink Quality
Effective Cake Selection
Cake Quality
Ambiance and Atmosphere
Café Rating
7.5
7.5
5.5
7.5
5.5
6.70
Route

Click link to download 37 mile Norwich Dereham loop GPX file for your GPS

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