A review of Barker Tea House in Cardiff.
A beautifully picturesque little teahouse, I would definitely recommend Barker Tea House for any tearoom obsessive. Despite being in the heart of Cardiff, it’s hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city by being tucked cosily away in High Street Arcade.
Barker’s really is one of Cardiff’s best-kept secrets. A dream inside, it exudes both chicness and quirkiness as well as boasting an absolutely delicious array of mouth-watering goodies. Options range from indulgent cream teas, sublime homemade cakes and sandwiches, to savoury light bites and delicious pancakes.
I’ve been to Barker’s many times and each time it just gets better and better. Their pancakes, in particular, are something special - I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like them. Thick, fluffy and generously drenched in maple syrup, bacon and blueberries, they’re probably some of the best pancakes that the city has to offer. The portions are extremely generous and will cost you around £5 or so.
The milkshakes are equally delectable. Served in milk bottles which add a nice little touch, the milkshakes come in a variety of flavours including caramel, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Made with fresh vanilla ice cream, they’re rich, creamy and every bit how a milkshake should be.
I’d also advise students to try their delicious homemade cakes. Having the sweet tooth that I do, I love their melt-in-your-mouth deep chocolate cake that’s rich, dark and very gooey. Their carrot cake is also another classic; a moist, dense sponge topped with tangy cream cheese icing. Barker’s likes to mix up their cake options, so each time you go there will always be something new to try. They often offer some pretty interesting flavours too.
Barker’s also offer a decent savoury menu including dishes such as eggs benedict, fresh sandwiches and avocado on toast. The eggs benedict is especially good, with delicious hollandaise sauce and thick bacon.
With its cosy atmosphere, great service and perfect central location, Barker’s is certainly worth a visit time and time again. Your parents will undoubtedly love it too!
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