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New cafe tops off Bridge Street nicely

Guardian Gourmet review, Savannah Caffe (w121224-3)

Guardian Gourmet review, Savannah Caffe (w121224-3)

WAFFLES, paninis, cakes and coffee are just a few of the tasty treats you’ll find in Worksop’s newest cafe.

Savannah Caffe at the top of Bridge Street has only been open a few days but it is already drawing in plenty of custom.

Here at the Guardian we were also eager to sample what the cafe had to offer. So I went with my colleague Chantal one lunchtime before Christmas.

Set in a prominent position between Worksop’s busy main shopping street and its new cinema, Savannah has an eye-catching shop front to entice passers-by.

It was warm and welcoming inside too, with bright decor featuring desert scenes and comfortable raffia furniture.

Chantal and I studied the choices on offer on the sandwich counter... and the tempting array of cakes and desserts.

Chantal went for a cheese panini (£2.50) and a bottle of water (£1.20). While I opted for a hot cheese, tomato and mushroom baguette (£2.50), a cafe latte (£2.49) and a slice of homemade apple pie (£2.50).

We ordered and paid the friendly waitress at the till and took our seats.

Our food was brought to the table after what seemed like just a few minutes.

The attentive staff asked if we needed any condiments and even brought out a special treat - a sample plate of Belgian waffle with cream and fruit.

We hungrily tucked into our table full of food and were impressed from the first mouthful.

Chantal said her panini was full of flavour. The cheese was especially scrummy and the whole sandwich was not too greasy.

My baguette was packed with flavour too. The crunchy bread was smothered in a pizza-type tomato sauce and layered with soft mushrooms and tangy cheese.

As I chomped further and further into it, I began to suspect my eyes had been bigger than my belly.

But in the name of good journalism I persevered. And my creamy, frothy latte coffee helped wash everything down.

After our savoury snacks we sampled Savannah Caffe’s sumptuous Belgian waffles. The complimentary slice we had kindly been given was the perfect after dinner sweet treat - light and fluffy.

Then it was time to tackle the humongous mound of apple pie that sat on the plate before me. I hadn’t bargained for such a generous portion. But my faithful dining companion Chantal helped me out with a few spoonfuls.

The pie filling was packed with big slices of juicy apple in a sugary syrup. And the lattice topped pastry crust casing was thick and crumbly.

Needless to say I couldn’t finish it all.

But I can heartily recommend Savannah Caffe to anyone wanting a light (or not so light) lunchtime bite, and wish the proprietors every success.

Hayley Gallimore

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