CAFFÈ BOLERO

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CAFFÈ BOLERO
2-4 St Nicholas Street, Worcester
Tel: 01905 24548

LAST week my colleague visited a restaurant keen on serving deserts. This week, in an effort to rebalance the shortage of consonants, I tried a cafe that likes to be spelt with two fs.

Extra fricatives aside, I wish this place had been about when my children were small. It reminds me of Edinburgh during the Festival Fringe – the place was humming, rather than buzzing and it was a real plus point that the background music was precisely that.

And all of humanity was in there. From Guardian readers to Sun readers; from ladies who lunch to students not really paying much attention to the thick books lying in front of them; from a man attached umbilically to his laptop to a small boy making the most of his tasty cake before getting out his toy car, everyone was enjoying themselves.

We went on a Saturday lunchtime – not perhaps the most judicious piece of planning on our part but hey, if a caf(f)è can cope well at the busiest time of the week then any plaudits are well deserved.

The menu is straightforward with most mains ranging from £3.99 up to £6.99 and a decent choice of cakes to enjoy as dessert.

My wife opted for a plain panini with roast sliced peppers, Mediterranean vegetables and goats’ cheese while my brother-inlaw and I both selected from the daily specials board – and both chose the same thing, linguine with ham in a carbonara sauce.

The dishes arrived with a minimum of fuss in what seemed like only minutes after we had ordered them at the efficient front desk and they were piping hot without being mouth-searing.

Even if they had been just too hot, we could have helped ourselves from the free iced water on the sideboard to cool things down. The coffees, both the cafe mocha and the cappuccino, earned a big thumbs-up from my wife.

My brother-in-law, a connoisseur of hot chocolate who’s spent the last 12 months in and out of Canadian coffee shops (mostly in), gave both the regular and caramel flavour big pass marks.

The only slight letdown was my large diet coke, which a) wasn’t that large and b) came with a straw – and even in the half-light, my grey hair is obvious.

The service came with a variety of accents and always with a smile.

The total bill for the three of us was about £25 – money well spent for a cosmopolitan hour or so on an autumn weekend.

HOW IT RATED

Food: 4
Service: 5
Ambience: 5
Value for money: 4.

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11:15am Tue 1 Nov 11

CJH says...

Fricatives ? Blimey, someone must have been saving that word for ages waiting for a chance to use it! I have always been hoping for someone to say to me 'What does PTFE stand for? (as in PTFE tape), but no-one ever has. So I'm telling you now that its polytetrafluorethyle
ne.
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By the way, why is there no name for the author of this article?
Fricatives ? Blimey, someone must have been saving that word for ages waiting for a chance to use it! I have always been hoping for someone to say to me 'What does PTFE stand for? (as in PTFE tape), but no-one ever has. So I'm telling you now that its polytetrafluorethyle ne. . By the way, why is there no name for the author of this article? CJH
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6:54pm Mon 7 Nov 11

cargiftworld says...

"People in glass houses.."; some of the spelling in here could do with an extra consonant. Which deserts were they serving, Ghobi, Sahara? No wonder the free water was so popular.
"People in glass houses.."; some of the spelling in here could do with an extra consonant. Which deserts were they serving, Ghobi, Sahara? No wonder the free water was so popular. cargiftworld
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12:28pm Wed 9 Nov 11

Maggie Would says...

cargiftworld wrote:
"People in glass houses.."; some of the spelling in here could do with an extra consonant. Which deserts were they serving, Ghobi, Sahara? No wonder the free water was so popular.
cargiftworld, if you read the previous review you will understand the joke :-)
[quote][p][bold]cargiftworld[/bold] wrote: "People in glass houses.."; some of the spelling in here could do with an extra consonant. Which deserts were they serving, Ghobi, Sahara? No wonder the free water was so popular.[/p][/quote]cargiftworld, if you read the previous review you will understand the joke :-) Maggie Would
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10:03pm Wed 9 Nov 11

cargiftworld says...

Maggie Would wrote:
cargiftworld wrote: "People in glass houses.."; some of the spelling in here could do with an extra consonant. Which deserts were they serving, Ghobi, Sahara? No wonder the free water was so popular.
cargiftworld, if you read the previous review you will understand the joke :-)
My comment refers to the review. I'm pretty sure there aren't any jokes in there. Maybe I'm missing something.
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cargiftworld[/bold] wrote: "People in glass houses.."; some of the spelling in here could do with an extra consonant. Which deserts were they serving, Ghobi, Sahara? No wonder the free water was so popular.[/p][/quote]cargiftworld, if you read the previous review you will understand the joke :-)[/p][/quote]My comment refers to the review. I'm pretty sure there aren't any jokes in there. Maybe I'm missing something. cargiftworld
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10:08pm Wed 9 Nov 11

CJH says...

"Maybe I'm missing something"
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Yep
"Maybe I'm missing something" . Yep CJH
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6:46pm Thu 10 Nov 11

cargiftworld says...

Deft use of "yep" over "yes" for that added degree of smugness.
Deft use of "yep" over "yes" for that added degree of smugness. cargiftworld
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10:38am Tue 19 Jun 12

mauro balbino says...

They are opening a second caffè soon. Serious business, hard working young people, meeting point for several communities and, of course, the espresso is great!
I wish them the best.
They are opening a second caffè soon. Serious business, hard working young people, meeting point for several communities and, of course, the espresso is great! I wish them the best. mauro balbino
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