Books & Beans
Hey guys, so a couple of weeks ago I was invited by Katherine, from Life With Kat, to attend a small blogger lunch at her workplace, Books and Beans. I've been to Books and Beans a couple of times before and I've always loved the relaxed atmosphere of the place. For those who don't know, Books and Beans is a little coffee shop in the centre of the city that prides itself in having great fair-trade coffee alongside fresh homemade food where you can find a great secondhand book or two!
A lil' side note before I get into how amazing the food was, all the photos from this post were taken by Sarah, from BlogsVlogsEtc, who kindly sent me them after I dropped my phone down the toilet and lost all my photos of Books and Beans from that day!
I love meeting up with these girls as there is always so much to catch up on and chat about. It's just always such a laugh.
Anyway, after we all settled in we ordered drinks. We all decided to got for the Cheeky Chino which is an iced chocolate coffee drink that you can have with different flavoured syrups. You can also choose whether you want coffee in it or not which is handy for those who don't like coffee or if you are trying to watch your caffeine intake. I went for the cinnamon syrup which gave the drink a nice autumnal feel.
Following this we got to sample some of their homemade soups, Spicy Red Pepper & Lentil and Sweet Potato & Coconut. They were divine! The Spicy Red Pepper and Lentil Soup gave me such a warm feeling. It reminded me of being all cosied up at home with a bowl of soup on a horrible, cold day. The Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup was quite different from any soup I've ever tried before. It was quite sweet and you could really taste the coconut. The tasters came alongside a healthy portion of toasted bread which is essential when it comes to soup!
Next, we were spoilt for choice when the wraps and paninis were delivered to the table. In the wraps there was Brie, Apple, Spinach and Honey (BASH) or Chicken and Bacon Salad. I tried the BASH as I thought it sounded quite unusual. Having such a sweet tooth meant that this wrap was right up my street — it tasted amazing!
In the paninis there was Ham, Cheese and Mustard or Balsamic Vinegar, Mozzarella, Olives, Tomato and Basil. I am not a huge fan of olives or tomatoes so I steered clear of that one. However, I was reassured by the girls that it does taste good. I went for the Ham, Cheese and Mustard panini. It was really mustard-y so if you are a big mustard fan then this is the one for you! The mustard was such a nice twist on a traditional Ham and Cheese toastie. It gave it a real kick.
After all of this you could have rolled us all home, but not before we could try some of Books and Bean's delicious pancakes and cakes! Somehow, there is always room left in my tummy for sweet things. The pancakes were huge and they came with every sort of topping you could wish for: different flavoured jam, nutella and a little jug of maple syrup. They were so good! Next to all of this was a selection of cakes. There was Victoria Sponge Muffins, Treacle Toffee Apple Muffins, Rocky Road and Mint Tray Bake. The Mint Tray Bake was definitely my favourite!
Books and Beans has quickly become my new favourite spot! It offers a great selection of homemade food. With some sandwich combinations that you'd never think would go well together but do! I really like the relaxed atmosphere and how you are surrounded by books and wonderful artwork. It is definitely the place to go if you are in the city and looking for a place to relax and enjoy some delicious food!