With our High Streets becoming more and more clogged with chain coffee shops such as Costas and Starbucks it is great that Leatherhead’s Blue Cafe has been such a lasting success. It opened in 2007 and is still run by its hardworking owners Edyta and Peter, who hardly ever seem to take a holiday but are consistently cheerful, friendly and polite. The cafe has even expanded into neighbouring premises in recent years, meaning it is easier to get a table at busy times.
Whether you fancy breakfast, coffee and cake, lunch (hot or cold) or a glass of wine and something more substantial in the evening, the Blue Cafe is a good place to visit. The comfortable but stylish surroundings and the welcoming staff make it an excellent choice if you’re looking to eat out in Leatherhead.
My husband and I are yet to visit in the evening when the cafe morphs into a wine bar but from all reports it does not disappoint. It offers all sorts, from nibbles to enjoy with a glass of wine such as nuts, olives and mozzarella sticks, to platters of cheese, meat and antipasti, pasta, salads and hot dishes. All are very reasonably priced with many dishes around the £6 mark.
Breakfast at the Blue Cafe in Leatherhead can be as simple or elaborate as you like: tea and toast, a pastry or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Those with a really hearty appetite can indulge in eggs in all their guises, beans, sausages and bacon.
One of our favourite post-gym recovery activities (!) is to head for the Blue Cafe and enjoy a slice of cake. There is always a good selection of cakes although I have to say that my favourite is the carrot cake and if I’m really in denial I can even pretend it’s one of my five a day!
The queues that form at lunchtime are testament to the fact that the Blue Cafe does a fantastic selection of sandwiches, wraps and paninis to take away as well as eat in. A huge blackboard details the many choices but again I have my personal favourite, the spicy chicken priced at a very reasonable £3.20 to take away and £3.70 to eat in. Consisting of chicken breast, bacon, rocket, jalapeño peppers, mayo, sweet chilli and salsa it is delicious and filling. If you are sitting in it is also possible to have something hot like a toasted sandwich, soup, bowl of chilli or jacket potato. Fillings for the latter include the usual things like tuna and coronation chicken but also some unusual choices like Letcho, a Hungarian stew, and goulash.
If you are fed up with the homogenising of our High Streets why not pay the Blue Cafe a visit next time you’re in Leatherhead?
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