I’m leaving the North East.
There’s still so much to see here and experience and many more slices, both new and old to enjoy but my course in life is moving away from here.
Granted, not far. I’m heading to Yorkshire. I’ll be eating new slices and reviewing them as often as I can, which I know, hasn’t been often. This said I have a few lined up.
Today I present to you a slice from a cafe I haven’t been to for some five years, not having needed to go back to my university library.
I spent very little time here when I was at uni to be fair, maybe that’s why I was so bad at Journalism…
It’s a good library with access to books, computers, printers and now, even though I’m no longer a student, I am allowed in.
I have been to the cafe here, back when it was a Starbucks and I rated the slice at 4.7, so is the new revamped cafe better at making them than Starbs?
Their cafe is at the front as you enter. There seemed to be an abundance of things to choose from but they did have four well laid out caramel slices and how could I say no?
It was £1.15 and that’s cheap for a slice, really low by most standards. Fortunately the quality was not.
It was approximately 3cm squared and around 1.5cm thick (I had no ruler with me for this review – I’m currently in the library) .
The top chocolate was a couple mill thick and the base and caramel was of similar thickness, which meant the caramel was very much a key factor here. Some slices have such thin smears of caramel that they never amount to anything, but here it was everything and more.
Shortcake bases don’t usually interest me but this one was delightful. It was soft and comfy, but held its own. Some crumbs were made, but nothing to cry about (and I usually whinge about crumbs).
Grabbing hold of the slice led to sticky fingers from the thick caramel and warm environment, but the caramels flavour did not disappoint, oh no. It was smooth and creamy to the touch in the mouth, and the flavour was rich but not aggressive. It made me feel that I should be eating this. Not that I wanted to or I had to to finish the review but because it wanted me too.
The chocolate let me bite through with ease and it was ecstacy thereafter.
If the base were but a fraction bigger, so you could hold it and not the caramel and avoid sticky finger syndrome, all would have been right on for a ten out of ten. I kid you not.
Otherwise though, here’s a 9.9 out of ten to whet your appetite.
Not a bad way to leave the North East, eh?