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Cafe Minuet, Castle Arcade

Posted in Reviews by thesandwichclub on September 30, 2009

The weekend is here, and for a change, the sky is clear and so are our collective heads.  Where to today? Greasy spoon? Gourmet sub? Pub lunch?

No, none of these will do.  A brief think and a brainwave recalls a small little cafe in Castle Arcade.  Café Minuet.

The people running it seem Italian and various posters adorn the café walls of opera and classical music notations. Not the most swish, this is no bad thing, but it has its own little charm. The real gem is not the main café, but a little serving hatch that opens off the kitchen. From here they sell a small selection of mini-pizzas and slippers (If, like I did, you’re wondering wtf?! Well, slippers are cold or warm homemade breads with a choice of fillings)

Cafe Minuet serving hatch

We both go for a mini-pizza – one pepperoni, one ham. They come heated from the oven with the option of adding garlic and prices don’t top more than £2.00. Bargain!

Pepperoni Mini-Pizza

A short walk to the front of the castle and we tuck in. I must say, the quality of ingredients were top notch, handmade bread, proper cheese, thickly cut ham, and a genuine spicy pepperoni. The addition of them being served in a non-descript paper bag only seems to add to the enjoyment. This comes highly recommended, a great quick grab and go.


Price:               4/4

Taste:  3/4

Look:                3/4

Service:           3/4

Originality:    3/4

Score: 16/20


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  1. crazysmiles said, on October 1, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I have to agree, this is a very under rated establishment. The slippers are good, but the mini pizzas are really worth sampling. The menu dishes are named after classical composers.

  2. Mrs Evans said, on October 2, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Perhaps the photograph isn’t flattering, but the visual score of 3/4 seems generous. I would be keen to read a review of a baguette from this venue, if the Club were going to re-visit this high scoring establishment… £2 for a pizza is very tempting indeed.

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