Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Storm in a Teacup - Norwich

2 Elm Hill
Norwich
NR3 1HN

Breakfast served
Monday to Saturday - 8am till 3pm
Sunday - 10am till 3pm



Storm in a Teacup has just opened on the corner of Elm Hill and Princes St.



 
The cafe is fairly small and nicely decorated, the natural light floods in.



 
The tables beside the window offer a good view out on to Princes Street.



 
The breakfast menu offers a good selection including the Full English. There isn't currently a vegetarian Full English listed on the menu but the staff were more than happy to create one for my wife.




A selection of books can be found scattered along the window ledge, perfect if you fancy a quick read whilst waiting for your food to arrive. 




The cappuccino here cost £2.50, it was served piping hot in a nice big cup. I love getting a biscuit with my coffee, I wish more places did this!




We were offered sauces and requested some ketchup, I was delighted when a bottle of Heinz appeared.



 
When the food arrived at the table it was nicely presented.



 
The breakfast included toasted sourdough served with real butter.



 
The Full English here costs £8.25.



 
 I enjoyed the sausage, bacon and black pudding served on this breakfast. The local meat supplier is P. J. Roofe and Son.



 
A nice firm pork sausage, delicious!



 
The eggs tasted great and certainly looked the part.



 
The yolk was perfect and the toasted sourdough moped it up nicely.



 
Flavoursome tomatoes and plenty of button mushrooms.




The beans are served in a ramekin, this made it nice and easy for me to pour them precisely where I wanted them, over the toasted sourdough.



 
My wife chose thyme roasted tomatoes and poached eggs on her vegetarian breakfast. Some vegetarian sausages were found in the kitchen which she was delighted with, it cost just £6.25.


I was walking along Elm Hill a week or so ago when I noticed the premises that used to be the Spanish Cafe had reopened again as another cafe. It was really busy inside and I spotted the name on the window "Storm in a Teacup", an excellent name I thought! The next day I noticed I'd been tagged in a photo on Instagram of a superb looking breakfast made by this new cafe. Initially I thought I'd wait until they'd been open for a few weeks as it seemed unfair to visit so soon after opening. The breakfast photo I'd been tagged in looked so good though I couldn't resist the urge any longer. They were serving breakfast till 3pm and it was just after lunchtime, my wife and I headed inside...

Upon entering - The cafe has big windows offering good views out on to Princes Street and Elm Hill. There's a large table in the centre with some smaller tables around the edge, there's also some stalls by the window if you prefer sitting higher up. The counter displaying an impressive selection of cakes can be found along the back wall. There's full table service here so choose a table and somebody will come over to take your order. Salt and pepper is already on the table, the menu arrives once seated, cutlery and sauces arrive after you've ordered. The atmosphere here was nice and relaxing, it was certainly a great place to enjoy a spot of breakfast. 8/10

Service - The staff here were really friendly and keen to accommodate our needs. Not being familiar with the menu before arriving I had no idea if it offered a vegetarian Full English breakfast or not. It turned out it didn't but every effort was made to provide a vegetarian breakfast that my wife would be happy with. She eventually settled for the Full English minus the meats with thyme roasted tomatoes and poached eggs. Shortly after ordering the chef had remembered some vegetarian sausages in the freezer, my wife was delighted with this and a very fair price for this breakfast was agreed. Hot drinks arrived first, sauces were offered next and finally the food arrived. We paid on the way out feeling very welcomed and well looked after. 9/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 bacon, 1 slice of black pudding, 2 eggs, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes and toasted sourdough served with real butter. 8/10

Presentation - This breakfast was presented very neatly in the centre of a large white plate. The beans were served in a ramekin and the toasted sourdough on a side plate with sachets of real butter. Everything looked nicely cooked and those eggs looked very impressive. 9/10

The food - The sausages were a good firm pork variety and the bacon was nicely browned, both tasted excellent and were from local supplier P. J. Roofe and Son. The black pudding was a decent slice with a deep red centre and crispy on the outside. The eggs had plenty of flavour and were cooked just how I like them with no trace of raw white but a nice runny yolk. The sourdough was evenly toasted and tasted great spread with real butter, as always I poured over some beans and topped it with an egg. As I cut through the egg yolk the sourdough soaked it up beautifully. The button mushrooms were delicious and the tomato was full of flavour. An impressive and thoroughly enjoyable breakfast! 9/10

Value for money - The Full English comes with toasted sourdough and costs £8.25. With a cappuccino costing £2.50 my total spend was £10.75. It seemed like a reasonable price to me considering how enjoyable it was and how good the service is here. A hash brown would have made a nice addition to this breakfast but even without one it was still good value for money. 8/10

Veggie option - No vegetarian Full English currently listed on the menu but as we found out, it is possible.

Overall - Considering we visited so soon after they'd opened we were really impressed! Storm in a teacup have launched a great little cafe and are offering an impressive breakfast. Norwich is really spoilt with so many amazing places to go for breakfast and this place is no exception. I look forward to visiting again in the future and wish them good luck with their new venture. Go give them a look, you won't be disappointed! 8.5/10