The instant you step through the door of this cosy cafe, you enter Lotte’s world. A delightful mix of vintage cups and saucers and contemporary award winning British food. Snug sofas, pastel painted chairs and a cow. Yes, a cow. This is a small space full of fascinating surprises.
Swathes of jewellery dangle from a flounced pinny clad forme. A pink painted vintage bentwood coat stand holds a choice of kitchen aprons, from quirky to fun. Bright coloured kitchen utensils share shelf space with appliquéd and printed tea towels and patterned, dog shaped doorstops.
Delightful floral covered tables and dainty chairs fill the cafe. A mix of vintage and modern furniture substitute for generic retail displays, giving a homely feel.
This is the home of the sarnie, but not any old butty, these are gourmet. A plump, Roast Beef, Salad and Horseradish Cream sandwich – “Our beef is marinated in crushed garlic, black pepper, mustard and horseradish. We then medium rare roast it and slice it by hand.” A thick stuffed, Ham, Salad and Lotte’s Sweet Piccalilli sandwich – “Our ham is cooked in apple juice and cider then baked with butter, sugar and spices. The piccalilli is home-made and really rather scrumptious!” I had an oozingly delicious, cheese toasty with thick, carrot and celery soup, the days special combo Pink Plate.
A profusion of cakes sit enticingly under glass cloches, tempting even the most determined health fiend to have a slice. Glossy chocolate fudge cake, A crunchy, sweet apple cake, a walnut layer cake and slabs of chocolate brownies.
And now to the cow. I’m not sure that she has a purpose, but she certainly makes you smile and if you choose the right table, you can have tea with her.
Check out Lotte’s Kitchen, 2 Keens Lane, Chinnor Oxfordshire OX39 4PF
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