It’s no secret I’d absolutely love to have my own cake shop/tea room/book repository one day and I figure this is justified market research. Visit each shop named in the book and give them a rating, deciding what the best bits of each are and coming out the other end with the concept for my ubershop. So, two things I need:
1. People to come to cake shops with me. I am fairly confident the lure of cake if nothing else will entice people to spend an hour or two with me. It has been suggested in certain quarters that I should combine cakes and dates and I am mulling it over, although as the hardest beverage most places serve is a double espresso I am far from convinced (unless someone offers of course and then I’m all for it!).AND
2. A ratings criteria. Which got me thinking, what do people want out of a visit to a cake shop? Other than cake, cheeky. Product is of course important, ambience, customer service, cost, beverages... Answers on a postcard, or just below in the comments if you have any other ideas and I will try and formulate some kind of rudimentary points system.
Now this book does in fact rate each shop, although they all seem to be too close to call and although all the cakes look exquisite I think some of the places just look too pristine. I want somewhere where people can come and get comfortable without fear they might drop a crumb on the floor or get icing around their face. Icing around the face is positively encouraged in my part of the world. So, who is coming with me for some cake eating?