The Perky Peacock - review
Nestled inside one of the towers on the South (station) side of Lendal Bridge, The Perky Peacock is no doubt more visible from the river than to passers-by on foot.
From the little I know of the Lendal bridge towers, they all contain some sort of coffee shop or sandwich bar, off the beaten track from tourists, but served by a loyal base of commuting regulars who pick up their daily coffee en-route to or from the station.
The Perky Peacock, however, is somewhere to relax. It certainly has more of character than your average coffee shop. Taking up the top half of the tower, once you are inside, you almost feel like you are sitting in an old Kentish oast house. If you manage to sit near the window, there is a great view of the river behind. The downside of the antiquity of the building is the lack of insulation; visiting on one of the chilliest days in the recent snow, the cold temperatures had managed to reach inside, so if you are planning on visiting soon, wrap up!
Whilst it is a nice place to have a drink and a chat, it’s certainly not somewhere to have a private conversation, as there are only four tables inside, and one outside at the top of the steps. At 1pm on a Saturday, we managed to bag the only free table inside, and whilst take away is an option in the summer months when you can sit down by the river, it is a less appealing choice when temperatures are in single digits.
We ordered a hot chocolate, a cappuccino and a packet of ginger biscuits, which came to £5.29, undeniably cheaper than most chain cafes, and the service was very quick. The staff were extremely friendly, making conversation with the customers without appearing overbearing, and taking the time to give directions to a group of lost tourists who had rambled off course, no doubt lured in by the delicious smell of coffee.
The drinks were beautifully presented, dusted with chocolate powder in the shape of a heart, and served in Scrabble mugs, which were also available for sale. The home made ginger biscuits were delicious, and ever so moreish!
As well as cakes and biscuits, they also have sandwiches available. We didn’t try them, but whilst we were there, the staff were preparing some paninis, which smelt delicious. If you’re ever at a loss of something to do for half an hour, pop in and have a coffee, but be warned, there are no toilet facilities on the premises.
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