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Julia’s Kitchen, Findon

Julia's Kitchen
5 Nepcote Parade
Nepcote lane
West sussex
BN14 0SE

Tel: 01903 873550

Opening Hours:  8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am-3pm Saturday.

Last Visited: June 2012

Visiting a cafe on opening day is always an exciting experience and in the case of our visit to Julia’s Kitchen, it was an unexpected one too!  Here’s what we thought of this new cafe in this delightful West Sussex village.

Balloons, people bustling, “now open” signs strategically placed on all available space.  The clues were all there, but it still took me 15 minutes to piece them all together.  A Saturday morning visit to the picturesque village of Findon, located just off the A24 outside Mrs NoEggs hometown of Worthing, gave us the opportunity to see how this small community would take to a dainty, "Cath Kidston"-esque tearoom.  The answer was quite simply, like a duck to water.

Walking in under spotty bunting we were immediately struck by how much this establishment would offer the local community.  It is a combination of a deli, local shop and tea room, all wrapped up in a hand-crafted bundle. We had the most tempting seat going, in the window just in front of the counter.  With freshly made in-house cakes, fresh bread and deli goods just inches away we needed the breakfast menu to distract us.  It did its job to great effect.

The breakfast menu on offer perfectly reflected the setup of the cafe and the clientele who would be attending.  With all ingredients sourced from local producers (where possible) their menu offered a Traditional Breakfast fry-up, a vegetarian option, a child’s breakfast, cereal, toast and combinations of breakfast sandwiches.  All perfect for the scale of the cafe.  Any more would be too time consuming and more importantly, detract customers from trying the cake on offer!

After much deliberation, I opted for the Full English and Mrs NoEggs for a sausage sandwich (plus an egg donation from me).  After a very short wait, during which we chatted to the friendly owners, our breakfasts arrived.  The use of warm plates was greeted with a big smile from Mrs NoEggs. She does love a warm plate!  The smile on my face at the arrival of my breakfast equaled hers.  Two rashers of butchers quality bacon, an equally meaty and juicy Peckham Butchers sausage, superb sliced fried mushrooms & a juicy roasted tomato half, all met with my stomachs approval.  All items were well cooked and the pressure of opening day was not evident as they all came out to perfection.

Mrs NoEggs was also delighted with the quality of the wholemeal bread used for her sandwich.  Another bonus point came from the warmed plates on which the breakfast was served. This meant that the beans stayed warm throughout until my final slice of toast mopped up the last drop.  The toast delivery (two slices) in a toast rack was a great spectacle and another U.S.P.  Tea was served in a dainty pot and matching cup, whilst my cappuccino packed a caffeine punch.

The only “negative” with the whole experience was that I was forced to think about what could have been if I had just succumbed and ordered a slice of the delicious looking strawberry cake (priced at a very good £1.50 per slice) and 20 of the heavenly cupcakes (only 90p each, £1 less than some Brighton cafes) instead of my fry up.  I blame my dedication to the cause. Stupid website!

The first year for any cafe is a difficult time.  Since we started we've seen seen many promising cafes, and some established ones too, close their doors far too early.  But with well wishing local residents flooding through the doors and a great location just off the A24, the days ahead look bright for this one. The staff were a joy to be around and with the food as high quality as anything found around the county, we’ll be back for more breakfasts and cake in the very near future.

Mr NoEggs