Three Sisters Bake
- Telephone 01505 228087
- Opening times Mon–Thu 9am–5pm; Fri & Sat 9am–11pm; Sun 10am–5pm.
- Food served Mon–Thu 9am–5pm; Fri/Sat 9am–11pm; Sun 10am–5pm
- Average price £9 (lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Website www.threesistersbake.co.uk
This review is taken from the 2013 edition.
Amid the beguiling, albeit slightly strange, charms of the benevolently built 19th-century Quarrier's Village, the imposing Mount Zion Church was once the centre of the orphans' settlement. Today, the village is still home to the Quarriers charity but private residents and commuters have moved in and orphans moved out, and after the church closed the arrival of the Three Sisters – three actual siblings – in the still-rather-imposing Sommerville Weir Hall signalled the beginning of a new focal point. Though there may be a lot less praying, their Bake is a fitting and much needed social and dining facility for the area, offering a warm welcome and delicious, generally wholesome homemade food to all who pass through – or, as many do, make the trip especially. Mix in various community-minded leanings such as a range of deli items and gifts, much made by local crafty folk, as well as regular social group gatherings or special evening events and the Bake is a busy hub for much of the time. The food on offer starts with breakfast (until 11.45am), including the Big Brekkie Sandwich Tower – varying from 'bungalow' to 'high rise' – plus numerous healthier options. Lunch mixes soups and enticing sandwiches on homemade bread, tasting boards, fresh and vibrant salads from the deli, with 'tummy warmers' such as an enjoyable rarebit on sourdough bread. Often-overlooked children are nutritionally catered for as well with thoughtful options such as picnic platters. One wonders if all the healthy stuff is to allow people to make a guilt-free trip to the cake counter, loaded as it is with high-quality items from cupcakes and traybakes to layercakes and scones, which can be enjoyed as part of afternoon tea – available with a glass of fizz to pile on the pleasures. Late openings on weekends feature the 'soul bbq' with US-style food and drinks served til late – and they even offer a voucher towards the taxi back home.
- High point: An enticing and rewarding café
- Low point: Will be a trip for most people - but worth it
- Private dining: Up to 100 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Pop 1960s-1990s
- Live entertainment: Singing chef
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: Oct 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle