Location: 4 & 5 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AB
Number of GF options: A selection of 4 or 5 cakes to choose from
Cost: Approx £5 for coffee and cake
Contact details: www.society-cafe.com
It seems the west country is a very gluten free friendly place. I discovered this thanks to my twitter friend after a shout-out for my girls weekend in Bath. Long established Boston Tea party has long served gluten free cakes, but its newly opened Bath neighbour, is a welcome addition to the thriving cafe scene.
The Society Cafe, is decorated with the owners retro cycling images and own bike adorning the wall. His wife is gluten free, so as a result, about seventy percent of the cakes are free from gluten. Not that you would know this to look at them. A triple layered chocolate cake sandwiched with salt caramel is their signature. But alongside the three layer lemon sponge, millionaires shortbread and Bakewell cake it, for once was hard to decide what to have as each one is safe for coeliacs.
But its not just the cake that took me there. Known for their superior coffee – sourced from Bath roaster Roundhill Coffee and their loose leaf Lahloo tea the whole place is dedicated to lounging, relaxing and reading. A childrens nook with drawing and chalkboard draws families to the basement, whilst the selection of books and magazine dotted around the place gives you something to flick through whilst waiting for your timer to beep for tea brewing precision. (I loved reading through the French Laundry book – something I would never buy but enjoyed flicking through).
Staff are friendly and knowledgeable about their products and there’s a setting to suit most. All that’s required now are a few gluten free lunch options… Until then, I’m happy to skip lunch in favor of whopping great slice of gluten free cake and their new aeropress coffee.
NB/ For Somerset / Bristol / Bath gluten free stuff check out Wuthering Bites who kindly allowed me to use her pictures here