Breakfast with a bang
Uppingham High Street is the perfect place for Scandimania Coffee House, a cutesy, little cafe. Not even open a year and it’s caused quite a stir on the local scene and it’s not hard to see why.
The quaint market town in Rutland is a picturesque place and small enough to spend an afternoon pottering around. It’s worth mentioning that there’s plenty of parking around the main high street making it easy and convenient if you’re visiting and have kids in tow.
It’s intimate and cosy and was buzzing with coffee-guzzling customers, luckily not all of them wanting to sip and stay. Julia Falk runs the cafe and is originally from Sweden so it won’t come as a shock to see that the cafe’s food is mostly Scandi-inspired with a healthy twist and the locals love it.
The concept of Scandimania is good coffee (of course) fresh juices, home baked cakes and fresh sandwiches prepared the Scandi way – think ‘topless’ bread, piled with delicious healthy ingredients. Julia makes everything apart from the sourdough bread which is sourced from local, Hambleton Bakery.
When it comes to decor, it’s simple and stripped back and in such a small space you don’t need to overwhelm the customer with too much. Grey, whites and blush pinks are used and the colours are echoed in the branding too.
I grabbed an empty stool by the window and ordered a smoothie bowl – it’s a big healthy breakfast trend (come on where have you been!?) and for good reason, they are packed with a tonne of good stuff – leafy greens, juicy fruit and creamy avocado so of course, I had to see what all the fuss was about.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and even though there were only two options on the menu I still couldn’t decide; Acia superberry or the green one? After asking Julia her opinion, I opted for the Green one. As I sat down and waited all I could hear was a lot of juicing and blending going on behind me and before long Julia came over with my smoothie bowl.
The green stuff was made up of avocado, banana, date, spinach, mango and a splash of oat milk all blitzed together to make a smooth, rich, creamy ‘smoothie’ but thicker in consistency to the drink. It was topped with bananas, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and granola.
It was filling, nutrient-packed and absolutely delicious. I would have liked a bit more granola but I guess the point is to get more of the healthier stuff down you.
If a smoothie bowl isn’t to your liking there’s plenty of other stuff to choose from including the tasty-sounding mashed avocado, cream cheese, chilli flakes and mixed seeds toast.
OUT & ABOUT
Fuel up and then head out to explore the local high street. If you time it well, you’ll be able to pop in to the gorgeous Aroha Beauty House for a little mani or pedi before it gets really busy although it is advisable to book they even have a hydrotherapy bath upstairs which is well worth trying out. Pick up some pretty knick knacks from Lavender Blue or head to Staniland Booksellers, two rooms filled with rare books covering subjects like, travel, theology and history (stop yawning, I spent a good hour in here).
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Coffee, healthy food and a quick pit-stop with a friend or two. Good fore breakfast or a quick brunch/lunch bite.
Not for: Those who like to sit and chat over coffee and cake for hours and the menu is limited (see pic above).
The Damage: Toasts start from £3, toasties are £4.50 and smoothie bowls are the most expensive thing on the menu priced at £5 but well worth it for a fiver!
Scandimania, 10B High St E, Uppingham, Oakham LE15 9PZ. Tel: 07951 345807