Bloomin’ gorgeous, The Loquacious Baker
I’m not a coffee drinker and I barely drink tea nowadays so the whole cafe culture thing is kinda lost on me, but if we’re talking light lunches and delicious cakes, I’m there!
Step forward The Locquacious Baker; tucked away in Burbage, Hinckley, this cutesy cafe has quickly become the heart and soul of the village.
The cafe is owned by Cathy Homer, a talkative (hence the name) pastry chef who’s seriously passionate about food; she’s been baking and decorating cakes for more than 15 years and can rustle up anything from a cheese quiche to a three-tier luxury wedding cake with her eyes shut.
She’s a powerhouse – up at the crack of dawn making everything you see on the menu and still has time to make special orders for cakes and catering events – if that wasn’t all enough she was recently asked to take over the kitchen at the newly renovated Burbage pub, The Cross Key. Impressive – right?!
Back to the coffee shop, it’s small and intimate – there are only about six small tables inside so if you want to eat in, you gotta be quick to bag a spot as it’s a very popular joint. Special mention goes out to the Instagramable floral wall in the corner (very Elan cafe-esque) it’s the prettiest place to sip your coffee.
Don’t turn up expecting turmeric lattes and acai bowls, it’s less about serving the fanciest cup of coffee and more about sharing a delicious passion for food with others – a good ol’ cafe (less of the ‘old’ though) with great food at the heart.
There’s a perfectly formed menu serving simple breakfast options and light lunches including jacket potatoes, salads (love the sound of the pear and blue cheese salad with cashew nuts and white truffle oil) – you’re bound to also be tempted by the dishes on the Specials boards too.
Too early for lunch but slightly peckish, I picked the rosemary, black pepper and mature cheddar savoury scone from the Specials board. It came with cream cheese and the most amazing red onion chutney I’ve ever tasted.
No surprise that The Loquacious Baker has got her sweet treats down too – after much deliberating, I decided that you can’t beat a cupcake and the vegan ones definitely stand up to any traditional ones you may have tried before.
The Muddy Verdict
Good for: A light breakfast or weekend brunch with friends as well as a tasty sweet treat or two. Gluten-free and dairy-free options also available.
Not for: It’s a casual, small spot so if you’re after a big brunch or lunch with friends or lattes galore, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Not much room for prams either.
£: Breakfast from £2 and lunch from £4.50 for soup of the day, you really can’t go wrong.
The Loquacious Baker, 2b Strutt Rd, Burbage, Hinckley LE10 2EB