Ask me for my amazing sweet hotspots in Cambridge and I really struggle to recommend anywhere worthy of a write up lately.
However, ask me for my favourite treat destinations in Norwich and I simply don’t have enough fingers to count them all!
But if I read this fabulously tempting menu out to you…. Ahem, queue my beautifully sexy, gruff reading voice… How would this grab your attention?…
‘Banoffee’ caramel, lime creme fraiche, maple candied pecans, banana caramel ice cream, hazelnuts, shortbread.
All washed down with a smooth flat white.
Salted butter caramel, peanut parfait, chocolate mousse.
Paired with Quinta Da Romaneira 10-year-old Tawny Port.
Star anise poached pear, rice pudding, Pedro Ximinez and raisin ice cream, arlettes, maple pecan granola, pear caramel.
Whilst sipping on a sparkling Chapel Down Reserve Brut.
Rhubarb & Custard
Baked vanilla custard, honeycomb, rhubarb and cardamom gel, polenta sable, blood orange sorbet.
Followed by a Shorty McShortShort coffee.
This is just some of the ever-changing plated desserts at Figbar, a very grown up, indulgent dessert bar, newly opened in the heart of Norwich city centre at St John Maddermarket.
I’ve visited Figbar several times now and have enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon birthday treat alongside the bearded birthday boy back in September when they had just opened. Their tasty coffee and tempting melt-in-the-mouth mini chocolate bundt cakes (these beauties will make Marcus & his team at Nordic Ware UK proud!) got us well and truly hooked.
I’ve since popped in to take away some homemade, bitter chocolate Jaffa cakes, rich coffee financiers and cinnamon frosted buns. There are savoury pies, etc served here too, but the desserts are most definitely the focus here!
One drunken evening, after a girly night at the nearby Gin Palace, I even brought some friends here to tuck into their rich chocolate torte and the snickers dessert with raspberry sorbet… the perfect mid-drinking session solution to keep us going!
Everything is fantastic here.
All freshly baked and prepared on site, paired with well thought out wine and champagne selections, as well as hot chocolate, teas, coffees or cold drinks.
Their coffee is supplied by Strangers Coffee in Norwich, just a hop from their front door – and they often share the love of their neighbours through social media by sharing their cakes as a thank you for their support – It’s so nice to see such respect in a scrappy world!
The staff are super friendly and chatty here, whistling as they work, professionally having a laugh in the open-plan kitchen and their background music choices are spot on.
I would choose to visit Figbar for every reason you should ever want cake away from your usual high street offerings.
▽ Birthdays or a special occasion.
▽ Whilst shopping in town and taking a break.
▽ Stopping for a quick blogging session.
▽ Meeting friends – although not too many, as it’s a small place.
▽ During an evening of drinks for a sophisticated food stop.
▽ Just whenever you want a great coffee or glass of wine and some homemade, top-quality cake!
Indulgent cakes and treats, top restaurant-quality desserts, locally sourced coffee, elegant furnishings, unique crockery to eat and drink from, classy wooden floors and bars to prop yourself against, relaxed tunes, twinkly fairy lights around the bathroom door…. These guys have deserved every ounce of respect they’ve gained within the short period of time they’ve been trading.
It’s a classy little place and the food is excellent.
The passion from owners, Jaime & Stephanie Garbutt truly shines through.
Chatting to Jaime last weekend, he talked about the 12 years he worked in London and Hong Kong and his love of Norfolk, having worked in the iconic Norwich City Waffle House back in the day, amongst other places. He said that January had been much busier than they had anticipated, thanks to the “Lipstick Effect” – people don’t have much money to spare after Christmas, but £5-£10 for cake and coffee is the perfect ‘pick me up’ that doesn’t break the bank.
If you have a sweet tooth, then make Figbar YOUR new favourite cakey place and go follow them on social media to get your drool on.
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