YBR Cake, CR7 8RX
- 020 8684 8884
- 48 Brigstock Road, CR7 8RX
- Mon-Sun: 7am-8pm
They make wedding cakes and other decorated cakes for things like birthdays, but more importantly for this guide the shop also functions as a cafe, selling tea, coffee, soft drinks, some Turkish savouries, and of course baklava, cakes, and biscuits.
It seats just a dozen people on varnished-wood upright chairs at wood-effect Formica-topped tables. The fully-glazed frontage lets in a reasonable amount of natural light. Along one wall is the service counter, with glass displays of cakes and savouries, and opposite are shelves with a few groceries (nuts, dried fruit, tinned goods, Turkish delight, etc) and a fridge with soft drinks as well as cured sausages and the like.
Prices are remarkably cheap. For example, when DrHyde visited in mid-2011, a coffee, a cream doughnut, and a big slice of chocolate cake came to just £4. Tea and coffee usually come with a free small slice of sponge cake, too.
When Kake visited in August 2017, a cup of tea (£1) came weak as requested, with a small complimentary square of light-textured but somewhat artificial-tasting banana cake. Chicken borek (£2) photo was heated in a panini press and cut into neat pieces; it was pretty tasty, with soft, flaky pastry and a good proportion of filling. (Other borek available included minced meat, spinach and feta, and feta and onion.) Service was friendly, welcoming, and helpful.
Kake's verdict: Well worth breaking a train journey for.
Accessibility: A large step to get in. No obvious customer toilet.