Review of Kalm Kitchen Cafe Guildford and Being Dairy Free

I stumbled across this cafe on Twitter. They published a picture of a delicious dairy and gluten free chocolate cake via Instagram. I commented on the cake and this resulted in a conversation taking place between myself and the cafe over Twitter. They kindly agreed to get in a dairy free cake in for me to try that Saturday. After a little retail therapy we toke the side street in which the cafe was placed. We hoped to have a light lunch followed by tea and cake. We met two friendly men on our way who told us that the cafe was full and people were waiting for a seat. We took a look for ourselves and even the seating outside was being used despite the damp weather. The lunches being enjoyed inside looked both healthy and delicious. I was disappointed not to be able to enjoy this. We decided to go elsewhere for lunch and come back later for afternoon tea and cake.
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When we returned to the cafe it was still full. We managed to get a seat upstairs when someone left. We were still full from our lunch so opted just for a cup of tea. I opted for mint tea. The cafe uses Tiger Spring teas. The tea came in a white teapot inside there was a strainer well stocked with mint leaves. The smell on opening the lid of the teapot was something special. It was a strong refreshing mint that slightly cleared my nasal passages. I couldn’t wait to give it a try. On sipping the tea it was very strong. I was unable to distinguish the exact mint if I’m honest. It left a nice soothing feeling to my throat that continued down into my stomach. I’ve yet to try a mint tea that also soothes my throat. It was certainly strong yet had a refreshing element to it at the same time. I enjoy a strong mint tea but this has to be the strongest I’ve had. Some may struggle with it. I would suggest asking for extra hot water to dilute it. That said it is obviously a good quality tea. I would definitely go back just to try more of their teas.
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What about my chocolate cake ? Well on finishing our tea I asked downstairs. To my utter surprise a full freshly made cake labelled dairy and gluten free was waiting especially for me. The cafe had bought in especially I couldn’t believe it. I asked to take it home. It was a chocolate nut torte. I also bought a lemon drizzle cake my other half. What impressed me about this cafe that they had kept this cake separate not only that staff ensured that a clean dedicated knife was used for it. They also washed and dried their hands prior to dealing my cake to reduce the risk of cross contamination as well. So a big thumbs up there. My cake was divine it was rich and indulgent. It was moist yet slightly crunchy oh and very chocolatey. If I’m honest I found it a little to rich and had to have it over two days. As for my other halves cake he loved his lemon cake describing it as light and airy with a subtle but not overpowering lemon flavour. It didn’t last long.
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I will certainly be going back for lunch and cake if it’s later in the day. So a big thank you to Kalm kitchen Cafe for accommodating my dietary needs and my lovely chocolate cake. I can’t wait to return.

10 Comments

  1. February 26, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Hi. This sounds fab. Never see dairy free treats anywhere. Are you on Can I Eat There? If not, please check it out and sign up. It would be great to have this review on the site.

    • February 26, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Hi. It was a lovely cafe to visit and I’m looking forward to returning soon. It’s such a treat to have a dairy free treat that isn’t snuck out of my bag 😊. I’m not on Can I Eat There Yet. It’s on my to do list for this weekend.

  2. February 27, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    This sounds fantastic! I got really excited because I thought it said “Guilford”…which is about 30 minutes from here. A girl can dream, right?

    • February 27, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my post. I’m afraid it’s not Guilford, I’m going to look and find where this is now. I hope there is a nice cafe you can enjoy 30 minutes from you though, Chloe.

  3. February 27, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    Looks like a lovely cafe! 🙂

    • February 27, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      Hi Emily, thanks for taking the time to read my post. It certainly is and worth a visit, Chloe.

  4. March 16, 2016 / 7:00 am

    that strong mint tea sounds like what i really need. it is so hard to find a true mint tea here where i live. even when i manage to find ‘pure 100%’ mint teas sold in tea bags at supermarkets, they often leave me slightly disappointed due to their lack of strength, with a much darker brew than what i was expecting from mint tea. either the mint leaves have fully oxidized or they have a low quality one.

    • March 16, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      Hi, I will certainly be visiting again just for the tea. It’s a shame you can’t find a nice mint tea. I guess I’m lucky to have a great choice to choose from, Chloe.

  5. March 24, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    I’m in Guildford often, will pay the cafe a visit with my coeliac daughter! Great review! x

    • March 24, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      Hi, I hope you find a nice treat for your daughter. I popped in yesterday and picked up 2 cakes one was both gluten and dairy free. It may be worth calling ahead just to check they have something or can save a piece of cake for you, Chloe.

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