Sunday, September 28, 2014

South-coast breakfasts : Drift In Cafe


Although summer seems to have vanished in the blink of an eye this year, we have had the wonderful unexpected bonus of an unseasonably warm September (24c as I write!) So this morning we headed to East Wittering for a wander along the beach and a chance to try a new breakfast venue.

The Drift-In Cafe was originally recommended nearly a year ago, by Louise from the Clandestine Cake Club but it's taken us this long to find a time to try it out.  The Drift-In is situated in the middle of East Wittering's main shopping area, a place that is full of surprises with a mix of shops, that vary from Tesco and the Co-Op to an independent sweet shop and a quirky antiques place.

We got there at about 10am and were able to grab a parking space right outside. Inside the shop and cafe is like a rabbit warren with retail disolving into restaurant and back again. There's also an ice-cream parlour taking up the front section of one of the three shop fronts. Dogs are allowed in the cafe, but we headed for a cute little courtyard area at the back for our breakfast.

The Drift-In specialises in pancakes, smoothies and milkshakes. There was no bog-standard Full English on the menu but a couple of quirky variations on it involving pancakes. Jim tried the vegetarian option, while Theo and I shared a banana and nutella pancake and a toasted bacon, cheese and tomato sandwich. For drinks we had a capuccino, hot chocolate and pineapple and mango smoothie. Everything was fantastic, but the toasted sandwich was particularly good and I could quite happily work my way through their entire smoothie menu too, preferably without having to share them with a small boy!

The staff were the kind of chilled easy-going and long-limbed young adults you'd expect to find in a place like this. Nothing was a hassle and everything arrived on time. The Trip Advisor reviews seem to suggest this place never puts a foot wrong so we'll be back to try other things on the menu at a later date.

Drift-In Cafe. 11 Shore Rd, East Wittering, Chichester PO20 8DY

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  1. This place looks amazing. I would happily drive miles for a great toastie! x

    1. Trust me, you would have driven even further if you’d tasted it! Why are they never as good when you make them at home?

  2. This place looks so cosy and amazing, and how delicious does that hot choc look?! I really like the decor :) thanks for sharing :) x

  3. Wow, this looks amazing, and that hot chocolate has left me with some serious cravings!!

    Thanks for joining in with Point + Shoot xx


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