Mr Wolfe – Review
15 Montpelier Place
Mr Wolfe opened its doors on Montpelier Place in Feb 2012 and has been a well kept secret by the locals who clearly didn’t want to share. I can see why. Run by Australian husband and wife team Travis & Kat, it’s a well designed, cosy space reflecting the pair’s background in design and their passion for simple food, delicious cakes and great coffee. Even the crockery and teapots compliment the décor. I popped along for brunch with a friend who loved it as much as I did.
While we were deciding what to eat, we ordered a coffee and settled in. I’m happy to say that they played one of my favourite artists, PJ Harvey at a nice, unobtrusive level, which helped make me feel at home.
The coffee is Monmouth and, as a self-confessed coffee snob, I can honestly say it’s one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had. They apparently chose Monmouth because, well, it tastes amazing, and because they were one of the original roasters to deal on a direct trade basis with farmers. They also sell coffee from other small UK roasters on rotation. If tea is more your….cup of tea…they have a huge range which comes from a Sussex based tea company. Such care in the choices of their suppliers is clearly one of the reasons they’re so popular.
Also on their blackboard are a selection from Magpies Pies, another small Brighton based company, and sandwiches/toasties which are on all on bread bought in from Glynde based Flint Owl Bakeries.
My avo on toast was simple and wonderful and is my new favourite snack, who’d have thought it? I tried my buddy’s lunch too and loved it and I don’t even like peppers!
Now my favourite part; Kat bakes wonderfully indulgent cakes, including Lamingtons, which are an Aussie favourite, but I can personally vouch for the pistachio, almond and orange blossom cake, with a creamy mascarpone icing. My brunch buddy had a choc brownie, which I sampled in the name of research of course; rich, chewy and very special indeed.
If you visit Mr Wolfe, and I strongly recommend that you do, try and sit yourself right by the counter. Not only will you be able to drool over the cakes, but you can leave a special picture or message for the next punter on the chalk board table. Nice touch.
Mr Wolfe; all the better to feed you with my dear.