We’ve used Blend Tea & Coffee Merchants for hosting Let’s Bake Inverness on a number of occasions, but each time I’ve tried to pop in for lunch, there’s been a lack of available seating. However, Mr B and I were fortunate enough to walk in for a table a couple of weeks ago on our day off!
With space to seat just over 20, Blend definitely fits the description “small and perfectly formed” as there are lots of fun features to the cafe. Art for sale on the walls, coffee and tea blends for sale, and even a plentiful supply of board games (although that can create extra mess, as we walked in a family were leaving, a small child quite happily emptied the bag of scrabble tiles all over the floor – with not even an apology to the staff from the parents as they were walking out…how rude!)
We perused the menu at the counter. I had already spied the flavour of the day’s soup (sweet potato and lentil) so I had already made a decision to have that, but then Mr B pointed out the lunch deal, which was the soup, a filled bagel (of which they had lots of choices, on seperate menus for vegetarians and for non-veggies) and the choice of a tea, coffee or juice for £7.50!
Mr B couldn’t resist the lure of the seasonal festive roast dinner bagel, which had all the classic elements in some form; chicken, stuffing, cranberry sauce, hash brown and thick gravy all piled into a seeded bagel.
Even though I was sorely tempted, I went for the spice factor and tried the BBQ Chicken Melt bagel, which had a delicious kick to it in the form of cajun spices mixed in with the chicken, cheese and a hash brown!
Coupled with a huge bowl of soup, this was certainly enough to keep us sustained for the whole afternoon!
I would have loved to have had room for one of their seasonal Christmas drinks (their seasonal drinks change on a very regular basis), but I’m hoping to pop in this week instead to try their ginger hot chocolate or their festive smoothie, or on another day off to sample Blend’s brunch menu
Verdict: A well priced and filling lunch with lots of tasty bagel options – we’ll definitely be back (if we can get a table!)
I received no incentive for this review.