At No.1 Polsloe, an instantly welcoming atmosphere is set against a backdrop that oozes cool and charm. With a rustic but cosy interior, luscious green plants adorn the windowsills and countertops, pops of colour in the form of flowers hang from the ceiling, and captivating work from local artists decorate the walls – it’s difficult to decide which to put on Instagram first, a photo of your food or the cafe itself.
The independent cafe has had vegan options for a while now, but these have developed recently, with owner Rebecca Alford turning vegan herself a few months ago. With a feast of choices to select from, it’s difficult not to settle in for an afternoon and enjoy the whole range, while watching the happy customers come and go. If you’re going all out, the full vegan breakfast comes beautifully served, with plenty of favourites. The main pieces stand alone as expected – perfectly ripe avocado and crisp vegan sausages – but it’s the humble mushrooms that are the highlight for me here. I’m not sure how Rebecca manages it (simple magic is my current theory) but they are simply incredible. Apologies if you’re not a mushroom fan – if these don’t win you over, none ever will. Well-balanced, this vegan fry-up is light while remaining indulgent and satisfying, just how the best plant-based dishes should be. Enough to feel good, while still doing good.
Other choices on offer are beautifully garnished smashed avocado on toast or crumpets with jam for a sweeter tooth. Hot and cold drinks are whipped up with extra special touches, and plant milks are available of course. The cafe welcomes dog friends too and has outside seating for sunnier days.
Rebecca worked at No.1 before taking on ownership of the cafe a year or so ago, and the place has grown from strength to strength ever since. Standing as proud hostess, skilled cook, food stylist extraordinaire and astute business owner, her talents seem never-ending. There are many reasons the cafe is frequently bustling, and if you haven’t been there yet, you better go and find out for yourself what this little gem has to offer.
Making the small trip out of the centre of the city for the fresh and friendly No.1 Polsloe is sure to be worth it. Indulgence without the high price tag in a pristine, picturesque setting, we could people-watch from a window seat all day.