I’ve dined at the Tuck Shop 7 or 8 times, and would have been more often but for the dreaded queues on weekend mornings.
I love the friendly service here, and the good quality coffees. When you add top notch food to the mix, it’s a definite winner.
I’ve had to restrain myself from ordering the smoked cod, leek and potato bake every time I go, because it’s so.damn.good. Not wanting to be too predicable and because I might miss out on another awesome taste sensation, I have forced myself to order things I wouldn’t normally order.
I wasn’t disappointed. Said pie was full of chunky chicken and a yummy wine and leek sauce, and was just begging to be paired with the creamy mash. Needless to say I managed about half, but my son polished off the rest along with his massive pancake plate. I did manage to squeeze in a few luscious mouthfuls of the blueberry pancake stack with its silky marscapone on the side, and vowed I would order that next time.
I’m always torn between the sweet and the savoury at brunch – I love the variety of egg dishes and the various bruschettas on sourdough toasts, but I also love the pancakes and French toasts. I invariably choose the savoury dish and then experience massive plate envy when my dining pals are served their plates of oozing sweet fluffiness. And so it is with the Tuck Shop – it just makes me determined to return again asap.
There’s a daily blackboard special too which I tend to overlook as I get so excited by the usual menu. There are different daily smoothies too, so it’s worth checking them out.
I just wish this place was a little bigger so I could be guaranteed a table on the weekends, but I guess much of its charm lies in the coziness of the place.