Café Review: Crêpe Affaire

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On a drizzly Friday, which happened to be Valentine’s Day, three of my friends and I sought refuge in the newly opened Crêpe Affaire café on Bridge Street, just by the Round Church. Having walked past it almost every day as it prepared to open, we hadn’t quite been counting down the days before delicious crêpes, but it was close.

On its opening day, the café, which doesn’t have a great deal of seating, was very busy, although we managed to squeeze in by the time we got our order. Somewhat predictably, the service was quite confused and slow. Some of the staff were clearly new to working in a café; the woman on the checkout was obviously unfamiliar with the system and processed order very slowly, although once we had made the order, service was very quick.

With a wide range of savoury crêpes, sweet crêpes, waffles and milkshakes, Crêpe Affaire offers enough to constitute a fairly substantial lunch, as well as a snack and a coffee. We generally found the savoury crêpes to be better than the sweet, but that is more a case of the savoury being excellent rather than the sweet being of a low standard. Le Goat and the Londoner are particularly recommended as a savoury choice, and the classic Nutella crepe didn’t disappoint.

As a practically penniless student, I had feared that Crêpe Affaire would be entirely out of my price range, but with prices starting at £2.80 for a sweet crêpe and £3.95 for savoury, happily it feels like a crêpe lunch could become a fairly regular treat; a particularly welcome piece of news in a grey, cold week five. Despite its teething problems, the food is great and the staff are friendly, albeit slightly inexperienced. A trip to Crêpe Affaire this term must be highly recommended. 

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