How I love my Instagram community. I put the feelers out whilst visiting Plymouth for help in finding some top notch independent places around the Royal William Yard area. Hutong Cafe came out top in the recommendations and so I stopped in to say “hi”. I had a late lunch with drinks booked at Le Vignoble but wanted a little mid-morning pick me up. If you haven’t visited Le Vignoble you really should by the way. Read about my visit to Le Vignoble here and their sister company in Bath here.
The Hutong Cafe sits proudly on a corner overlooking the water with the gate to Royal William Yard to one side. The perfect spot to watch the world go by and that’s just what I did. I was lucky enough to bag one of the brightly coloured chairs outside and on a stunning Sunday, my spot couldn’t have been bettered.
Plymouth tea ordered (when in Rome!) alongside one of Hutong Cafe’s freshly baked croissants with butter and jam. I had already eaten breakfast before hopping on the train earlier that morning, but with anything home-baked on offer I find it very hard to resist, so a second breakfast it was! I love a cafe that goes to the effort of baking and there was no shortage of home-baked goodies available.
I sat outside watching people mooch to and fro whilst drinking a rather fabulous cuppa from Plymouth’s very own tea company. It’s not the first time I have come across Plymouth tea and hopefully not the last. My croissant was crisp on the outside and moist in the centre although perhaps a little dense for my taste. The flavour was good though and the strawberry jam took it to another level.
I am so thankful to my Instagram friends for coming up trumps with this find. I will definitely be making my way back to Hutong Cafe whenever I am in the neighbourhood again.
You will find The Hutong Cafe at
160 Cremyll Street