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“Polar opposites”
Review of Jay Jays

Jay Jays
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

There are colder, more windswept and deserted places on Earth than Marine Parade, Gorleston-On-Sea in the depth of winter. But this was Easter Sunday and brave vitamin D-less souls were fed up of snow, patronising weather forecasters and the possibility of being eaten by polar bears - so were venturing out because by golly we're British. And the British like both tea and value for money.

We were lucky to bag a table as the place was full. This could well be because once the wind has made a reasonable attempt at ripping your face off, what you need is shelter and anything warm. A pot of tea and a cappuccino did the trick for the adults and a banana milkshake for the grandson to whom failure in the face of adversity was not an option.

As I sipped and the colour returned to my cheeks, people watching took over. On one table was a retired couple facing each other with the Sunday papers spread before them taking their time. She was blonde with make-up immaculate. He a tad dishevelled and un-shaved. Perhaps she liked that.

I also watched the staff. Cleaning the equipment. A small, young team that didn't seem to need telling the microwave should be cleaned inside and out and the toilets should have soap in the dispensers. Basic stuff you might say, but this is a small, busy sea-front cafe where it would be easy to miss the essentials.

I liked the background music not too loud. The pictures on the wall tastefully sea-sufficient and the general air of all being well in the world when it isn't. That's what comes of reading the Sunday papers.

Sufficiently revived, we re-donned thermals and after advice about frost-bite from a guy with a beard that wasn't Ranulph Fiennes, we headed out of our oasis of warmth and buttered tea-cakes onto the prom. I told the girl on the desk that we may be some time. She looked as confused as Captain Scott would have as he watched his friend walk into the blizzard.

This is a little gem. They run it properly and it would be easy not to as the general standard of sea-side cafes in the UK is appalling. It's a refreshing change to find a diamond in the rough. A polar opposite you might say.

Do go.

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Thank Martin A
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely food and menu brilliant, you don’t wait long for your food at all. Very clean premises the staff were cleaning away as it was quiet so they keep busy. Customer service fine but could do with customer service with a smile! Other than that we do always come back and will continue. See you soon

Thank Kate B
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Been here a few times now with the family. This place does a great English breakfast. Lots on the menu for lunch/tea also. Big choice of hot/cold drinks. And reasonably priced. Friendly atmosphere and nice views of the sea. Would recommend a visit.

Thank Tom R
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

We are very lucky to have this lovely warm and welcoming destination on the beach here. Superb setting with a delicious menu all served by a friendly team.

Cliff Top parking with great coastal views is really easy & convenient, and for those staying at Potters Resort looking for a decent walk with a destination in mind ... it's well worth the effort!

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Thank 911JP
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

I've been past this cafe so many times and finally decided to try it. As it was quite a cold day in November we didn't expect it to be that busy inside, but it was packed so it's obviously quite popular.

We both ordered a goats cheese and caramelised onion panini and a side of chips to share. The panini was massive and I'm pretty sure it had an entire roll of goats cheese in - literally. We also got a large side salad with coleslaw. If we had known the portions were so big we wouldn't have ordered chips!

The waitress was very friendly and the atmosphere was so relaxing with great music in the background.The food was delicious and well worth the price, we were rolling out of there by the time we were finished!

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Thank WanderlustJay8
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