I was on a visit up the Heart of Wales line from Llanelli with my daughter in half-term. We'd spent as long in the cycle museum as I could reasonably get away with, and with nearly three hours till the next train back it was looking like a Withnail-esque "We've come on holiday by mistake" sort of day.
Fortunately 'Sugar & Spice' came to the rescue after we'd trudged round town looking for somewhere suitable to eat.
My daughter is the opposite of a foodie, so looked a little glum at the lack of chips on the menu, but instead of the greens that were billed to accompany her burger she was offered a few alternatives and got a lovely little pot of pasta salad. She ate the lot (which is a rarity) and loved the hot chocolate which had the tallest peak of cream and marshmallows we've seen.
I went for the chilli from the specials board and it was both a surprise and delight. It was very spicy, but this heightened rather than smothered the unusually fruity flavour of the huge chunks of tender beef (no oily mince here).
I had my usual black Americano, which I regard as a bit of a test. So many places just leave the water flowing through the grouphead, sluicing all the bitter crap out of the exhausted grounds. Even if they get it right, and pull a well-timed espresso then top it up with hot (not boiling!) water, there's usually a trace of old coffee from the previous pull, or the taint of a dirty dish-cloth over the grouphead. This place gets it right, though, and clearly uses decent quality beans, too.
I also had a bottle of Peroni at not *that* much above supermarket price, and it was such a refreshing change not to feel a bit screwed-over by the alcohol pricing.
The indie soundtrack and super-relaxed mood of the place just added to making our day and we chilled out playing iPad games and watching people pop in and out and coo over someone's new baby, before heading off for a lovely hour's autumn walk round the rock park and lake with a real spring in our step before the train home.
Thoughtful and tasty food, lovely staff, friendly atmosphere, and only about £15 spent. Absolute bargain. It's just a shame that Llandrindod's too far too make it a regular haunt, but I'm sure we'll be back sometime.
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