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A World Away From Bangor at Kyffin

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Tucked away at the top of the high street is a place where you can leave the stresses and strains of Uni life for a while and relax. It’s a little place called Kyffin, which will have you dreaming of far-off lands in no time as you sample their world-inspired menu and breathe in the scents of over 40 different teas and coffees.

We are here to give you the mouth-watering Kyffin story.

Kyffin café has been in the heart of Bangor for over 6 years, but has been in the making for many more. If you wander up the high street you will discover two more shops which are working together with fairtrade projects in Nepal and India to produce quality and unique interior design products and clothing. The owner Jo is passionate about these projects having worked in Nepal and India for over 25 years, and was inspired by the success of these two shops and her love of food  to create a unique place in Bangor that has flourished ever since.

Every day, a new menu appears that aims to use the freshest and most seasonal ingredients, many sourced from Kyffin’s own garden, and is all homemade on site. It is a great place for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, as they aim to serve up quality, tasty, and innovative vegetarian food combining flavours from all over the world. Many of the dishes served up are also vegan and gluten free or can be adapted, so there is something for everyone.

If it’s just a quick revision break you are after, then you can come along and attempt to choose from their impressive array of teas and coffees from across the globe that will have you wanting to come back and try them all. No revision break is complete without a slice of delectable brownie, scrumptious lavender cake, or something else equally as tempting so why not choose from their ever changing cake display? You can even continue your Kyffin experience at home as they will offer to bag up tea or freshly grind coffee for you to take away, and if you are struggling to choose, then the friendly staff are on hand to offer their advice. The delights do not end there though as you can spread the Kyffin love through the many tantalising chocolate options they have on offer as well as other fair trade gifts.

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More than just a café

Kyffin goes beyond simply being a café, and opens its doors to many groups both within the university and beyond. If you are looking for a venue for a society event that will be unique and inspiring then Kyffin is the perfect place, allowing you step into a world away from Uni. You may even stumble across the grand piano which is just waiting for customers to fill the café with music. If you are feeling cultural then watch out for their regular events such as art exhibitions and film nights.

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And even more, you say….

If you not already running out the door to discover the delights of Kyffin, you will be soon as you hear about one of the tastiest and most  unique food experiences you can have in Bangor: The Kyffin Supper Club

Introducing the Supper Club

Once a month Kyffin transforms itself into a sumptuous dining room, serving up a lovingly prepared, restaurant-style, 4-course-dinner to its lucky guests.

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Cashew & butternut loaf with sprouts cooked with ginger & tomatoes, red wine gravy and a cartouche of roasted vegetables.

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Roasted Feta on a bed of watermelon, with orange & ginger chutney.

Last months supper club

Every supper club is inspired by creator Jo’s love of reading and collecting recipes, leading to a menu each month inspired by a different part of the world, aiming to provide diners with delicious food they wouldn’t normally expect or find on other menus.  With a love of experimenting, all the dishes can be made to suit every diner, for example many are made vegan. This is all served up with Italian wine in the cosy candlelit surroundings of Kyffin’s wonderfully decorated upstairs dining room, ensuring you have a fun, tasty and memorable evening.

The 4 course dinner which kicks off at 7:30pm, costs just £25 and understandably is booked out quickly, so early pre-booking is essential. This month’s menu is inspired by Cuban criollo cooking combining flavours and styles from the Caribbean, France, Spain and Africa producing earthy but exotic dishes which you can check out below

1st course: Pastelitos. Puff pastry parcels filled with tomatoes, olives, raisins & cheese served with quinoa & vegetable salad. 

2nd Course: Sweet Potato and orange soup. 

3rd Course: Moros y Cristinanos, a dish of black beans and white rice with tomato & avocado salsa and zesty Mojo sauce. 

Dessert: Chilli & Lime Parfait. 

This will be happening on Friday 28th March, and would be a great way to end the semester so what are you waiting for? Either head to the café, 129 Highstreet which is open 9:30am-5:30pm Monday to Saturday, their facebook page: Kyffin Café Deli, or phone them on 01248 355161 to book.

 

 

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Harriet Weller

Food and Drinks Editor 2013/14

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