Tsp. tisp. Teaspoon. Whatever you called it, everyone love it. Situated in the heart of Hanley’s Cultural Quarter, the little corner coffee shop provided a cosy little space to work, socialise, drink tea and eat cake when your office walls got too mind-numbing. The shop has had a little makeover and rebrand to The Marzipan Pig.
Whilst they’ve said goodbye to their food menu and milkshakes, they’ve welcomed in a host of cute and crazy gifts and homeware, but still serving delicious hot bevs and most importantly, cakes.
When I landed back in Stoke after travelling home from Florence, The Marzipan Pig was my first pitstop. The Italians haven’t the London Fog-iest clue about how to make a cup of tea, and my god did I need caffeine.
It’s easily my favourite coffee shop in the city. It’s such a cosy, homely space and I can just sit alone with my cup of tea, gazing out of the window watching people go about their day, listening to an acoustic version of David Bowie’s Heroes. Pure bliss.
It’s the kind of place that acquires incredibly loyal customers, so you’ll more than likely see a familiar face or two whilst your there. I bumped into my good friend Ben by chance on Friday!
The finest of details are taken into account with everything The Marzipan Pig do. Tiny milk bottle jugs and teabag coasters, a tiny little jar for your spoon and cute cork mug coasters. It’s the perfect instagram set-up.
The Marzipan Pig are still the ultimate hustlers of cupcakes, stocking fresh bakes daily, from Oreo and Custard Cream to Eton Mess and Strawberry and Vanilla with White Chocolate Mice – my personal fave was always the jammy dodger cupcake in a milkshake. I kinda hope they bring cupshakes back, even if just for a limited time. Ya gal needs her fix.
The gifts in store are super quirky, from little cacti and pink succulents, to gorgeous embroidery hoops and vintage mirrors. You are bound to find something you, or someone you know loves.
Pop in, say hi and be welcomed by a friendly face and a much needed hot drink. You can pick up your nan’s birthday present at the same time to kill two birds with one stone.