Muddy eats: Two Ducks in St John’s village
Gorgeous coffee and homemade cakes are the order of the day at this neighbourhood cafe and lifestyle store in St John's village. Muddy loves!
You’ll find Two Ducks in St John’s, a pretty village just outside Woking. It sits right on the Basingstoke Canal and that combined with a large village green make it a rather pretty place to visit.
Two Ducks has been here for several years – but followers may know it better as a lifestyle store selling a wonderful range of gifts, homeware and fashion. Recently though, there’s been the addition of a small café in a section at the rear of the shop.
Relaxed, friendly and – on the day I visited – pleasantly busy. There’s a real sense of community here, with locals dropping in for coffee and cake (and a chat) and a browse in the store. The café space is sectioned off from the main part of the shop which gives it an intimate and cosy feel. It’s been stylishly done out and sports a bit of a retro vibe with mid-century tables and chairs, plus a plush green velvet sofa and bucket chairs.
SCOFF & QUAFF
It’s a coffee shop – and that’s exactly what you get. Great coffee, a selection of teas, and hot chocolate, plus homemade cakes, slices, biscuits, crumpets and tea cakes. I popped in for a coffee and cake – and a catch up with owner Claire Leigh – on a cool misty Tuesday afternoon. And let me tell you, the carrot cake is sublime – soft, light, moist and with the lightest and fluffiest cream cheese icing I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. The cakes are homemade by a local chef Jan Edey, who lives in nearby Knaphill. There are also gluten free biscuits on the menu, South American alfajores from artisan artisan producer Margot & Montañez, who is also based in Surrey.
Do kids like cake? Then there’s your answer right there! There’s also organic fruit squash on the menu, for thirsty little people.
Two Ducks host a series of themed cafés, including a Menopause Café which is held once a month and offers women and men a safe and relaxed space to meet up and drink coffee, eat cake and talk about the menopause. There will be guest speakers. The Menopause Café is a free event, but you must book your place. The Jan and Feb events both sold out within an hour of tickets being made available – watch this space for the March event.
As well as the Menopause Café, Two Ducks plan to also host a Planet Café. Details for that are to come.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Those looking for a relaxed and stylish place to meet friends for a coffee and cake (and a sneaky browse in the shop); the perfect pitstop for a restorative refreshment.
Not for: It’s tea, coffee and cake, so don’t rock up expecting a cooked lunch.
The damage: Excellent value. Coffee and tea is £2.50; cakes are £2.95 and biscuits are £2.50.