Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Hull Spotlight: The English Muse




I am loving doing this little Hull series on my blog. I get an excuse to visit all my favourite places, it feels pretty darn good to promote local businesses and I also love sharing those places with people who might not have heard of them before. It's also making me realise that, despite the bad rep, Hull is a pretty grand place to live #whatababe (if a city can be a babe). You can find my first two Hull spotlight posts here and here.

Next on the list is one of my favourite coffee and cake haunts - The English Muse on Newland Avenue. I feel really lucky to live close to Newland Avenue because there are so many lovely and unique little places down there. The English Muse is a cute little cafe with heaps of personality, indulgent coffee and the yummiest cake (that I can't have now that I'm sugar free - sob). What more could you want?





Let's talk about the interiors first because even though it's the coffee that really matters, it's always nice to sit somewhere pretty too isn't it? The English Muse has a real cosy feel to it with comfy chairs, fresh flowers on each table and old mismatched crockery for you to drink from. It's the type of place you can spend hours in because it's just so enjoyable to relax in and I always imagine it as the type of place I'll drink coffee and blog from when I finally buy a new laptop. It's also one of my favourite places to go to catch up with friends. There are so many personal and unique touches in this cafe that I hardly know where to start. There's art displayed on the walls, vintage looking lamps and cushions galore. I didn't get a picture from the outside because I'm a bad blogger, but there are fairy lights leading up to the door and it's one of those interesting looking old buildings that makes you wonder what it used to be (I'm afraid I don't know). They also have all their afternoon tea stands displayed, which again are all mismatched and patterned and just so Instagrammable (which is a word I've started using as a synonym for pretty).

I'm sure you can see how pretty the interiors are from the pictures, although there's so much more to it that I didn't manage to capture or do justice. What you can't tell from the pictures though is how great the coffee is. My favourite drink to have here is the dirty chai, which is a chai latte with honey and cinnamon. They do so many different drinks and in summer they do the tastiest range of iced teas - the three mint one is my personal fave and in fact my mouth is watering just thinking about it and I'm going to have to drink some water before I carry on with this post.

OK so I actually just went and made myself a homemade iced mint tea, which has massively failed because I just put ice in some mint tea and all that's happened is it's melted and I still just have hot mint tea. Please tell me your iced tea secrets, English Muse.

Now, I no longer eat the cake, at least until they start making it sugar free (please English Muse?), but I have eaten plenty of it in the past and can confirm that it's delicious. All the cakes are homemade, they come in gigantic portions (never a bad thing) and they also do gluten free cakes. My personal favourite is (well, was *crying face*) the carrot cake. There's just the right ratio of cake to icing, whereas usually I find with carrot cake that there's too much icing and it's so - dare I say it - moist. As well as cake, you also get a proper biscuit with your coffee/tea and by proper I mean a bourbon biscuit or custard cream, which I think is the nicest touch rather than one of those bulk bought ones in a wrapper. In fact, The English Muse was where I ate my accidental biscuit that I spoke about in my post about giving up sugar (here).







This place is a definite must visit if you're in Hull. Have you ever been to The English Muse?

Amy x


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  1. What a great looking place and totally instagrammable! The cakes sound amazing too!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. It's very Instagrammable! Hope you're having a great week! xx

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  2. Isn't it discovering more places locally? I often feel as though we overlook some of the nicest places just because they're 'too close to home' haha. This place looks really lovely, especially those scones, yum....

    aglassofice.com
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    1. I love cute places that are nearby! It's such a lovely little spot :) xx

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  3. This place is absolutely stunning! I'd love to go there if I went to hull. Would look great on my Instagram :D

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. You should definitely come to Hull! And it does look great on Instagram haha xx

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  4. This sounds like a lovely place and what a great idea to highlight your favourite places in Hull! Weirdly, I had a similar idea about Nottingham today as there are so many cute little places I love to go to off the beaten track! This has inspired me to do it even more! xxx

    Molly - www.therosebeautyfiles.com

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    1. Yeah you should do the same for Nottingham - it's so much fun writing about your favourite places :) xx

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  5. Looks like a lovely place. Love the interior design and the flowers are so pretty!! xx

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. It's so lovely and the interiors are so nice! xx

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  6. That's so great to live near the English Muse cafe!The decor is simply amazing, vintage, artistic, so good taste! I still eat cakes, not sugar free, so I would love to taste them! And iced tea is one of my favourite drinks, if they share the secret with you, please share with us! Super sweet place! Wishing you a lovely day!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. I love living near here! Apparently you have to brew it for 24 hours! xx

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  7. The coffee looks absolutely amazing and the cake sounds really delicious too! If I was in Hull I would definetely come and visit this place x

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    1. Yes it's definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the area :) xx

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  8. These photos are absolutely stunning, Amy! This is definitely a place that I want to visit if I ever end up in Hull! It must be so hard resisting those delicious cakes now you're sugar-free! I'm a big fan of carrot cake myself! Thank you for sharing, I'm loving this series too!

    Abbey 💗 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Abbey! It is soo tempting but luckily the coffees are tasty enough for me to be satisfied haha! xx

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  9. Is it bad that I've never been to the English Muse? I used to live down Newland Ave but always went to Planet Coffee instead! My best friend lives down the street before it so I definitely need to go in next time I meet up with her! Coffee dates are definitely the best dates too! I love that you get a proper biscuit too, not those rubbish ones that come in a packet! I wish there were independent coffee shops closer to where I work in town so I didn't have to live in Costa!

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes definitely ton on your next coffee date! I do love Planet Coffee, but The English Muse is by far my fave! xx

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  10. Aww what a lovely place! I love seeing the Hull spotlight posts even though I have never been to Hull it makes me want to go there one day :D

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. I hope you do come to Hull one day, let me know if you do! xx

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  11. This place looks stunning. My hubby went to Hull Uni (some years ago now) and is always trying to tempt me back. I must admit I've never really been convinced but this place could sway me!

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    1. Yes you should definitely come back for a visit especially as it's City of Culture this year! :) xx

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  12. This place sounds amazing and isn't too far from me!xxxx

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    1. Oooh really, if it's not far from you you should definitely check it out :) xx

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  13. I want to live in this place! Great photos! If I ever visit Hull, I'll make sure to have a coffee there :)

    xx

    Alexandra - http://fashionsymposium.com/

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    1. Haha the decor is great isn't it! Definitely would recommend it :) xx

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  14. This is such a beautiful coffee shop! I'd never want to leave.

    Tania || www.taniaalexandraribeiro.com
    xxx

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    1. It really is so nice, I could sit in there for hours! (probably have actually!) xx

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  15. I didn't realise you was from Hull! So am I! I love The English Muse and tend to visit a lot - it's such a lovely place! xxx

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    1. It's lovely isn't it - hopefully will bump into you in there one day! xx

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  16. This absolutely looks like my kinda place! I'll definitely be coming here and asking for more advice on cute places if I did ever find myself in Hull hahah. Also the Dirty chai sounds dreamy 😍

    Love Izzy | www.ADoseOfChatter.com

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    1. You should definitely visit and if you do, here is a must :) xx

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