Step through the doors of The Colony Gourmet and experience a taste of the Portuguese colonies. The brick-walled front of the shop may appear small but it's like a Tardis as you venture further – walk through the corridor and it opens up into a bright high-ceilinged room, with a spectacular mural covering the full height of the back wall and plenty of books to browse and brush up on your knowledge of exactly where Portugal's colonies were. Customers are greeted by Andres and Luis like old friends, and they're only too happy to talk through the array of Portuguese and Brazilian-influenced pastries, savoury and sweet, created that morning. The custard tart, a true Portuguese classic, is the perfect marriage of warm cinnamon custard and crispy puff pastry. Alternatively, sit and enjoy a coffee with a slice of cake of the day, or a warming soup. There's also a range of products to buy like favourite foods from those former colonies or prettily packaged Portuguese soaps.
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