I’d always thought that Wish Park was in need of a cafe. And now it has one. Last year Carla saw the potential of the sports pavilion and set about transforming part of it into an inviting and popular park cafe. There’s already an abundance of regulars who stop by to spend some time in this haven of scrumptious treats.
Carla is Italian and is a real powerhouse of energy bringing all her native passion to creating a great neighbourhood cafe. When she’s not working as a member of the cabin crew with British Airways and jetting all over the world she’s here in Hove coming up with new ideas to develop her cafe further. She brings her natural friendliness and flair for customer service to everyone she meets. Chatting to customers comes so naturally to her you feel as if you’ve known her for ages.
There are blackboards chalked up with everything on offer and its worth taking your time to choose. Unusually Wish Cafe bakes all their own cakes on site. There’s a tiny kitchen where amazing baking aromas waft through with wonderful orange & vanilla upside-down cake and lemon & yoghurt cake being just two of Wish’s specialities displayed on the counter.
Breakfasts are rather special too with choices including baked egg and beans on sourdough toast or creamy mushrooms with poached egg on toasted ciabbatta with Parmesan shavings. There’s fish finger ciabbattas too for the big kid in us all. Teas served are Clipper and I’m told the coffee is pretty good too.
There’s both indoor and outdoor seating so if it’s a bit chilly you can sit inside and browse on the pile of magazines with windows overlooking the park. This space is painted bright white with fresh red tulips on the plain pine wooden tables. Or sit outside on the small decking area on a sunnier day and watch the trees come into bud and be more part of the park’s life.
I’ve been watching the Arena documentary of George Harrison’s life called Living In The Material World made by Martin Scorsese. It’s been fascinating to observe the complete span of this ex-Beatle’s remarkable life from young teenager until his death in late middle-age. His journey from cocky adolescence to spiritual sage was compelling given his supreme musical talent to express his understanding of the world.
I suppose we all would wish to know and understand our own talents so well and use them to such accomplished effect. Seeing people in full flow of their inherent talents such as Carla with her energy and affability is both uplifting and inspiring. As George Harrison said “All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece but not too much.” Wish is as good a place to start as any to taste a bit of what the world has to offer and make sure you have a slice of their delicious home made cake while you’re there.
You can follow Wish Cafe on Facebook at Wish Park Cafe
To read more about the early days of Wish Park see Wish Park history