Mike Williams, Owner and Personal Trainer at MW Fitness of Wickham Hall, samples Bishop’s Stortford’s restaurant scene to offer a guilt-free guide to eating out.
This week he samples Coffee Corner in South Street.

Things have been very busy at the studio over the past few weeks. In fact, we’ve just posted our best quarter, EVER! As a result I haven’t had too many opportunities to eat out with other members of the MWFITNESS team. This week however, presented a rare opening in the schedule so I took PT Mark and Sara who works in the MWF out for lunch.

As we perused the menu, I took in my surroundings. Situated on South Street, I love the rustic feel that Coffee Corner exudes. With wooden pallets on the walls, warm pendant lights hanging from the ceiling and comfy sofas inviting you to take a seat. This place is a bit of me.

As an added bonus, the menu offers plenty of healthy options with a nod to the fitness enthusiast. There is a wide selection of ‘fresh detox juices’ if you’re looking for a nutrient boost and ‘power shakes’ with added protein for those looking to replenish post workout.

Top Tip: Be aware of “too much of a good thing”. Smoothies and juices are packed full of nutrients but can contain a high concentration of sugar. If you blend fruit, the natural sugars are released from within the cell walls of the fruit and become “free sugars”. These are rapidly digested and converted into energy, which as we all know, if not used up will store as fat.

So what did we order?

Having done our exercise earlier that day, we each ordered a power shake.

I had the one called Bootcamp! – Almond milk, strawberry, blueberry, peanut butter and vanilla protein.

Sara had Red Velvet – Beetroot, raspberries, banana, spinach, and almond milk.

And Mark had the Ultimate Energy Go Bananas and Blueberry – Banana, blueberry, vanilla protein, and coconut water.

All 3 were absolutely delicious although a little on the large side (too much of a good thing).

Food wise, I ordered the smashed avocado on toast with chilli flakes, smoked salmon and a poached egg… It was even better than it sounds! Avocado has endless health benefits: it’s a healthy fat that is low in carbohydrates & high in fiber, and it’s even thought to assist in weight loss. Along with the protein rich salmon and poached egg it’s pretty much the perfect meal. On paper it’s high in fat, but they are good fats that our body needs to stay healthy.

Sara had the chicken and halloumi super food salad.

Mark, as usual, went for a touch more indulgence and had a turkey burger with courgette, wedges and salad.

Top Tip: Fats from natural sources such as avocado, fish and eggs are known as unsaturated fats. These are the good guys and can help maintain a healthy heart. Trans fats on the other hand are made in an industrial process. Companies add hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them solid at room temperature. Why do this? Trans fat helps food last longer. You may find trans fats in fried foods, cakes, pies, biscuits, donuts etc. It might taste good, but it’s not good for you. This unhealthy type of fat raises your LDL cholesterol level and increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Review

  1. Healthy Options and Variety ****
  2. Flexibility (open to menu changes) ****
  3. Service *****
  4. Value for Money ****
  5. Overall 4.25/5

Summary

Coffee Corner in my opinion have nailed it. Simple, healthy, delicious food in a cool, industrial/rustic café with friendly service… What more could you want?

 

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