Welcome to my first Geek Out! post where I celebrate my eternal geekitude in full glory.
I have been addicted to FRIENDS for as long as I can remember. I was part of the generation that grew up with Monica, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe and a lot of my childhood and indeed young adulthood memories are tainted (in a good way) by everyone’s favourite gang. From the originals on Fridays at nine through to the nearly endless repeated on good-old E4, FRIENDS was always there on a rainy day to cheer me up.
So imagine my excitement when I’m wondering down my usual high-street in Chester, I look to my left and do a double take as a very familiar sign catches my eye. Central Perk has come to Chester (and Liverpool, but currently just to two towns as far as I am aware) and… it’s awesome :). Designed to look like the cafe in the show, its small and cosy (make sure you arrive outside of lunchtime hours if you want to be guaranteed a seat inside – but it’s well worth the queue – it’s one of those coffee shops that are worth eating in). The decor is all American; from quirky posters to big comfy chairs; giant soup bowl mugs (trust me when I say it’s value for money – best hot chocolate I’ve had in a long time) to FRIENDS episodes on loop in the big screens up and down. On the counter, the only food available is American. Things like Twinkies that I’ve only previously heard of in speech in American shows, are available to buy and try. And the specialist food is American style waffles. They are big but I’d highly recommend them. I had mine with mini marshmallows. All I will say is NOM 🙂 (For the record, the other sweets are also to die for).
Central Perk is expensive though not beyond imagination. For me, it’s well worth the extra coins though. As a day out, I think it’s brilliant and a MUST for any FRIENDS fan. Below is the link to the main website for you to have a look around and where to find the closest branch. I’m guessing from the fact the Chester branch was heaving at the seams on a Thursday afternoon that the project has been a success and will soon be opening more stores.