"MUMMY I want my bacon sandwich now!" chirps a chatty little girl as I walk into Sadlers coffee shop.

A friendly woman behind the counter grins over at their table, acknowledging the demand - I hope the young customer's comment is just a sign of impatience as opposed to slow service.

I rarely eat out alone but, when hunger struck en route from Oxford to Swindon, Faringdon seemed like a sensible pit-stop for a spot of Sunday morning brunch.

As the company name suggests, Sadlers Catering is a catering company above all else, promising a 'bespoke' menu for events such as weddings and corporate parties.

The coffee shop, located in the town's Market Place, is currently only open at weekends, offering breakfast, light lunches, cakes, hot drinks and alcoholic beverages, plus a 'Little Munchkins' menu especially for children.

Inside it is warmly decked-out with pretty bunting and fairy lights adorning the walls and ceiling, like something out of a Cath Kidston catalogue.

Diners can chose to eat at tables in the main cafe floor or tucked away to the right, in a less formal sofa seating area.

I had my pick of tables as the bacon sandwich crew was the only other one occupied.

The menu is brief but tempting - chorizo, pork, leek black sausage combo with eggs is a contender (£7.25), as is the smoked bacon and apple pancake (£8.50).

Prices seem very reasonable, particularly for children, who can chose from several smaller plates such as crumpets with cheese (£2.75) and beans on toast (£3.25).

I am grateful that the waitress advised me upon entry to order at the counter when I am ready, as I am never sure of the etiquette when trying out somewhere for the first time.

Clutching the menu in case of a last-minute decision change, I eventually order the warm brie and walnuts on toast (£7.25) and a latte (£2.50).

Unsure I can stave off my hunger until then, and still in the swing of shameless gluttony after the indulgent festive period, I order a yoghurt-coated raspberry flapjack to scoff in the meantime.

By the time I've made the few paces back to my chair, the next table's food has arrived.

"YUCK!! I only like my bacon sandwiches with cucumber!" the girl exclaims, as her friend jumps to the sandwich's defence: "Well mine is DELICIOUS!"

Though there is pleasant background music in the cafe, it is quiet enough that I can hear their conversation word for word, which is thoroughly entertaining.

I exchange amused glances with the waitress as she brings over my flapjack and coffee, and I am pleased to see the latter is served in a large mug - the coffee shop trend at the moment, at least in some of the more popular Oxford cafes, seems to be serving hot drinks in puny glasses.

The flapjack is delicious but a little too sweet to finish in one go, for my personal preference, leaving me craving something savoury.

And so something savoury arrives - and it looks as tempting as it sounded on the menu.

Doorstop-sized wedges of brie ooze onto thick slices of brown toast, paired with walnut halves and a pile of peppery rocket, plus a small pot of golden honey. It was delicious.

The bread-cheese ratio is not quite balanced as there is so much brie, almost an entire wheel, but I am not about to complain about 'too much cheese' (is there such a thing?)

Full and defeated, I have to ask for a box to take half of it home in.

It is now only me left in the cafe, plus a couple who are meeting with the manager to discuss catering for their wedding.

I have been in similar situations at other small cafes and shops, when staff have neglected their few remaining customers - clashing about with a hoover or gossiping with colleagues - but am pleased to find that was not the case here.

A dog starts barking from the neighbouring unit and a friendly woman, who I assume is one of the owners, asks me if it would be okay to bring her dog in as he is getting restless.

Though I know people who would shiver at the thought, I love dogs and was happy to have some canine company.

She carries the little Dachshund in and introduces us all.

Perhaps it was only because I was dining by myself, but the staff really made an effort to include me in conversation during the lull between breakfast and lunch, adding to the warmth of the place.

Though running the coffee shop seems to be just a side business for the events catering, it is certainly something they do well.

Sadlers Catering cafe, 24A Market Place, Faringdon, 01367 240678.