[Walsden, West Yorkshire] Cotton Weavers Cafe

What’s he doing posting about a café, you might be asking yourself. It was only the other day he was reporting back on a meal at the second best restaurant in the UK – a meal that cost £155 a head, just for the food. Well, it’s because sometimes good food costs £155 and sometimes it costs seven quid.

We’ve been visiting the Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, once or twice a year, for well over 30 years. Even though it’s getting on for an hour’s drive. In the early years, there was nowhere to get a drink. Then they installed a vending machine. But, in recent years, they’ve opened a shop selling homewares in an old cotton mill directly opposite the garden centre. And it’s got a proper café. Now, when I say “proper”, I don’t just mean the physical surroundings. Oh, no, I mean the food as well. This is a place where lunch might be rag pudding and chips. Or cheese & onion pie and chips. Or, like today, a seasonal special sandwich of turkey, cranberry and, yes, chips. This is the north, you know – we like chips – often and in large quantities.

But we were too early for lunch. But not too early for breakfast – which is served all day. And I mean the “Full English” breakfast – two sausages (very decent ones), two rashers of bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, grilled tomato, baked beans, fried egg, two slices of toast and tea/coffee. Yep, that’s a breakfast that means you’re not wanting lunch. And a bargain at £7.25. My companion in life was much more restrained – two slices of cheese on toast. Thick cut bloomer bread, sharp mature Cheddar. What more do you want from cheese on toast.


That breakfast sounds utterly delicious! And for seven quid…

Re-reading my post - I forget to mention the hash brown!.

This really is one of the fullest Full English I can recall. A veritable feast.

But, should this not to be someone’s taste, then the other end of the village houses Grandma Pollard’s Chippy - amongst the best fish and chips I know in the area . http://www.grandmapollards.co.uk/

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