After enjoying a few hours wandering around Salts Mill on the Sunday morning, we'd worked up a thirst, and decided to pop into this trendy looking venue.
So why Don't Tell Titus?
Well Titus Salt, although not a teetotaller, had sympathies with the Temperance movement. He refused to allow a pub or saloon to be built in his Model Village (although he did own off licenses here), possibly as he was worried that workers would meet up and plot over an ale or two!
Early (Easter) Sunday afternoon, and the place was quite busy. We went to the large bar and Phil chose an old fashioned Ginger Beer, while I opted for a lager shandy - we both had a thirst after our bacon at breakfast!
A mix of clientele of differing ages and couples/family groups/groups of friends either enjoying a leisurely drink , a snack or tapas selection or a full meal.
Although we were just there for a drink, I glimpsed at the menu and was surprised to see that as well as typical English Breakfast items, there was a Continental choice and an Indian Breakfast too - one to try! The menu was a mish mash of different cuisines - Indian snacks and curries, Mexican, Burgers, Spanish Tapas - etc etc.
Personally, although there were some interesting sounding dishes, I don't like menus where there is such a variety. Another thing that put me off was that there was a strong smell of cooking/grilling (and not in a pleasant way I'm afraid)
We did plan to have Breakfast/Brunch here the next day, but the thought of Eggs Benedict at the Half Moon Café swayed me.
We did return that evening for drinks though.
Open Mon - Fri 09.00 - Midnight
Sat/ Sunday 10.00 - Midnight
Bar area with high tables/stools, sofas and squashy stools, plus dining area off bar area. Upstairs Restaurant.
On road parking
Children allowed in the bar until 19.00
WC down a flight of stairs (not sure if there are disabled facilities)
TV screens in each room - BBC News with sub-titles
Magazines to read
On our last day in Saltaire we headed to the Half Moon Café as we hadn't had the chance to see Roberts Park. We were told that their Eggs Benedict and coffee were very good.
Well, the Eggs Benedict were only available at weekends as part of their Brunch Menu (10.00-14.00), so I opted for the bacon butty and a latte, Phil opted for a sausage butty and a pot of tea.
While we waited for our food (locally sourced meat and FairTrade drinks), we enjoyed the view outside over the park and inside where there were some framed Black and White photos of the cricket club, a case with momentoes of the cricket club as well as a gallery of paintings for sale - mainly abstract and not really to my taste (so I saved my money)
The Half Moon Café was built by Titus Salt for the use of Saltaire Cricket Club, who still play in Roberts Park.
We were amused to see that for 50p you could purchase a dog poo bag with a handful of dog biscuits! Also Half Moon Café T-Shirts and Tote Bags or Saltaire Mugs.
Coffee grounds to take away (to deter slugs)
Our Breakfast arrived, I offered Phil a rasher of bacon in exchange for a half slice of his sausage, which he accepted- He knows better than to refuse ;-)
I had 3 rashers of bacon, he had 2 sausages.
Well, these were all very delicious!!!
My latte was smooth and tasty.
Apparently, the café is run by the cricket club, and is often manned by volunteers.
Open year round Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 -1500 Winter 10.00 - 17.00 summer
Open 7 days during school summer holidays.
Seating indoors and outside
1 toilet for male/female/disabled.
Childrens toys and games to play on the tables
Books and Magazines to read
Regular Art Exhibitions
Tourist Info and Notice Board.
Favorite Dish: We both enjoyed our butties (£2.25 each and drinks pot of tea £2.50 Latte 2.75 (April 2013)
Tasty bacon rashers and meaty sausage with a good blend of flavourings.
Following our guided walk of Saltaire, we were ready for a sit down in a warm place with a pot of tea! Vicars was open, and looked to tick the boxes. We'd been told that this place was run by a vicar.
Well-We received a friendly welcome from our waitress, who told us that she could only offer us drinks and cake (home made) -What more could we ask for!
On weekdays, 14.00-16.00 a regular hot drink and slice of cake is a Special Deal of £3.50 - we turned up on Saturday afternoon.
(Salads, soup, sandwiches and pasta dishes are on the Lunch Menu)
This is a Christian run place - I was a bit concerned that we might encounter some 'Happy Clappy' religious stuff.....but apart from a few religious books/leaflets on a shelf, a notice on the table explaining the ethos of the café, and chairs with hymn book shelves on their backs, there was nothing else to mark this out from any other café/bistro. Music playing in the background was non-religious - Dermott O'Learys Radio 2 sessions.
We ordered a pot of tea each - me Earl Grey, Phil ordinary tea and cake - Me caramalised apple cake and Phil went for chocolate, which we shared -Mmmm both were moist and delicious.
I'd noticed the evenings Bistro (open Friday and Saturdays), which had a good choice of menu. We hadn't planned our evening, but decided to book a table for 20.00 hrs (booking recommended) We were glad that we'd booked here.
We were shown to our table by the window, and our drinks order was taken, while the friendly waitress lit the tea-light candle on our table - the flickering candles from the adjoining tables added to the warm atmosphere. Vicars has a license to sell alcohol, and had a good wine list, which was reasonably priced.
The other tables were occupied by groups of friends or mature family groups.
Although I usually chose a starter in favour of dessert, I had seen that there was rhubarb crumble, which is a favourite of mine at the moment!
2 courses cost £13.50 3 courses £17 (March 2013)
79, Victoria Road was thought to have been the village post office in 1870, where the post master Abraham Holroyd was also a stationer and author
Vicars is part of the Saltaire Community and hosts Mother and Toddlers groups, Story telling sessions and an Art Gallery.
Mon-Thursday, the Bistro can be booked by private parties of 15 or more.
As I mentioned at the beginning, this is a Christian run organisation - rather than 'Bible Bashing', Vicars aims to serve the community, with a view to encouraging others to 'view Christianity in a different light'. The Bistro opened in 2007, and is run through the week by volunteers (front of house and in the kitchens)
They offer the opportunity for teenagers and long term unemployed to gain confidence and customer service skills as well as training and morale boosting exercises.
Some of the paid staff began their work here as volunteers.
Vicars is also a centre of excellence for Work Experience, with students from local schools and colleges.
Favorite Dish: We both opted for the Rump Steak with Dauphinoise potatoes, which came with an assortment of fresh vegetable, all were perfectly cooked and delicious.
Phil had chosen a bottle of Shiraz to accompany our meal, which was smooth and fruity. The chilled tap water was pleasant too.
The crumble arrived with a jug of custard (ice cream was another option)- Mmmmmm!
Phil chose the Blackberry and rum possett, which he enjoyed - I had a taste, and it was delicious.
I ended the meal with a coffee, which was served with a small biscuit.
We'd both thoroughly enjoyed our food and the ambiance of this Bistro. We had hoped to return again, but it is closed on Sundays.
Ah well, a good excuse to come back to Saltaire!
Products are locally sourced as much as possible and this is a Fairtrade business.
The Victoria Tea Rooms are situated below Salts Bakery and Cafe. We decided to indulge in a clotted cream tea and enjoyed our teas whilst we were drying out from getting wet. The Tea rooms offer breakfasts, light lunches and daily specials as well as afternoon teas.
We enjoyed the ambiance of the Tea Rooms and the collections of nostalgic items displayed on the walls.
Favorite Dish: We ordered the clotted cream tea which my friend had for the very first time. We had two scones (One cherry and one fruit each) with butter, jam and clotted cream. My friend had Yorkshire tea and I opted for a coffee. The scones were freshly made and were delicious! It cost us 3.95 gbp each (August 2012).
We noticed other visitors having soup and sandwiches, which looked nice, and I wouldn't mind ordering this on a future visit.
Cafe and art gallery in the heart of the World Heritage village of Saltaire in W Yorkshire.
There is a display of local photography and also artwork in this small gallery. These are I think some of the best photographs of this nice old Victorian village.
The coffee is excellent and served in beatiful handpainted china.
Favorite Dish: Carrot and parsnip soup with orange and ginger with cream, now thats what I call soup! Home made on the premises.
Quite laid back and informal and serving delicious food, this is the downstairs eatery of Beeties, the upstairs being more of a "fine dining" experience that I so far have not experienced. It's also the same place as we stay at, it having bedrooms upstairs.
Once you've eaten you can stay here for the rest of the night (usually) drinking and chatting.
Favorite Dish: Tapas, since that is all that is on offer, and fine Tapas it is too. You can order individual dishes or go for a platter of 5 or more, which works out cheaper although the portions are also a bit smaller.
Informal wine bar when you can enjoy something different like Tapas for lunch and fine dining in the gallery restaurant upstairs.
Check out their website for their extensive menus. Rooms are also available here - again tarrif for up to date prices can be found on their website.
Favorite Dish: We sampled a selection of 5 tapas dishes - meat variety:
Potato skins, bacon, mozzarella & soured cream
Chorizo sausage, bacon & potato cazuela
Mexican chicken wrap, soured cream Nachos, chilli beef, cheese & guacamole
Pork satay, basmati rice, peanut butter sauce
They were small portions but tasty. A little bit on the expensive side at £2.85 each (full sized portion) or £9.95 for a sample platter of 5 but it was something different to try out.
This is a great cafe/bistro in Saltaire Village whether you have a coffee or lunch. Vicars Cafe Bistro is a central meeting point for the community where local groups meeting regularly as well various especially the Saltaire Festival usually held every September.
Favorite Dish: When my friend and I visited Vicars we just had drinks.
There a varied menu including daily specials and offers.
Excellent themed 1920's tea room approx 10 minutes walk down the road from Salts mill at 27 West Gate. Nostalgic décor and quaint service (waitress dressed in period waiting costume). Reasonably priced traditional English tea room menu. (e.g. sandwiches range from £2.20 to £3.80). All cakes are home-made on the premises - scones are especially good - £1.40 with jam and cream. They also sell usual range of coffees (cappuccino, latte, espresso) and home-made chocolates. For photos and full menu, check out their website: http://www.interludecafes.com
Favorite Dish: Egg mayonnaise sandwich, followed by home-made scone with jam and cream and a big pot of Yorkshire tea!
This cafe is set on the land between the canal and the river, and faces mainly onto the latter. It looks like a nice spot for a tea and a snack outside on a sunny day. We've never been into it though, the other places always attract us more for some reason.
Strange name for a very nice cafe. They do mainly drinks & snacks, but there is a more substantial menu available too. This is one of two places you can eat within Salt's Mill, the other being a quite large restaurant on the main floor that specialises in fish dishes.
There's a nice ambience with the decor, the nice music playing and papers and magazines to read.
Favorite Dish: We just had lattes here when we visited, as it was too early for eating.
Actually this is NOT part of Salts Village Bakery, although you go in through the same door and then down the stairs immediately on the left. I don't know what it's actual name is!
Favorite Dish: They do "traditional English food" in all its glory. For which read "traditional English cafe food", so nothing fancy, just plain and simple home cooking. We usually just have a cake or scone & tea, but the other meals look quite interesting too. They have newspapers to read while you eat too.
If you like baked goods, and especially those with a traditional and regional taste to them, then this is the place for you. Everything we've tried from here has been lovely, especially the Yorkshire Curd Tarts, Fat Rascals and Eccles Cakes. They do nice pies & pasties too, ideal for a picnic by the canal.
Traditional British food to take away or eat in. I have to say though that it's difficult for us to get something from here because we're so close to Harry Ramsden's at Guiseley, so I can usually hold on for that. If not though, then this is the plaice to be! ;-)
The village bakery had a a tasty display of pasties - meat and veggie options - and gingerbreads in their window. The "fat rascals" were popular too - these are like a giant flattish scone.
There were a few tables squezed inside for coffee and their pastries inside too as well as a tea room downstairs - can't comment on that as we didn't go down there.