Barry Pearson has discovered a hidden gem in the town.
WHAT a joy it was on the Saturday of the last bank holiday weekend to see the market stalls almost fully occupied and the stallholders busy.
The town was buzzing and shops and cafés were visited by both locals and visitors alike. Our town had come alive – a great feeling.
In our town is a hidden gem – the Flower Café.
How many of us have enjoyed a coffee and one of those lovely scones made on the premises, yet have not looked around to see what others are enjoying?
One summer evening last year, I and three friends enjoyed beef stroganoff in the Market Place café.
It was delightful, washed down with wines which we had taken with us.
That was my first real taste of Flower Café food. Having left applying for Shrovetide lunch tickets too late this year I had the brain wave of asking Adele if we could have a traditional lunch there.
No hesitation – of course – and our numbers grew to 20. It was superb, the soup, thick and nourishing, the beef was delicious, as were the vegetables, and the apple pie just lovely.
We all enjoyed a great meal in a fun atmosphere, looked after by the Flower Café team, delightful people who care for their customers and about what they serve.
Away from special occasions, have a good look at the menu. Treat yourself to a traditional breakfast offered in three sizes. I actually saw someone attack and finish "The Legend" – three of everything. What a man.
Feel righteous while enjoying smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. The range of sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes, salads and quiches is considerable.
Then look at the main meals and specials.
I have enjoyed chicken, leek and mushroom pie with creamy mashed potato.
It was lovely and I couldn't finish it. I freely admit to failing to realise just how many people need gluten-free food. Here they will feel at home.
The Flower Café offers a wide range of gluten-free breakfasts, lunches, cakes and a full cream tea.
I have tried a quiche which was fulsome and tasty. I also now learn that these meals are available frozen as part of a takeaway service.
All of this was triggered by my regularly enjoying coffee and a bacon sandwich, but I now know there is so much more on offer – try it!