Saturday, 12 August 2017

Tambourine Cafe - Saltaire

Tambourine café is a new independent coffee shop in Saltaire. It serves artisan coffee from local suppliers and roasters in Leeds and Saltaire. On the day I visited I had a cup of North Star’s House blend, served to me perfectly by the hosts and with the all-important Instagram worthy latte art.

In addition to coffee they also have a fabulous baked goods offering from the delightful folks at Edward St Bakery and Brown and Blond Brownies.

If you fancy something a little more substantial or your tooth isn’t as sweet as my own they also have a range of brunch and lunch options, perfect after a wander around the Heritage Village.

Brunch options include toast, pannetone, waffles and smashed avocado on toast. Lunch options include hummus on toast with carrot, bagels and toasties (served with salads and crisps). The chap and I decided to order a different toastie each and then split it so we could get the best of both worlds.

Our two options were:

Avocado and bacon toastie – served in brown bread, accompanied with plain crisps and a rocket salad.

Sundried tomato, brie and bacon toastie – again served in brown bread with plain crisps and a rocket salad.

Both were delicious and filled a spot. I was slightly disappointed in myself in that I didn’t buy some cake too! It just gives me an excuse to go back I guess!

The staff are some of the friendliest in town, if they’re not busy they’re happy to have a chin wag equally they’re happy to leave you alone and let you bury your head in your book/laptop/phone/conversation. As an out of town location, they’ve really thought about families and tried their best to make it as welcoming for the little ones as much as the big ones, with high chairs and toys to keep them out of trouble and feel at home.

In the future Tambourine Café are hoping to host a range of events from, coffee cupping to art exhibitions to supper clubs. Keep an eye on their social media for more details.

If you’re planning a trip to Saltaire, don’t forget to also pop into Salt's Mill, for art, antiques, books, history and independent stores. 

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