It was a cold, wet and blustery Friday afternoon when I popped down to Three Cottages Cafe to enjoy lunch with some friends.
Despite our muddy boots from a morning walk around the park, we were made very welcome, and quickly settled in for some much-needed warmth and nourishment.
We had pre-booked our table for three owing to the cafe’s reputation of being popular and it was all ready for us when we arrived, nicely decorated with a table runner and plants. Afternoon Tea has made its way onto the menu over the past few months, so we thought we’d treat ourselves, and for £15 per person, which included a glass of Prosecco, it was well worth it (available with no Prosecco for £10 per person). There was selection of delicious meat, fish and egg sandwiches, cakes, scones and even ice-cream – we were all left full to bursting. The Rocky Road was my favourite cake, which had bits of Crunchie in it.
It was a small, but efficient and friendly team who were on shift when we visited, with Sophie and Gary running the show front of house. I managed to grab Sophie for a bit of time after we had eaten to find out a bit more about the café and its future plans.
Sophie informed me that The Three Cottages has had a big turnaround over the past 18 months, since it was taken over by Scott Westlake, who runs the nearby Myrtle Pub. As well as sandwiches, salads and jacket potatoes, customers can taste some of Sophie’s own homemade soup (all soups are vegan and gluten free), as well as chilli con carne and curries. Leeds bakery Wild Craft supply all of the cakes to the cafe. They are looking to revamp the menu over these next few months by serving higher end restaurant style dishes and experimenting with the menus.
In addition to the food and drink menu, The Three Cottages also offers an array of activities throughout the year, from craft days for kids to farmers and craft markets on the first 1st Sunday of the month. The cafe is fully licensed as well as dog friendly. I’m really looking forward to revisiting over the next few months to see what other new delights they have to offer.
Opening times are 8.30am – 5pm Monday – Saturdays (9am-5pm on Sundays). During the summer there is a later closing time of 8pm to make the most of those long summer evenings.
Find out more about Three Cottages Cafe on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/threecottagescafemeanwoodpark
Three Cottages Cafe