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My Favourite Café - Sett Valley

Ian Salvage, Signpost Editor

This article is from Signpost 58, Autumn 2018

The Sett Valley Café is somewhat unusual in appearance and setting. It probably could not be described as sleek or chic, basically being not much more than a large hut sitting opposite a small factory estate in Birch Vale. But the owners have used the space available creatively to make a very congenial spot for a bite to eat and a drink. Outside, there are picnic benches and a covered area in the (highly unlikely?) event of rain. Inside, there are only a handful of tables, but the staff are very welcoming and try and make sure everyone is catered for. The food is all of a high standard and cooked to order. I have tested the cooked breakfast on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed.

The menu is what you might expect, but with some delightful twists. So alongside paninis, sandwiches, soup and jacket potatoes on the menu, you may find salads such as orzo pasta with mango, pepper, spring onion, chick peas and vine tomatoes with a lime dressing, or farfalle pasta with pesto and basil with pine nuts and parmesan cheese. As for the cakes, there is normally an excellent array of home-made goodies to tempt (see the photo). The café’s Facebook page can be found at:

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