Tuesday, 18 January 2011
A coffee stop
And here we are in The Terrace, a popular café and bistro on Saltaire's Gordon Terrace. I told you yesterday I'd treat you to a virtual coffee - and I felt we needed a bit of warmth and colour in the middle of our chilly black and white tour! I've ordered Gingerbread Latte, slightly spicy, along with some walnut cake. Or would you prefer a creamy Cappucino and a buttery toasted teacake? If you're really hungry you could choose from a variety of bistro-type meals and snacks. There's even haggis on the menu today I notice - would that be because of Hogmanay (New Year) or Burns Night coming soon, I wonder?
It was lovely to meet one of my dearest friends for coffee (and she doesn't mind my eccentricity in making her butter her teacake and then not eat it until I'd taken a photo!). I do wish I could treat you all to a real coffee - wouldn't it be fun to sit and chat and get to know each other?
Whilst we're resting our tired feet here and taking a breather from our walk round Saltaire's Heritage Trail, it is interesting to ponder the history of this row of shops. It was originally built as housing and I think you can tell that, even now. The staircases to the upper floors are really quite narrow, only wide enough for one person at a time - fine for a house but not so geat for a café or shop!
There's a lively discussion thread on Saltaire's History Club pages, with people sharing their memories of the shops and businesses on Gordon Terrace in times past. (But after yesterday's experience with the photo, I imagine you have to log in to the Village website to see the discussions too! I am registered already, so I didn't realise. Sorry.) Honestly, I wish I was retired! I could sit all day browsing the internet; there's some fascinating information there and I simply don't have time to explore it all.