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.

19 comments:

  1. I'll go for the cappuccino (minus chocolate) and the walnut cake please.

    One of the cafes we used to frequent in Ashbourne was converted from a house. It too had a very narrow starcse, complete with 180 degree turn. Carrying trays upstairs was 'interesting'.

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  2. This looks marvellous, Jenny! But I can't choose between the walnut cake and the buttered tea cake (we'd call it, raisin toast) - they both look and sound yummy! I'm not a cappuccino fan, so I'll opt for the Gingerbread Latte (love milky coffee, but never had this before - sounds most interesting).

    I'm pleased to hear many others were unable to access the link you posted yesterday - I thought I was just being discriminated against ;)

    This coffee break and chat has done me good. My feet were beginning to ache a bit, but I'm all ready to continue the next part of our walk!

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  3. So British! I'll send you a pic of an equivalent experience from Bordeaux! Mine's an espresso, please.

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  4. Pot of tea and a toasted teacake please.

    Maybe you should ask at Salt's Mill if we could all have a get together one weekend. I wonder how many people would turn up.

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  5. Ah you temptress you. It looks delicious.

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  6. I'm retired but still don't have time to browse it all. There is still so many things to do and explore when you retire and you do seem to slow down a little too when there is no stress and panic to get things done on time. It would be good to be able to enter a virtual coffee shop where bloggers could gather.
    I'll have a Cappuccino and some raisin toast please.

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  7. Latte and walnut cake for me please!

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  8. What a lovely still life image. It all looks so inviting.

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  9. Pleasant touchdown! gingerbread latte?..I must try this, it sounds good! I imagine you and your friend, sitting near a small table, she smiling while you're taking your pictures! I'm almost there! :)

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  10. I'll take straight coffee, please, but save a piece of that walnut cake for me. :-)

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  11. An espresso would do nicely, thanks.

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  12. Jennie, you are a marvelous hostess. You can just slide all of that food over to my side of the table. Much as I have enjoyed your recent black and white tour, yes, it is nice to see some color today!!

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  13. Wow, fun to see the color reved up from yesterday's post of the same tablecloths. Oh and now you're talking my language with that walnut cake. I'm such a cake-o-holic! ~Lili

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  14. Why thank you! What a lovely surprise. I think I will have the teacake and tea. What a wonderful photo and post.

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  15. What a delight it would be to jet round the world with a blogger friend in every port! I's love to visit Saltaire and have coffee with you.

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  16. I'd love if I'd have coffee with you.
    That photo looks delicious!

    B xx

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  17. I can smell the spicy latte all the way over here. The food looks so good.

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  18. Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhm, it looks so delicious. Want to be there and have a taste;-)) Hugs from Luzia.

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  19. Taking a yummy break from walking your awesome heritage trail... backwards... Have been out and am catching up. I'll have all of these virtual goodies, thanks. Yes, I'm greedy, I know... and YES, it would be fun to do these for real. :-D

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