Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Driven back inside by the weather, we might need a snack and a drink! The main restaurant in Salts Mill is on the third floor, through the Bookshop, and is called Salts Diner. It has this rather appealing dachshund as its logo, found on everything from the menus to the paper napkins and the T-shirts of the waitresses. Sketched by David Hockney (who else?!) it depicts Stanley...or maybe Boodgie... one of his two pet dogs.
Salts Diner is a large, bright space and does some imaginative food (see here for a review) - but at weekends it gets very busy so the service suffers a little, and it's very noisy. That's the only trouble with the high ceilings and hard floors in the mill - everything clatters. Imagine what the noise must have been like with all the spinning machines working. I was talking to a friend the other day who used to be a local doctor in Shipley. He said he visited the mill once when it was still working and was warned to be careful what he said as he walked round, as all the workers were excellent lip-readers!