Glove Factory Cafe, Holt, near Bradford on Avon
4:01pm Thursday 23rd June 2011 in By Diana Deal
Glove Factory Cafe, Brook Lane, Holt Bradford on Avon.
We chanced upon the Glove Factory Cafe by chance, while looking for the National Trust’s new craft shop which has just opened in Holt.
The cafe is located in a trendy new community hub on the outskirts of the village and was originally designed to serve the workers in the studios, shops and workshops which have taken space in the old factory.
The cafe is now doing so well that it is already moving into larger premises just across the courtyard.
The five of us relaxed at an outdoor table, watching other people’s children have fun on the immaculately trimmed grassy mounds and gravel surround.
Around us were old industrial containers, converted into planters and growing all sorts of fruit, vegetables and herbs from strawberries to lettuces, fennel to bay trees.
It is all very ecological, with rainwater recycling, bike racks and showers for cyclists.
It took us a long time to make our choice from the mainly vegetarian menu, which was full of healthy and tempting dishes.
Other diners, sitting at the wooden benches and tables inside the cafe, tried to help but ended up by saying that everything was wonderful.
Eventually my daughter Katie and my husband Paul chose ratatouille topped with cheese crumble and served with garlic bread.
It was the dish recommended by the other diners and was well worth the accolade.
My sister Fenella went for baked aubergine with stuffed pepper and salad which proved a delightful mixture of flavours.
My brother-in-law had moussaka with Greek salad and pitta bread and I chose smoked salmon with goat’s cheese and roasted hazlenut salad. Both were beautifully presented and very tasty.
For pudding we had two generous slices of pear and hazlenut cake and two chocolate fudge pecan pies between us. The cake was moist and moreish, and the fudge delightfully decadent.
Main courses cost around £5, puddings £2.50 and filter coffee £1.50 – that is enough for two cups. Our bill, with soft drinks, was £50.90.
Located in design-led converted factory, set up by Nick Kirham, co-founder of Westbourne Studios, London, and designer Alix Paver
Some food grown on premises
Open 10am to 4pm Our Eating Out is an independent review carried out by the Gazette without prior knowledge of the owners.
g Entire menu on a board