Small is Beautiful
Wholefood cafe meets old fashioned tearoom, provides delicately-seasoned substantial food of superior quality… in something like a Tardis, only quainter.
Lovegrows looks tiny when first you mount the stone steps and peer through the door. Step inside and beyond the main cafe area you’ll find that there’s seating in the produce shop; on a large upstairs landing; and on a secret balcony overlooking one of Hebden’s market squares, as well as out front, with a view of the bus stop for Haworth and a splendid cherry tree.
It’s lucky that the couple who run this place found so many nooks and crannies in which to seat their guests because less than a year after Lovegrows opened, it’s often bursting with customers, even on a rainy mid-week, mid-winter afternoon; partly due to a quickly built base of regular customers who appreciate the friendly welcome, the simple but delicious homemade food and the fine coffee. Vegan, gluten-free and low GI diets are catered for, as are vegetarians and meat-eaters. For a wee cafe, Lovegrows does a good job of catering for everyone.
There are two freshly made soups every day, at least one of which will always be vegetarian (£3.75). Speciality breads, baked in Holmfirth, come topped with a variety of cheeses or cold meats and relishes (“open sandwich”, £4.55). Croque Monsieur (cheese and ham on toast) ou Madame (the same plus two poached eggs) are winners at £4.45/£5.45. Platters and ploughman’s plates are £6 and “afternoon tea for two” is £15. Everything is beautifully presented and prepared with craft and care. The cakes, created on site by Mr Lovegrows, are irresistible.
Picnic lunches can be ordered in advance. The produce shop sells dried wholefoods, Yorkshire preserves and tubs of local icecream.