Muse Music and Love Cafe
Highly Recommended Musi-Cafe
“If music be the food of love, play on!”
Muse was an independent music store selling vinyl and CDs for more than a decade before owners Sid and Valeen decided to add Love Cafe into the mix. Their loyal clientele had always been welcome to hang out, browse, riffle through records, listen to music, chat and stay awhile. Now vistors can do so comfortably, and with coffee. Dogs and walkers are welcome.
The coffee is possibly the best in town, strong but not bitter; it’s ethically sourced by Limini, a small family business, and is roasted right here in West Yorkshire – but it’s not expensive. The tea comes in pots, plain or infused with delicate Indian spices.
Love’s hot chocolate is made with whole chocolate tablets and is, according to the menu, “Richer than Pink Floyd, smoother than George Benson, more luxurious than Sade”. Served in a tall glass mug, it’s a divine treat on a damp valley afternoon.
A simple menu – ideal for elevenses, light lunches and afternoon teas – includes toast, sandwiches (£2.70), quiche, plated salads (£4), pasties, toasties (£3), teacakes (£1.40) and a range of cakes and traybakes. Much of the food is homemade, with love, by Valeen and friends. It’s good value.
A warm-quiche-with-three-salads (£3.50) was moist and extravagantly cheese-y, the salads tasty and substantial. You can mix-and-match from the menu, including from a range of proper country chutneys: apple and mustard; beetroot; spicy tomato…
The “fat rascal” (like a scone but better) came piled high with clotted cream, the “dark side of the moon” chocolate slice was rich and naughty and a lemon drizzle sponge was classic perfection. We were tempted by the banana sandwich with local blossom honey or golden syrup, but decided to save that for another visit.
The attention to detail here is noteworthy, from the plaster-sculpted chimney breast (spot the coffee beans and treble clefs) to the heart-shaped plates, antique china teacups and place mats made from replica 7″ singles. It’s really clean, too. The welcome is one of the warmest, the friendliness genuine, the buzz of the place inspiring. And the music’s very good…