David Morton, Signposts Officer
This article is from Signpost 55, Autumn 2017
On Tuesday 26th September, I led a small walking group of eight OAPs. We met at Earl Sterndale, walking via Dowel Dale and Hollinsclough to Longnor, a very attractive former market town. On the market-place is a small café called “Cobbles Coffee Shop”, with a 5 star rating on Trip Advisor, based on 111 reviews, many by cyclists, who spoke of generous quantities and low prices. I checked that it was open on Tuesdays and made a booking. Its food hygiene rating is also the maximum 5.
We all agreed that food, quality of service and value for money were exceptional. Our food choices ranged across oatcakes stuffed with bacon and cheese (2 for £3.50), an enormous ham, mustard-mayo bap (£2.50) and a large baked potato stuffed with most of a tin of tuna. Tea was available by the mug or the pot. The friendly senior waitress/cook reassured us that those who chose mugs (£1.50) would “not lose out, as you get free top-ups”. Those who had tummy-room, tried the large scones, which came with lots of butter and jam. The full menu can be seen on their Facebook page - https://en-gb.facebook.com/cobblecafe/.
Until last Tuesday our favourite walkers’ café was probably Vaughan’s Country Café at Tockholes near Darwen. It is now second to Cobbles, which also included warm weather and outstanding scenery in Chrome and Parkhouse Hills. Telephone number for Cobbles is 01298 832218.
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