Coffee shop dishes up lovely lunches

Guardian Gourmet (w110906-5)
Guardian Gourmet (w110906-5)

Nestling at one end of Laughton Road in Dinnington is the Aroma tea and coffee room.

On a busy Friday afternoon in the town it was the perfect place to escape the crowds and grab a bite to eat.

The cafe was bright and welcoming, with a number of tables with comfy chairs inside, and plenty of tables outside.

As the clouds looked a bit ominous, despite the sunshine, I opted to take a seat inside to be on the safe side.

The menu had a good range of lunchtime options to suit most taste buds, and it took me a good few minutes to choose between the tasty-sounding options.

There was a range of quiche including cheese and opinion and goats cheese and pepper for £3.50, hot panninis at £3.95, cold sandwiches at £3.50 and jacket potatoes with various filling at £3.50.

There were also salads with baguette at £3.95 and pepperoni pizza at £3.50. All of those options were served with dressed salad and coleslaw.

There was also a good choice of hot and cold drinks on offer, from regular coffee at £1.60, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows at £2.10, a range of speciality leaf teas, milkshakes and juices.

For a special treat, they also offer an afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones, cake and tea for £7.95.

Feeling quite hungry, but not quite hungry enough for afternoon tea, I opted for the egg mayonnaise sandwich on a baguette and an elderflower drink.

The polite waitress took my order at the counter and told me to take a seat, and within a few minutes my food was on my table.

The egg mayonnaise was creamy and well seasoned and the bread very fresh - but could have been a little crustier in my opinion. The salad and mayonnaise were also good.

Despite the sandwich being quite large and filling, the freshly baked cakes on display on the counter just looked too good resist.

A selection of cakes were on offer on the menu at £2.95 a slice or £3.50 served with cream or ice cream.

It took me a good few minutes to make my mind up between the fabulous looking coffee cake and that summer favourite - a freshly baked scone.

In the end I went for the scone with jam and clotted cream - a real bargain at just £1.50.

A few minutes later and my scone arrived. It was fresh and had a lovely texture. It was served with Irish butter, jam and clotted cream, all of which were good.

This is a good little cafe and the perfect place for a spot of lunch while out shopping, or a coffee and cake whole catching up with friends.

Claire O’Neill