HOPING that it would not be market day (which falls on a Friday, as we later discovered), we found parking in the square no problem.

This venue had been recommended by friends as well worth a visit. We had to agree, although the fact that it was set in a handmade chocolate shop might have been too much of a temptation. However, we resisted.

There are tables on two floors. Special items were chalked up, supplementing the table menus.

While we were still contemplating the menu Ann started on a cappuccino (£2.25). In due course, this cooled off but there was no difficulty in having the cup topped up with boiling water. Surprisingly, she was offered more hot milk as an alternative.

Choice was difficult as everything sounded so appetising. Two varieties of quiche were offered – bacon with onion and blue cheese with spinach. They would come with salad, coleslaw and crisps at £4.95. Sandwiches with a variety of fillings and the usual predictable snacks were on offer.

Ann ordered a coronation chicken sandwich in thick brown bread (£4.95). She said that it was delicious with just the right quantity of garnish. Although the sandwich looked alarmingly thick, the bread was very soft.

I chose parsnip and apple soup with croutons and thick brown bread (£4.50). We have frequently commented that thick soup has been served at less than an acceptable temperature. No problems here. It was probably the hottest soup I have been served and the accompanying bread was excellent.

Always on the look out for something different, one item at £5.95 attracted our attention. Rarebit savoury cheese sauce, whole grain mustard and Theakston’s Old Peculiar ale with melted cheddar must catch some customers’ eye.

Tea (£1.40) and coffee from £1.80 to £2.45 were readily available.

The owner of the café was very much in evidence, having been in business since August. Conveniently situated within 50 yards of the market square and opposite a book shop this is a venue we hope to visit again or use as a meeting place with friends or family.