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Review: Cafe Courtyard


Brigg, United Kingdom

Pleasant surroundings and good food...

  • By SilverTraveller ESW

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  • Jul 2013
  • North Lincolnshire
  • Casual
  • British

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This has only been open six months and has already got a reputation for its food. It is a popular meeting place for locals. Knowing that I had a free day as husband was out all day, daughter invited me to meet up with her for lunch there. It would make a change from her usual packup.

The cafe is in the glassed over courtyard of the Angel Hotel in the small market town of Brigg. This had been a 16thC coaching inn which was given a mock Tudor frontage in the 19thC. It is no longer a hotel and was bought and renovated by the local council. As well as the cafe, it contains the library and the Heritage Centre.

Tables with tall backed, comfortable wicker chairs are scattered round the courtyard with potted palms adding a touch of greenery. The glass roof keeps you dry in wet weather, but can get hot in the summer. Doors at either end were open allowing a certain amount of through draught.

There is a small counter to order meals which are then served direct to the table. Apart from jacket potatoes in a special roaster, soup and the home made cakes, all the other meals are prepared from scratch when ordered.

Prices are reasonable and the ambience is much nicer than the ‘cafe culture’ along the main shopping street.

In the heat there were few takers for the home made soup and a roll at £4.20. Jacket potatoes with filling, dressed salad leaves and coleslaw are £4.10. Paninis with leaves and coleslaw are more expensive at £4.80. Helpings are generous.

We had a sausage bap with two large sausages. Mine was in a granary roll which did rather let them down as it was a bit dry. Price was £3.95 including a pot of tea.

The home made cakes more than made up for this. With chocolate, coffee or passion cake, Victoria sponge, fruit cake or scones there was plenty of choice. The coffee cake was one of the nicest I’ve had for a long time and was moist with a good coffee flavour. Portion sizes were reasonable and again a good price.

Afternoon tea with cake and a pot of tea is very cheap at £3. For those wanting something a bit more substantial, the full afternoon tea with sandwiches, cream scone and jam and a selection of cakes costs £13.95 for two or £7.50 per person. You are recommended to book this.

A pot of tea is £1.70. Speciality or fruit teas are £1.95. There is a choice of every sort of coffee you can imagine from £1.40-£2.50.

For those with kids, there is a children’s menu and high chairs are provided.?

This is a welcome addition to Brigg High Street and somewhere I will certainly go back to. Who knows, daughter and I may well make it a monthly event.

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  • ESW
    almost 6 years ago
    On more recent visits we have been disappointe by the cake selection which isn't as good. I would no longer give this 5* and would downgrade to 3*. Although it is the nicest surroundings, the cakes in The Steel Rooms are much better.
  • ESW
    almost 8 years ago
    We made a repeat visit four weeks later and I must admit were very disappointed.

    We were later arriving, getting there about 12.45. Tables had not been cleared after people had left. There were more dirty dishes piled on the counter and on working areas behind. Counter service was slow and they had run out of jacket potatoes....

    If you are intending to visit for lunch, make sure you are there EARLY, no later than 12 to 12.15. If you are wanting a drink and cake, then wait until after 2pm when they have had time to clear and wipe down tables.
  • SylviaML
    almost 8 years ago
    Sounds delightful. Thank you for such a detailed review. I have never been to Lincolnshire but hope to remedy that soon and if Brigg is one of the places we visit I will be sure to try out the Cafe Courtyard.