Tea. When I think of Yorkshire I think of tea. I think of visiting my friend Holly and it’s like an automatic reaction I feel like an English Breakfast tea and a catch-up.
Remember Holly? Long time readers will remember she’s one of my university friends and one who I went to Duck and Waffle the first time I ever visited, with all those years back. I’ve recently returned from the most relaxing weekend seeing her up North and I’m already eager to book in another weekend. We spent the weekend drinking countless cups of tea and howling with laughter remembering forgotten stories and honestly, I don’t remember the last time I felt that relaxed. Was it the country air? The comfort when it feels like no time has passed? All of the food? Well, we certainly ate a lot… As well as catching up, shopping and making trips to the farm shop, I loved our brunch at her local, Mill Kitchen and I just have to share it with you!
Mill Kitchen is a gorgeous, airy, local cafe, which boasts rustic shelves filled with local ingredients, gorgeous soft blankets, pretty cards for sale and of course a stuffed avocado cushion! This part of Yorkshire is steeped with history and the Mill Kitchen itself once was home to a historic textile mill. The cafe has stayed true to the rich ethos of its predecessors, producing that of the highest quality from local, natural, sustainable ingredients.
Every single dish was the kind that has a silence followed by satisfied moans of “this is amazing”. It was startlingly good! The Mill Kitchen website has a simple promise in capital letters: “GOOD THINGS TO EAT” and seriously, it serves exactly that.
I opted for the “Veggie Turkish” – eggs with zaatar, confit tomato, labneh, cucumber pickle, zhoug, local sourdough toast and grilled halloumi.
I eye rolled with happiness with each bite. The combination of salty halloumi, sweet tomato, creamy labneh and pickle was magical, and pretty much instantly, I knew it was love at first bite. The flavours reminded me of the epic breakfasts at Honey and Co and the Middle East inspired flavours at Honey and Smoke.
The halloumi was some of the best I’ve had, crunchy on the outside shell but soft within. The matrimony of that with labneh and zaatar was insanely good with the herby scented spice blend marrying perfectly with the creamy labneh, making the saltiness of the halloumi more subtle. The toast is some of the best I’ve eaten in the UK!
The rest of the girls had all been to Mill Kitchen before and went for their famous Full English, which is meant to be one of the best! Mill Kitchen’s full English breakfast includes bacon, sausages, eggs of your choice, confit tomatoes, baked herby mushrooms and sourdough toast, with the option to add homemade baked beans or black pudding.
Sophie’s pick was the Goat’s cheese cornbread muffin, which came with black beans, roasted red pepper, avocado and a fried egg. I loved the look of this and can imagine it would be especially good with any of the add on items (a bargain at £1.50 for added marinated feta, halloumi, chorizo or a merguez sausage). The muffin itself was fresh and tempting and I’d be sure to try this next time!
The interiors are simple but pretty with artwork on the walls and shelves filled with local produce, which I imagine must taste great, if it’s anything like the fresh, organic food we were eating.
Once we’d got our fair share of mains done, we were pretty full, but I must have a dessert shaped second stomach as I can always make a tiny bit of space! We shared a selection of sweet treats, including perfect brownies. These brownies are the dense, gooey chocolatey kind. One bite leads to another and the next thing you know, it’s demolished.
The nectarine upside down cake was simple in looks but comforting and moreish. It’d be ideal for those who prefer fruit to chocolate in puddings or as a tea time cake. The stewed nectarine was very juicy, perfectly soft and it cut beautifully through the simple sponge.
Finally, there was the chocolate cake – oh what a cake! It was comforting and the melt-in-mouth-instantly kind, the type that quickly vanished when served alongside some tea (Yorkshire tea, mind, you’re not in London anymore Toto!)
The food was faultless and I loved the pretense-free atmosphere. Mill Kitchen is inviting, informal and atmospheric. It’s everything I like about Yorkshire – fuss free but consistently fabulous. From the motivational postcards to the local artwork and produce, it was a reminder of yet another thing I love about getting out of London for a weekend break.
If you’re looking for high end or fine dining – this isn’t it. But the flavours, warm service makes it the kind of place you’d go for a tea but linger once you catch a look at that menu! And all of this at less than £15 a head!? It’s just so damn good and such great value for money. One in a mill(ion) some may say!
If you’re in Yorkshire, go now, as soon as you possibly can! And if not, pin this for later and get planning your next trip. Boy oh boy, it’s so worth it, even for the cake alone…
More details on Mill Kitchen can be found here.
You’re going to love it!