You may not have discovered York’s newest and tastiest place to be yet, and frankly I’m not at all sure I should be sharing it with you, since it will inevitably mean there’ll be no room for me on a Saturday morning to enjoy a leisurely coffee and cake. However, in the interests of cake-sharing, I’ll let you in on the secret – as long as you promise to share your table.
I first met the lovely Louise Brogan-Hewitt, food fanatic, new cafe owner and maker of the most fantastically squidgy and naughty brownies this side of the moon a while ago when we met up for a glass of wine in town. It became obvious to me straight away that not only was Louise passionate about good food, but that she was also determined to create a place for local people to meet, in the most welcoming surroundings you could hope to find.
Around 50 people headed down to the cafe in Dringhouses to enjoy some delicious treats made by Louise and her team including almond mince pies, and the aforementioned brownies, as well as some still-warm-from-the-oven blue cheese tartlets with my favourite Yorkshire Blue cheese, yum! All this was washed down with some warming mulled wine, served in our vintage china, and we met some lovely people – including Louise’s auntie who charmed us all, and who you can see enjoying herself below!
I should also mention that there are plenty of reasons to visit Love To Eat other than the food – Louise is also the only stockist of Rebecca Downes, purveyor of gorgeous vintage homeware textiles including fabulously frilly aprons inspired by 40’s & 50’s designs that will make baking a joyous experience. If antiques are more your thing, you’ll be pleased to hear that the furniture in the shop is all for sale too – from solid country kitchen style chairs to vintage cabinets painted in decadent colours and an old desk which took me back in time!
We’ll be blogging more about Louise in the future, since we’re planning some future events together……but we’re keeping schtum for now!
So in the meantime, pop and say hello to Louise – Love To Eat is open Monday – Friday 8am-5.30pm and on Saturdays from 9am-4pm, so I’ll see you down there – I’ll be the one in the corner, guarding my seat….