cafe

A nice cup of tea and a bite to eat.

Some of our favourite places to have a cuppa and watch the world go by.

We all like to eat out when we’re on holiday.  And if you’re lucky enough to live here, there are always times when you don’t feel like cooking or want to catch up with friends somewhere other than your own front room.  We asked locals to tell us about their favourite cafes and places to take tea.  Here are a few of those recommendations.  There will be plenty more.  How many can you visit?

The tea stays hot at Woolyknit in Diggle. (Photo: Rebecca Yorke)

In Saddleworth, try the cafe at Woolyknit in Diggle.  There’s lots of local produce and you’ll be surrounded by yarns of every colour.  You won’t want to leave.  Other arty cafes are Cobbles and Clay in Haworth, Create Cafe in Ilkley and the Viaduct Café run by the Chef’s School at Dean Clough in Halifax.  The Galleries are just next door – make sure you don’t miss the huge Lego model of the entire mill complex!

Vegetarian or not, you’ll love what’s on offer at the Bear Cafe in Todmorden. It’s situated above an emporium of wholefood and wellbeing and is the birthplace of Incredible Edible Todmorden.

Emma’s Tea Parlour in Holmfirth is a champion of local suppliers, including Grumpy Mule Coffee from nearby Meltham. Emma’s is also a popular venue during Holmfirth Arts Festival and the walls show a changing display of work by local artists.  The cakes are good too.

Emma's, Holmfirth (Photo: Andy Leader)

Emma’s, Holmfirth (Photo: Andy Leader)

Feeling ladylike? Sip tea from vintage china and enjoy  homemade cupcakes at The Vintage Cupcake Kitchen in Uppermill.   Or spend a summer’s day at Ilkley’s art-deco outdoor Lido, followed by a sweet treat at Betty’s.

Enjoy cake in the sunshine in the courtyard at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.   Or see the waterwheel in motion at Innovation Cafe housed in the 700 year old Hebden Bridge Mill.

Rebecca’s in Littleborough is a good place to meet the locals and see what’s on.  And there’s a good selection of home-baked cakes. And if you’re in Rossendale, try the Victorian Tea Room in Haslingden or the Russian Tea Room in Bacup which offers 50 different blends of tea!