This women-run family business is inspired by Molly’s great nan Minna, who turned a plot of land behind her council house into an allotment, encouraging her neighbours to grow their own veggies there, and this interest in sustainability and community has fed into Minna’s cafe.
Serving up breakfast, brunch and lunch until 4pm, with tasties on the counter to tempt you while you order (think freshly made pastéis de nata egg custard tarts, croissants and more), the Minna team cares about traceability and locally sourced, organic produce. There’s plenty on the vegan front, and the boozes (yes, there are boozes) include natural wines from Legs, with award-winning Welsh brewer Tiny Rebel’s Clwb Tropica on tap. Cocktails include the Minna martini – a very pretty mix of vodka, cherry liqueur, lemon and thyme – while coffee comes courtesy Neighbourhood and is made on a mammoth La Marzocco machine from Florence. The excess steamed milk (from Peckforton Farm Dairy in Cheshire) is used to make ricotta, which is then teamed with the likes of tenderstem broccoli, roasted fennel, kale and hispi, sprinkled with pecorino, pinenuts and a preserved lemon dressing. Another lunch dish is fresh pappardelle with king oyster mushroom and cured duck yolk, drizzled with fermented mushroom and tarragon dressing. Morning food dishes include the likes of Turkish eggs with smoked garlic labneh, spicy vadouvan butter, poached free range eggs and local samphire, and French toast made with brioche loaf – the seasonal choices for spring included confit rhubarb, whipped mascarpone, preserved blood orange and biscotti. Meat-eater and plant-lover together? How about the oven bottom muffins? Cumberland curl, fried egg and Red Leicester versus garlic portobello, vegan black pudding and cheeze. Then there’s the Minna breakfast, with potato bread, vegan black pudding, Portobello mushroom, grilled tomato, smashed avocado and house baked beans, served with sourdough from nearby micro-bakery Plattsville Bakehouse.
That should set you up for a spin round the park (or warm you up afterwards). There’s a real fire for chillier days, while in summer a sunny spot out front is perfect for coffee and cake and watching the Lark Lane world go by, or have drinks under the palms in the sheltered yarden at the back. Don’t forget to bring your pooch.
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