Usually when I walk past Olibers coffee shop it is empty. Today not so, it was busy.
I was on my way to lunch at the County Restaurant. I had excellent pea and mint soup, but did not fancy anything else on the menu. I decided to go to Stokes at The Collection.
Passing by Olibers on the way, I looked at the boards outside. No, change of mind, I would try their gammon streak. I like a good gammon streak.
It was a wise choice, the gammon steak with a slice of pineapple on top was served with a little salad, peas and chips. The gammon was excellent, but at 8oz, too much, I would happily have shared.
I commented on the boards outside, which I thought was a good idea as it would bring people in and that it was usually empty. The woman said it was her idea, and yes it did make a difference, as often sat there all day and no one came in.
I asked where was the attractive blonde? She was helping out, and now back at university.
From the front to the back maybe two or three well worn stone steps. That of stone, and well worn, gives some idea of the age of the building.
There are not many good places to eat. Plenty of good indie coffee bars and tea shops, home made soups, cakes, but not a meal. Olibers seems to be the exception. Far better than the Dambusters Inn at Scampton or the Butcher and Beast at Heighington. And at £6-50, reasonably priced.
They serve tea, coffee and cakes in Olibers, but make the mistake of not having the cakes on display. Nothing is more tempting than seeing a delicious looking cake on display.
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