Enjoy a Bean feast at new coffee shop

DRIVING home along the A57 one evening, a sign on the side of the road near Todwick reading 'All Day Breakfast' leapt out at me.

I made a mental note and carried on with my journey, having vowed to myself to return to this newly sprung up eatery one lunchtime.

And so it was that one day this week I made the trip over to the Green Bean Coffee Shop, which is located at the Greenscene Side Farm Nursery, close to the Todwick crossroads.

The coffee shop – which has been open only six weeks – is situated in a twee little chalet-style wooden building, and I sat myself down at one of the wooden tables.

The menu is not extensive by any means but there is enough to satisfy most peoples tastes.

There are a selection of hot and cold sandwiches (to eat in or take away) as well as toasties, omelettes, and soup. Also on offer are a variety of freshly ground coffees.

But I had been enticed in to the Green Bean by one thing, and one thing only – the promise of the all day breakfast.

There are two full English breakfasts to choose from. Initially my eyes lit up at the prospect of the Mega Breakfast.

For 6.99 the Mega gives you two sausages, two slices of bacon, two eggs, mushrooms, black pudding, beans and tomatoes, and tea and toast.

However, on the front counter of the restaurant I had spied a delicious selection of cakes, and decided to have a more modest sized meal in order to leave some room for a delightful dessert.

So I opted for the basic fully English which comprised of one sausage, two pieces of bacon, mushrooms, either beans or tomatoes, and toast. All for just 3.99. I decided to complete this fry up with black pudding and fried bread for the modest sum of 25p per item.

I got stuck into this very British dish with gusto. The egg was done to perfection, as was the bacon, and it was everything you could wish for in a fry up.

If I had one complaint it would be that there was a bit too much, and I feared I might not have room left for any cake.

After a few moments respite I made my way to the counter to cast my expert eye over the drool-inducing sweets. There were scones, Bakewell tart, walnut cake, and coffee cake, but I chose an old favourite of mine, the carrot cake.

I was served a generous wedge of carrot cake and it was sublime from start to finish, marvellously moist, yet not too heavy.

While I was getting stuck into my cake a couple of customers walked in and one loudly exclaimed: "I can't keep away." I'm not surprised.

Green Bean Coffee Shop is open daily between 7.30am and 4.30pm, making it a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch.

And when you consider for just 6.29 I had a generous full English breakfast, wedge of cake, and drink it also offers almost unparalleled value for money.

So there we have it, Green Bean Coffee Shop. You won't be able to keep away.

by Ben Green

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