Back in the day, the Bridge Café was the staple go-to for the morning after, pre-work fry-ups and mugs of tea you could stand your spoon in. Since those heady days of heart-attack-inducing breakfasts, it’s become a regular stop off for dog walkers, ladies who lunch, local residents and those who just do coffee – all down to Sharon, at the helm for many, many years. More recently, her daughter Charlotte has taken the reins to introduce more vegetarian and vegan additions to their renowned homemade cakes and brunches.
The new look of the Bridge Café isn’t too far removed from what they were already doing, but with a distinct move towards sustainability, locally sourced and a more healthy and vegan focused selection. We (as regulars) popped in recently, dogs in tow for a brunch, and happily sat outside bathed in the November sun. We had two paninis: brie, cranberry and red grape with salad, and spinach, brie and mushroom with salad, plus a frothy latte and breakfast tea. Simple, if easy to get wrong, and as expected it was delicious, with good, fresh ingredients presented well.
As well as the Bridge Café’s food and service, pretty surroundings and positive vibes of Sharon and family, there’s the resident cats and dog-friendly attitude. Recent upgrades to the outside area have seen the revamping of existing sheds to offer private dining spaces, with different sea-related themes. Charlotte’s influence on the menu includes a selection of organic wines from Sea Change, organic juices from ChariTea Foundation (who support social projects in the growing regions) and ice cream from Roskilly’s. The Bridge really is doing its bit to support the environment and local businesses.
If you want to spend some time in one of the most relaxing cafes around, head to the Bridge and say hello. Sharon, Charlotte and crew are a very friendly bunch, as are their cats.
Bron-Y-Mor, The Knap, Barry. Info: 07856 483617 / Facebook
words and photos ANTONIA LEVAY
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