Flour Water Salt

Flour Water Salt

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Hours
Wed
9:00 - 13:00
Thu
9:00 - 13:00
Fri
9:00 - 13:0017:00 - 20:30
Sat
9:30 - 13:0017:00 - 20:30
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Cafe, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
features
Is this place primarily a deli?
About
Flour Water Salt specialises in slow-fermented bread using organic flour, exceptional viennoiserie, the best brewed coffee and a weekly changing menu.
CUISINES
Cafe, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles86 reviews
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Lisa W
Congleton3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
We have been customers of FWS now for over a year, we have visited their premises and eaten several times. We use their amazing Cisco Sourdough bread every week to create some of our loved dishes at our own venue. Everyone already knows their bread is amazing (so it the Rosemary & Salt Focaccia!) but so is their customer service and their commitment to try to keep going whilst Covid is hitting everyone so hard. We felt compelled to write and defend FWS after seeing some of the recent reviews. What saddens many struggling businesses is the keyboard warriors that cannot stand in a queue for more than 5 mins without coming on here to whinge and hit a company when it is trying to get back on its feet. They don't have any idea what is going on behind the scenes to even try and open the door! Cut them some slack please! These guys are helping us to keep our business going, as well as working very hard to produce what they are with limited resources. We are all in this together lets show some support and be patient while we work out our new normal!! Thank you FWS for your amazing produce!
Written 15 August 2020
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RazzyBthefirst
Macclesfield1450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
Looking for coffee and cake as always and first tried The Picturedrome. The young lady at the front was delightful but I honestly didn't have the time or the inclination to register for the app, be shown to a seat and then order from my seat. IMHO it's overkill, some might disagree. Tried a few others in town, quite busy, Cherry Blossom Bakery closed. FWS was open but, can't yet sit inside. Ordered a latte and a white chocolate brownie - ate it in the churchyard, delicious.....Lord knows how many calories. Minor issues; the staff never smile and the coffee is the most expensive in Macc. Had to ask for sugar then another sachet.
Written 30 July 2020
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Y5104RNpaulr
Hi I'm Paul the owner of FWS. Your comments are a little unfair. I don't own or run the Picturedrome. I own and run the FWS concession inside. The arrangements for table service with the app and being shown to a seat are all as a result of Government guidance. Social distancing and track and trace are all conditional on being allowed to open. I don't agree with your staff not smiling comment. The coffee is expensive because we source the best coffee beans, barista milk and have fully trained staff. Thanks Paul
Written 19 August 2020
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LouisKitton
Manchester14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 solo
Love this place and some new faces are in the kitchen now - cheese toasties are back !!! The first one was the best toastie I had ever had!!! EVER!!!! Had to go back for another the following weekend - this toastie, not so much filling. Just been in for a take out one - hardly any filling and burnt. Very disappointed, thought things were back on form. I purchased quite a few other things to take away. No offer of a bag to put them in, hence dropped some stuff and didn’t realise until back at the car. Someone is therefore enjoying my 2 x cookies worth £4.20. So remember to bring a bag if taking away and ask them to put some filling in the toastie and try not to burn it. I’ll still be back!!
Written 15 October 2022
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Tony
Macclesfield1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 none
No one can knock the produce at Flour Water Salt, it's absolutely fantastic; and quarantine has obviously been very difficult for small businesses to even stay afloat, forcing them to be creative in how they can offer collection/take out food. However you cannot expect people to wait for well over an hour to collect bread that they have pre ordered two days in advance. When I sauntered down to Macc this morning at 10:30 to collect my fresh bread, to my utter amazement the queue for FWS stretched back as far as 'Fat Face'! I waitied in this line with the rest of the helpless mugs, in a bemused state for about 15 minutes before over hearing someone walking the other way exclaiming that they had waitied for nearly an hour and a half, which none of the other lemmings seemed that bothered by, instead choosing to focus on the sweet smell of fresh Sourdough pumping out from up the street, just a mere 65 minutes away! I laughed out loud and nearly choked before deciding to go home amazed that anyone else would waste their Saturday in this way. To be fair the woman in front of me was engrossed in a Crossword book - this was obviously not her first rodeo. I don't understand why it took so long, they already had the pre paid orders. Either get more staff, don't sell as much bread on your online shop or have a more efficient method of literally handing people bread in a bag to pick up. I would have given up and had a crusty old bit of Warburtons at home if it wasn't for the fact that I had to pick up my order between 10-1 , so I didn't reallly have a choice unless I wanted to lose my money. I love FWS but come on guys, today was a farce! If this is the new normal, count me out.
Written 16 May 2020
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Donna J
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 couples
I am a supporter of FWS their Cisco sourdough is amazing as are their pastries. The picturedrome and market place are both great places to sit and eat prior to covid. So I thought we would give the pizza a try. Unfortunately the pizza was such a let down. My pizza was soggy and came with a hole in it that had been covered with basil leaves, it was so think that it was wet underneath. I don’t think it has long enough in the oven as the other pizzas we ordered were the same. The garlic bread had a fantastic taste, if only everything had been left in a little longer. As you don’t see the pizza until you get home it was such a shame. After a 25 minute wait at the store I contacted FWS using their online contact form. Please do try their bread and pastries as they are fabulous, but pizza might need a little longer to be at the same standard.
Written 24 February 2021
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RazzyBthefirst
Macclesfield1450 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 none
Long walk today and more than ready for some sustenance. I know FWS do good pastry and so I headed here first. No greeting, no smile and I manged to order and pay with hardly any words being exchanged. The black pudding roll was delicious, wish it had been heated but it wasn't offered and I didn't like to ask. Coffee was served without offer of sugar or a stirrer and all that was available was a thin stick that bent as you stirred. Dropped in at the West Park café for coffee and cake later; warm and friendly service with a smile. Napkins, sugar, stirrers all readily available.
Written 23 December 2020
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ordinarypunter2015
Manchester433 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 none
I'm a big fan of FWS and love the bread and the pastries. However, it does have to watch out for becoming a victim of its own success. Popped in on Saturday morning for a coffee and a pastry. When they arrived they were great, but the point is about how long it took to arrive. First, the queue to get to the counter moved too slowly, and then once the coffee and pastries were ordered they took too long to arrive - we sat looking at our pastries for 10 minutes waiting for the coffee to arrive which it did after about 15 minutes. Other customers were experiencing the same thing. The waitperson did apologise and said they were busy, but being popular with customers should not be a problem and surely the management of FWS should realise that they are going to be busy and they should have the resources (staff and equipment) to deal with this. The problem seemed to be not enough people serving at the counter (and for the same counter being used for all customers - those using the shop as well as those using the cafe), and also the coffee making was a bottleneck, with it taking too long to deal with orders. It's obvious that the business is overtrading, which will eventually put off customers, even loyal and enthusiastic ones like me.
Written 25 January 2022
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Emma G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
Everything I have tasted from Flour Water Salt has been amazing - but the tea cakes are something else!! Love this shop and the owner is always really helpful. Well done to them for keeping us supplied with lovely fresh goodies during Covid. I know it’s not easy for any small independent business. I certainly don’t mind waiting in a queue - if it’s for quality like this. Life is different at the moment and I’ll gladly support them. Can’t wait for my next tea cake, where’s the back of the queue!!
Written 15 August 2020
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Woooodentop
Higher Kinnerton184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 couples
Visited this lovely cafe on Treacle market Sunday. The town was very busy as was the cafe. The bakery is top quality with exquisite baked goods from bread to pastries. The cafe has a compact menu and the food and service we had was excellent
Written 3 November 2021
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Alan M
Prestbury39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
If you like bread you will LOVE Flour Water Salt. I can throughly recommend their Wholemeal Sourdough with Seeds. I have enjoyed excellent bread from artisan bakeries before but this was AMAZING. Best bread ever.
Written 12 March 2021
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Alison W
Macclesfield202 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 friends
I visited this café this morning for a coffee and flapjack. I’ve been several times over the last few months and feel that there are a couple of things lacking… I would have liked a saucer for my cup, and also for the tables to be cleared and wiped down more promptly. Delicious coffee, lovely pastries …. just a few things that need fixing to make the experience better. Because there were so few tables available I considered sitting in the back room, but this seems now to be half of a storeroom, which didn’t give a good impression.
Written 19 August 2023
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Charlie C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 family
Lovely little cafe , with really nice staff. Great food and really nice coffee. Will 100% be back. It’s a shame I had to share it
Written 16 June 2024
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Sarah Y Bridge
Congleton4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 couples
Great coffee, fantastic bread. Top quality. They serve the best coffee in the area and all the bread are totally amazing. Hats off to the bakers.
Written 29 April 2024
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Max e
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 solo
Nice atmosphere. £3 for a massive latte that was almost overflowing. good hangout spot to just chat and read. Staff were helpful with recommending me a local walk to go on as a visitor to Macclesfield.
Written 17 June 2023
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Ben S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 family
We came in to Macclesfield for the morning and stumbled across the best breakfast I’ve had in years! Pastries were perfect, sausage on sourdough was insane and we even got lunch to take away with us. We had our two year old with us who started to become impatient 😵‍💫, the staff were so accommodating and the service was superb! Would highly recommend for breakfast with the family or lunch with friends, the sandwiches were stunning!
Written 5 November 2022
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