I have been eating in this cafe for many years, and do not recognise the establishment described by some others who have given poor reviews. I think if all those many people who have enjoyed their meals here had written reviews, they would far outbalance the poor reviews. The food here is usually tasty and wholesome; not to your taste if you just like fry-ups, or if you have a palate accustomed only to 'quick' meals. I particularly enjoy the wholesome puddings, and a soup and pudding makes a really filling meal for well under £10!
A particular strength of this cafe are the quality of the delightful, young weekend staff, clearly local schoolchildren and students. Without exception I have found the young staff (some clearly very young) polite, helpful and competent, with a delightful manner towards their customers.It is good to see how much their confidence grows over the months (and sometimes years) that they have worked here. Clearly the proprietor trains them well. and they are a credit to the cafe.
There are many good cafes in Church Stretton, and I have eaten in most of them. All have a different atmosphere. I always return to the Acorn, where there is space to move, and an atmosphere which I find friendly and relaxed.
The cafe has a tea garden. This is full of atmosphere, but perhaps a bit scruffy (or should I say 'natural') sometimes! But I always enjoy eating there!
A large proportion of my reviews are 5 star; this is because I tend not to write reviews for mediocre or poor establishments, in case I have gone on a bad day--who doesn't have them? I suspect most people who enjoy the Acorn do not post Trip Advisor reviews, or there would be many more 5 star reviews.
I have no business connection with The Acorn. I just enjoy eating there!
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