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“Friendly staff, Good food,”

Old Fire Station Coffee Shop
Ranked #2 of 4 Coffee & Tea in Tarporley
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 3 May 2014

The problem with your categories is that you cannot compare cafes with Michelin Star restaurants.

The Old Fire station is a cafe and none the worse for that and it is an absolutely great cafe with smiling, welcoming staff and with simple but excellent food. The welcome is as good if you have only coffee and cakes as it is if you buy a cooked meal.
In fine weather there is a rear courtyard to enjoy the sunshine and toys to keep the children happy (and quiet) as indeed there is inside.
The next room to the cafe has the most mouth watering chocolates and other goodies, cards etc.

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1  Thank DonR213
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Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

Called in for a Sunday afternoon drink and a bite to eat . I had a delicious strawberry milkshake and a lovely piece of Bakewell tart . Daughter always goes for the hot chocolate even when the sun is shining. Really enjoyable atmosphere to sit an relax and read the paper .

Thank NeilStubbs
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

The old fire station is just that ... and old fire station. Today in the shop we were helped by the owner, who is absolutely charming to talk to.

Thank ChristineBurns
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Really sorry to write a 'bad' review for what used to be a lovely little place. We've been having lunch and coffee at this cafe for 10 years so am quite sad to write this.

Visited yesterday and we were disappointed from the moment we stepped through the door. Strange smell greeted us, not the best start in a food establishment, and tables and chairs were not particularly clean (food scraps left on chairs and sticky tables). It wasn't busy so no excuse for things not to be pristine in our opinion.

Ordered a tea, coffee, sandwich and beans and bacon on toast. Tea and coffee arrived quickly served with a lovely little chocolate and biscuit. Food arrived fairly promptly but didn't look especially appetising. I returned my dish and asked for a fresh piece of bacon as the one which had been served originally was so hard it was difficult to cut. It's obvious that the bacon had been pre-cooked and then re-heated to within an inch of its life in the microwave. When my food was brought back it became clear that my plate had been placed under a heat lamp whilst a fresh piece of bacon was heated. This meant that my beans had dried up and we're hard and unappealing. The second bacon attempt was slightly better than the first but still only half the slice was edible. I also then noticed that one of the slices of toast was burnt and that too was inedible. Decided if I'd sent it back once and this was how it was returned, there really was little point sending it back again :(.

Husband's sandwich was ok, poached salmon which whilst not particularly tasty was at least served on fresh bread with nice side salad.

Really feel that pre-cooking food is a bad idea, I would have much preferred waiting an extra 5 minutes for a freshly cooked piece of bacon. Sometimes convenience costs you quality and unfortunately, after 10 years, we won't be returning.

4  Thank KateD1975
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Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

Called in for a coffee, and HAD to have a cake cos look so gorgeous! And wow scrummy delish yummy !!! They were! Staff very very polite and helpful. Building is so unique, was in awe reading the history and lookin at all old firefighting hats and outfits and equipment.
Lovely experience, like having a coffee break in a museum, loved it!

1  Thank Mandy P
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