Little Corner of the World

7 Boroughgate


LS21 3AG


Opening Times

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – 10.30am – 5.30pm

Wednesday – Closed

Friday – 10.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday (Farmers’ Market Day) 10.00am – 4.00pm

Coffee £2.05

Sandwich £3.45

Scone - £1.90

“IT’S a really nice café this,” is the encouraging remark of a very satisfied customer, who is leaving as we arrive. We enter with heightened enthusiasm.

Sarah, introduced as ‘the boss’ by our waitress, has certainly been imaginative in her interior decoration of this unusual wedge shaped little café. The accent is on travel and one wall is almost completely covered with an enormous map of the world, flanked by framed railway prints and destination boards. Piles of vintage suitcases are depicted on the wallpaper and an ancient trunk serves as a display table in a discrete little corner, perfect for those needing peace and quiet. Customers are encouraged to browse a selection of travel books from around the world, displayed alongside travel-style stationery and an enormous, once-remote-controlled, speedboat. This is a little corner of the world not to be missed.

Dizzy Goddaughter must be looking hungry as, when her sandwich arrives she is offered a large bowl of crisps to accompany it. The soft seeded bap, groaning with mature, crumbly cheese, with a goodly bowl of salad and a little jug of mustard mayonnaise, should render the crisps redundant, but DG is not one for saying no and declares her lunch “excellent!”

The scones are good sized and crumble to perfection. Served with butter, jam and clotted cream they are a fine accompaniment to the smooth, come-again coffee, that arrives in cheerful bright red cups and saucers.

Soup of the day today is either cream of chicken or tomato and basil, accompanied by a

chunk of bread and today’s quiche is cheese and onion, which is served hot with a magnificent salad.

The Little Corner has only been open for four months and is already a popular spot. Tables are rarely left empty for long. The sun streams in through large Georgian style windows that overlook the bustling street and the deep cills serve as extra seating, scattered with squishy cushions for added comfort.

“It’s the cakes we come for,” a lady tells me, “they’re all made on the premises by Sarah herself.” I can see what she means, there are six delicious looking cakes displayed on the counter today, plus cookies and scones, all of which are going down a storm.

It’s all too good to rush so we sit back to enjoy the gently crooning music and another cup of coffee, whilst browsing travel books. Now where is my next holiday destination to be?...

by Angela Cunningham