I’m reposting this piece about Hebden Bridge from December 2013. Muse Music and Love Cafe record shop in Hebden Bridge is currently closed as it was devastated in the floods – it reopens sometime in the future thanks in part to a vinyl sale held at The Trades Club in January.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Hebden Bridge, all around Market Street. The town is full of independent cafes (I imagine the locals would rise up and cause a riot if one of the chains dared to show its face) and a few restaurants.
I like Mooch cafe for breakfast, they do a delicious sausage teacake for around £4. They serve delicious soups, and as well as being a cafe, this is a nice spot for an early evening glass of wine.
Organic House (top) is a magnet for tourists and locals and can get crowded (you may have to wait for a table): they always have a tempting range of delicious cakes. The cafe featured in an episode of BBC drama Happy Valley. Check if it has reopened after the floods of December 2015.
Muse, the record shop now has a little cafe called Love Cafe. A great spot for those who fancy a cup of really good coffee accompanied by an eclectic range of music. They sell a good selection of new vinyl and CDs and have recently started stocking an excellent small selection of second-hand vinyl, at very reasonably prices.
Dinner: The Old Gate opened last year. The place has swallowed up a row of shopfronts making it fairly cavernous and initial impressions were that it looked too shiny and corporate, but the ambiance and food won me over. It is proving popular with locals too which is a good sign. Downstairs is a bar with plenty of tables, views onto the main street, and just to your left, a cosy area with huge welcoming fire. Upstairs are the dining rooms: food is fantastic. My steak and ale pie with roast veg and a little pot of mushy peas, could only be described as a portion fit for a giant. And all for around £12.95.
The Olive Branch is a well-recommended Turkish restaurant.
The Trades, which features in a lot of posts on here, is my favourite music venue, and Mal Campbell has a fantastic eye for booking great musicians, both old and new. Here’s a review of the Heavenly weekend including Jimi Goodwin; and a review of Mental Elf at New Year