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.
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 a few years ago and had its initial moment in the sun – glad to say this huge centrally placed bar/restaurant remains a popular spot. The food is excellent, portions are on the satisfyingly large size, and they do excellent steak nights, plus they do Sunday roasts with as many jugfuls of gravy that you could need. Downstairs is the bar (but you can eat too) with plenty of tables and inviting log fires and views onto the main street. Upstairs are the dining rooms – it’s advisable to book. 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.
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