I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Mill Kitchen in Farsley. It’s right on the corner as you head down Town Street.
Step inside and it’s open-plan with functional thin wooden tables and chairs which for some reason remind me of my school days. It’s post industrial chic, of a sort. There are exposed brick walls, painted steel roof supports, chunky wooden shelves stacked with jars and bottles and sprigs of dried plants hanging from the ceiling.
The other thing about this place is it also feels a bit New Agey. Parts of the place look like they belong in a commune - the torn up hemp sacks covering one of the shelves, with old books, tins and kettles scattered about on top.
Chalked on a blackboard above a drinks chiller are ‘smoothie of the day’ (avocado, mango and lime), ‘soup of the day’ (chickpea and tomato) and ‘juice of he month’ (carrot, apple and ginger).
Toward the rear of the space is a the counter, behind which is the exposed kitchen. The message being: simple, honest food, cooked to order.
With a sense of trepidation, I went for the smoothie of the month and almost immediately regretted it. Each to their own but avocado has to be one of the most boring fruits on the planet and even though this was blitzed up with mango and lime (which I’m told are bezzie mates with it), it still tasted to me as though I’d liquified my lawnmover cuttings. But, each to their own. I don’t like avocado but I still think the smoothie could have had more zing, more contrast, another flavour to do battle with the pea-green blandness.
But enough about the smoothie. They do a very decent range of nosh here, lots of soups, sandwiches, a solid range of teas and coffees, a kiddies’ hot choc for a quid.
From the breakfast menu, there are delights such as porridge with honey and berries (£3.50), sourdough black pudding (£3.50) and more. We ordered a full English (£7.95) and I went for smoked salmon from the main menu (£9.50). It came with creme fresh, pickled caperberries, salad and rye toast. The dish was fine, save for the caperberries, which were just too sharp and ought really to have been sliced into the salad.
The breakfast was a delight: clean, fresh, uplifting. If it’s possible to have a healthy English breakfast, this is it. We also ordered two coffees (£4.40) and couldn’t resist two pieces of homemade cake on the counter (banana cake, £2, and apple cake, £2.50), which brought the final bill to £30.30.
All in all, it’s a cafe with panache and if you forget I don’t like avocado, there’s not much wrong with it. Service was spot on, food was served quickly, was piping hot and prices are reasonable.
Address: Sunnybank Mills, 83-85 Town St, Farsley, Pudsey LS28 5UJ
Phone: 0113 257 1417