Salts Diner – Saltaire

Reviewed on November 30th, 2012 by Dina

Often when things are on your doorstep, then for some reason, you don’t visit them. This was the case with Salts Diner located in Salts Mill.

It’s always great to have the quality time out with my dad! This time we thought that we may as well stay local and hence headed down to Salts Diner.

A late Sunday afternoon lunch meant that Salts Diner was busy but not heaving. The specials on the menu sounded great and the fish dish was the one that my dad chose.

The grilled salmon meal really impressed my dad! The salmon fillet came perfectly grilled with a crispy skin and soft succulent flaky pink flesh. The fish was on a mixed bean cassoulet with pesto. The food was of a high quality. The mixed bean cassoulet had a lovely tomato richness and a slight sweetness to it.

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The soup of the day was pea and mint. This was a medium sized bowl of soup and came with a brown bread roll. The taste of the peas was good and even the mint flavour came through.

Colourful chairs, round tables, lots of light, and David Hockney’s artwork decorates Salts Diner. There is quite a lot of seating and there is also an additional section at one end. Salts Diner has an open kitchen towards the far end, which is nice to be able to see the chefs at work.

After enjoying our time at Salts Diner, we have returned back to it on several occasions. The soup is always enjoyable and the carrot and courgette soup combination worked well together. The margherita pizza was fresh and the base was cooked well.

The staff always give service with a smile and are efficient. There was one time when we had ordered the garlic bread provencal. It came with the base really overcooked. As soon as we mentioned this to the staff, they apologized and swiftly took it away. After a short time, we were then given a fresh garlic bread. The staff did not make any fuss about it and they made us feel comfortable.

After being fed well in Salts Diner, there is always energy to explore the other areas of Salts Mill. An interesting part of the mill is the Saltaire History Exhibition and also the 1853 Gallery on the ground floor!

Salts Diner, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LA

Rating: ★★★★½

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Victoria Tearooms – Saltaire

Reviewed on September 30th, 2009 by Dina

The entrance to Victoria Tearooms is shared with a bakery so you have to go down the spiral stairs to get to the actual tearooms. Once down there, it opens out into two rooms with a stone floor. The walls are decorated with old photographs and posters. It was a joy to look at all the photographs and such things as the old rules of Saltaire Village!

Straightaway, what stood out was the friendliness of the staff and the welcoming atmosphere. We felt really relaxed and liked the fact that we could take our time deciding on our order.

So to start with, we were impressed with the range of teas. Something to note is that if you order the Yorkshire Tea, then it comes in a larger pot than the other teas! To accompany the tea, we indulged on the tasty coffee and walnut cake. It was a hard choice to make as the other cakes in the glass cabinet also looked so good. They also had lemon cake, chocolate cake, scones and flapjacks.

If you fancy something a little savoury, then the freshly cooked egg and bacon sandwich in a granary roll does not fail. They also do soups, sandwiches and other lunchtime items. It was quiet when we went at mid-morning, but became extremely busy by the afternoon. If you fancy something to take home, then they also sell jams and chutneys!

It is a shame that Victoria Tearooms is not located at street level as it would be really nice to have the natural daylight. They have tried to deter your attention away from its basement location by using net curtains and cute window displays.

Victoria Tearooms, 8 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3LA

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Don’t Tell Titus – Saltaire

Reviewed on September 17th, 2008 by Dina

A newish bistro and restaurant located in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire village. It was a nice place with lots of comfy seats. We sat downstairs at the back of the bistro with our pots of tea.

We felt quite relaxed as the bistro wasn’t busy when we were there in the afternoon. The wooden floors and dark leather sofas makes the bistro feel cosy. They also have a restaurant which is located on the first floor.

Don’t Tell Titus, 6 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Bradford, BD18 3LA

Rating: ★★★½☆

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