This coffee bar and bistro is a recent addition to Filey’s eating out scene.
Situated on Murray Street, it offers breakfast, lunch and teas during the day – and on Friday and Saturday evenings becomes a restaurant.
It also offers a Sunday roast from noon to 3pm and Thursday is steak night.
Leaflets also heralded a tapas night and Christmas specials.
Tempted to give it a try, after dropping by for coffee and a cake, it promised great things.
The menu is not extensive – but that’s not a bad thing. It’s better to do a few things well than lots of dishes averagely.
What there is offers a great range – the starters include home-made soup of the day with fresh bread (£3.95), wild mushroom brochette (£5.95, home-made pate (£5.95) and home-made Thai fish cakes served on rocket with a sweet chilli dipping sauce (£5.95).
I opted for the garlic bread with cheese (£4.95) and hearty it was too – with thick cheddar melted over doorstep-slices.
My partner went for the prawn cocktail (£5.95) – a much maligned dish in her opinion and she enjoyed every mouthful. This was served with a slice of buttered brown bread and salad accompaniment.
The first dishes were filling and well-presented – so the mains were much anticipated.
The menu, again, is eclectic, ranging from sirloin steak to chicken and broccoli carbonara and from cod loin wrapped in smoked salmon (£12.95) to pork, apple and black pudding stack (£11.95).
There is also a burger (£9.95) on the menu and home-made chilli with rice and nachos (£9.95).
I plumped for the sirloin steak with sauce Diane. It was served with home-made chips, fresh tomato, mushrooms, onion rings and peas (£14.95).
Presentation let it down, to be honest, and the tomatoes had been left in the pan a fraction too long. It was far more tasty than it looked.
The same was said about my companion’s chicken and broccoli served on a bed of tagliatelle with a carbonara sauce (£10.95).
Chunky pieces of tender chicken were served with a creamy sauce and perfectly textured pasta – it just looked so much for one person to get through and so it proved.
For those with bigger appetites, though, they’re probably wondering what the problem was. It’s such a shame to send so much back – because it looks like you have not enjoyed it and that was not the case.
Because we were so full, we decided to share a dessert – plenty of cakes on offer, from strawberry cream slice to coffee and walnut, lemon drizzle to flapjack – all £2 a slice.
This bistro-coffee shop is a place with a big heart and a warm welcome.
There is a bar area, used by coffee shop customers during the day, where diners can spend as much time as they like looking at the menu while enjoying a drink.
The service is friendly and attentive and it was clear from the conversations that we were in the company of returnees.
The evening decor – clean, crisp linen and candles – does not quite disguise its coffee shop day job – but it is pleasant and pleasing.
Our bill, which included wine, came to £52 which we thought was good value.
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