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Central Cross Drive Cafe

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Spring is upon us and I can think of no better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, than in the beautiful surroundings of Pittville Park.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of animated children, vigorous runners and excitable dogs, sits the small, but perfectly formed, Central Cross Drive Cafe and after a much needed and overdue catch up with a friend, it was the ideal place to relax and re-fuel.

The outside seating didn’t boast chic luxury, but this wasn’t necessary. I sunk into a comfy garden chair and was happy to joke that we wouldn’t be going anywhere else fast for some time. The idyllic central location on the fresh green lawns of the park, gave us the perfect opportunity to partake in our favourite past time- people watching.

The beautiful weather always seems to bring out the best in people. There was never a frown in sight and each family, couple or group of friends, appeared more than satisfied with whatever they were doing, in their own little worlds.

“Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush”- Doug Larson

As I had expected, the quaint cafe was very busy inside, but aside from the odd screaming child and long cue, the waitresses remained collected throughout. It was refreshing to see that no matter how odd a request from a customer, or how big an order, they battled on, smiling and unfazed.

The cafe offers an array of hot and cold drinks, from your typical Americano and cappuccino at £1.70 to the more lavish fruit tea Tea Pigs at a very reasonable £1.50. My friend chose the Super- Fruit tea, which was refreshing and full of flavour. The perfect hot drink for a warm afternoon. I eventually decided on a hot chocolate at £1.60. At first, I was wary of choosing this, as like so many similar cafes, the hot chocolate is either watery or powdery. However, this one was neither. It was delicious and it certainly satisfied my chocolate craving.

The food was simple, but fitting for an outdoors light lunch and where possible, organic and fair-trade ingredients are used. There was a generous choice of Panini’s, sandwiches and homemade cakes. We decided to share a sausage and egg sandwich at £2.45, which to my surprise, was bursting with scrummy filling.

A traditional selection of ice-creams certainly seemed to delight both children and adults. In fact, I don’t recall many people without one in hand.

Sitting outside in the gleaming sun was simply lovely. It was pure laziness, but without the guilt.

Whether you’re passing on your way into town, you’ve been entertaining the children for hours, or you’re simply taking a casual stroll, Central Cross Drive Café is a great pit-stop to replenish, re-wind and relax.

Opening times: Monday- Sunday, 10:00- 17:00
(weather dependant)

Telephone: 01242 234 907