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Dog-friendly bakery and cafe made my day 25 August 2012
One of our dog-friendly walks starts in Welburn so I thought that I ought to sample the tea and buns on offer at Pattacakes Bakery in this picturesque village near Castle Howard – any excuse!
If you can bare to go past all the Yorkshire delicacies on offer in the shop – cakes, scones, Yorkshire cordial, pasties, bread and lots more delights, you will be rewarded with a warm welcome in the cosy tearooms. On entering the first thing I noticed was the vicar having his mid morning snack, the next thing that caught my eye was a little sign saying ‘sex, drugs and sausage rolls’ … the sausage rolls looked very good indeed. After my mind had stopped wandering I noticed that the floor was tiled, so there’s no problem about muddy paws and boots and I was assured that when I brought Izzy Norfolk Terrier back, she would be very welcome.
I chose to sit opposite the kitchen, which is open to the public, so if you want to, you can see your lunch being prepared and even talk to the staff while they’re doing it (which I did of course). There was plenty on offer on the menu, including cream teas, sandwiches and pasties, all made fresh on the premises. I ordered a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich on granary bread with all the trimmings (salad, crisps, home-made coleslaw). I was informed that I would have to wait ten minutes, which was fine by me, and I filled my time drinking tea and browsing through Yorkshire Life magazines and the many cook books on display.
I always think it’s a good sign when you see lots of local people using their pub or village tearooms and the folks of Welburn certainly do like to visit Pattacakes. When I arrived the little shop was full of people buying deli-sandwiches, bread and cakes.
My sandwich was brought to me after a short wait and it looked delicious and piping hot. The granary bread was delightfully light and tasty with a nice crunch, and the cheese and tomato filling was well cooked and full of flavour. Portion size was ample (a little bit too much for me), with a crisp fresh salad on the side and home-made coleslaw which consisted of walnuts, red cabbage, touch of cream (I think), which was again very fresh and distinctively tasty – this was a good lunch time or teatime meal. Tea for one was £1.60 and the toasted sandwich was £4.30. I had wanted to have one of the fabulous looking cakes, but just couldn’t fit one in, which will be my excuse for going back there fairly soon. If you want to find out more visit our Directories or pattacakes.co.uk
Before I left I bought a freshly made pastie – well it would have been rude not to.
I hope the review encourages you to have a look at this walk and get out with your dog and enjoy our walks and try out the dog-friendly places to eat and drink en-route.
Corina from dogwalksyorkshire.com
Part-time author of The Hidden Paw Reviews