This addition into my Freelancer's Guide to Getting Out of the House appears to be undergoing a bit of a name change. Recommended to me as The Grey Dove Village Café, a quick look at their non-functioning website and a painted over name board on the front of their premises makes it fairly clear that this is no longer the case.
The menus inside this Walton On The Hill establishment rebrand it as The Village Café...
...but there's still a sweet memento of its former incarnation on the window sill:
Like others that I've reviewed so far (All Things Nice, All Saints and Carolina's specifically), The Village Café is (rightly) well supported by its local community. When I first arrived there, at around 10am, it was fairly empty, with only two people visible behind the counter. I ordered a coffee and got down to work in the corner: the next time I looked up the room was full and there were five members of staff busily serving customers.
It's not a huge place but outside tables mean there's plenty of seating (these are obviously weather dependant, of course) and a buzzy atmosphere that's conducive to focus and concentration. I know, we've been here before and I still don't quite understand why a café full of chatty people distracts me far less than, say, a cup does in my own quiet house - but I got two uninterrupted hours of work done before it was time to leave.
Quick apology: I know I really should try to write the next bit in a different way from every other time I've written it but, hey, I've got other things to be getting on with so it will have to be much the same as usual: the coffee was good, the WiFi was fast and the staff were friendly! (I'll try harder to be creative next time - promise - but it's all true anyway.)
I didn't sample the food unfortunately (I will definitely be returning for this purpose, however) but there was a large selection of enticing cakes on the counter and the breakfast-y smells emanating from the kitchen were stomach-rumblingly good.
So, The Village Café (with or without its Grey Dove) is a worthy entrant to my Freelancer's Guide and goes straight into the lead for my 'Lovely Wallpaper of the Year' Award!
Thanks must go to Tina Murray, of TM Curtains and Blinds, who suggested I visit the Village Café - if anybody has any other recommendations, please let me know!
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