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Must-visit trendy café review

If you have ever been to Thornton in Bradford, or like me grew up there, it is just not the sort of place you associate with trendy-hipster cafes.
A large village on the outskirts of Bradford, Thornton is the birthplace of the Bronte sisters but often sits as the poor relation to Haworth – where they later lived and wrote –  with its picturesque cobbled main street and Bronte Parsonage Museum.
Thornton on the other hand gets little recognition and certainly nowhere near as many tourists.
As a child I remember Thornton housing only greasy spoons and the odd bakery but on a recent visit I noticed  a number of foodie hot spots had popped up.
One such place being Plenty at the Square, a delightful vegetarian café situated just off the main road at South Square.
Taking a meat-eating 12 year old and my pensioner-Dad I wondered if we would ever be able to find something to suit us all.
However the menu was wonderfully varied with everything from curries to cheese on toast. I opted for beetroot humous on walnut toast which, when it arrived looked like it had been created just for Instagram. It tasted just as good as it looked; if not better.
The pensioner chose potato wedges with cheese and the 12 year old a cheese toasty with a huge slice of chocolate cake and cream. I managed to resist the puddings; although they looked amazing.
The whole bill came to just over £20 which was pretty reasonable considering the three of us had a lovely lunch, one of us had a dessert and we all had drinks. The staff were friendly and always on hand to help and chat.
I really can’t fault Plenty at the Square, we had a great time and will definitely be going back again soon. Not only is it a fab eatery, the owners have a commitment to sustainable eating, reducing waste and support small scale producers. A programme of community workshops also runs and the café sells artisan preserves and pickles.
The café is well worth a visit, as is Thornton, definitely if you are a Bronte fan but also if you just fancy stopping by a nice village with a few trendy cafes and a backdrop of literary history.
More information about the café can be found at



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  1. It seems this is same place as South Square Vegetarian Cafe. They have an art gallery upstairs. It’s a great little place which my sister first took me to a few years ago when I was veggie. I’ve been back since being vegan and eaten well here.

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