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 http://www.plentyatthesquare.co.uk/