Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky visits Datchworth

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 December 2018

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited Datchworth Coffee.
Picture: Becky Alexander

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited Datchworth Coffee. Picture: Becky Alexander

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Pretty Datchworth is tiny, but incredibly well-served for good food, with The Tilbury and lovely Datchworth Coffee.

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited Datchworth Coffee.
Picture: Becky AlexanderWelwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited Datchworth Coffee. Picture: Becky Alexander

The former Post Office was transformed earlier this year by owner Jas Newington and has a smart new look.

I love the modern grey signage alongside the red phone box and post box.

Inside is ‘industrial chic’ with exposed brickwork and funky lighting.

There is an enclosed courtyard area at the back too which is very popular with cyclists and dog walkers (there are heaters if needed).

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited Datchworth Coffee.
Picture: Becky AlexanderWelwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited Datchworth Coffee. Picture: Becky Alexander

We popped in for lunch midweek and I liked the short, useful lunch menu including a soup, a couple of hot sandwiches and two salads. I chose the nicoise salad which was generous and I liked that the potatoes were freshly pan-fried.

My partner chose a bacon, avocado and tomato melt which was served open and looked very appealing.

The hummus and roasted vegetable panini sounds good too.

The cafe gets lots of regulars in for morning coffee and breakfast.

Avocado on sourdough with eggs and bacon is very popular and you can also choose American-style pancakes, bacon baps and full cooked veggie and meaty breakfasts.

The team use local suppliers including Bridget B’s for meats, Dawlicious ice cream and Tring Brewery, and their very good coffee is roasted in Hertfordshire by Campbell & Syme.

Jas’s home-baked cakes are a big draw, especially for the weekend cyclists, and we bought a slice of lemon drizzle cake to take home.

You could also choose Bakewell tart, carrot cake, gluten-free chocolate brownies or freshly baked croissants.

Datchworth Coffee does monthly supper clubs, although you do have to get in quickly!

November’s Winter Warmers sounds lovely, with hearty pies and sticky toffee pudding, but I’m afraid it has sold out!

If you want to check out the menu for next time, pop in to talk to the team. They have an alcohol licence too.

Datchworth Coffee is open every day except Monday, and Jas told me that she has felt very welcomed by the locals.

I think it is a great asset to the village.

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