Enjoy seasonal dishes in courtyard sun-trap not far from Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 November 2018

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.

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Just a short drive or bike ride from Hatfield, The Saddlery café is located inside the Osprey shop on Coopers Green Lane.

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.
Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.

If warm enough, choose a table in the beautiful sun-trap courtyard.

The menu is short and seasonal, with soups, tarts, cakes and hot drinks.

The Saddlery is ideal for a quick lunch or coffee break when shopping or if out for a walk, although it is a little on the expensive side.

My parsnip and apple soup was lovely, with a sweet, appley taste which I enjoyed.

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.
Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.

It came with sourdough bread and you can ask for gluten-free bread.

At £7.50 this is a little high for the area, but you are very much paying for the stylish surroundings and smart presentation, with their signature butterfly mats and vintage crockery.

My partner chose broccoli and stilton quiche which came with a generous side salad which included carrot, red onion and sweetcorn, although the quiche was on the small side.

The melatta (souffle) is good too, and they also do open tarts, which tend to be the meaty options.

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.
Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.

When we went in they had chicken and leek and beef and sweet potato.

There are always four or five cakes on the counter, to choose by the slice.

I am pretty sure they are all gluten-free. I have had lovely lemon and lime drizzle cake, and tea is always in generous pots.

If you prefer to have a glass of wine, they sell Beronia Rioja, Altozano rose and Sauvignon Blanc and you can buy a cheese board and olives to go with.

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.
Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander visited The Saddlery in Coopers Green Lane.

Local company Farr Brew (and it is very local!) supply the beers.

The Saddlery is also a good place to stock up on foodie gifts; you can buy packaged teas and coffees and wine to take away.

I spotted a few jars of medlar jelly from East Gate in Norfolk, which is great with cheese.

You could get a boxed set for under £10 which would be a smart Christmas gift.

It isn’t an every day sort of café, but if you want a nice treat this autumn, The Saddlery is a lovely destination.

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