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Clementine Cafe – Cafe on the site of former Kitchener’s Cookshop
Clementine opened in Spring 2019. It’s an ‘artisan’ cafe, which we take to mean everything is made on site.
The ground floor cafe (coffee was good) is a very pleasant room. The building used to be Kitchener’s kitchen shop, much missed – and before that, a butchers. Not to be absent-mindedly confused with Mandarin Stone a few doors up. Anyway, they’ve done a good job on the interior here, it’s welcoming and buzzy.
Clementine Cafe’s menu sees, er, the return of the vol au vent to centre stage. In fact the menu is pretty good looking. We’ll pop in for a review when it has bedded down, but expect to find new British style lunchtime cafe food, such as spiced tuna poke bowl (£11.25); pumpkin pine nut and sage risotto (£12.50), avocado blah (£7.95) and basics with a posh twist, eg Ogleshield (a racletty-cheese) and truffle toastie (£7.95), soup (£6.50) or mussels in curry sauce (£10.50). Then there are the vol au vent (1 for £3.50, 2 for £6.50, 3 for £8.95), you then choose from fillings such as smoked haddock, leek and gruyere.
Some might moan about the absence of old school British cafe food, but certainly not us.
Clementine Cafe is open from 8am, for 7 days per week (9am on Sundays). They offer dinner on Friday & Saturday evenings from 6pm.