Meal in The Potting Shed; The Potting Shed Silkstone.
NEXT time you fancy a country drive out and a bite to eat, might I suggest calling at The Potting Shed Cafe at Silkstone on the outskirts of Barnsley.
Although the address is Barnsley, Silkstone is not that far away. Just a few minutes' drive from Ingbirchworth and the Penistone by-pass, this cafe is part of the Pot House Hamlet collection of shops which was historically a 17th Century glassworks and later a water mill.
Renovated in 2000, the hamlet is now home to various shops, a garden nursery and The Potting Shed Cafe.
Popular with visitors all year round, there's plenty to see and shop-a-holics can have a high old time looking at designer clothing and home interior outlets.
When it's time for lunch, make your way to The Potting Shed but be warned, it is popular and can get quite busy. As well as shoppers, it's also a favourite calling spot for walkers ready for a cuppa and bite to eat.
On the Monday we visited at about 1pm the place was busy with groups of friends, mums with young children and families.
However, despite it being busy, we were served pretty quickly, which was a good job as we were more than ready for our lunchtime food.
As well as the fairly extensive menu, there is also a specials board which changes all the time.
Although on this occasion we didn't choose soup from the menu, my friend assured me that The Potting Shed soup is delicious and comes highly recommended.
Served with fresh ciabatta bread, the soup is a generous portion and ideal for a lunchtime treat.
On the day we visited, the soup choice was Wild Mushroom and Sherry. While we were eating, I noticed the waitress cross it off the specials board - obviously sold out, which speaks for itself really!
The daily menu offers a good choice of lunchtime dining, including jacket potatoes, special sandwiches, salads and main dishes. Children's meals are available and afternoon tea is served with traditional scones, jam and cream.
After ordering a couple of coffees, we studied the menu and made our choice.
I opted for a jacket potato served with salad and a filling of seasoned tuna with lime mayonnaise and diced cucumber.
My lunchtime pal opted for the Silkstone Salad which included a combination of Scottish smoked salmon, prawns and a mixed leaf salad served with a lime and coriander dressing.
Both dishes arrived swiftly and lived up to expectations, leaving us to tuck in with gusto.
Although we were feeling quite full, we simply couldn't resist one of the delicious puddings featured on the board and opted for the white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, which was delicious and just touched the spot.
Although The Potting Shed isn't the cheapest place to eat, it is very pleasant for a lunchtime treat and well worth a visit which can be combined with a spot of shopping and a drive out in the countryside. Put it on your list of places to call.
The cafe also offers evening dining on Fridays and Saturdays and regular special events such as a forthcoming wine tasting dinner. For more information, take a look at the website www.pothousehamlet.co.uk
VENUE The Potting Shed, Silkstone.
TELEPHONE 01226 792525.
OPEN Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Evening meals served Friday and Saturday 6.30pm onwards, often with live music.
DISABLED ACCESS Ring first and ask - there are some steps.
THE BILL pounds 21.50 for lunch for two.
WOULD YOU GO BACK? Absolutely, for either a coffee or a lunchtime treat.
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A SHORT DRIVE AWAY: The Potting Shed Cafe - part of the Pot House Hamlet collection of shops Pictures by Malcolm Howarth(zy290408Arestaurant); A BREAK FROM THE SHOPS: The Potting Shed is popular with visitors all the year round (zy290408Arestaurant-3)