The Old Mill Café is on the rather busy New Heath road. Having only opened on the 10th of August this year, it's still got that brand new feel to it. With wooden floors, tables and chairs, blackboard menus, and a subtle scent of bacon fat sizzling at the bottom of a pan, it's quaint, and just the kind of no-fuss café you might be after, should you be passing by, like we were. You may even find yourself placing an order for a cuppa whilst you seriously consider the menu, even though you've just finished drinking a bottle of water, because quite simply, tea seems the only answer.
I recently discovered this little café when I was with my brother-in-law, whilst we were waiting for a cab. The staff were very friendly and were happy to let us wait in the café for our taxi without placing an order. We did, however, or a cup of tea each (to go), which only cost 80 pence. For a café of this standard, that price is unheard of.
The cafe seats 50 people with a large floor space which has enough equally spaced out tables, each of have bottles of ketchup, HP sauce, salt pepper, sugar, and a set of cutlery, complete with a steak knife, if you decide to order any meat.
There were already a family in there who were enjoying breakfast meals, even though it was well past lunchtime. Thankfully the breakfast menu is served all day, which made my heart soar because it looked incredible. The hot breakfast sandwiches starts at £2.00 (bacon or sausage sandwich, sausage black pudding £2.40, bacon, sausage and tomato £2.30), and rise for £2.50
You can also make your own breakfast, with prices starting from 50p for an egg, bacon 80p, beans and plum tomatoes cost 50p, and a vegetarian sausage costs £1. They also serve standard breakfast meals; 'The Big Wheel' costs £5.20, 'Run of the Mill' £4.10, and 'The Irish' costs £4.60. The 'Irish' meal really caught my eye; the dish includes one thick rasher of bacon, 2 fat sausages, 1 hash brown, 1 potato cake, a fried egg, Irish soda bread, black or white pudding with beans and tomatoes.
You can spot it a mile off because it has a huge sign which states 'café'. It's ideally located on West Heath road; only five minutes' walk from the train station, and there are convenience stores across the road, a tattoo parlour next door, and a petrol station on the adjacent road. It's the perfect place for a spot of breakfast brunch or lunch, with hard-to-beat prices and a cosy atmosphere.
Considering the café is on the busy road, they've kept the customer in mind, and when you're travelling, a quick pit-stop can make all the difference to the rest of your journey – our cups of tea certainly perked us up.