When I’m hungry in Todmorden, on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, I head for the old-fashioned Co-op. It’s not a co-op any more, though it retains its splendid iron-and-glass two-storey shop front emblazoned with the title ‘Todmorden Industrial & Co-operative Society Limited’. The building dates from the 1860s, and was refurbished when the Co-operative Society took it over as its haberdashery department in 1910.
Now it’s the Bear Café [http://www.bearco-op.com/cafe], a vehemently wholefood shop and café bringing the very finest local produce in conjunction with the food hub Incredible Edible Todmorden Unlimited: http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk.
Sometimes you simply can’t get a seat at the Bear Café, so next door is Bramsche Bar [http://www.bramsche.co.uk/about], a little more relaxed and slightly less purist, offering alcohol and meat for those who’re so inclined. I had eggs Benedictine, which is a combination of the ham and spinach components of Benedict and Florentine.
There used to be a nice little café with interesting posters in the loo which has now been transformed into Hanuman Thai & 3 Wise Monkeys Pub [http://www.hanuman-thai.com/?q=node/1] which might be worth a look.
And that’s just for starters.
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