When our Care Professionals at Home Instead Leek and Moorlands are looking for something a bit different from where we can take our clients, one interesting option is a Market Day at Leek. On Wednesdays, it’s the main Charter Market and stalls. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the indoor Butter Market and the Vintage, Craft, and Collectors Market. On the third Saturday of each month, there’s also a local Farmers’ Market.
We obviously have to be careful with our guests, as there’s a lot of hustle and bustle about – but this is the sort of atmosphere that many of them love and miss. So here are a few of our favourite cafés when you want a break from wandering around the market. All of them are close to the market stalls and local shops.
Café Apollonia is a delightful little café that has seating outdoors overlooking the market square. That can be a great choice for your older guest if they just want to sit and watch all of the activities happening in and around the square during Market Day. Alternatively, if they prefer somewhere a little quieter, there is also seating indoors, which is wheelchair accessible.
In the centre of Leek, the café offers a range of teas and coffees, and a fantastic selection of scrummy cakes, as well as breakfast and lunch. Their accomplished chef (and owner) also provides various vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free, and vegan options. The café has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 on Facebook.
In St Edward Street, you’ll find the interestingly named Spout Brew House. As its name suggests, this not only serves homemade cakes, tea, and Staffordshire’s own Hasbean coffee but also craft beer, gin, and wine! In terms of food, it’s somewhere you’d also be likely to visit for a good brunch, lunch, or evening meal, as it has a fairly extensive menu. This includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
The Spout Brew House is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Thursday to Saturday. There are several different rooms where you can sit inside to eat (there’s even a ‘Doghouse’!). There’s also some outside seating in a quirky beer garden, but this isn’t easily navigable for an older person. It is centrally located in Leek.
Leek’s Sheep Market is where the Pronto Delicatessen is based, which says it has “A passion for good food and excellent service”. We couldn’t agree more – our office staff at Home Instead Leek and Moorlands often order Friday lunch from here because it’s so good (and it’s just around the corner from our office) and the service is so friendly. All the seating is outside, so why not bring along your older friend, and sit back and relax while sipping your cappuccinos and watching everyone else hurrying by?
Some of the items the café has on offer include specialty bread, paninis, home-cooked continental meats, artisan cheeses, olives, biscuits, pickles, jam, tempting cakes, delicacies and treats, and even pies. Pronto is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays to Saturdays. It’s also sometimes open on Sunday mornings for light breakfasts, including tasty bacon rolls.
Take a short walk along Bath Street with your guest and you’ll find the No 5 Café – a coffee shop and sandwich bar. It specialises in ‘seriously good coffee and awesome eats’. Food can be eaten inside or as a take-away. As well as light snacks and refreshments (including independent coffee brands and hot chocolate), the cafe also offers full meals for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, with vegetarian and vegan options.
The café has a maximum five-star rating on both Google and Facebook, with people commending the coffee, the food, the service, and the décor. There’s a good atmosphere inside, due partly at least to the warm and friendly welcome. Our Care Professionals also said that the ‘sarnies’ and the brownies from the café are very tasty.
Formed in Leek in 1990, the Coffee Beans Café is now well-established in the town, among the shops on Derby Street. After a busy time wandering around the market with your older guest, take a stroll along to this homely café. It serves a range of different coffees, a wide selection of cakes and sandwiches, and an array of hot and cold food.
The café is located inside a baker’s shop and is very popular but also fairly small inside. Although access to the café is relatively easy from the street, it can quickly become crowded – so if it’s busy, this may cause problems for someone with mobility issues. The café is open from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm on Sunday and Monday; 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Tuesday to Friday; and 9:00 am to 5:15 pm on Saturday. There’s good wheelchair access but the restrooms are upstairs
Market Days are always busy at Leek. But if you’re taking an older out to look around for a while, at least you can find some rest and refreshment at one of the places we’ve suggested (hopefully they won’t be too busy as well!)
Meanwhile, why not give us a buzz if you’re interested in knowing more about how older people can be helped through home care in Leek and Moorlands? We look forward to hearing from you!
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