Posted on August 15 2014
Well I have had the most lovely and inspiring Friday afternoon! A visit to The Yard in Alderley Edge regarding a possible new collaboration has been very insightful and exciting for a usually normal Friday . Read on for my review of the yummy organic cakes and to-die-for pics of the interiors (*swoon*)…
The Yard describe themselves as “A community hub to gather, nourish and nurture the soul with healthy food, raw juices and creative happenings” and it really did do what it said on the tin! An Organic Café and deli shop that was well rid of hessian and tie dye connotations that are people's first thoughts about organic, well, everything. Like Beaumont they have bought organic into the 21st century with flying colours and it really does look cooler than ever!
Our lovely Hannah visited The Yard earlier this week regarding having a chat about a future organic collaboration with the deli/shop that they hold there and so as part of my afternoon I had the lovely task of delivering some samples to them. I was warned of how much I would probably fall in love with the place but BLIMEY, I wasn’t disappointed - it was it beautiful!
I entered through the deli and was greeted by the most wonderful abundance of organic goods: clothing, shoes, jewellery, ointments, bath soaks – you name it, they had the organic variety!Wonderful packaging and display cabinets galore, I gawped and cooed more and more at the interior with every step. After handing over the parcel I was delivering and I made my way into the café area where the atmosphere was electric – stood in-front of a beautiful array of salads I overlooked a seating area teaming with families, friends and couples of all ages were enjoying a relaxed Friday afternoon. Everyone had a smiley face, I ordered a mocha and (after much flavor deliberation..) a white chocolate and raspberry cupcake (purely for photo opportunities of course!) I mean, whats a blog without pictures..The café area was wonderfully open plan, so you could see the whole kitchen and coffee bar alike. The space spilled out through beautiful wooden doors into a garden area, full of white wrought iron tables and chairs, a large tent and even a caravan!Old milk crate style baskets were fixed to the walls and filled with glass bottles of Lavender linen water, log burners and weathered wood tables sat beautifully next to fresh white walls that had been painted straight onto brick. It was exactly my sort of place but I think anyone would struggle not to love it! I spoke to a lovely lady called Clarissa who was busy tidying tables when I disturbed her to chat about the café. She had been a part of the team since the beginning – only 18 months ago - and was not only a server but she also baked all the cakes! I complimented her on the cupcake I had just demolished and we had a chat about the overall ethos of The Yard. Clarissa told me how it was not only about serving organic produce but catering for food intolerances and allergies alike, by baking wheat and gluten free and keeping in mind other common food allergies such as dairy.The whole place oozed life, I really didn’t want to leave and everyone who worked there really was lovely and friendly. It was an inspiring space that not only serves yummy organic-ness but hold live mic nights and organic cocktail nights of an evening.
The Notoriously difficult task of finding somewhere to park in Alderley Edge really is worth it for a trip to this little slice of heaven. They do have a small carpark, which is really handy, so be sure to try there first. Their website is also beautiful and recently refurbished , so I was told, so have a look there via this link, it gives a real taste of the place.
If I am ever stuck for where to take family or friends when entertaining in Manchester I will most certainly be making the trip out to The Yard. A thriving hub of organic excitement, that hopefully we here at Beaumont Organic will also have some very exciting news about soon… watch this space! xx