Enjoy lunch at Straddles while you still can

Published: Tuesday 29th August 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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St. Crispin Antique Centre on Butcher Row in Beverley has been around longer than most people can remember.

An arcade consisting of ten rooms and ninety cabinets over two floors, it’s filled to the rafters with all kinds of wonderful vintage furniture and trinkets. From grandfather clocks and retro clothing, to glistening decanters and toys a century old, it really is worth a visit.

And as much as we’d love to say that you have all the time in the world to do so, this sadly isn’t the case. St. Crispin is closing at the end of September, and its charming cafe along with it.

Straddles is a traditional coffee shop based at the rear of St. Crispin, with a beautiful garden where you can enjoy your lunch amongst greenery and birdsong. The menu is simple but carefully prepared, resulting in sandwiches that are really quite delicious.

We went for egg mayonnaise, which comes with a bowl of fresh salad. The small detail of the sandwiches being cut into triangles really adds to the quaint character of Straddles, and being surrounded by lush plants and colourful hanging baskets made it feel like a Victorian afternoon tea.

We washed these down with a coffee and a pot of tea, respectively. Still feeling peckish, we took a look at the coffee shop’s very tempting desserts menu.

On here you’ll find scones with jam and cream, Bakewell slice, toasted teacakes, and a selection of cakes and sweet pies.

One of us was lucky enough to grab the last slice of toffee apple crumble, covered in pouring cream.

Meanwhile, the other decided on a moist, fluffy chocolate orange cake, which was wonderfully sweet and tangy.

With St. Crispin and Straddles being so popular, it really is such a shame that the building will close in the coming month. Still, this means that there’s no better time to experience the place in full, as you can easily lose a full afternoon once you’ve entered the Grade II listed Georgian building.

The moment you’ve left the street, you’re greeted by cabinets filled with ornaments, equipment and bric-a-brac. The first one on your left has a selection of old military figurines, whilst those on your right next to the staircase contain all manner of wonders.

You really must go upstairs too, as this is where you’ll find some striking furniture, dozens of rugs, and a room dedicated to books from decades gone by.

Then of course you can visit Straddles for something delicious. Plus if you’ve bought a few bits and bobs, you can leave them at the St. Crispin counter whilst you enjoy the bright and welcoming sanctuary with a nice cuppa.

You’ll find St. Crispin Antique Centre at 11 Butcher Row in Beverley, near The Angel pub and Rebels’ Smokehouse.

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Published: Tuesday 29th August 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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