We love supporting local cafe’s as we find them authentic and they generally tend to sell tasty homemade food and cakes. There tends to be more character in these local cafe’ compared to the standard franchise coffee shops which are becoming more common now. So we were very excited and happy to be invited for a tour of Soul Food Cafe and try our some of their dishes. Although we have been to Congleton (in Cheshire) numerous times, we have never really noticed the cafe and were pleasantly surprised at what we found there. Do read on to find our about this little quaint but quirky little place. The above photo is of Sandy the owner.
Soul Food Cafe is nicely hidden on Mill Street, just walking distance from the Congleton High Street. Previously located a few shops away, the cafe moved to make way for more tables for patrons. From the outside it looks like a small cafe, but walk in and you will be surprised at the vastness of it, the owner, Sandy has done up the cafe and used up every available space. The cafe also has a downstairs area as well as an outdoor garden area. I was told that there is still room for expansion which is in the pipeline.
Retro, Chic, Vintage, Pre-loved, Cool, Vegetarian / Vegan Friendly…call it what you want, Soul Food Cafe serves up some delicious affordably homemade food right in the heart of Congleton. What a great space to enjoy your food! The lamp (on the top – bottom right photo) was made by Sandy herself, using an old 1972 Congleton Newspaper which she found in an antique shop. How creative and authentic is that?
Here’s a photo of Sandy who runs the cafe, she knows her food well and does a great job pairing up different flavours to create delicious comfort food. What we loved most, is that you could go to the cafe and have your standard oatcakes and bacon bap and enjoy a tasty vegan / vegetarian / gluten free meal as well. All in all, a great place to hang out with friends who have different diet requirements. If you decide on having something totally different to what’s on the menu, that’s fine by Sandy as well. Just speak to her and she will whip you up something you will definitely enjoy.
Tomato and Roasted Vegetable Soup, the soup tasted lovely with so much depth to it, the roasted veg consisting of courgette, peppers and onions gave the soup a slightly different flavour compared to the usual tomato soup. The soup is sold for £3.50 and comes with bread and butter.
Mint and Courgette or Zuchini soup had to be our favourite. The flavours were delicious, minty and the soup had a lovely hint of pepper to it, giving it a nice spice kick. The soup cost £3.50 and is served with butter and bread.
Flavouring the water with a slice of grapefruit gave the water a nice taste to it
We loved the cuttlery and beautiful crockery which the soup and bread came it. There’s something so nostalgic about it and makes the food taste so much more delicious.
We decided to try the vegan / vegetarian option. Being meat eaters, we tend to be more critical of the vegetarian food we eat. Our first dish was the Falafel with salad priced at £4.50. The Falafel is a deep fried chickpea dougnut ball originating from the Middle East. We loved the balls which were bite sized and this dish is great eaten for brunch or as a light lunch meal. Some may find the balls a bit dry and prefer to have a dipping sauce to go with it but we enjoyed it just as it is.
The tea pots and cups were just beautiful! Raspberry tea on the right and normal tea (without milk) on the left.
The Quinoa Wrap Salad, a vegetarian dish which can also be a vegan dish (without the coleslaw) was totally delish. As meat eaters, we loved it as it was wholesome and filling. The quinoa had a lovely burst of flavour to it and did not taste tasteless as we had tried it before. The dish is priced at £4.50.
What’s great about Soul Food Cafe is not just the food but the atmosphere as well, we love the retro appeal which the cafe oozes. We also loved the fact that every bit of the cafe was adorned with wall art, posters and antique decorations. Our favourite bit was the private room downstairs, with a comfy sofa, music player and disco lights. A little private space of our own where we could have some good music and food.
Even the toilet (which is downstairs and next to the outdoor garden area) is beautifully and tastfully decorated. We were told that there are even a collection of handwash and moisturisers in her cupboard.
There’s also an Outdoor Garden Area located downstairs where patrons can enjoy some fresh cool air on a nice day. Do have a look at the slideshow at the top of the post to see more photos and videos of all the areas in the cafe.
There is also a, award winning tattoo and piercing parlour called Bubblegum Ink located inside the cafe, run by Paul. Do stop by and say hello if you every pop by to the cafe, they are really friendly and welcoming and who know ….you might even leave with a little tattoo as a souvenir.
Lovely art to admire at the Tattoo parlour, our favourite had to be the vintage cash till.