Hebden Bridge has had a rough old time of it thanks to the Boxing day floods but a recent trip to this wonderfully creative town revealed its ability to fight back and win.
Most of the shops and the cafes are now open though we were there for the Open Studios event and something to eat. Food always features highly on my trips out and I’m pleased to say I found a little gem. I went there after visiting the studios but I’ll tell you about it first.
Muse Music and Love Cafe on Market Street combines my two great loves: music and food. This place was devastated by the floods and the owners, Sid and Valeen Jones, lost most of their stock. However, there was a great Facebook campaign to help them re-stock and they are back in business. Muse has something for everyone, from rock, blues and jazz to folk and electronica – on CD and vinyl. For those of us who love our LPs, it’s heaven and for those who have “gone digital” it’s a trip down memory lane, though you may kick yourself for ditching those albums. Sometimes it pays to be hoarder. If you don’t want to go back to vinyl you can always invest in your favourite LP and frame its cover – Urban Outfitters sell frames for 33rpms. Album covers are a work of art and you don’t get them with downloads more’s the pity.
Anyway, the shop is compact but, somehow, they have squeezed a little cafe in there. The food is simple, tasty and very reasonably priced (with vegetarian options for me). The coffee is just perfect – rich and smooth. I am very fussy about coffee. Best of all the service is lovely and laid back. Perfect. We sat on the high stools looking out of the window, watching the world go by while listening to some great tunes. It was just what we needed after a happy few hours looking round the Open Studios.
Here are some pieces by artists and makers that caught my eye: