Treating ourselves to a coffee/breakfast/brunch/lunch or dinner somewhere relaxed and lovely is high on our “time out” agenda. Fortunately we are spoilt for choice in Yorkshire and one of our latest finds is the Milk Bar on Manor Square in Otley.
It’s actually a reincarnation of a milk bar that closed down 30 years ago and the concept has been revived by husband and wife team Freddie and Vickie Hamzaoui. They’ve added a 21st century twist, of course.
The decor is contemporary, while the menu is a mix of traditional and modern thanks to chef Freddie. It includes breakfast and lunch dishes made using quality local produce, including bacon, sausage and black pudding from Mackenzies Smokehouse at Blubberhouses. Bread is sourced from a bakery in Headingley. The food has been so popular that the Milk Bar now operates as a bistro– Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. with a bring-your- own drinks policy.
We especially love the Milk Bar artwork by Anita Bowerman, from nearby Huby. She has created a special stainless steel piece incorporating the shapes of vintage milk bottles and cutlery from the 1960, along with an E Type Jaguar, Mini Cooper and cyclists on retro racing bikes. One of her vibrant paintings is also on display. If you want to see more she runs the Dove Tree Art Studio in central Harrogate, where she works and runs art courses.