The Milton Larder in Weston-super-Mare has earned a reputation as one of the best cafes in the seemingly growing town, according to TripAdvisor reviews. With over 269 reviews, including 232 5*, the owners of the café are certainly doing something right at this small Milton Road establishment.
You wouldn’t be wrong if you missed this cozy cafe, which takes the form of a semi-detached building in a bustling residential area. However, the mostly British hidden cafe has a varied menu and incredibly generous prices.
We visited the Milton Larder to see what it was all about.
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There’s a small outdoor seating area when you arrive, with the bustle of busy Milton Road right next to you, but that’s not a major issue. You get the feeling that this cafe has built its popularity on good service and friendly hospitality, which is exactly what we received.
The dog-friendly venue offers a range of freshly baked treats from the counter, with generous helpings of millionaire and rocky road shortbread available for as little as £1.95, well worth the purchase.
I started with a latte with my shortbread, which were both excellent – although I do regret eating the biscuit before my burger as the portions were such good value that I had trouble finishing this one.
I chose the ‘Greek’ burger after extensively dissecting the menu, which included jacket potatoes, burgers, paninis and a wide range of breakfasts served until closing at 2pm.
In terms of value, a 1/4 burger filled with olives, mint yoghurt sauce, lettuce and halloumi was just £6.25. Accompanied by chips and coleslaw, it was better value than Wetherspoons and much better quality – which is a rare feat to achieve. I tend to find they are either better quality or better value, not both.
The size of the meal around 11:50 was too much for me, having already demolished my massive millionaire shortbread minutes before.
The only thing better than the value of the food here was the friendliness of the staff, who made me feel very welcome and welcome during my brief visit.
Suppliers to the Milton Larder include the local and hugely popular Winnies Bakery and Pykes Butchers which are both located less than a mile from the cafe. The coffee beans are sourced from a local roaster, Carwardine’s, which are less than 10 miles up the road in upper Langford and which depends on the seasons, salads and specialties will include fruit or vegetables which in some way come from a housing estate or local farm.
The website states: “Our philosophy is simple, good food requires three things – skill, time and the best ingredients… and everything we do is made and cooked on site, all our fresh meat is sourced from the Kingdom UK, and we are promoting and utilizing local supply talent as much as possible.”
A word of warning – parking. It is very difficult to park in the neighborhood, being located on a busy main road has its drawbacks. So best to check nearby roads or even maybe order ahead to be picked up.
One of the many 5* reviews on TripAdvisor said: “While driving past I noticed a parking space (a rare thing in this area) so I decided to stop and walk into this little gem of a restaurant. They had changed the menu since we’ve last been there. I chose the mint chicken kebab and my husband had the burger of the day, both were outstanding. Unfortunately, again, no room for dessert.
Another said: “Having missed breakfast due to a dentist appointment, my husband and I decided to go here and grab something to eat. We both decided that the Breakfast husband had the biggest selection, I had all 5 items and was not disappointed.
“Both breakfasts were piping hot, well presented and very tasty. As I was paying I noticed the cheesecake so I bought a slice to take away, we ate it for our dessert in the evening again once absolutely fantastic. Would definitely recommend this place.“
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