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Review: Hartley's, Blackburn
AFTER the endless miserable weather we’ve had, I wanted something warm and comforting to eat for lunch.
Hartley’s looked inviting and the menu was tempting — offering fresh, home cooked food and a good selection of drinks.
The cafe/restaurant only had a few empty tables and seems to be a popular option with shoppers, council workers and students.
As soon as we arrived, a friendly waitress offered us seats with an option to order drinks straight away.
We wanted; two lattes at £2.35 each.
The atmosphere is cosy and the decor has character, with a funky sixties theme throughout and Beatles and Elvis memorabilia on the walls.
The menu is basic but offers some great traditional dishes while the specials board has more to offer; spicy chicken paninis and meat dishes.
From the specials I couldn’t resist homemade cheese and onion pie and chips, served with salad (£5.65).
I certainly wasn’t disappointed when the largest portion of pie arrived, three inches deep with cheese and soft pastry — even the coleslaw was homemade — which is always a sign of good quality.
My colleague and friend ordered a mixed omelette (£4) that arrived jam-packed with everything you could want, including mushrooms, sausage and onions — served with homemade chips and salad it was a bargain.
The service was speedy, which is perfect for when you’re on your lunch break.
But without a doubt when time isn’t an issue we will be staying longer and sampling strawberries and cream or a slice of delicious cake that Hartley’s has to offer.