This quaint establishment may be small, but it is bursting with character. Its charm oozes out before you even enter, with duck food on offer to feed the local residents at the pond. Open the door, and a whirl of smells and colours flood your senses. The place is magnetic, boasting quirky mismatching furniture, a table filled to the rim with sweet delights and a sense of comforting homeliness from the smiling faces on the other end of the counter.
The daily menu is written up beautifully on a blackboard hanging from the wall and it is immediately clear that everything in this place is homemade. There is a long list of hot drinks and extensive breakfast menu, as well as a range of sandwiches, soups and salads, but any adaptations and requests can be made. Take out the tomato, exchange it for some bacon and toast it on brown rather than white bread; the staff are ready and willing to fulfill any needs – the only limitations are the fresh ingredients that they have on the day! Where possible The Linton Kitchen use local suppliers and producers, selecting seasonal organic ingredients to make the wide range of breakfasts and lunches they offer possible. Trust me, the food is rich in goodness and you can taste each ingredient with every bite. My toasted Parma ham, brie, pesto and salad sandwich was exquisite and only championed by the beautiful brownie and carrot cake that I took home. You cannot deny the authenticity of the place.
Making the small kitchen even more homely, were the ‘bits n’ bobs’ dotted among the culinary treasures. On sale were homemade jars of jam, local balls of wool, artwork and handmade pottery by local artists. You really gain a sense of community spirit within and this is only heightened by the sharing table policy. It truly feels like you have entered your dream home in the Country Living magazine; all that is missing, is the fireplace. The only negative I can find for motorcyclists is the lack of space to put gear and the need to park on the street. With such a small seated area, we were lucky that the end of our table was not in use by other people and managed to place our helmets etc. there. Luckily, we also managed to find parking for our bikes just outside the shop. But, do not let this deter you; The Linton Kitchen is simply sublime, and if you do not trust me then take a look for yourself below on Google Street View!
Overall, the staff were welcoming, friendly and attentive, even offering take away boxes of delicious cakes that would withstand a motorbike trip. The food was delicious, fresh, well portioned and reasonably priced. Forget Pret or Costa, we need more of these treasures around the country!
Due to us scoffing our faces with cake, we forgot to take photos. The photos used in this posts are from The Linton Kitchen Facebook page.