Sunday, 4 October 2015

M.A.D.E @ No.18 - Alfreton, Derbyshire.

After finding out about MADE at No. 18 online, it looked like a lovely place to visit so knew I had to go.
Located on Church Street, this cosy little cafe is just a short walk away from Alfreton's other shops and is really easy to find.
As me and my mum arrived, we were greeted by the owner, David who explained there was a little wait for a table - I wasn't expecting it to be so busy but there were many others waiting for tables too!
He told us about a craft fair that they were hosting on the back terrace in celebration of their first birthday, so we had a wander out there.
 There were buskers singing and some stalls selling handmade goods. 
 I also took a look at the theatre where shows regularly take place.
MADE @ No. 18 say they aim to showcase arts and crafts by local people, so you can purchase many items from them including artwork, photography, cards, jewellery and much more.

As a table became free, we were seated and already had menus on the table and daily specials were available on the chalkboard.

I loved the interior of the cafe, it was kind of vintage chic but with it's own twist. Very nicely done.

Oh hi mum.

David came over to take our order.
To drink, I chose a Fentiman's Victorian Lemonade and mum had a sparkling water.
For lunch, I chose a gourmet charred halloumi, hummus and red pepper ciabatta which came served with a handful of handcut chips.
Our food came out really quickly to say how busy they were which was great.
My ciabatta was delicious. I spread the hummus inside - not sure if it was meant for that but made it taste lovely. I also took a little of my red pepper off too as there was a tad too much for me, but mum had that instead!
The chips were crispy and very tasty too. By the end I was very full and very satisfied.

Mum chose to have a special - the Butternut Squash Soup with a choice of white or wholemeal bread. Very fitting for the time of year.
The portion size was very generous and at £4 was a great value for money!
Mum said she loved the soup and it went down a treat.
I sampled some too and can confirm it was scrummy. I was tempted to have this myself.

As well as lunch, MADE @ No. 18 also serve breakfast from 9am which I am tempted to come back for and afternoon teas aswell. 
The evening of the day of our visit, they were hosting a tapas evening which sounded great too.

If you're in Alfreton, this place is a must! There is no other place like this in the area and is very popular as a result. 
The staff were all lovely and made sure they still had time for you even when rushed off their feet!

From my experience during this visit, I would recommend that you book a table. 
You can risk it like we did, but there may be a wait. 
There is no car park, but there is a public one just opposite. 

I loved my time at MADE and will definitely be telling everyone to try.

Take a look at them here: www.madetheatre.co.uk

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