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The Café Courtyard,
The Angel,
Market Place,
Brigg DN20 8LD
Tel: 01652 657900

Words: Caroline Bingham
Photography: Caroline Bingham
Featured in the July 2013 issue

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The Café Courtyard definitely had more than a touch of empire about it on the day I visited, with Union Jack bunting decorating the gloriously sunny atrium to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation Jubilee. The tall palms and comfortable Lloyd Loom chairs completed the colonial ambiance of the café.

Located in the courtyard of the former Angel Inn, this is a perfect place, in the heart of the town and this busy community hub, to meet up with friends for tea or coffee or spend a relaxing lunch.

There is a menu of delicious teas, coffees and hot chocolate as well as freshly made to order Shmoo milkshakes. I opted for a nicely chilled sparkling apple juice. Looking through the menu it was hard to make a choice between tasty, homemade soup of the day, an oven prepared jacket potato with a choice of fillings, or one of the fresh rolls, tortilla wraps or paninis. The paninis offered some enticing combinations of ingredients. There was beef and Stilton; chicken, bacon and mozzarella; roasted peppers, onions and haloumi. Finally I went for the goat’s cheese and caramalised onion. These are flavours which work so well together and it was a very satisfying lunch served with crunchy coleslaw and a balsamic dressed green salad.

The choice of homemade cakes was also too tempting not to try. There were seven on offer including chocolate, coffee, Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle and fruit cake but I had a slice of passion cake. Moist, fruity and served with a cream icing I enjoyed this with a skinny latte.

I decided that next time I call I really will have to have an afternoon tea. It is an indulgent treat which is very reasonably priced at The Café Courtyard. A selection of finger sandwiches, scones served with jam and cream plus homemade cake and tea for £7.50 per person, or £13.95 for two.

Brigg is a charming market town with an ever increasing variety of interesting independent retailers and programme of town centre events. Spend a day there and be sure to visit The Café Courtyard when you need to restore your energies for more exploring.

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  1. Wolf Baginski November 10, 2015

    The Angel Courtyard, in the old days, was a centre of trading and haggling for farmers, between the Corn Exchange and the Market Place. The cattle market filled the site where Tesco now is, there was the Springs jam factory, and all the traffic went through the Market Place.

    There is a Francis Frith photo from 1955. I cannot work out which way it is facing. Here at least the shadows show the camera has to be at the northern end.

    Surely there must have been other pictures in the last sixty years?

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