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Five Ways Cafe and Laundrette (review)

What you really don’t need when you move with a refluxy little one is the washing machine not to work! One of our ‘Buxton resolutions’ is to not end up with mounds of dirty washing to wash or piles of clean washing to put away – the parents’ NeverEnding Story. The new plan was to set off a load overnight and then in the morning it could go straight in the dryer.

Keep calm and drink tea sign
Keep calm

The start of the plan worked… until at 3 in the morning I heard a constant beeping so sent hubby off the investigate where he declared the washing machine wasn’t working 😦

It meant the next day I had to find a laundrette to wash the slightly wet washing, not a chore I was looking forward to. After stuffing it all into the most popular laundry bag in the world, baby E and I trudged off to Five Ways Cafe and Laundrette.

Exterior picture of Five Ways Cafe and Laudrette
Five Ways Cafe and Laundrette

I was delighted to find that the laundrette also had a cafe attached – genius idea! Whilst I was waiting for the washing, it would have been rude not to have a fry up, surely?

Plate of cooked breakfast
Nom

The lovely lady behind the counter (‘chelle) let me look at the ingredients on all the packets so I could check for dairy and with the promise of no butter in the cooking a fry up was on order.

Happily baby E slept through mummy’s unhealthy brunch, so I enjoyed the bacon, sausage, egg, mushrooms and tomato in peace and quiet. There’s nothing quite like a good fry up!

I finished, E woke up and then it was time to dry the washing alongside trying to entertain the little lass. We ALMOST had the washing dry before she decided enough was enough so we went quickly home for a feed.

The good news is that the washing machine is now fixed, the bad news is that I don’t have an excuse to go back to the cafe!

Baby friendly summary:

Pros:

  • Helpful staff
  • Traditional British cafe – range of food including dairy free fry up
  • Plenty of space for pushchairs
  • Also a laundrette!!!

Cons:

  • Would have felt a bit exposed boobing, but female staff were supportive when I chatted about dairy free feeding
  • No toilet / changing area I could see (but didn’t ask)
  • Wifi advertised but couldn’t get it to work

In summary, a good cafe if you have cravings for a fry up – though need to check for toilet facilities.

Thanks for reading. Here’s to our next adventure!

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Pavilion Gardens Coffee Bar (review)

Pavilion Coffee Bar
Pavilion Coffee Bar

Hurrah we’ve moved!

Yesterday was our first day in our new home in Buxton, as you can imagine much chaos and boxes.

Baby E and I decided that the sensible thing to do would be to leave the strong people to the unloading and carrying, so we headed into town to find something to do.

As the weather gave us a traditional High Peak welcome – it was chucking it down – we stopped at the first cafe we could find.

The Pavilion Gardens Coffee Bar in the atrium of the Pavilion Gardens is a lovely, light airy place to drop in for a hot drink, cake and boobing – particularly on a miserable wet day.

We’re trying baby E on a dairy free diet at the moment which means no dairy for mummy 😦 Hopeful, I asked at the counter about soya milk, no luck. But they were brilliant checking out the ingredients on the cake boxes until I found one I could eat – nom nom nom almond and cherry slice 🙂

Coffee and cake
Coffee and cake

The decaf-coffee (good for boobing) was delicious black (I’d better get used to that) and oohhh the cake tasted good!

I picked a quiet corner table (the sofas were taken), next to a power socket and there was free wifi. I made myself comfortable and surfed the web before E woke up and needed a feed.

After almost an hour and a half of E sleeping, feeding and then playing with her toys it was time for a bum change. The changing facilities are in the disabled toilet and there was plenty of room for our huge pushchair.

As the Cafe is only 10 minutes from where we live I think it’s going to become a favourite! And we’re yet to try the Pavilion Gardens’ main Cafe and Art Cafe.

To finish off our morning we had a browse around the Gallery in the Gardens and E chose a gift for daddy for his new home office. Created by the talented local artist Andy Philips, it’s a beautiful handmade smoke fired ceramic mug with DAD embossed on the side.

DAD mug
DAD mug

Then.. we had to go back to the boxes and chaos :-I

Here’s a summary of baby feeding friendliness:

Pros:

  • Helpful staff
  • Decaf tea or coffee
  • Range of seating
  • Spacious with lots of natural light
  • Free wifi
  • Good changing facilities

Cons:

  • No table service
  • Baby changing not clearly signposted
  • Feel quite exposed if boobing, no little corners to hide in

Overall: helpful staff, caffeine free options, roomy and good changing facilities. We’ll be back!

Thanks for reading, here’s to our next adventure!

Everything’s Rosy Interiors – Victorian Tearoom (review)

tea in a china cup with a teapot

I have to admit, we have already started our adventures even before BMD (Big Move Day). The other week we were up in Buxton sorting out things that made me cry – childcare for baby E for when I go back go work *wail*.

But less about me sobbing uncontrollably that weekend and onto the cake! On one of our trips we headed into Buxton main town (if that’s what it’s called?) and naturally needed a place to stop and boob E.

In the local press I’d read about the lovely new tea room in Everything’s Rosie Interiors and I love an excuse to support a local business.

We rocked up with our HUGE pushchair and they sweetly said it wasn’t a problem, hubby folded it up out of the way and I chose some cake (priorities) and then settled down for a feed.

The tea was delicious, cake scrummy and as an added bonus you can look around at lots of lovely items to buy!

At table service was particularly welcome when feeding E (I always like to ask for a top up of the pot of tea) and even though there wasn’t a changing room, they helpfully moved some furniture around to make an impromptu changing table!

Lovely place, can’t wait to go back and visit.

Here’s a summary of baby feeding friendliness:

Comfort: 4/5 lovely comfortable chairs
Service: 5/5 at table service makes it much easier!
Changing: 2/5 none, so they made somewhere
Discreet boobing: 5/5 I felt quite comfortable tucked in the corner
Space: 2/5 would be tricky if there was more than one pushchair, but they were more than willing to move things around
Overall: 4/5 – ideal place to go if you’re by yourself

Thanks for reading, here’s to our next adventure!