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Beltane (review)

Beltane is a small bar / cafe in Buxton I’d wandered past a few times and had always wanted to pop in. Last week we had our chance – we’d been out for an afternoon meeting and E needed a feed.

Beltane bar sign
Beltane bar sign

Beltane had always intrigued me because through the window I could spot comfy seats and (you know the way to my heart) there was free wifi.

The most annoying part was getting our bloody awkward really useful 3 wheeler pushchair through an angled step, negotiating the steep hill. Once in it was all good, I settled E next to a comfy sofa and ordered a decaf black coffee and some nuts to nibble on.

You know those decaf coffees that taste sooooo good you forget there’s no caffeine? Yep, it was one of those 🙂 It was a really chilled atmosphere, partly due to it being mid afternoon so after the lunchtime rush and before the evening drinkers arrived.

Hubby came to meet us and had a beer while I topped up on fruit juice liquids (boobing mama mantra DRINK <<< said in Father Jack style). It was then a quick change for baby E before heading off on more adventures.

Beltane interior
Beltane interior

Baby friendliness overview:

Pros

  • Chilled atmosphere, relaxed setting
  • Comfortable boobing sitting in the squishy sofa and didn’t feel too exposed
  • Felt baby friendly with baby changing facilities
  • Decaf drinks – goooooood coffee
  • Lunch time menu looked good
  • Plenty of space for pushchairs
  • Free wifi

Cons

  • Bit of a bugger getting a pushchair up the step into the bar!
  • Bar rather than cafe so limited snack options (i.e. no cake)

In summary – lovely relaxed setting, will be back to check out the lunch menu.

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!