When we first thought of this blog I was about two years younger than I am now. I don’t know whether that’s called procrastination, laziness, forgetful or just slow but hey, we got there eventually. We re-thought about it about a year ago……anyway….
Sarah is what is known as a Suffolk Dumpling! She was born in a place called Halesworth, obviously in Suffolk. In August 2016 we decided to take a long weekend and visit Suffolk and check out her spiritual home.
Halesworth is described as a charming market town in north east Suffolk, about ten miles inland from the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Halesworth railway station is on the East Suffolk line with connections to Norwich and London Liverpool Street so easy enough to get to. Halesworth Station still has moving platforms, although they are no longer in use. These swung to allow the passage of road traffic. Pretty impressive.
I remember it was the 19th August. Nothing particularly interesting in that date…I just thought you should know . As we walked down the main shopping street, (Bridge street), the urge overcame me and we had to find coffee. We came across the Hideout Café. We sat in the picturesque bay window overlooking Bridge street and watched the world go by. The current owner had had the café since February 2016 and was making it her own. We got there relatively late and she normally closed at 4pm but didn’t chuck us out and even chatted about changes in the area, which of course were huge considering Sarah left there when she was a little girl. The worse thing was the hospital that Sarah was born in was closing down, (now there’s a shocker!) so as is often the case, locals would have to travel to bigger hospitals, further away. I suppose being a nurse and a great advocate for the NHS this is painful and we don’t even live there.
The café had a relaxed atmosphere with sofas, outside tables and attractive décor. What was even nicer was that even though the café was now officially closed, the owner could not resist the fluttering eyes of a small girl looking through the door, intent on a chocolate cornflake cake. Local cafés can often be a central part of a community, or should be, and this was a clear reflection of that policy.
Coffee tends to naturally be a double shot so be careful if you want a stronger cup! It also only came in one size but it was good.