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When there are so many places to choose from it's hard to know where to visit! In good or bad weather, with very young children or older teens, activity venues or quiet walks, every venue will offer something different with a variety of facilites available. We will add our thoughts on places that we have Tried & Tested so that you are well-informed before you make your decisions!

Elsie May's Electric Lounge Cafe & Bar


I had heard about Elsie May’s Electric Lounge Café & Bar and the events that they held. It seemed to offer some unique experiences, promised good food and drink in an elegantly designed vintage setting. I was very curious about what to expect and when I was invited to try their lunch, I had to visit and find out more.

The building has such a striking entrance on the corner near the market square by South Street. I could easily imagine myself visiting one of their evening events and climbing the couple of steps through the grand period entrance. However, buggies are not designed for steps, so I was very pleased to get ramp access via the beautiful court yard garden at Elsie May’s. In the summer this would be a beautiful place to sit in the cool shade, whilst enjoy a coffee or cocktail. If I had a dog, he’d also be welcome too!

I left my buggy in the designated area and I was led to a table where my friend and her son were sat. There were two high chairs ready for our sons, they were easy to use and spotlessly clean. After sitting down by a window and removing my mask, we were asked for our drinks order and viewed the menu.

Obviously, my friend Emily and I did a bit of catching up, observed and commented on the beautiful period surroundings. It would be great to visit one evening for a cocktail for a ‘Mum’s night out’.

Emily and I both ordered the Homemade flatbread with Greek style roasted vegetables, feta and humous served with crispy chips, side salad and fresh coleslaw. Whilst it was being prepared Emily had to direct me in a clean-up of my face. Somehow, I had managed to spread the chocolate from my cappuccino on my cheeks. After a giggle and a clean-up, I decided to check out the facilities.

The bathroom was spacious and I was pleased to see that there was a large, wide and solid shelf with a baby changing mat on. It was very clear that Elsie May’s has a high standard of cleanliness throughout, plenty of social spacing and friendly staff.

The food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious, we had clean plate all round. They were also very flexible with our order of toast for one of the children in addition to what they ate. Whilst we were finishing our meal, we had been eying up the deserts counter with beautifully homemade cakes and scones. It’s therefore, came of no surprise to us that they also do afternoon teas.

Emily opted for a carrot cake and I had a slice of ginger cake. It was delicious and again generous in size.

I would be quite happy to visit Elsie May’s again and I would recommend booking a table or calling in.

Louisa x

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