ESSE factory cafe reveals mouthwatering new menu

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ESSE fresh baked eccles cakes

Innovative new dishes showcase high quality local and seasonal ingredients prepared from scratch and cooked exclusively on ESSE range cookers

ESSE’s friendly and welcoming factory cafe has reopened with an ambitious new menu designed to let visitors taste the ESSE difference for themselves.

Popular with cyclists and walkers strolling along the Leeds-Liverpool canal or exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding Barnoldswick, the canalside cafe caters to a diverse clientele, ranging from factory workers and mums and toddlers to long distance hikers and dog walkers.

The new menu has been designed by former River Cottage head chef Tim Maddams and Michelin-trained pastry chef Dominique Ashford, whose award-winning cakes and desserts have appeared on the menu at the House of Commons and top restaurants in London and Manchester.

Featuring established cafe staples like a traditional bacon butty and oaty drop scones alongside some contemporary classics, the new menu is designed to showcase the very best local and seasonal produce from the Lancashire-Yorkshire Border, including:

  • Artisan sourdough bread is delivered fresh every day by the multiple award-winning Seasons Bakery in Ingleton.
  • 100 per cent grass-fed meat is supplied by Gazegill Organics in Rimington – where the land has been farmed by the same family for more than 500 years.
  • Cakes and desserts are designed by Michelin-trained pastry chef Dominique Ashford who runs a farmhouse B&B near Slaidburn.

All dishes are prepared from scratch on the premises and everything is cooked on a bank of newly installed electric ESSE range cookers.

Signature dishes include a selection of stove-top toasties griddled fresh to order on the hotplate, slow-baked seasonal savoury tarts and a selection of Dominique’s scrumptious cakes – ranging from indulgent chocolate brownies and award-winning Eccles cakes to exotic creations like the decadent choux buns with white chocolate, raspberry and pistachio.

ESSE Factory Cafe manager Maxine Bridge said: “ESSE stoves and range cookers are built by hand here in Barnoldswick and we wanted to apply the same principles to our cafe.

“We use local suppliers and buy the best quality seasonal produce we can find nearby. Everything is prepared on the premises from scratch using fresh seasonal ingredients, and everything is cooked on ESSE range cookers.”

“We believe it’s worth paying that little bit extra for locally sourced, home-cooked food and we are confident you’ll be able to taste the difference.”

As well as attracting walkers in off the towpath for welcome refreshment, the cafe makes an ideal location for an informal business meeting.

The reopening of the cafe coincides with the refurbishment of the showroom and demonstration kitchen next door, which now showcases a selection of classic ESSE stoves and cookers from the Master Stove Maker’s 165-year history alongside the current ESSE model range.

ESSE sales director Mark Blewitt said: “The new cafe and showroom have been designed to complement one another, creating a relaxed environment where visitors and prospective customers really can try before they buy.

“Visitors are welcome to browse our latest heating and cooking products, learn a little about the history of ESSE, then adjourn to the cafe to sample the sort of wholesome, flavour-packed dishes at which an ESSE cooker excels.”

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