My sister and I walked to the Cheerbrook Farm café from home for lunch yesterday and to buy some items in the shop. The quality and presentation of the produce in the shop is superb and the café menu is tempting if a little expensive.
The café was busy and the only seats available were the high table and stools facing the open kitchen area. Whilst waiting for our order to appear I was idly watching the chef preparing sandwiches, salads etc. Whilst he was slick in the quick way he was making up the platters, I was rather concerned to see that he was handling all the food with his bare hands, i.e., the salads, bread, crisps, garnishes etc. There were no protective gloves being worn, or any utensils being used except of course a spoon for chutney/mayonnaise, and this surprised me. As soon as a quieter table was free towards the window, we moved to it. After the remnants of the previous occupiers' meals were removed, the table was not wiped clean. The tall glass from which I drank my water had a weird unpleasant smell. These small matters prevented me from giving a score of 5.