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“One word - Appalling!”
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Cafe 1618
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Cafe 1618
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Is anyone else talking about the same place!? ... maybe the reviewer from 22/7/12 is... I would wholeheartedly agree with him based on my family's visit last Sunday. It was the only cafe open in the village that afternoon and once we got inside we found it was absolutely filthy. Everywhere was VERY untidy and grubby. The whole place needs a massive make-over and it is shabby and dirty. The toilet upstairs is the smallest pokey hole you could ever imagine. We couldn't stop laughing about it afterwards... thank goodness we are all able-bodied and slim or you would have a zero chance of getting in it. The seating area stunk so strongly of half-cooked chips/roast dinner (because they left the door to the kitchen wide open) that(despite trying to air them out later) we had to launder all our winter coats as a result of being in there for just 20 minutes. We decided not to chance the food and just stick to coffee and hot chocolate...I mean what could go wrong? Lots! Despite having an expresso machine the coffee was really weak and the overpriced hot chocolate my son had was a basic powder mix and two inches of aerosol cream foamed on the top. Afterwards I was absolutely kicking myself that we hadn't walked straight back out. I think Environmental Health surely need to inspect this place sooner rather than later. What a shame and what a lost opportunity in a lovely village.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Cafe 1618 is bloomin' marvellous. A proper cafe serving proper home cooked food. The portions are huge and the quality always excellent. Try their Sunday roasts and you'll not be disappointed. Possibly the best pork crackling ever!

Always a great warming open fire, always busy with locals and tourists alike. You sometimes have to wait a little time for the food (as they are usually very busy) but its definitely worth it. Just chill out with the papers and savour the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.

The lead miners pastie is a new favourite of mine - hearty, tasty and huge!

Whenever I am in Teesdale, this is where I have lunch. Superb!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Adrian W
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

I have visited this cafe a number of times. Bev and John always make you welcome and the food is very good, friendly and helpful staff with great atmosphere.

They even give you salad with the 1618 breakfast panini to make you think you are eating healthily!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank MidlifeC
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stopped in Middleton-In-Teesdale on our way to high force today and made our way to 1618 for lunch.
It was very clean, warm friendly atmosphere, great selection of good honest home cooked food, fairly priced and had a great selection of beer/lagers. my Pregnant wife and my 11 month daughter were treat like one of there family and we literally arrived as strangers and left as friends.

The food was sensational and the Teesdale Teaser is worth a trip all by itself! portion size was more than enough even my wife who is eating for 2 struggled to finish. they have a restaurant attached to the rear of the building which i think we may book for our anniversary as it is beautiful.

The staff were a dream, extremely helpful but didn't annoy us while were eating the balance was in our opinion perfect.

To sum up Cafe 1618 we would recommend this place to everybody, whether your stopping for a light lunch or a fine dining evening meal or just a Teesdale Teaser you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Adam H
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Went on a Sunday afternoon - it was very busy which we took to be a good sign. The owner was pleasant but the younger girl who was helping just couldn't be bothered. The table, placemats and glasses were filthy. Toilet had dead flies and grime over the window.
Food was ok but expensive for what it was. A portion of chips, a burger, 3 soft drinks and a gammon came to £26 and all were dripping in oil. Heat inside the cafe was awful. Tables too close together. Took ages to pay - staff ignored us several times.
Good location for High Force.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank elle11f
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Calling into Middleton on Teesdale on a warm but wet Sunday lunchtime we had a choice of approximately 6 eating places and chose 1618 Cafe. There was a good choice of menu and the food was of very good quality, cooked very well and well presented. The portion of sunday lunch I had was about the right size for most people I would say and piping hot! I was warned in a friendly manner about the temperature of the plate and I could feel the heat from that and the meal! Lovely to have hot food arrive and be able to have time to wait to start eating and it remain pretty hot throughout. The price was very reasonable just under £10 and was worth every penny.

I dont want to put any negatives but feel I must speak as I found or so the saying almost goes, in order to give a fair review.

I found the staff with the exception of the guy who brought the food to be a little lukewarm and after the initial order was taken by the 'quiet' waitress we too were left alone apart from when the food and drinks were brought. No one asked if we'd enjoyed the food, nor gave us the opportunity to order or decline dessert. I thought that perhaps whilst paying I would be asked if everything had been ok, but no. The proprietors and staff are either very convinced they have got everything right or they cant be bothered to ask in case someone might tell them something contrary to their beliefs.

Whilst we were eating, the staff had to divert a number of bikers to the gazebo round the back, but they appeared happy to go there, but other would be diners were turned away as all the inside tables were taken. There were several tables outside at the front but due to the inclement weather they were of course not being used. I'd suggest large, waterproof, sun umbrellas be put over each table as it would have been warm enough to sit out even though it was a bit damp!

We were sat at a 4 person table and felt guilty for doing so but the only 2 person table in the place which was in front of the other window, opposite to the window where we were seated, was rather cramped with another table suitable for 3 people too close behind with someone who was obviously local enjoying a tipple and chatting with the 'barmaid/waitress'.

Whilst the tables were of generous proportions, no complaints from diners of not having enough elbow room whilst eating, I feel that if smaller tables and a few more suitable for two people were carefully positioned, then the establishment would have been able to accommodate the 2 couples, a set of 3 people and another 4 during the time we were still in there that were turned away.

I didnt closely inspect the quality of the cleanliness of the place and I have to say I usually notice if things are a little lacking, but I cant say anything did spring out at me so they have either upped the cleaning in the last 2/3 weeks or the person who gave the filthy report was even fussier than I generally am.

The toilet facilities and the approach up a small flight of stairs were a bit basic, but at least they were clean and available for patrons to use.

All the above said, for the food alone I would have rated the cafe as excellent but I'm afraid the customer service let them down. My opinions about providing more suitable tables is just my opinion and if the owners are happy to be turning away paying diners then that is not a problem for me, but I did feel sorry for those turned away as I knew what lovely food they would be missing out on.
Should I be in the area again I would eat at this cafe as the food is too good to miss out on!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank happytraveller045
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

I cant quite beleive im talking about the same cafe as everyone else here. We popped in today for a snack and whilst the food was nice, we sat at the front of the cafe, it was absolutely filthy. The waitress half heartedly cleaned down our table with flash wipe as we were about to eat. When I went to the counter at the front of this cafe, I nearly threw up, the cupboards behind the counter were absolutely filthy and dripping in waste food and coffee and having worked in a hotel myself I know the difference from a busy services dirt to dirt that has blatantly not been cleaned up in a very long time. One customer came in and took one look at the child seat and decided against it and I dont blame her, it was absolutely filthy and parked next to a full hoover which was left in the back of the resturant. One waitress we noted wiped a dirty milk jug out with her apron, refilled it and gave it to another customer. If we had seen the appalling state behind the counter and indeed the counter area itself when we had walked in we would of walked out. Frankly I am surprised no one has called the environmental health people in to inspect this cafe, it is surely just a matter of time. Clearly some management issues need seriously addressing here and fast before what appears to be a little potential gold mine is closed for the sake of everyones health.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Rocklobster R
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Additional Information about Cafe 1618

Address: 16 Market Place, Middleton in Teesdale DL12 0QG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > County Durham > Middleton in Teesdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Middleton in Teesdale
Price Range: $55 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3

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