I remember the cafe on the corner of Queen Street and Morecambe Street when it was called The Golden Crust.
As a young boy, my grandparents Frank and Isa Lambert would always take me there on Wednesdays for fish and chips.
More recently the cafe was known as The Fisherman’s Lodge and now is simply The Lodge.
New owner Cath Wood took over in early August.
She has taken a gamble opening her new business because Queen Street can be quiet at the best of times.
But so far, Cath is doing everything right in her efforts to attract custom.
A smart paint job, new signs, outdoor seating and menu blackboards have transformed the exterior, making it eye-catching and welcoming.
Inside, The Lodge is warm, pleasingly decorated and deceptively spacious.
It’s very clean, modern without losing its traditional feel and beautifully laid out.
I took my wife and two boys in for lunch last week.
By coincidence it was a Wednesday, although we didn’t have fish and chips this time.
The menu is basic, focusing on cheap and cheerful cafe meals and snacks. I plumped for home-cooked braising steak with new potatoes and veg (£5.50). The meat melted in the mouth and the gravy was rich and tasty.
My wife and eldest son had cheese and ham toasties on brown and my youngest wolfed down his burger and chips.
There are also cooked breakfasts on the menu and a range of desserts.
Dawn Thorpe, the waitress, could not have been more friendly. She gave service with a smile and jovial conversation without being too ‘in your face’.
Our massive pot of tea between three was great value.
Four meals and drinks came to just under £30 which I thought was very reasonable for a family lunch in such relaxing surroundings and the boys really enjoyed themselves.
It may have been pouring down outside but The Lodge definitely brought some sunshine to our afternoon. It’s a perfect place to take the kids for lunch, or as a quiet haven to enjoy a cuppa, breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.
Hopefully once the word spreads, The Lodge won’t be quiet for long.