I try to venture to some further flung places, on my Sunday walks, but a combination of poor timing and the fact that some cafes don’t open on Sundays means that I’m quite often drawn back to places that I could probably reach in an average weekday lunchtime.
This was the case with my visit to the Piano Cafe, on Howard Place, today. It’s no more than around fifteen minutes from my work, but given it’s just a few yards through Canonmills, towards Goldenacre, it still feels a little further than I might usually venture, during the week.
I’ve walked past it, a number of times, and always thought it looked like a good spot for a lazy Sunday, as it exuded a relaxed and welcoming vibe. This visit confirmed that expectation.
I was only in need of a bowl of soup, today, so once I’d established that minestrone was on offer, I placed my order and took a seat, rather fittingly right next to a piano.
The soundtrack was cool piano jazz of the melodic mainstream variety. It fit well with the classic wooden styling of the place.
My soup soon arrived, delivered by the friendly counter man. It proved to be a very hearty and filling soup, packed with rich tomato flavour. Full of chunky veg and pasta pieces, it was one of the better minestrones I’ve sampled, in the city.
I followed with a little espresso, which was rather good, too. With further friendly words exchanged as the pecuniary details were squared away, I was on my way, with my lunchtime needs neatly met.
So overall, I was pleased with what I found at the Piano Cafe. The atmosphere and surroundings are really charming, and it has a really relaxing feel to it. Whether your looking for a chilled Sunday spot, or a place for a midweek escape, I’d be pleased to send you in this direction, as I think you’ll find it really quite lovely.
Blythe scores Piano Cafe
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: minestrone
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: reversible hat
Total bill: £5.80