After a long-overdue visit to say hello to the folks at Pinnies and Poppy Seeds, I was in need some lunchtime nourishment, so wandered along to the Pop In Canteen, which I’d spotted when walking past on frequent recent trips to Hemma.

Exterior

Exterior

As the name suggests, this is a fairly informal spot with plastic table cloths and canteen service. It serves quite a good range of options, across breakfast rolls, sandwiches, soups and salads. Their hot dishes seemed to be where the main lunchtimes action was, though, so I paused at the counter to consider them.

They had a nice selection of things, including salmon, pork, stuffed peppers, chicken and something beefy. I liked the look and sound of the salmon casserole, which was served in a creamy tomato and dill sauce.

Hot selection

Hot selection

The helpful counter man piled my paper plate generously with accompanying potatoes and veg making it a very pleasing little hill of food that I carried back to my table.

The salmon proved to be very tasty indeed and the accompaniments were all well prepared, fresh and delicious. The sauce for the salmon had plenty of citrus and herb zing and the roasted roots were particularly good. I was impressed.

Salmon and vegetable selection

Salmon and vegetable selection

So overall, the Pop In Canteen is doing very nice work. It looks like an absolutely ideal place for Festival refuelling, so I think it will prove very popular in August. I look forward to popping in again soon, next time I’m looking for a hearty and reasonably priced lunch.

Scores
Blythe scores the Pop In Canteen
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20

I ate: salmon casserole

I wore: action footwear

Total bill: £6

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Written by BKR