Above, the completed film I referred to back in February
Plus another Scarthin vid.
Scarthin Books Cafe, Cromford, Derbyshire
Scarthin Books by the mill pond in Cromford, is a rambling, slightly tatty, very friendly and fascinating bookstore – one of the few remnants of the independent book shop movement of the ’60s to early ’90s.
On the first floor, behind an amazing door which has to be seen, is the small vegetarian cafe. A little too small, perhaps, but rarely crowded in my experience.
They have a good selection of vegan dishes, including carrot cake made using carrots from their own garden, and whenever possible, eggs used in the vegetarian dishes are from their own chickens.
Plenty to read – the music and food sections of the shop are in the cafe, together with an eclectic magazine rack – and it’s always warm in winter. In warmer weather, there are seats and a table hewn from a tree trunk out by the pond.
Gary Repton is in the process of editing a short film about the shop.
If I go alone, I end up making a morning or afternoon of browsing and book buying, stopping for a break in the cafe for tea and a home made homity pie or slice of pizza.
No customers on the first day – these things take time.
We’re experimenting with 5pm to 8pm opening tonight and then, if there’s enough interest, until Friday.
After today, the samosas, freshly made in Nottingham yesterday morning, are going into the freezer. So get down this evening if you want them.
White basmati rice
Doves Farm organic wholemeal bread flour
Rocks Organic squash (on offer @ £1.69)
Aspalls cider vinegar – £1.50 litre, bring your own bottle
Good Hemp milk substitute – new this month
Locally made vegetable samosas
On twitter – @scorzfood
“scorzonera foods” is a project I had in mind for the near future – set up a vegetarian market stall maybe next spring, after I’d worked through the winter, paid a few debts, saved a little. Then I lost my job a fortnight ago.
Almost broke I thought, ah well, let’s just go for it. So, with the support of my lovely wife, “scorzonera foods” will be launched in our back garden in Pinxton on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border on Saturday 24th July.
A very basic stall offering a few vegetarian staples plus a couple of specials if the budget stretches that far.
Taking inspiration from the popup restaurant movement, publicity is initially limited to this blog plus @scorzfood on twitter, posting the flyer on flickr and most importantly, sticking up twenty or so flyers around the village late tonight with the twitter link.
If you’re passing or around Junction 28 of the M1, central England, on Saturday afternoon, we’re about two miles off the motorway. Address will be on twitter from around midday.
Come and see how this highly dubious experiment’s going.