I don’t live in Urmston, but the amount of time I spend in cafes there you’d think I was planning to take up residence. Case in point is Craft and Coffee. I really like the name – it tells it exactly like it is, and yet you could also be fooled into thinking it was a hipster coffee joint. It used to go by the much less descriptive name of Purple Butterfly. Why the name change I’m not sure – can anyone enlighten me?
Either way, what you get is a very welcoming, relaxed atmosphere that is, very obviously, kid friendly. In fact you’d think it would be only families here but apparently they get hen dos as well (I dread to think what artistic creations the hens come up with). No word on any stags yet but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. Kids can crayon, draw or paint but if you want to do something more involved you have to purchase the various items on sale, including cardboard letters, figurines and beautiful papers.
As for the food: the menu is quite old-school – lots of sandwiches or variants thereof. The coffee isn’t yer Northern Quarter single drip double French press business either (disclaimer: I have no idea what I just typed) but the latte I had was more of a frothy coffee though strong enough to keep my eyes propped open, that’s for sure. Bonus points for the cute little biscuit (slipped into pocket for bribing purposes later, hey I’m resourceful like that).
The Bug had a decent-sized cheese sandwich, his go-to lunch choice, but I made the happy discovery that this neophobe child is a fiend for raw red pepper. Well there you go, just when you think they will never try anything new again and will still be eating fishfingers, waffles and peas every other meal when they are forty-one, they go and surprise you like that. For that alone it was worth the visit.
Craft and Coffee is a painty-pots sort of place, which is of course excellent in theory though if you are not intending to do any actual crafting you have to spend quite a lot of time steering the little ones away form the paint. Kids can draw and get messy as they choose and there does seem to be a really nice array of things to do, from simple for the littles to more challenging for older kids. There is a room just for craft stuff out back, which is good for birthday parties etc.
Cheese sandwich and red pepper demolished, I discovered the Bug has learned a new chant of “cookie and cake, cookie and cake” which I suspect he got from Sesame Street (and to think you used to be my favourite, Cookie Monster. Kidding! It’s Oscar the Grouch really.) So we got both, I really enjoyed the small crumbs of the lemon drizzle muffin that were generously shared with me. Thanks Bug. Then it was off to Chassen Park for a slightly drizzly ride on the steam train. What could be better?
Craft and Coffee is a lovely little spot and along with fairly nearby Poppies 11, Urmstonians have really got it made in the family café department. When I can get funds together (when they are not all spent on coffee, cake and cheese sandwiches that is) maybe I’ll make a move there.
Craft and Coffee 145 Church Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 9ET open daily 9.30am-5pm except Saturday (10am-4pm) and Sunday (10am-2pm)
Overall score: 16/20
Food: 3/5 kids will love it, very bread-based. Yummy muffins.
Entertainment: 5/5 if splattering paint everywhere is your bag better do it here than at home.