Saltaire: cake and culture (mainly cake)

We are lucky in Yorkshire. Not only do we have Leeds, for the best shopping outside of London, but we also have beauty – boundless countryside, moors and rivers; culture – Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth, amazing theatre and festivals; and we have The Best tea and cake, ever. Fact.

Mini cupcake delights at Jeanette’s Cakery

Not to be one who doesn’t make the most of my surroundings (it’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it), last weekend, I headed off to the village of Saltaire for a spot of window-shopping and cake-eating.

Jeanette’s Cakery is a self-styled 1940’s and 50’s inspired patisserie. The staff dress in vintage clothes, with hair and makeup to match the period.  The cafe itself is a whimsically designed delight. There’s Cath Kidston fabric bunting; old black and white photos in mismatched frames; a Wurlitzer; cute floral and polka dot crockery; and vintage knickknacks galore.

Cute vintage styling 

Fellow blogger Kelly had an afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes – which looked gorgeous. Scones that were the size of my fist, with bright red jam and oodles of cream (of course), were paired with dainty finger sandwiches with fillings like cream cheese and cucumber, and finished off with the cutest raspberry ripple cupcake. It looked divine.

Some of their chocolate cupcakes. They looked so good.

 Not for me though. As someone on a Gluten Free diet, I was unable to eat the wheat-based treats (sob), and sadly Jeanette’s Cakery doesn’t provide any GF alternatives on the afternoon tea. So, what’s a lass to do?  Well – eat the Gluten Free cake and drink the good coffee, that’s what.

I loved these espresso cups!


 Yep, Jeanette’s do two GF cakes; a flourless chocolate and almond cake, and a orange and chocolate chip polenta cake.  I opted for the latter, and wasn’t disappointed. It was squigdy, moist – not heavy, and damn tasty.  Paired with a shot of top notch espresso, I was a happy bunny.

Jeanette’s Cakery’s gluten free option: orange and chocolate polenta cake

I took quite a lot (/loads) of photos of this cafe:

Mismatched photo frames (and that wallpaper!!)



How cute are these fabric lampshades?
The Wurlitzer






I loved the little decor touches, like these hummingbirds on the counter


 We left Jeanette’s Cakery for a spot of book-browsing at Salt’s Mill.  If you’re ever in the area, don’t give the Mill a miss. It’s full of gorgeously bright David Hockney paintings, books, stationery and random gifty items.  I usually come home with way more notebooks than I need, and a new addition to my listography collection. 



Yes, smelly kippers. Just what everyone wants.


How to make a blogger immediately want to craft? Show them this.



Laid back…with my mind on my money and my money on my mind.

Afterwards, we had another coffee and cake break (all that energy used up book shopping!), and then back to the car. Where I got a parking ticket – well done me!

Do you have any suggestions for great afternoon tea in Yorkshire? (Or elsewhere – is it worth the journey?).  If you know any amazing Gluten Free places, then let me know – I’m a damsel in distress, a girl without gluten free, a woman with…oh, I can’t think of any more. You get my drift. 

You can find Kel’s (gorgeous, totally gorgeous) outfit post here.



  1. February 21, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    Mmmm your cake pics make me want to go running back! It was excellent having cake with you – another time soon! xxx

  2. February 25, 2014 / 12:00 am

    Me too. Ah, lovely cake!!! 😉

    Definitely do it again next month! Xx