As it is half term and I managed to book a couple of days off work so we can have some family time, we searched for some vegan and gluten free-friendly cafes online and we came across ‘Kava’ in Todmorden. Online, Kava is advertised as ‘Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free Coffee House, Tea Room’.
I grew up in Todmorden, moving there when I was seven years old and I left when I was around twenty-three. It is a beautiful little market town in the Calder valley, West Yorkshire surrounded by hills. There are some nice pubs serving delicious local ale and a good market. I was looking forward to returning with my boys to try out the new café.
We arrived at Kava around 1.30pm. The café was not too busy and the staff were welcoming. There is artwork on the walls created by local artists for sale which was nice to look at and the music was relaxing and not too loud.
The drinks menu has a few different beers advertised and I really fancied a beer, so we asked if there was a gluten free option. The staff checked and there wasn’t unfortunately, but they then offered me a drink for free to make up for this which I thought was a nice gesture.
Paul had a Peroni, Toby had Coke and Simeon and I had Orange Jigger (sparkling orange). The drinks came in glass bottles but with a glass to pour your own.
The food menu had plenty of options – vegan, vegetarian and gluten free and the non-vegan or gluten free choices could be adapted. There was more choice here for me than I have experienced in any café – being gluten free is usually hardest in a café where it’s all sandwiches, bread and pastries. Usually when you do find a café that has a gluten free sandwich, it is full or meat or cheese.
Simeon was sat facing the kitchen area and watched the chef creating some lovely dishes. Soups, falafel, salads, sandwiches… he was hungry and was drooling at all the food.
He opted for the Humous Platter, which was humous, toasted pitta and chilli jam. The portion size was great with a nice large pot of humous and a side salad with vegan aioli. The humous was delicious and Simeon said he saw the chef making this from fresh. Simeon really enjoyed his meal and has already requested the falafels for our next visit.
Toby went for the kid’s American Pancakes with Maple Syrup. These were vegan and gluten free so I could also try some. The chef made these pancakes from scratch too and they were presented very nicely. For £3.50, it was a generous portion – even Toby couldn’t finish them which is very rare (although Simeon finished them for him).
Paul and I chose the curry of the day, which was chickpea, sweet potato ad spinach. It was presented very nicely with a good portion of rice and a side salad. The curry was tasty and filling… our only criticism of the curry was probably that we would have liked it spicier – but that is down to our personal tastes.
The toilets are downstairs and are clean and there is a quirky enclosed outside eating area overlooking the canal. There is a heater in the outside area and blankets are provided. There is also free wifi available.
The bill came to £32.00 which for four good sized meals and drinks was reasonable.
Overall, the atmosphere, menu, friendliness of staff and the cleanliness made it a pleasant experience for us all and the boys have both said they wish to eat there again. We will definitely return soon.