After a walk at Hive beach we arrived at West Bay around four o’clock on a winter afternoon, and drove around hoping for tea and cake. We parked and dashed to a café we’d spotted, just as they turned the sign to closed. I asked the staff member if there was another café nearby and she grunted that we could try across the road. Thank goodness they were closing, because ‘across the road’ was perfect.
She had directed us to Sladers Yard, a historic rope warehouse from the early nineteenth century, that supplied rope to the whole of the British Navy. Since 2006 it has been a café, and judging by the lemon polenta cake, the food is excellent. Here is the main café area.
There is a further multi purpose space, and the building is used as a party and wedding venue and for poetry and musical performance. Notice the building?
It is beautifully done, with a perfect balance of restoration and rawness, and as a contemporary gallery it is a stunning backdrop for the art displayed.
Sladers is run by Petter Southall a furniture designer craftsman, and his wife Anna Powell. Petter’s work is the stuff of dreams, the kind of wood that makes you want to stroke it and inhale the fragrance.
Goodbye Sladers, I’ll be back in summer with enough time for lunch, outside in the yard.
Checking for the date of the building, I came across . . .
https://sladersyard.wordpress.com/ where you will find photos that are much better than mine, do have a peep.