M.A.D.E@No.18 is a newly open cafe set in the heart of Alfreton. The authentic charm of the building gives you a warm vibe as you enter the cafe. With its Georgian fireplace, stone lintels, unique artwork and contemporary crafts it’s a welcome change to the new, modern cafes that are around.
M.A.D.E@No.18 source all their products locally, with meats from Owen Taylor and Derbyshire cheeses. Also, they always have a wide range of specials on the blackboard which suits the seasons fresh produce.
Breakfast is served until 11, with a full English or Veggie breakfast for £5.95, or a bacon or a sausage bap for £2.50, which can be ordered to take away if you don’t have time to stop.
Meeting up for lunch, we both chose the minted pea soup with crusty bread for £3.50. I find the humble pea an unsung hero in the English kitchen and was pleased to see it being used to full effect here. For me, this is one of my favourites if made correctly and I can assure you that at M.A.D.E@No.18 it was. This was served with a swirl of cream and crunchy croutons, a warm brown bread roll and a dish of butter. A lovely warming dish for this cold winter weather.
For our lunch main we chose to go off the blackboard menu to sample the chef’s specials for the day.
I chose the roasted vegetables and cherry tomato glazed tart with melted brie, served with dressed salad leaves and balsamic glaze for £4.50. This was a beautiful light lunch dish, the roasted peppers and cherry tomatoes went beautifully with the brie and homemade fresh green pesto. A side dish of new potatoes with chives were a lovely addition.
My partner chose the tapas plate, with potatoes Bravas, marinated olives and chorizo, served with crusty bread. He said this dish took him out of Alfreton and to a Spanish bistro in Valencia. What brought him back to Alfreton was that he had a cup of tea with his meal instead of a glass of San Miguel.
Lunch is served from 11.30 to 2.30 and offers a vast array of fresh sandwiches and panini’s filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese, chives, brie and cranberry and chicken BLT all served with a crisp green salad and homemade coleslaw from £3.95. All the sandwiches are available to order and collect.
M.A.D.E@No.18 is not just a cafe. It’s a ‘bohemian’ mix of art, crafts and good food, as you can judge from the cafe’s decoration. They hold a number of different classes and events, from creative writing classes, book weeks, music workshops and numerous themed bistro nights. It’s advisable to check their website for details of when these events are on. Or why not pop into the cafe and have a chat with the staff.