The Green Wood Café is just outside of Ironbridge, in the Green Wood Centre. If you’re in Ironbridge to see the famous bridge, the café is a short, pretty walk along the river, and well worth getting off the main tourist street.
The coffee shop is family-run, with an eco-friendly ethos, serving great coffee and vegetarian and vegan food. There’s also a micro-shop on site, and a pop-up shop from queen of plant mums, Loam.
Green Wood have two parent brands; Coffee With Soul and Gorge Grub.
Coffee With Soul takes care of the coffee served in the café. The drinks menu is made up of the usual coffee suspects, with a few interesting alternatives. I went for a Rose Flat White (£3.90), made with Oat milk, just because it sounded interesting! The flat white is infused with rose, with rose petals scattered on top. Pretty, and the rose gives the coffee a delicate flavour. I’m not sure it would replace a caramel latte for me, but it was a nice change. There are also soft drinks, hot chocolate, teas, and a few more interesting non-coffee options, including Spiced Apple (£2.60). Dave chose this and was very pleased. Think mulled cider without the booze.
Food at the café is handled by Gorge Grub. The daytime menu is all veggie, with lots of vegan options available too. Dave chose Kansas City Smokey Beans on Sourdough Toast (£6.20). This take on beans on toast is a generous portion, and the beans have a deep, smokey flavour. A great pick for brunch!
I had the Halloumi (HLT) (£6.70). You get loads of halloumi in this sandwich, packed into a grilled sourdough roll with lettuce, tomato, and garlic mayo. Plenty of cheese, and a filling lunch to fuel up for more exploring.
There’s also a large range of cakes. We found a corner for the Gingerbread Latte cake (£3), and the Dark Cherry and Marzipan (£2.80). Both were enormous slabs and bloody tasty.
The café is set in gorgeous woodland, with tables spread around a pretty garden. Some of the tables are undercover and hung with fairy lights, so you can shelter from any bad weather but still enjoy the plants. The staff are friendly, and the atmosphere is relaxed and peaceful. It was well worth the walk to escape the crowds.
At the time of writing, Green Wood Café is following all government guidelines. Tables are outside, and you are required to check in on arrival. Tables are well spread out, staff are masked, and orders are handled via QR code to minimise contact.
Nope, just turn up. There were plenty of tables available on a Saturday lunchtime when we visited.
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