For several months there has been much excitement in Bramhall, Stockport as the former location of Caro Boutique has been boarded up – following Caro’s closure in early 2023 – amid signs that the former clothes shopping was being refurbished. In late October 2023, signs appeared on the store front, suggesting a ‘Cafe Valentino’ would be opening, but little else was known about it.
It was with great fanfare therefore that it opened its doors on the weekend of ‘Light Up Bramhall’ and we were delighted to be one of the first to try this exciting new addition to the lively and diverse eating options in Bramhall and have published what is possibly the first exclusive online review of this new cafe.
We absolutely loved our breakfast in Cafe Valentino. Read on to find out why, along with our main criticism (hint: it’s that it’s just not big enough) along with some helpful tips for visiting.
Key Features of Cafe Valentino
Cafe Valentino is located on the main Bramhall high street – Bramhall Lane South – in between the Crown and Conspirator and Fades Master Barbers.
I caught up with Arash – the young owner of Cafe Valentino – and he was telling me how he was hoping to bring something different to the Bramhall food scene and he certainly has. When it comes to the food, you won’t find the typical English breakfasts, cakes and flapjacks, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine or pub food that you may expect in other local eateries such as Turquoise, Juniper or the Nook and Broom. Arash (and his mum) have really focussed on bread, bakery and pastries. They also have plans to refresh the menu frequently so that you don’t get bored or go elsewhere for other food options.
For the interior design, they’ve opted for a modern feel with sleek, streamlined ‘Scandi inspired’ furniture, dark bold colours with exposed brickwork, bright neon lights and plenty of houseplants!
The cafe is relatively small, especially in comparison to other cafes in the area – smaller even than Juniper, prior to its refurbishment – and this is our only one worry. The cafe will be popular, and it will be difficult to get a table!
Diverse Menu Offerings
Arash and his mum (who does all the baking) are focussing their attention on bread and pastries. All of the bakery is done freshly offsite and then brought into the cafe.
I went for a Falafel Focaccia which was served with a delicious tahini dressing, gherkins and tomatoes along with a homemade coleslaw. Marnie went for a cream cheese and smoked salmon bagel.
We also decided to take advantage of the lovely sweet pastries and took away a Polish Poppy Seed Roll. To drink, Marnie had a soy milk flat white, whilst I opted for my usual black americano. Like the food, the coffees were delicious!
When it came to pay, we were pleasantly surprised at what good value the breakfast came to! Less than £25 for the food and drink! If this were at most other cafes in the local area, we’d easily have been paying more than £30!
So What Sets Cafe Valentino Apart?
Cafe Valentino, effortlessly stands out in the bustling Bramhall food scene. It’s the brainchild of Arash and his mum, who have infused the cafe with a unique culinary ethos that shuns the typical – no standard English breakfasts or familiar Turkish and Middle Eastern fare here. Instead, they’ve put a spotlight on bread, pastries, and bakery delights, all freshly crafted offsite and brought in to tantalise your taste buds.
It’s not just about the food; the cafe’s interior is a modern marvel. And while the cafe’s cozy dimensions might raise concerns about snagging a table, this intimacy only adds to its charm, offering a personal and snug atmosphere that larger cafes can’t replicate.
But it’s not just the ambiance that sets Cafe Valentino apart. Arash and his mum are culinary magicians, turning simple ingredients into extraordinary experiences. Take the Falafel Focaccia, for example, a delightful ensemble of flavours accompanied by a homemade tahini dressing.
And when it’s time to settle the bill, the value for money is a pleasant surprise – high-quality fare at prices that don’t break the bank, a rarity in today’s market.
In a nutshell, Cafe Valentino is more than just a cafe; it’s a culinary adventure, offering a unique blend of flavours, style, and comfort that you simply won’t find anywhere else in Bramhall.
Location and Contact
📍22 Bramhall Ln S, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 1AF
📞 0161 383 6234
- Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00
- Saturday 09:00 – 17:30
- Sunday 10:00 – 16:00
Where Can I Park?
We’re assuming most people will be coming by car, and not cycling to Bramhall!
Cafe Valentino is located centrally within Bramhall. There are an abundance of carparks located nearby. The closest is the Village Precinct Car Park which is run by Stockport Council. It is relatively small, with only 81 spaces and the spaces are quite tight.
Especially if you come late on a Saturday afternoon you may find that you struggle to get parked. If that’s the case, then you can easily park in Meadway Car Park East located a few minutes walk up from the restaurant and has plenty of wide spaces.
At both car parks expect to pay approximately 30p per hour; however parking is free after 18:00 and on a Sunday!