Eat at 'Tide' with Sam Lomas
'Tide' is Halen Môn's cafe venture that was set up with Sam Lomas, the exciting, young chef who treasures British seasonal ingredients. Sam's culinary journey so far has taken him from the rolling hills of Dorset to the wild, windy lands of Anglesey, North Wales. Read about Sam's journey, his love for cafes and the inspiration behind 'Tide'.
Growing up as a family we used to go a very wholesome walk every Sunday morning. And my reward for enduring cold and windy hike up a moor in the Peak District would be a trip to a little cafe where I could maybe get a hot chocolate or piece of cake. It’s fair to say that my appreciation of the medium of the cafe was mostly as a result of youthful greed.
And having worked in the hospitality industry over the last six years that appreciation has only grown. Cafes are really public spaces in an age where public spaces are diminishing. If they are done right, there should be something for everyone in a cafe. A place to get some life admin done over a coffee, somewhere to have a hungover breakfast with some friends or enjoy catch up lunch with your mum. A cafe can effortlessly do all of these things in a way a pub, restaurant or bar simply cannot.
I really love the idea of these special places in communities all over the world that can give people a little boost in their days as they sip a delicious coffee or eat an indulgent piece of cake.
My background as a chef was formed by my time at River Cottage HQ with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. I learned absolutely loads from my time there, from whole carcass butchery to which edible flowers to cook with, but last year I knew I was ready to take on a project of my own and that project was always going to be opening a cafe.
That cafe was opened with Halen Môn, The Anglesey Sea Salt Company this April. Called Tide, it is an outdoor cafe that looks out over the Menai Straits towards beautiful Snowdonia with seating inside a huge tipi with a wood burning stove.
The aim behind the cafe and the food served in the cafe is to reflect and celebrate the surroundings in a contemporary way. We cook a short and purposeful menu based on local and mostly homegrown ingredients with a selection of really tasty cake selection and delicious Coaltown coffee.
Photo by Jamie Chapman
Eat at Tide with Sam Lomas
Words by Sam Lomas | TIDE / LLANW