ANYONE who knows me will know that I am one of the biggest fans of Christmas there has ever been.
It doesn’t bother me if the shops are filled with festive produce months in advance of the big day.
My wife Margaret is the same and when we decided to go looking for a new Christmas tree (yes, in October) we plumped for a place where we could enjoy a bite to eat at the same time.
I had never been to The Range before but was impressed as soon as I walked through the door.
The coffee shop area might be small and compact but it has everything you would want for a pleasant adjournment from the main business of the day – festive shopping.
But there was more good news. The seating area for this eaterie is right next to the aisles where row upon row of Christmas produce adorn the shelves. Result.
It was still quite early in the day so we decided to go for a late breakfast.
I plumped for a sausage muffin bun and the staff certainly did not skimp on the portions.
There were three sausages packed into the bun and they tasted great as well inside an equally sizeable muffin.
Margaret decided on a bacon muffin and said the taste was really good.
We washed it all down with a pot of tea for one, for Margaret, and a large Americano coffee for myself.
The muffins were £1.95 each while the pot of tea was £1.25, and the large Americano £2.10, making for a very respectable total of £7.25.
It put us in perfect mood to continue the festive bargain hunting and we’ll be back before Yuletide for more of the same.
The Range Coffee Shop, Tees Bay Retail Park, Brenda Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1XH.