Monton road, the New Chorlton for the over 40s. I found myself here, on the hottest day of the year 2013. I ordered at the counter and sat beside the door and waited too long for my Americano. Something caught my eye on my right, a baby crawled past, wearing nought but a nappy. The mother hollering (from her table) for the baby not to go too far, as it was busy main road outside. I half expected the baby to stand up, put its hands on its hips and reply, "It's ok Mother, I know my Green Cross Code". Just as the baby was about to make an escape Mum scooped him up and ran back to her table.
The coffee was very strong and flavoursome, I enjoyed it, even in 80 degree heat. As I sipped I heard a woman cackling like a magpie. Her “laughter” startled me so much, I turned around, I spotted her at a table towards the back of the shop, throwing her head back in mirth. After tipping the last drop of coffee in, I peeled myself from my seat and asked a passing waitress what kind of coffee they served, her answer went thus;
“Do you know what, loads of 'em 'av bin tellin' me that this mornin'", she did a quick body shake, shoulders then hips, and said, "I'm thinkin' it's the way a meck it" As she said this she threw her right arm out to the side of her body. It was more Nellie Pledge than Beyonce.
As I overheard a woman’s voice pleading, “Say bye bye to Grandma and Grandad”, a serious looking woman then appeared from the kitchen and told me that, obviously, they had their own name on the packets of coffee. She pointed to where they were on the nearby shelf. Nellie Pledge was no where to be seen.
I still really don’t know what kind of coffee they serve.
I much recommend Selo Deli, I implore you to take yourself there the next time you find yourself on Monton Road.