Review by Slackboy (24th June 2008)
Cafe Artisan has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, great coffee and tasty well priced selection of sandwiches, paninis, and larger meals.
Its also kid friendly, with a good healthy choice of sandwiches & salad (not listed on the menu) and toys/books to keep them occupied.
Review by Dan & Gem (11th April 2008)
This is very friendly & trendy bar only 2 mins walk from Bank street Rawtentall. There is a great selection of beers including draft Peroni & a selection of nice organic wines.
The decor is cool and the ambience is perfect, there is also a great choice of delicious bar snacks too.
The Comedy nights are the highlight with top class stand-up action from the countries best.
Cheers guys and good luck - Dan & Gem.
Review by N Mclean (5th June 2007)
By far the best bar in Rawtenstall - once inside, you would think you were in an upper-class, trendy Manchester establishment. The drinks are a little bit more pricey than the usual "run-of-the-mill" watering holes in the town, but this is far in excess of "run-of-the-mill" and well worth paying the extra money for. However, when compared with similar type venues in other, larger towns and cities, the prices appear average. The food is great too, with a good selection - the wedges and dips are my top tip! The atmosphere is fantastic - there is a great vibe about the place. The music is loud, but not too loud so that you cannot hold a conversation. There is comfortable seating too, which is just a great bonus and helps you to relax. On summer days, when the sun is cracking the flags, there are numerous tables to the front of the bar - actually outside on a small patio area - the perfect place to sit with a chilled bottle of wine or a cold beer on a hot summers evening. The staff are always very accommodating, and not once have they attempted to hurry us out the door after having consumed food and drinks. The staff are always friendly and chatting - despite being (usually) run off their feet. Overall, the best place in town!
Review by Lizziechick (22nd February 2007)
This lovely bar with mezzanine has turned around the fortunes of those of us that want a bit of chilled out space in town. The couple who run it are great, the staff are friendly and the choice of drinks really good. Tim makes all his own shots, the chilli one being the best. Food is good, even for veggies and there is rumour of great value organic wines on the menu for Spring. Check out the comedy night once a month for some top laughs too.
Review by Natalie (19th January 2007)
How refreshing to stumble across such an inviting eatery, which manages to achieve an effortless balance of cool overtones, excellent fresh food, welcoming staff and a reassuring lack of pretension. I firmly recommend this to fellow discerning customers in search of the perfect cafe bar.
Review by Fiona Stead (5th July 2006)
A real gem! Lovely interior, very friendly, helpful staff. Menu has lots of choices all of which sound so tempting it was hard to know what to pick. The food is really fresh and the ingredients are the quality you would buy for yourself and family, rather than the cheaper catering alternatives which so many places serve up. I would recommend with confidence to anyone.
Review by Chris Reid (8th June 2006)
Now reopened and under new management, Cafe Artisan is a hidden gem in Rawtenstall. Just what the area needs, a good down to earth menu in relaxed, contemporary environment. Good wine list and an excellent German draft pilsner!!