What was once a vision, is now a reality. The grand opening of our well awaited and highly anticipated café, Lu’s Place is upon us with Thursday 31st March marking the date we open the doors to the public for the very first time.

Lu’s Place is an all-new contemporary café surrounded by natural beauty situated on the edge of Honley woods, nestled in the Holme valley with the picturesque Meltham Mills Reservoir just a stone’s throw away. Complete with a heated glasshouse with retractable roof and sound system, VIP pod, swing benches and an open terrace, Lu’s Place is the perfect venue to meet, eat and relax.

Our owner, Dan, had a vision to dedicate an animal-friendly café to his mum Lucy, who has a passion for the countryside, animals and her own farm is home to horses, goats, swans, a cockatoo and even wallabies! Everything from the name to the giraffe branding has been inspired by none other than Lucy herself.

Planning for the site was granted in 2019 and with a contemporary concept in mind, the groundworks began in 2020 just before the global pandemic hit. As we all know and experienced, along with the covid pandemic came significant disruption, delays, and implementations to the lives of everyone off the back of government guidance. This meant that a number of setbacks were encountered throughout the build with building material availability being at the forefront of our delay.

We would like to take the time to thank all the contractors that have been involved for persevering in bringing Lu’s Place to life over the last couple of years, we really could not have done it without you.

The venue incorporates an industrial yet stylish aesthetic that welcomes all walkers, cyclists, children, well-behaved dogs, horse riders and even horses thanks to our hitching post and pen out the front!

We are committed to sustainability and will strive to be eco conscious. With solar panels installed on our roof, EV chargers in our carpark, biodegradable takeaway packaging and locally sourced produce, we are making a conscious effort to be green, reduce waste and make a positive environmental impact.

Using locally sourced produce from some of Huddersfield’s best known local businesses we have created a mouth-watering menu, whether you want to stay for a Grumpy Mule coffee, roasted just down the road, or buy a Dixons ice cream to take away, we offer a casual and relaxed environment in the heart of the stunning Yorkshire countryside.

We will be offering our breakfast menu served until 11.45am that contains a traditional full English with Hinchcliffe’s bacon and sausage, toasted sourdough with crushed avocado or a selection of American pancakes. Our lunch menu will feature options from hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, and pizzas, to deli, snacks, and sweet treats. We are committed to catering for everyone so rest assured, we will also have a kid’s menu to hand! Our main menu will feature a number of Vegan (V) and Gluten Free (GF) friendly options – not forgetting your four-legged friends with a dedicated menu of dog-friendly treats including our very own puppuccino!

When it comes to dining in, you can order at the counter, scan the QR code located on your table to browse the menu, place, and pay for your order or alternatively, a member of our friendly team can offer table service. Please note we are a cashless venue.

A takeout service will be available for those on the go or working at Meltham Mills and the local area. Takeout orders can be made in advance for collection at your desired time via our website by clicking the ‘Order Now’ button which will divert customers to our menus via Yoello. Alternatively, feel free to pop in and order at the counter.

We have partnered with ResDiary for all our reservation bookings accessible on our website We welcome walk-ins but to avoid disappointment at peak periods, we encourage you to make a reservation where possible.

With a retractable roof and Sonos music system, our glasshouse is the perfect local sun-spot to catch some rays and relax after a day outdoors in Honley Woods or around Meltham Mills Reservoir.  And for the Winter months when the sun is hiding away, the glasshouse is heated to keep you toasty and warm.

Our VIP pod is perfect for special celebrations, or just to add some style to your regular catch-up! With space for up to 8 people, full heating and 365-degree views, our pod truly will make you feel like a VIP. With built-in Bluetooth, you can create your very own party-vibe and pick all your own tunes.

Surrounded by nature, Lu’s is the perfect rest-stop for your hike, cycle, or horse-ride, and we cater with all of you in mind. Our cycle shelter, currently being installed, offers a base for cyclists to safely secure their bikes, and our horse pen is available for riders to hitch their horses to when they pop in for a warm drink. And for the hikers among you, we even have a boot-washing station for your muddy boots!

The team will be on hand for all exclusive event bookings, whether that be for a birthday party or baby shower. Lu’s Place will have maximum capacity for up-to 100 guests.

For all those who are in receipt of a Lu’s Place gift voucher, please note these can only be redeemed by using the Yoello order and pay app. To purchase gift vouchers please visit our website

So, save the date – we can’t wait to welcome you through our doors!

Officially open from Thursday 31st March at 09:00am 

Lu’s Place, Unit Q1, Gate 1, Meltham Mills, Holmfirth, HD9 4DS | 01484 850050 |

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