Review: TJ’s Cafe, Madeley

Saturday 20th October 2012 – a fantastic sunny day in Wellington, so why I am I driving down to misty, mizzly, drizzly Madeley on a non-work day? And at 8.30am!

Because I’ve heard that the building abandoned by the Natwest bank in Russell Square some months ago is about to become Madeley’s new centrally located cafe. I’m a bit sceptical to be honest – I looked in the week and it still looked like an abandoned bank.

Even so, I could be getting some healthy exercise on the nearby Wrekin. I could be marching in London, wouldn’t be the first time. Or, given that is is 8.30am, I could well be enjoying a nice lie-in.

This is a big deal, though, for Madeley which is pretty much my 2nd home in Telford. It will never compete with Wellington in terms of shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and especially market, but it’s struggling back to life after years in the doldrums, with a spruced up centre replacing the miserable, neglected 60s monstrosity that was there before – even if a new Tescos isn’t everyone’s idea of shopping heaven and I hope charity shops and bookies stop at two each.

The one thing everyone agreed was badly needed was a cafe. There’s already a popular snack-van (Little Kitchen) on market days and a Greggs, but we really needed a sit-down cafe.

 

TJs Cafe, Russell Square, Madeley
TJs Cafe, Russell Square, Madeley

So, TJs. The bank has indeed been transformed inside, even if the frontage and signage have yet to be sorted out, there’s still a bunged up hole where the cash machine was, and a few bits of décor inside still need tidying up. I wouldn’t grumble about any of that though, knowing the proprietors have worked their socks off to open on time and the first hour or so of a new venture isn’t really a fair time to pass judgement.

What TJs does have is cheerful, enthusiastic (if still mildly panicked) staff; a clean, bright open kitchen, nice furniture and a decent if fairly basic menu, supplemented by a choice of home-made scones, cakes and very tempting cup-cakes – it was bit early for cake though, even for me.

I’d say the style is ‘typical market caff’ and none the worse for that. Traditional English breakfasts, burgers, pies, sausages, chips – a bit light on the salads and veggie offerings, but if the demand is there I’m sure they’ll respond (and it is the first day!)

They certainly can’t be faulted on value – I had scrambled eggs, two huge thick slices of well-buttered toast and a mug of excellent coffee – all for £2.30.

All in all an excellent start – I’ll be back in a month or two to see how they are getting on, and in the meantime I hope TJs gets the support it deserves.

TJ’s Cafe,
1 Russell Square,
Madeley
Telford
TF7 5BB

Phone 07771 997 419

Open 7am – 5pm Monday – Saturday

7am – 1pm Sundays

Kath Howard

9 thoughts on “Review: TJ’s Cafe, Madeley

  • October 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm
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    I’ve been told the bacon sarnies are excellent 🙂

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  • November 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm
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    Lunch from TJ’s today – one very substantial bacon, egg, sausage sandwich I’m told was excellent, one cheese salad sandwich, £4.70. Bargain!

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  • November 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm
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    brillent breakfast’s / moccoh coffees and hot dogs excellent service on saturday morning my family grabbed a real bargain and treat going back for lunch on thursday brillent idea just what madeley needed and far cheaper and better quarity and service then the little kitchen who are way too pricey only care about the tea drinking o/a/ps no no ofence but all customers should count not just those who have the time to sit /smoke and gussle tea allday by the way do/nt think its right that they are right out side tjj on a tuesday move them to a nother place please please please looking forward to madeley xmas lights really enjoyed green day well done madeley parish council

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  • November 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm
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    Thanks for all the nice comments from treena and steve if there some u want and not on menu just ask and we will try and sort it

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  • July 31, 2014 at 2:24 pm
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    The best Breakfast in Telford by a country mile. Great atmosphere, great food, great place!

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  • May 28, 2015 at 5:36 pm
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    best cafe ever food very good some where to meet up for thoose who dont see any one for days its nice for the old to sit out side and chat nothing wrong with that they have cupper and chat its not nice when your on your own and dont see any one for days best cafe around

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  • October 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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    Have been using this cafe for a few weeks for breakfasts and snacks and now they have started doing a Sunday lunch that as well food is great service is excellent will continue to use them and would highly recommend that you try them

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  • November 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm
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    Yes you’d be hard pressed to find a better cafe anywhere! I have had quite a number of their all-day-breakfasts and I’ve never ever had a complaint. They couldn’t have thought of a better name for the cafe either. (Note my name below) Lol

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