There are all kinds of classic car venues, from museums to auction houses. Classic car cafes are another example, and one of the most promising is the Oil Can Cafe located in Holmfirth. Found within Carding Shed, the venue is the home of all manner of classic vehicles and memorabilia.
The business was formerly based in Dobroyd Mills in Hepworth, though it was thought a move to West Yorkshire would be for the best. The Oil Can Cafe is run by the Kellet family, with brothers James and Ben taking over from their mum and dad. The site contains a restoration workshop, car exhibits and a vintage clothes shop.
The Kellets are eager to invite people from Saddleworth, as explained by Ben. “Saddleworth is not so far away and once people visit us they will see we are more than just a cafe. We’re not saying it’s a full day out but there is plenty for people to see, have a wander and enjoy something to eat and drink at the same time.”
“Our main business though is the classic car restoration garage where we restore old cars all owned by our customers. We also probably do four full restorations a year. We do modern cars as well but specialise in vintage cars, mainly from the ‘50s and ‘60s.”
A lot of the cars have been donated, adding to the prestige of Carding Shed. Ben added “my dad has collected a lot of memorabilia for 20 years. We also get a lot donated, whether it be old signs, old number plates or cans. The fact they can now be displayed on a wall for others to see is quite appealing.”
The range of activities at the Carding Shed makes it an ideal place to visit for a classic car enthusiast. The Kellets are passionate about bringing people with similar interests together. With around 100,000 annual visitors, the venue isn’t lacking for attention, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
Admission is free and Carding Shed is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information you can go to the official website.