A Yorkshire Brunch
I’ve worked in Leeds city centre for two years now, meaning I have done my fair share of exploring food establishments on a lunchtime. A repercussion of this is that I have developed a lunchtime definition of what I am looking for; Somewhere that is close enough to go within an hour and take out some seriously delicious food.
One place which is usually my lunchtime treat is if-coffee bar, which is located on Call Lane, literally 5 minutes from where I work. With a wide range of lunch takeout options; grilled sandwiches, cold sandwiches (that are freshly made and always presented on the counter), salads and even scotch eggs & sausage rolls – this is an awesome place to grab a quick bite to eat! A classic ‘Charlie Gill’ choice would be the mozzarella, pesto, chicken and sun blushed tomato sandwich in a granary loaf, with their scrumptious white chocolate raspberry slice for pudding!
With a free Saturday morning there were two things on our to-do-list; a lie in and get brunch in our bellies! So my boyfriend and I made our way to if-coffee very excited to try the breakfast/brunch menu they had to offer.
The set up of the cafe is so quaint, shrubbery on the entrance to the coffee shop with welcoming window seats inviting people in. The sight of cakes is where my eyes took me first, from peanut butter brownies to a coconut, pistachio & cherry cake; all beautifully displayed in a glass cabinet based on where you go up to order your food. These cakes are in fact all baked in house, which means they come straight out the oven and onto your plate! As the front of the cafe has massive windows, the light that beams into the room is just stunning giving the whole place a lovely fresh feel.
We got the best seats in the house, right by the window (great for fellow food photographers like myself!) and were given the breakfast/brunch menu. They have a great selection of dishes for this time of day, some which are more breakfast focused i.e. Porridge with honey and seeds, or berry compote, and then some great brunch alternatives such as their Scrambled Tofu with tomatoes, garlic, spinach, mushrooms with soy sauce and lemon on sour dough toast.
Both of us were feeling rather ravenous so Luke went for smoothie of the week, which was Kale, Spinach and Mango, alongside the ‘Breakfast Burrito‘. The burrito was a flour tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, hash browns, spring onions, cheddar, and bacon served with a tomato salsa. An inventive twist on a breakfast Luke concluded for this tasty burrito, and the smoothie was super refreshing! A neatly presented dish, with the burrito sliced to allows the yummy contents to be admired, accompanied by the salsa and salad.
On the other side of the table I went for a full on ‘Yorkshire Breakfast‘, which was eggs (‘How you like ’em – I went for poached), Yorkshire sausage and bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, hash browns and a toast of my choice (Went for sourdough), to go along with my peppermint tea. Just wow! I can sometimes become slightly overphased with the size of a full English but this was just right for me! The bacon was perfect, so meaty, not smoked, and not too crispy – just the way I like it! The sausages were fantastic, the poaches eggs once popped just oozed out, perfect dipping material for my big slabs of yummy sourdough toast coated in golden butter… Yum. One of the best English breakfasts I have ever had the pleasure of eating!
Being a Yorkshire lass myself I really liked the fact that both the meats (most important part of the dish) were from the area. Gives the sense that the cafe is proud of it’s roots, by focusing on helping local producers. So if you are ever next in Leeds, wandering with a hungry belly, get yourself onto call lane and visit the if-coffee bar. With super friendly staff, a chilled atmosphere, and a fantastic brunch menu, you will be in for a good un’!
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Thank you so much to if-coffee for inviting me to brunch.