I gotta say, I’m a North Leeds gal. I’ve been up this way for most of my Leeds life now and it’s only very recently (read last 2 weeks) that I’ve started exploring south of the river. I’ve popped into Slung Low a few times and had a pint at the Midnight Bell but I’ve not looked around much beyond that… I got my bum into gear though because there’s gonna be a whole load of redevelopment happening (South Bank Leeds) and apparently it’ll soon be the city’s newest hot spot. Plus there’s a few gems already, like Sheaf Street Cafeteria.
Sheaf Street Cafeteria has been around for 18 months or so now and is on a fairly unassuming street just a few mins walk from The Tetley; at the back of the building is co working space run by Duke Studios and up front there’s a cafe with food by Grub & Grog. P and I visited on a Saturday morning and although it was pretty busy we managed to get a seat straight away.
The space is open and bright with lots of exposed brick and stripped wood, warm touches come from pops of colour dotted around the interior – a very pleasant place to while a few hours away. After a rather hectic morning caffeine was much needed and we ordered a coffee each; a Cappuccino for him (£2.60) and a Flat White for me (£2.20) which both packed a strong punch – damn good coffee.
We visited around midday so the lunch menu had started and the breakfast one was still on; P went for the Organic Meat Hash (£7) from the breakfast, I had the Spiced Beetroot Salad (£5) from the lunch and we shared a side of Crumpets with Jam (£2.50).
P’s Meat Hash was a triumph; really delicious and filling. The homemade brown sauce was the right balance of sweet with a bit of spice cutting through the rich meat hash. Proper, proper comfort food.
My salad was just what I needed after a few days of unhealthy eating and boozing. A mixture of beetroot, pickled apple and seeds – I could taste a bit of aniseed (maybe fennel seeds) which was delicious. The perfect winter salad – I’ll definitely try and recreate it myself. It felt wholesome and healthy but still comforting on a cold January day.
The crumpets were the unexpected star though (order them and you’ll never look back). Buttery, doughy delicious homemade crumpets smothered with jam. P and I have already mentioned them to each other at least 27 times and we only visited on Saturday. They are an absolute must for your breakfast, brunch or lunch ‘pudding’.
Sheaf Street Cafeteria is definitely now up there with my favourite places to brunch in Leeds (along with rulers of the crumpet). I spotted a poster for their Sunday Roasts which I’ll be checking out (I’ll try and blog it), I can already tell I’ll be spending a lot more time in Sheaf Street Cafeteria…
p.s. There’s parking on the street which is only a quid or two and free on a Sunday if you’re a lazy bones like me.