I wanted daily bread, so that's where I went...
In this job, I can sometimes wait two to six months for tables i'm keen to review. Other times I happen across good places to eat as i'm walking around. The joys of being a food writer!
It was a sunny autumn day out shopping in Leeds, it had been a busy day of walking and my companion and I were hankering after a spot of brunch. Inside the new Victoria Gate is "Le Pain Quotidien" or Daily Bread, a to-go bakery with an upstairs cafe.
The large and bright cafe looks out onto the two sides of the shopping arcade with generous bench seats overlooking the main entrance doors, a brilliant spot to work or people watch.
The menu has a great selection of teas, coffees, fruit juice and intriguing juice/smoothie/health drinks. There is an excellent lemon and spirulina drink that I can recommend whole heartedly. Baked items are outstanding, highlights being waffles and almond croissants.
In all this is a great little haven to escape the bustle of the shopping arcades and perfect for those that don't want the pretentiousness or drafts of the Harvey Nichols espresso bar in the next arcade.