Friday, 5 July 2013

Sunshine Bakery: Chapel Allerton Leeds

Now I'm on maternity I have entered the realm of 'ladies what do lunch' and my friend was keen to try out the Sunshine Bakery. It's really cute and bijous - we had to leave the pram outside. They now have a terrace and so on a day like today (28 in Otley!) it would be great. It is inspired by a Parisian bakery and so is decorated in lots of opulent pinks - so my friends' little girl blended in well!
I have blogged about it before here and had a deliciously light and fruity strawberry cupcake before - but this time opted for the cookie cupcake above. It had cookie pieces in the chocolate sponge, chocolate ganache and strawberry ganache topped with cookie crumbs and a piece of home made cookie. David, the owner and main baker, won best cupcakes of the year and says his secret is ground almonds to replace some of the flour to keep the sponge light.
I am always impressed by the reasonable prices too - they had giant cookies for a £1, delicious brownies for £1.50 and cupcakes for £1.75. This is such good value compared to the cupcakeries in London that offer dry and quite average cupcakes in excess of £3!
We only went for afternoon tea and so have yet to try the sandwiches or award winning sausage rolls and pastries - but there were plenty of customers popping in for savories too. Their website includes their full menu and address etc.

I love that as well as tea (last time I tried the hibiscus tea and it was lovely) they also have classy soft drinks like Fenimans. I adore the Rose Lemonade with ice - so refreshing.
We both got some brownies to take-away with us - the two choices were crunchie or malteaser flavour. I got one of each and shared them with my OH in the evening and they were fudgy and delicious.

  • some of the best baked goods in Leeds
  • reasonable prices for great quality ingredients
  • lovely terrace for sunny days
  • Burger clubs on Sundays and a good savory menu too
  • a great place to meet up with friends  
  • they also have stalls at local markets like the Kirkstall Deli market that I reviewed here

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market: Leeds

It's a Saturday in Leeds and the sun is out Leeds List tweeted about Kirkstall Deli Market and we decided this was a good place to check out. It is on from 12-3 on the last Saturday of every month - check out the website for more details.
I love markets with local fresh produce, but also cuisines from around the world and this is what we found here. 
 Canadian stall - just in time for Canadian Day!
 Yorkshire Pies
 Salts Bakery
 Stalls selling local produce from their allotments
 Plenty of tasters and free samples - this chipolata ketchup was seriously spicy but very tasty
 My husband's lunch of Nepalese curry from The Hungry Buddha
 My personal favourite stall - The Yummy Yank
 In the gorgeous surrounding of the Abbey
 Yummy brownies from the Yummy Yank (find her on twitter here: Lisa Gair @TheYummyYank)

 These slices with reeses pieces and oreo are the tastiest thing on her stall
 This is where I got my lunch - a sweet potato falafal wrap with hummus and taziki
The Hungry Buddha

We are definitely going again in July and I look forward to trying out some of the Mexican food then...