Saturday, 8 August 2015

LS6 Cafe a.ka. The Clock Cafe - Hyde Park, Leeds

One rainy day in July D and I found ourselves in Hyde park after a day of junk shop routing and vintage hunting. We were headed for Retro Boutique however our bellies were rumbling so we decided a spot of lunch was needed first. I poked my head in to an old favourite, Cafetiere, it looks exactly the same as when I was a student and when I first blogged about it and I felt that it was starting to look a bit tired and it really wasn't inspiring me to eat in there. 

We walked across the road to LS6, or the clock cafe as it is also know to check out their menu, another place I haven't eaten in since, I think, just after graduation. LS6 have definitely had a revamp since I was a student and are keeping up with the times with reclaimed furniture, craft ales on tap and avocados on the brunch menu. Thankfully they have kept the clocks.

Have they always had a roof terrace?

With it being outside of University term time it was fairly quiet, we didn't have to wait for a seat and we were seated in plenty of space.

We greeted by a guy with a beard who was incredibly friendly and polite, he handed us menus and came back shortly afterwards for our drinks order. D was surprised by how cheap the options were and that breakfast and brunch was being served until 4pm... The advantages of student areas!

I spotted the coffee machine behind the bar which looked of reasonable quality so decided to order a latte. D ordered a diet coke. The latte was of standard quality nothing much to shout about.

In terms of the food... well I ummmed and ahhhhed over the 'Yorkshire' breakfast, however having had one only a few days ago I decided to have something different. Still wanting something brunch like (and perhaps a bit more healthy) I opted for the Huevos Rancheros with added chorizo (probably taking that healthy element away).

D clearly can't get enough of cooked breakfasts as he ordered the Yorkshire breakfast, although I'm struggling to see what makes it so Yorkshire?  Are the ingredients sourced in Yorkshire? Or is it because this is typical of what a cooked breakfast looks like in Yorkshire?  Or could it just be a gimmick for all the students who are from outside of Yorkshire. There's no explanation on the menu so I'm left in the dark with that one.

D's breakfast (£6) came with a fried egg, light rye bread toast, a hash brown, prime shoulder pork sausage, back bacon and baked beans. The breakfast also comes with garlic and herb mushrooms as standard but D asked if this could be substituted for something else, they weren't present when he received his breakfast but there wasn't any additions either.

Also on the menu is the 'Mammoth breakfast' which is twice the size of the one above, but not twice the price at only £9.

My Huevos Rancheros came with 2 fried eggs, tortilla, Mexican style beans (kidney and butter beans in a spicy tomato sauce), guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo (salsa)  and the added chorizo as an extra £7 (£6 without the chorizo).

D ate his breakfast in no time at all. I carefully ate mine trying to get the best mouthful possible with all manner of different combinations. A fork full of egg, chorizo, beans, guacamole, sour cream and salsa is a difficult task. It was incredibly filling and I felt immensely satisfied afterwards. I also noted that I was glad that the chorizo was of decent quality and didn't spoil the rest of the dish with grease.

The atmosphere in the cafe was really relaxed, with the light shining in through the windows, the cheery staff and the scattering of local publications it felt like my kind of place. I can't vouch that it will be the same in term time, as I expect it might be a little busier and noisier but out of term it was the perfect spot for lunch.

I'd definitely return to LS6 Cafe the next time I find myself in the area.

LS6 Cafe  Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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