Humblest of pleasures- Café Review
It’s so amazing to see that the number of independent vegan businesses has risen dramatically in the past year alone. It seems like every day there's a news article about a new plant-based café, shop or restaurant opening somewhere in the world!
I have been to my fair share around the UK, but one in particular has become a favourite place of mine whenever I am in the stunning surroundings of West Yorkshire.
Humblest Of Pleasures was opened in the summer of 2017 by Katie Hartley in the lovely market town of Hebden Bridge, which actually has several vegan friendly shops. With a name inspired from a song by the US band, Turnover, the 100% vegan café is a delightful little place that offers a selection of delicious breakfasts, main dishes, light bites, cakes and a wide range of hot beverages.
I have been many times and occasionally taken my boyfriend's husky, Tomsk along as the place is dog-friendly. Yay! The décor is vibrant and cosy with pink finishes, including their name in stylish neon in the window and cute handmade banners with mottos like “Friends Not Food”.
At the counter area, there are always several yummy, homemade cakes and bakes to choose from to go with a cuppa. And you can even choose your own mug from an amazing selection on the wall.
The Breakfast Menu includes dishes like the Full English, Pancakes topped with facon, Waffles and Avocado on Toast.
The large Full English (which I’ve devoured several times!) comes with a FREE tea or coffee and includes sausage, facon, scrambled tofu, hash browns, mushrooms, tomato, avocado beans AND toast. For £7.95 I think that's more than reasonable!
The Mains Menu features a BBQ Jackfruit bun, a Cajun Sweet Potato Burger, Mac & Cheese, a Loaded Chilli Jacket and a NEW “Kebab” Style Loaded Flatbread.
A couple of tried and tested favourites for me are the Mac & Cheese and Loaded Chilli Jacket. Both are hugely satisfying and good-sized portions which keep me going for hours!
Recent additions like the Cajun Sweet Potato Burger and “Kebab” Style Loaded Flatbread feel more indulgent. The burger is a huge, juicy & delicious mess with avocado, facon and a big ol’ blob of peanut sauce! And the flatbread’s braised tofu topping has the flavours of the Middle East, with a raita type dip of yoghurt, mint and cucumber.
I’m yet to try something from the Sandwich or Light Bites Menu, mainly because I’m greedy and/or I usually turn up ravenous haha. But they have options like the Gimme Pizza sandwich filled with “chorizo”, chease & roasted red pepper, and PB & J Time! – A spin on the classic US snack with peanut butter, jam, raspberries and bananas.
The Drinks Menu is extensive with a selection of cold canned drinks, various herbal, fruit and leaf teas, coffees and an Oatly hot chocolate with soy whip cream and marshmallows…Mmm!
You can have any hot drink with your choice of plant milk. I usually opt for either their beetroot or turmeric latte with oat milk.
I almost forgot to mention that they also now sell four flavours of Leeds-based company, Northern Bloc’s delicious vegan ice cream. You can get it to takeaway or have it with your pancakes or waffles. YUM!
You can also purchase some cute vegan accessories in the café or on their Big Cartel page like their “Facon Forever” tote bags, stickers or pins (whilst stocks last).
They also recently worked with local designer Beth Crossley (Insta: @_sewintoyou_) on a limited number of beautiful hand-embroidered tops with the words “vegan for the animals” on them. Get one before they’re gone!
I love this café because of its warm, friendly atmosphere and delicious, reasonably priced vegan delights. And every time I visit, I get to pet a lovely pooch before I have lunch. What’s not to like?
Thanks for reading!