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Noisette Bakehouse Opening!

The last year or so I’ve been following the progress of Sarah Mather’s Noisette Bakehouse and her Madeleine Express whilst they’ve been wooing the Leeds faithful with her award winning bakes. My first memories all came about after searching for gluten free goodies and low and behold they came to the rescue, culminating in meeting Sarah in November 2013 at Brigatte World Feast. Since then I’ve seen her and Madeleine trade at Kirkstall Abbey, Trinity Kitchen, Noonshine at Outlaws, Amazing Graze and other worthy events around Leeds. Her bakes are one of the main attractions when visiting Belgrave Music Hall‘s monthly Street Feast and Laynes Espresso (apart from the coffee of course), with a tour de force spread just perfect to have with your dose of caffeine. Sarah’s also showcased her skills and bakes at the Taste Of London Festival and wowed the judges to win YBF‘s prize for baking and had her desserts on the menu at Tate Modern!! 

The business which started off with Sarah’s Citroen H Van Madeleine taking her home baked goods on the road, it’s proved such a huge success they wanted a base to not only bake, but also sell their wares. So, after months of painstakingly developing their Bakehouse space in Robberttown Village, maybe 10 miles from Leeds city centre, their labour of love which was once a former hairdressers was now finally ready to open to the public. 

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A date of the 1st February was finally set and on a bitterly cold, crisp winter’s morning Noisette Bakehouse opened its doors to the world. I had a feeling it would be a busy one so planned to arrive just as the doors opened, luckily living a few miles away meant it didn’t take very long. As expected there was a warm welcome from a display of eye-poppingly beautiful baked goods and a rapturous hug from the intoxicating smell of buttery, sugary goodness!!! Sarah’s inspiration spans far and wide, using traditional baking techniques, she combines her creativity and innovative recipes with seasonal produce to conjure up everything a sweet tooth may desire!

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I’ll apologise from the start as I couldn’t help myself and took far too many photos, but they were hard to resist and I found it virtually impossible. Sorry they just don’t do them justice!!

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Madeleines!!!

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Blueberry and pecan Friands
Blueberry and pecan Friands

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Smoked paprika cornbread

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Morning cakes

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Locals from Roberttown Village and its neighbours popped in and walked away very happily with the choices, in particular one-time blogger Northern Writes who left with a bit of everything!!! Also Krag, one of the duo that is North Star Micro Roasters who also walked away with a number of goodies in tow.

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You’ll see all-time favourites such as *the* Salt Caramel Brownie, Popcorn Cookie Pop and of course Vanilla Madeleines, but as always some newbies on the menu – a Smoked Paprika Cornbread and Cheese & Rye Scones, maybe (probably) others too!

The Noisette Bakehouse team still have plans for the shop space now that the bake space is sorted, maybe a place where customers can enjoy locally roasted North Star coffee whilst leisurely grazing on their pick of the freshest bakes from the oven. Who knows? I’ll be waiting with bated breath to see the next chapter in their journey.

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The Bakehouse is open on weekends –

Saturdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sundays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Noisette Bakehouse

157 Roberttown Lane

WF15 7LE

http://noisettebakehouse.com

Street Feast VII @Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds

The second weekend of each month always signals the return of Belgrave Street Feast! I’m sure regular readers know the drill by now, but just in case you don’t this is the deal; independent street food traders from Leeds and its surrounding areas come and feed the masses. There’s always a host of Belgrave regulars doing what they do best, such as Dough Boys, Patty Smith’s, Laynes Espresso, Fish&, Wilson’s Champions Pies. But what draws me back is the variety of new traders they entice each month.

With the other half in tow the aim was to share everything, mainly so I could have a taster of as much food as possible!!!

First course – returning to the Belgrave was Arepa!Arepa!Arepa! who took street feast by storm a few months ago with their brilliant Arepa. They may not be new to The Belgrave, but even the slightest hint that they were returning made them an absolute MUST for me. 

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Butifarra 

One of the best things about the Arepa is the difference in textures – crisp on the outside (courtesy of the hot plate) and soft on the inside, filled with tender pork, which had bags of flavour. It’s basically a delicious handful and even though it’s inevitable a mess is made whilst eating them, it’s well worth it!

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Complimentary lollies!!

Second course – Chaat Cart, we are very lucky in Leeds to have Manjit’s Kitchen, so for me this was always a bit of a comparison to see their take on it. I went for the Samosa Chaat; don’t get me wrong I liked it, but for me it was lacking a little something. I missed a little kick of heat, cool yoghurt and a sprinkling of crisp sev providing texture.

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Samosa Chaat
Samosa Chaat

The Moocher provided us with our third course, after a little research I found out they’re known for being keen foragers and this was reflected in the Ox heart dish which included wild garlic flower. But it was the beef and venison which sang out to us, opting for £3 portions as we were slowly filling up, good job too as they were generously portioned up!  

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Pulled venison
Black IPA beef brisket with celeriac croquette
Beef brisket and celeriac croquettes
Chipotle chilli pulled venison with slaw

It was basically a flatbread sandwich filled with tasty meat that fell apart with ease, and slaw added good crunch and helped cut through the richness in the meat. If I did have a niggle it would be the croquette, which could’ve done with being hot and crisp.

4th course – Fire and Salt BBQ the Taco took our fancy here and was assembled by opening a packet of Doritos, sliced lettuce and chopped tomato were dropped in, along with a squirt of their Jackalope BBQ sauce, then topped with four chunks of ox cheek. The meat was flavourful, but it wasn’t quite melt in the mouth, one of the chunks also had a lot of chewy fat still attached. I liked the tang from the BBQ sauce, whilst the lettuce and tomato did their usual job of keeping it fresh and light.

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BBQ Walking Taco
BBQ Walking Taco

The Caribbean Cafe were found on the roof terrace, these local traders are well known for their base in Kirkgate Market where they are dishing up flavours of the Caribbean. By this time we were pretty much done unfortunately, but I gotta say that the smell of jerk chicken on the hot plate was pretty tempting though!

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Noisette Bakehouse – I always have to leave with something to nibble on and as always the beautifully delightful bakes from Noisette Bakehouse caught my eye. Leaving with the almost legendary Sea salt caramel brownie and Sarah’s new Watermelon gin jellies!

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Watermelon Gin Jelly and Sea Salt Caramel Brownie

There are a couple of other traders who I should mention too, unfortunately I didn’t get chance to see them; Bare Plume and Flavours Found (who are also trading at Trinity Kitchen with Shake Maroc & Roll).

Next month it’s Beacons Festival I think, so I may see you there!

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
1-1a Cross Belgrave Street
Leeds
LS2 8JP
0113 2346160

Taste of London, 2014 – guest blog by Noisette Bakehouse

From Wednesday 18th June to Sunday 22nd June, Regents Park in London was transformed into an immense food festival; Taste of London had arrived and with it the biggest showcase of food, drink and culinary excellence I had ever seen. Sure I had heard of Taste of London, but I’d never visited so when I received the invite to head down and showcase Noisette Bakehouse as a representative for the YBF’s (Young British Foodies), I pretty much jumped atop of my oven and did a little dance.

The line up read like the most mouthwatering menu you can ever imagine, and the amazing variety of food on offer was unlike anything you would normally get to experience. I don’t know anywhere else that you could grab a beautiful bun stuffed with grilled sea bass, coriander miso and kimchi courtesy of the hip Flesh and Buns, then follow it up with some gastronomic classics, such as Veloute de mais, crevettes, grises et amandes (or sweetcorn soup with shrimps and roast almond puree for those lost in translation) from the legendary Le Gavroche.

I entered the YBF’s last year and was a finalist with my street food venture, the Madeleine Express, so this gig seemed just my kinda thing, a chance to pop up in London with my bakes at what was to be the equivalent of a Michelin Starred Street Feast. Unfortunately on this occasion Madeleine wasn’t allowed to ride with me, so I assembled my crack team (Mum, Sister, Dad and Husband) to transport everything we would need down to London to present our offerings on the stand kindly provided by the YBF’s.

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Taking the stand in the days before, had been fellow YBF representatives, Hansen and Lydersen, and Tozino with Gosnell‘s Mead to follow on Sunday after our little stint. As much as I was excited to be showcasing amongst the likes Duck and Waffle, Bleeding Heart and Salt Yard, I was just as excited to be there in toe with the talented salmon smoker, charcuterie master and honey fermenting mean meadists. The only downside is the fact that I couldn’t get my hands on any of their delicious grub.

We arrived onsite early on Saturday morning, (the 5am alarm wasn’t needed, that much excitement would never allow me to sleep in), we grabbed our passes and found our way to stand G8A to set up for the day. The pitch was in a great position with a view of the VIP area, which sat alongside the huge tent housing offerings from Salt Yard, Theo Randall at the Intercontinental, Le Gavroche with the Masterchef himself, Michel Roux Jr in attendance. At the end of our row was just the bar I wanted to see, manned by Chase Vodka I was intent upon grabbing a Marmalade Mule or two should I get the chance.

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To my immense delight I saw that Bread Ahead Bakery were set up just opposite, to the right. For those of you who might not be familiar with the amazingly talented Justin Gellatly (really? where have you been? get on it!) he was resident pastry chef at St John Restaurant under the guidance of Fergus Henderson, champion of Nose to Tail dining. Justin left to peruse his passion for baking, playing his role in bringing ‘real bread’ back to the fore with beautiful long fermented loaves that have wowed the crowds on stalls at Borough Market and Maltby street for years. He set up Bread Ahead Bakery with Matthew Jones, in a permanent brick and mortar instalment at Borough Market in 2013. I could write a whole post on how inspirational this guy is, but I am merely a guest here and it would be rude to out stay my welcome so I will cut to the chase, he makes the best doughnuts you will ever eat in your life and if you are ever in London I suggest you make a beeline for them and feed yourself silly.

The site slowly started to fill with everyone else rushing about to get ready for another day, deliveries of ice were coming in left right and centre, as were fresh bread, boxes of fresh fish and bottles upon bottle of the fizzy stuff, corks soon to pop. I saw a few ‘celebrity’ chefs come and go and plenty more that I didn’t, all dressed in their freshly laundered whites and aprons all equally important in preparing for the mass catering operation, primed to showcase their skills and get ready for service. Michel Roux Jr passed the stand a couple of times as I set up before donning his whites and setting to signing a mountain of cook books.

I took my opportunity, parcelled up some Madeleines and paid him a visit. I have never been a contestant nor even applied for Masterchef, but as soon as I approached with my little brown box I could’ve been on set presenting him with my signature dish. What was intended as a funny little gesture of kindness turned into something I hadn’t signed up for. I half expected him to say ‘oh great yeah thanks’, have a quick cheeky snap with him and then just walk away sort of awkward and giggly. But no, he took the box held it, commented ‘nice presentation’, I explained they were Madeleines, that I had a little stand down there with the green tablecloth and that I had baked them at home, back in Leeds. He replied ‘What yourself?’, I said ‘Yes, every one’, he sort of half scoffed and said ‘Each one, by hand?’, he grabbed my hand, turned it over a bit to examine, ‘Yes I baked each and everyone by hand!’, I don’t think he believed me (why would he). He took a bite, took another and ate a whole Madeleine right there in front of me, ‘very good’, he remarked and closed up the box, ‘I will save these for my cup of tea later’. A bit agog, he threw his arm round me, we had the cheeky pic and off I went, a bit wobbly legged and in need of the Marmalade Mule (shame the bar wasn’t open yet)!

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Finally at 12 pm the gates open to visitors and the park soon filled up with masses of people eager to try as much as they could. There were lots and lots of drinks being given out here and there, samples galore of all sorts of little treats and plenty of guests made their way over to our stand to have a browse. 

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We had obviously brought the best seller, Salt Caramel Brownie along with honey caramels, lavender and lemon shortbread, a selection of tarts filled with new season jams, the buckle, as well as vegan and gluten free bakes. I’m pleased to report that the brownie went down as well at Taste as it does here in Leeds, with people returning to buy more before they left. I met some great people who clearly loved their food and were complimentary about what they saw on offer.

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The intrigue and questions gave me the opportunity to talk about how we started out and why we were there. I couldn’t really have asked for more. I was kept busy the whole day and had little chance to walk around the site to see everything, but luckily enough I was brought a mismatch of treats to form the weirdest picnic I have ever had – some mighty fine sushi from Sake No Hana, silky sweet soup as mentioned before from Le Gavroche, along with a ballotine of chicken with puy lentils, a delectably tasty cheese and olive stick and custard doughnut from Bread Ahead, Scallops from Theo Randall and super hot Mexican Cactus Tacos from Mestizo.

At 6pm I headed over to the Cook Skills Theatre to do a cookery demo, Valentine Warner was to compere and I was on straight after Jason Atherton (no pressure there then). A little nervous with fear and excitement, I just hoped they would understand my accent. I had the voices of the ever charming boys from North Star going round my head, they had suggested I get someone to voice dub over me…that is how unlikely they thought they would understand my ‘funny wakey’ accent If you want to see the demo for yourself, just follow the link here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm2FT8olnK4

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Over the five days a number of YBF finalists and winners had been given the opportunity to take to the stage to demonstrate their talents. Ole from Hansen and Lydersen was sandwiched in between demos from Vivek Singh and René Redzepi, but obviously kept his cool and had apparently impressed with his tales of piano playing whilst gently smoking his salmon, Iltud from Charcuterie Ltd showed the crowd how he likes his sausages, Gringa Dairy wowed with her curds and whey and Lucie Bennett assembled a beautiful Frasier cake, displaying her perfection for patisserie.

The whole experience was fantastic from start to finish, none of it would’ve been possible without the YBF’s. They continue to provide the perfect opportunity for young British businesses like mine to showcase what they have to offer. There is no doubt that we can hold our own alongside the all star Michelin crowd, and I urge any food or drink enthusiast setting out in business to get their application into the YBF’s, before entries close for this years competition on the 30th July.
I sincerely hope this isn’t the last time that I get to team up with such amazing talent, and you can bet your last salt caramel brownie that the YBF’s will be the first to get their hands on the Michelin stars of the future.

So that’s the news from London, in the local news i’m pretty excited to let you all know that on my return to Leeds, I headed straight off the train to sign the lease on a proper brick and mortar bakery of my own! In a few weeks time I will be moving out of the little domestic kitchen that has served me so well over the past year into a space that is a little more suitable. There won’t be any fancy upscaling of machinery or equipment just yet, my Mum’s ancient and bashed Kenwood will be making the move with me, but the extra space will allow me to develop our range of baked goods even more. It won’t be in a city centre, but here in the village I started the Bakehouse, it has a great space that I hope to turn into a small retail shop and coffee/tea spot at the start of next year, with a pretty neat space outback to grow herbs, fruit and edible flowers. 

http://noisettebakehouse.com
Photo credit: Noisette Bakehouse

Manjit’s Kitchen Fundraiser @ Slung Low, Holbeck

Have you read about the ordeal much-loved Manjit’s Kitchen have been through over the last month or so? For those of you who haven’t,  Michael and Manjit were victims of an awful crime, where their new vehicle was COMPLETELY trashed!! After setting up a Crowd Funder appeal, through the generosity of people £4000 was raised in a staggering 5 days! So with 21 days still remaining they increased the target to £8000. As part of the fundraising Culture Vultures‘ Emma Bearman and Northern StrEats came up with the fundraiser to celebrate Culture Vulture’s 5th birthday and help boost Manjit’s campaign. It was like it was all meant to be as Slung Low gave them Holbeck Underground Ballroom (The HUB) as the venue for the event. Things had come full circle as it’s where Andrew Crichett first started his ‘twisted fish & chips’ at a Culture Vulture event, some three years ago, and where Manjit is also held dear to the place’s heart with her street food.

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As always street food and collaboration is at the heart of this, and it was indicative of how well loved Manjit and Michael are, that people just pull together and do what they can to contribute. Drafted in on the food front where obviously Fish& and Manjit‘s, but also The Greedy Pig and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium‘s collaboration with Noisette Bakehouse. For the evening a ‘pay as you feel’ policy was used – a nice touch, with all monies going to Manjit’s appeal.

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Fish& had their famous ‘twisted fish & chips’ on the go, my friend Alice and I shared one of their taster cones – filled with chips and fish cooked with three crisp batters (chill, pepper and traditional). As always the fish was well cooked with a light, crisp, well seasoned batter. A great way to start our evening.

After all the difficulties, Michael and Manjit’s attitude and outlook hasn’t wavered, wanting to turn something wholly negative into a resounding positive, so typically they were getting stuck in cooking up a storm with their new ‘Chapasty’.

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Manjit showed us street food at its best, rolling out the chapatis to order, filling them with a mixture of masala marinated paneer and beetroot, and finally topping it with a sprinkling of spring onion and coriander before their final transformation into a ‘Chapasty’.

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Here it is in all it’s glory, Manjit’s Chapasty! Great name! Very tasty indeed, I shared one with my friend Alice, but like her wished we’d bought one each as they were very moreish. It had the perfect combination of paneer and beetroot, possessing a heat, the kind that slowly builds, I’d probably like a little more heat next time. An inspired idea, I think it could be a game-changer, hopefully Manjit keeps it on the menu as it certainly went down a treat with the crowd.

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As if that wasn’t the only treat in store for us, Jo from The Greedy Pig brought some of their homemade Scotch eggs. Oh my they looked superb and it was almost a crime to cut into these bad boys, which are were as big as my fist!! 

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These were YUMMY!! Cooked to perfection, just look at that yolk….golden and runny, whilst the filling of pork and chorizo makes this delight a carnivore’s dream. The best Scotch eggs I’ve ever eaten! I showed the other half a photo and there was definitely a hint of green eyed monster going on. 

As the evening was drawing to a close everyone was rounded up for the raffle, where a number of prizes which had been generously donated from many sourcesBeacons, Sheffield’s Fancie, Patty Smith’s, Dough Boys, Belgrave, El Kantina, French Connection and British Street Food.

I even won a prize in the raffle to my surprise/joy, the first thing I can remember winning, maybe ever – I couldn’t choose with lots of foodie goodness being offered up, so I shut my eyes and pointed – Afternoon Tea for 2 at Fancies! Great, it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to try for ages, a perfect end to what had been a perfect event.

Huge thanks need to go to Emma Bearman, Culture Vulture and Andrew Critchett  for coming up with this gem of an event!

If you’d like to contribute to Manjit’s Crowd Funder appeal there is still time to be a part of it, click on the link below.

Manjits Kitchen
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Manjits-Kitchen

Belgrave Street Feast pt IV, Leeds

Last Saturday was the latest Belgrave Street Feast and if it was anything like last month’s, it had promised to be a fantastic family day of feasting on wonderful street food.

My day was a mixture of whistlestop tours – a morning appointment in York, zipping back for Street Feast, then being a dutiful wife taking the other half to a hockey dinner. So when I arrived it was already VERY busy and was obvious too see the word had got out how great the event is.

New street traders this month were Manchester’s Arepa!Arepa! Arepa!, Newcastle’s Tasty Thai Deli and Leeds’ own Street Fodder and Belgrave’s new experiment Taco Wall.

I’d made it my mission to try an Arepa from Manchester’s Arepa!Arepa!Arepa! For those of you, like I was, unfamiliar with an Arepa, they’re traditionally eaten in Columbia and Venezuela and are basically flatbreads made with a maize based flour, (100% gluten flee – BONUS!) Cooked on a hot plate and filled with whatever you fancy.

Arepa and plantain on the hot plate
Arepa and plantain cooking on the hot plate

I always like asking what they’d recommend so when asked the question ‘do you eat meat?’ regular readers probably know the answer was a definite ‘yes’, then they said it was cooked in beer! There it was – a deal had been done and that was it, the Sobrebarriga Arepa was the one for me! With the selection of condiments at my disposal they recommended the Chipotle sauce, so who was I to think any different.

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Sobrebarriga Arepa
SobreBarriga Arepa

It was absolutely DELICIOUS and the best thing I ate all day!! For 4 quid, this so-called ‘beef sandwich’ was something that fitted easily in one hand, but WOW was it filling!!! Slow cooked, tender beef with the flavours of cumin and garlic in the background, the hint of beer was evident too. With the additional Chipotle sauce giving up its rich smokiness in service to the Arepa, what a match made in heaven! The flatbread (which had a delicate flavour of its own, probably from the corn) was a great vehicle to hold it all in. It soaked up all the juices too, so every last bite was full of flavour. 

My verdict – Arepa are extremely YUMMY and one of my FAVOURITES at Street Feast so far! These certainly made a regular beef sandwich pale into insignificance for me! Plans are already afoot for them to make a return to Leeds soon, I cannot wait! 

I couldn’t decide what to have next, having tried all but Tasty Thai Deli and the new Taco Wall before. Belgrave’s new in-house Street Food Lab experiment ‘Taco Wall’ had Fish Tacos (£3.50) on the go. I love battered, deep fried fish and when I saw them being dished up I was immediately sold. 

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Fish Taco
Fish Taco

Served on a little pancake the fish came with a selection of bits and pieces, like pickled cucumber, pepper, pineapple and coriander with a yoghurt sauce. I really liked the additional pieces, but for me the fish whilst well cooked, was a little under seasoned and could’ve done with a pinch of good old salt to bring out more flavour. Considering it was their first time out, fair play to them, with a couple of tweaks I’ll be back for more!

As always Sarah from Noisette Bakehouse had her ‘A game’ on, with a beautiful selection of cakes and sweet treats to woo all customers.

Noisette Bakehouse
Noisette Bakehouse

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Last month I never made it to the roof terrace, so I made the effort this time to see what was going on up there to find Hepworth’s Deli serving a lovely selection of bakes, and also a colourful salad bar too.

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Hepworth's Salad bar
Hepworth’s Salad bar

My time was nearly up and I wanted to be able to walk back to my car with a snack, so after seeing the boys at The Grub & Grog Shop I went for the recommended Veg Sandwich.

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A snip at just £3.50, I walked out VERY happy! Filled with lovely vegetables cooked and treated well, packed with flavours from the sweet parsnip to the pickled veg, such as the carrot, I loved the hint of garlic running through the sandwich and the beautiful salad leaves and pretty edible flowers. Basically street food at its best – portable, tasty, bargainous and made locally!

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The Grub & Grog’s veg sandwich on the move!!

Street Feast will be back next month on the 10th May, I’ll see you there for another day of feasting!!!

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
1-1A Cross Belgrave Street
Leeds
LS2 8JP

0113 2346160
http://www.belgravemusichall.com