Veggies, read on, I've got just the spot for your next fuss free vegetarian brunch in Leeds. By day, Hyde Park Book Club will get you caffeinated, give you delicious nibbles or allow you an extended brunch date. By night, it's events galore, so varied that you truly will never know what to expect.
On the brunch menu, every single item is suitable for vegetarians. From a classic breakfast butty (veg sausages or egg) to the sweet treats of berry drizzled waffles.
You won't miss this place, with the bright red shop doors waiting off Headingley Lane, taking the spot of Best Kept Secret from years gone by. The space is split between cafe, bottle shop, event space, book shop and fancy dress store and is seemingly ever expanding to fit in exactly what the audience is wanting.
I joined some Leeds bloggers for breakfast on the Book Club's second birthday, conveniently ordering the majority of the menu between us all.
My order, a trial of a classic, the Book Club breakfast - all the favourites included and filling enough that I couldn't finish the plate. The sausages are mushroom based and just as tasty as the real thing.
The rest of the group picked through: the Book Club brunch - a host of green healthiness, essentially a brunch time salad (this serve with an extra sausage).
The breakfast bagel, stacked to perfection and next on my list to try - this one gave me serious food envy when it arrived.
And, the vegan waffles, drizzled with syrup and sprinkled with blueberries, with rotating extra topping options.
The cafe flows into a quieter event space edged with endless shelves of books - great for a speaking event, a mini get-together or just as overflow for the foodie area. This is also where you'll find the bottle shop - a great selection on offer, including a load of local options to try - and the fancy dress shop - the Best Kept Secret fancy dress is still there, just on a smaller scale. The perfect stop for your next costume party.
And (nope, I'm still not done on what this place can offer you), downstairs is further event space, complete with a staging, a disco ball and plenty of space for whatever the event entails. The owners are open to any and all suggestions and they've seen a significant variety of events already hosted, get your requests in and take them up on the host of space they have available.
The city continues to grow its vegetarian offerings, but as far as vegetarian restaurants in Leeds go, this is a great place for casual eats, come brunch or dinner. Keep an eye on their events listings for their ever-changing roster, and give their food menu a go if you're in the area.