#2 La Petite Cafe Bistro, Roundhay
It's fair to say that the high streets across Britain have been taken over with coffee shops like Starbucks, Costa and Cafe Nero. And why not, the tea in Starbucks is some of the best available and the very generous Costa card continues to serve up decent cappuccinos.
La Petite Cafe Bistro is no different, it serves up good coffee. It offers the usual list of coffees on the blackboard perfectly situated behind the counter and before the order is finished the coffee is made. Unlike Starbucks et al, fresh food doesn't come in plastic wrappers or microwaved on order. There is no fridge which leaves the impression food had been waiting all day and there is no one asking for your name only for it to be mispelt on the side of a plastic cup. And this is where the high street chains have become predictable and boring.
Independant places are standing proud. Their food matches the same attention and quality given to their coffee. A nation of tea drinkers are being replaced with a nation of coffee drinkers in places where the food resembles a very decent meal over the plastic cutlery and use by dates found elsewhere. (And they are not alone in this quest to out do the bigger names, Mrs Atha's in leeds and the Scandinavian Baltzersens in Harrogate are without doubt some of the very best, serving up excellent food and coffee)
Maybe a cafe culture can exist after all. La Petite Cafe Bistro in Roundhay sits opposite a Starbucks. If you want tea, I'd recommend Starbucks. If you want something a bit more, then try this place!