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Published October 15th 2012
The place to go for your daily coffee injection
Froth & Fodder is the number one spot to take your daily communion of coffee in Leeds. This hidden gem is hard to find and can be easily missed as it is sandwiched between several seemingly similar cafes and is below street level; one must descend a staircase to find the entrance. Without realizing, you may overlook Froth & Fodder for one of the other, inferior places along Blenheim Terrace.
On walking through the doors of this cosy cafe opposite the Parkinson steps of Leeds University, one is greeted with comfy leather sofas, low tables, walls adorned with stencil art, and John Mayer's relaxing tunes in the background. I feel I've been transported to a trendy, bohemian Parisian café.
Surprisingly, the prices are reasonable. There are cheaper options in Leeds but the quality of the food provides an explanation for the pricing. Their hearty soup is the best value for money and delicious. On a recent visit, a thick Mexican Vegetable Soup came to £2.30. And with a large americano coming in at £1.80, you're looking at just over £4 for a wholesome, reasonable lunch. For the more adventurous of us, they serve a '9 hour slow-roasted pork sandwich' which is delicious but a little pricier at £5 for a large.
You can sit for hours on your laptop or reading one of the newspapers provided. There is free wifi and it is easy to spend hours scrolling through Facebook or doing a seminar reading without staring at four grey walls in the library with a soggy £2 meal deal egg mayo sandwich.
Furthermore, you can feel good about yourself supporting a local business which effortlessly creates an easy-going, friendly atmosphere, as opposed to your Costa's and Starbucks with their impersonal, conveyor belt technique of selling as much coffee as possible for extortionate prices.