14 Leeds St, Te Aro, Wellington
Opens 7.30am weekdays, 8.30 weekends; closes 3.30 weekdays, 3pm weekends
Granola $14; Flight Coffee incl filter; Ritual Tea Co leaf tea (2019)
The Leeds St Bakery is down a lane that joins into Eva St to connect Ghuznee and Dixon streets. It’s in an area of artisan industries, including the Wellington Chocolate Factory, where you can also have a coffee or tea as well as chocolate, and Fix & Fogg peanut butter makers, where you can buy jars of the stuff, filter coffee, toast and even porridge at the factory window.
The Leeds St Bakery is primarily a bakery with a café attached. You can buy their excellent bread at the bakery door in the adjoining café but it is mostly sold through other outlets. They are also connected to Ti Kouka café, which I have reviewed under the muesli page.
The granola was fairly straight-forward, consisting of toasted oats, sunflower seeds and coconut flake plus dried raisins, dates and cranberries. Though an unusual thing was coated peanuts. The coating had an slightly Indian spicy taste and was fairly sweet. Then there were poached pears and a thick yoghurt that seemed to have a slightly sheep/goat milk taste, so perhaps real Greek yoghurt, though it might just have been my imagination. The toasting of the granola didn’t seem to be heavily oil and sweetener based, but nevertheless a very sweet milk was left in the bottom of my bowl when I had finished. Maybe that had soaked off the peanuts.
The granola came with ample milk and the filter coffee was both hot and a generous serve in a mug. I suspect this place is favoured by those who like their coffee and maybe a sweet treat to go with it.
The menu isn’t extensive and neither, I have to say, was the range of counter food. The website doesn’t have the menu, so I’m sharing it here. Naturally, most of the food includes bread one way or the other. Maybe they could make more of a feature of their core product though. I’d happily pay for a slice of bread fresh out of the oven with Fix & Fog peanut butter and a cup of tea or coffee.
The café wasn’t very busy when I was there on a weekday at about 8am, which is just as well, as it is pretty small. A number of people stopped by to get a takeaway coffee or buy bread though.
OK granola, though nothing very special. Excellent coffee, and a nice hideaway location without too many comings and goings or noisy espresso machines.
Reviewed September 2019.