Review: Munch, Headingley, Leeds

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

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Munch in Headingley is one of those places you might wander past without noticing, given its just one of many tiny businesses tucked away on that rather quaint little row of shops at the lower end of The Parade, travelling away from Headingley toward the cricket ground.

It’s been in situ for a good while now - long enough for it to feel comfy in its surroundings and you certainly feel that when you walk in. Staff are friendly with a genuine warmth of character.

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There’s a nice, relaxed air about the place, which is all done out in sky blue and what at first glance appears to be distressed boards on the walls but on closer - much closer - inspection, turns out to be wallpaper, but it looks good all the same.

It’s certainly not out of place, being just a few doors up from Cafe Lento but where the latter espouses a kind of jazz-inspired Bohemian vibe, Munch is much brighter and lighter. It’s clean lines and simple decor remind one of all things genteel, of tea dances and Pimms and summertime, which is all very nice.

It’s a cosy little place with five or six tables, a good selection of breakfast and lunch offerings, from the full English to dinner time sandwiches, which you can opt to eat in or take away.

I went for the full English, which consisted of bacon, egg, sausage, beans, hash browns and chopped tomato, with toast and a pot of tea and was delivered in good time and all nice and clean, with attention give to its presentation, which is always a bonus as the last thing you want with our national dish is extra grease. The dish was £5.50 but you can opt to go bigger for an extra £1.

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We also ordered a tuna mayo sandwich, which came with lettuce and cucumber (£3.80) and again was nice, fresh and clean and one thing that always marks out good cafes from bad - the bread, which had that ‘just baked/bought bounce’ to it.

Other offerings include the big fat chicken wrap (£3.80), baked potato with the usual toppings (£3.50) and fish finger sandwich (also £3.50). If that’s not enough, there’s also soup of the day (£3.50), chunky chips (£1.50) and a decent range of teas, coffees and soft drinks.

We spent just over a tenner on two meals and drinks and all in all had a great time. It’s certainly a place we’ll be going back to. Just one niggle - on a hot day with the door closed, they need a better way of extracting the fumes from the kitchen.

That said, if you had the day off and you wanted to go somewhere nice for breakfast, Munch would fit the bill perfectly. They just seem to know what they’re doing and that sense of confidence translates into the food and service.

Photograph by Richard Walker/ www.imagenorth.net

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