There are some things that only feel right when you’re a student.
Going to a nightclub on a Monday night for example. Or paying for milk with your credit card.
And I have to say, venturing into Headingley to visit Dare Cafe on a Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t help but think that we were doing something a little bit odd.
The sense of feeling a little lost wasn’t helped by the fact that my companion and I walked past it twice before realising where it was.
And once we went inside, it didn’t get any easier.
The interior is quite small, not exactly plush and was very busy with people, not to put too finer point on it, a lot younger than us.
The sign said “please wait to be seated” so we did.
We asked for a table for two and, after a short wait, were told there was one upstairs, which we were then left to go up and find ourselves.
Tentatively making our way up the narrow staircase, it felt a bit like being in a shared student house – unsure of where we were going or what we were going to discover once we got there.
We did manage to find a table in a corner and picked up a couple of menus.
There was quite a lot to choose from, with some interesting Mexican options, but we were both a bit distracted by the fact that the table adjoining ours was in dire need of a clean.
Our waitress (who was in all other respects lovely) came to take our order and promised to return and give it a wipe. She never did.
But we pressed on, with my companion deciding on a bacon, brie and cranberry panini.
Quite large but tasty, packed with filling and well presented, it was a perfect lunchtime snack.
Attempting, rather tragically, to channel my inner student, I ordered an all-day breakfast.
I was quite surprised to find that it came in a metal pan. But it was a suitably studentish size, with two eggs, sausages and bacon with hash browns and mushrooms.
All nicely cooked but nothing out of the ordinary, the only real blip was that the eggs were stuck to the bottom of the pan and proved a bit tricky to remove.
It was also served with a pot of tea (or coffee if you prefer).
And, along with a drink for my companion, the whole lot came in at just over a tenner – universally reasonable for students and non-students alike.