In the middle of Malton, a traditional North Yorkshire market town lies a hidden gem. Well two in fact! Ex journalist and broadcaster Selina Scott sells her wares (cashmere) in her shop in The Shambles. Still gorgeous.
The second was a revelation. We came across it by accident and we were so glad that we did. Malton proclaims itself “Yorkshire’s Food Capital” and down the main street is Leoni – the best coffee house in Yorkshire and possibly the U.K. too.
It was a crisp and cold January day outside yet the greeting from owner Simon Robertson was warm and friendly. Smiling staff too. A sign that they appreciate your visit.
The cafe, almost 20 years old now, is a firm favourite with the local community. It’s usually a sign of quality when you have to wait for a table – every table full even on a wintry Tuesday afternoon. We didn’t have to wait long to rest our weary feet.
The coffee was the best I have tasted for years. Leoni is passionate about coffee and it shows. Coffee good enough to transform your day into something special. It really was that spectacular! Simon has been U.K. Barista champion not once, not twice, oh no he’s a triple winner. Every coffee bean has a tale to tell and in Simon’s hands it is transformed into a masterpiece. My wife said the tea was excellent too.
Mismatched chairs and tables add to the quirkiness. Old books, magazines and antiques too. Rustic and charming.
Oh and the food. Richly enjoyable and slices of foodie heaven. Be prepared to loosen your belt. Locally sourced ingredients supporting the local economy. Hand crafted cakes. Orange and Cranberry cake got 11/10. The Lemon Drizzle was perfectly moist and tart. And the Malton Monster (the town’s very own Fat Rascal). Eat one and you will not need to eat again for many hours – that’s guaranteed.
Great service, terrific food. A special place. A haven for coffee lovers. Leoni comes highly recommended.