Last weekend Des and I hopped over to Leeds for a relaxed Sunday outside of our little York bubble.
The thing about living here in York is that it can be quite heard to get yourself out of the city. Everything you could possibly need is within a half hour walk - supermarkets, galleries, restaurants and shops.
Despite our compact medieval surroundings, I occasionally get the itch to explore further afield.
Leeds is perfectly placed to allow for a quick day trip, being around half an hour from York by rail or car. I also love to head over to Manchester, which works really well as Des has family and friends there, but this is often a weekend jaunt rather than a quick hop. Also this involves the M62, which I have serious beef with after being trapped on it for 5 hours one Christmas in the snow.
Sunday brunch has become somewhat of a tradition in our house, groundbreaking and original of us, I know... Whilst I'm pretty au fait with brunch options here in York (the Pig and Pastry - hell yes) I did have to resort to some pre-emptive googling before our trip to Leeds in order to find a suitable location!
In almost every list we looked at, whether that was on other blogs or TripAdvisor, one place seemed to stand out as being universally recommended - Angelica, a rooftop restaurant in the Trinity Centre.
Whilst it looked slightly more posh/luxurious than our usual choices, I'm always up for trying new things!
Upon arrival we managed to nab a space in the Trinity Centre car park, which meant it only took 5 minutes to walk to the restaurant (as usual, it was cheaper to drive and park than get the train - something which bugs me so much.)
Slightly confusingly Angelica is situated on the 6th floor in the Trinity Centre above another restaurant, however stumbling our way up several flights of stairs was well worth it as we emerged into the light and airy rooftop bar, complete with views across the city.
It was actually surprisingly quiet for midday on a Sunday, with only another couple dining. However this meant that the service was extremely attentive and efficient, so I'm not going to complain too much!
We started off with two cappuccinos, which were quite pricey at £3.25 each. Having ran a coffee company, I reserve the right to be a coffee snob. However these were at least *proper* cappuccinos, not the strange foamy creations you sometimes receive.
For brunch, we both picked from the short but well formed all day brunch menu.
Des' eye was caught by the full english breakfast. Whilst the plate above looks quite small, it seemed a lot larger in real life! So large actually that I was able to snaffle some bacon/sausage and can therefore wholeheartedly vouch for their deliciousness!
The real star of the show in this dish had to be the perfectly cooked poached eggs, which were just the right side of gelatinous. I always think you can judge a chef by their eggs and these certainly indicated someone who knew what they were doing!
I decided to go slightly off the brunch beaten path with venison sausage dish whose name I can't actually recall (you are such a good food blogger Bethan).
I can only describe it as an extremely rich shakshuka with the addition of venison sausages. I suspect there was some red wine somewhere in the tomato sauce, as it had a real depth of flavour which can only be achieved by the addition of booze. Anyway, it was extremely good and rather filling to boot!
After our plates were cleared, we sat around a while to chat and take in our surroundings. Had it been slightly warmer outside, I would have been the first one to sit out on the balcony, which looks exceptionally cozy and perfect for a summer cocktail.
In fact the whole restaurant looks like a fabulous evening location, the bar is certainly well stocked to deliver on their impressive cocktail menu.
When it comes to brunch though, I'm happy to add my name to the list of people recommending Angelica on t'internet. It may be slightly out of my usual budget (I think we spent about £30 for two), but well worth it for both the quality of the food and the view!