Growing up Haley and Clifford was always my local deli whilst living in Leeds. My first taste was around 10 years ago and I still enjoy eating the same pastrami, cream cheese, pickled cucumber and coleslaw sandwich.
The award winning deli is open for breakfast, brunch and late lunch, showcasing local Yorkshire produce, aswell as inspiring ingredients from all over the globe. Walking into the store, you really are spoilt for choice as your eyes wander from the impressive cheese counter, over to the barrels of shiny green olives, selection of cured meats, homemade cakes, handpicked wines, impressive collection of store cupboard ingredients and the largest meringue nests you have ever seen. Haley and Clifford is the perfect place to purchase a personalised food hamper, and makes a fabulous gift.
One of my best friends Dalia and I love to “do lunch”. The casual atmosphere, ultra friendly staff and reasonable prices make this a perfect environment to have an informal catch up. I always find myself holding up the queue, as I gaze at the blackboard menu, and peer at the specials through the glass counter, finding it hard to make a decision as everything looks so appetising. For lunch there is a large variety of fresh seasonal salads, quiches, pies, tarts, generously filled artisan baguettes and soups- this being just a snippet of the savoury selection. There are often delicious tasting samples on offer which I always take advantage of.
I ordered the goat’s cheese, spinach and tomato filo pastry pie served with green salad leaves drizzled with a locally produced lavender, lime and black pepper dressing. The crisp filo was light and delicious. To drink I ordered a pot of earl grey tea.
Dalia ordered a portion of spiced lentil soup, which was thick and hearty and had the delicate warmth and earthy scent of cumin. She also ordered a roasted vegetable panini on the side.
Although the filo pie was a generous portion, with all the talking, my savoury taste buds were telling me I needed to order the rare roast beef, watercress and Dijon mustard baguette- which is exactly what I did! For dessert we shared a portion of homemade of banana cake which was comforting and substantial.
For around £11 each, this is great value for money. Although I have lived in London the last four years, I will always be a Yorkshire girl at heart, and will continue to support this lovely local business.