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New to Leeds: The Greenhouse

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Find out about Leeds’ new completely vegan cafe.

The Greenhouse

There’s a new vegan cafe in Horsforth – The Greenhouse, the area’s first ever plant-based eatery.

The Greenhouse is a new vegan cafe slap bang in the middle of Horsforth. It’s the brainchild of Richard Revill, a local guy who left his job at Tesco to take the plunge with a passion project that’s become his new career. He’s now running the suburb’s first-ever plant-based eatery, where you can tuck into a host of tasty and healthy vegan dishes.

It was born out of Richard and his wife Nicola looking to find somewhere in the local area to get decent vegan food and drink. They started out by baking cakes, which they sold to local businesses – they became so in-demand that it was time to take the next step, so they opened The Greenhouse. It’s a lovely venue where you can expect a rustic decor with a colour palette of blue, grey and cream, coupled with lush, green plants across both floors.

The Greenhouse

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And the food? “All the food and drink we prepare is 100% plant-based, free from any meat and dairy as this is something we believe to be crucial for doing our bit for the environment whilst improving our health,” Richard told us. “We also offer gluten-free cakes along with gluten-free bread to go with some of our dishes. Our menu has been carefully crafted as we both love to create healthy and nourishing food.”

It’s an all-day brunch-style menu, so whether you pop in first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon, you can look forward to the same tasty treats, made using locally-sourced ingredients. All their fruit and veg comes from RK Harris in Headingley and the bread is supplied by Leeds Bread Co-op. You can go for savoury dishes like Creamy Garlic and Parsley Mushrooms on Sourdough or Hummus, Avocado and Cherry Tomatoes on Artisan Bread. Fancy something sweet? Indulge in the Fluffy Pancake Stack, topped with maple syrup and seasonal fruit or chocolate sauce and chopped nuts.

The Greenhouse

Credit: Charlotte Parsons

Their speciality is their heaving vegan bowls. There are four in total, each designed to bring together ingredients that are tasty and good for you. If you ask Richard, the Chill Out Bowl is the one to go for, “It’s hearty goodness created to help reduce stress levels and promote well being, incorporating vegan classics such as falafel, hummus and sweet potato on a bed of fresh salad leaves topped with pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds and drizzled with tahini and caper dressing. Our bowls are perfect when you’re craving a wholesome yet filling meal to satisfy all your plant-based needs.”

Got kids? They’ve got a special Child’s Platter with bread soldiers, fruit and vegetable fingers, alongside a selection of sweet and savoury dips, a piece of homemade cake and a diluted fruit juice. And if you just want a quick bite to eat, you can try their homemade cakes. They’re made fresh each day by Nicola and you can try anything from brownies to lemon drizzle and chocolate and avocado cakes. Why not go the whole hog, and add a dollop of Jollyum’s vegan ice cream, which is made with organic soya milk and comes in a range of flavours?

The Greenhouse

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Their sweet treats pair nicely with their selection of hot drinks too. There is an ethical side to The Greenhouse, so they’ve made a concerted attempt to choose producers who use little to no plastic, including Tea Pigs, who provide 10 different types of tea, and loose Yorkshire Tea, all of which come served with soya milk on the side. Mork provide their hot chocolate, which is topped with vegan squirty cream and marshmallows, and they’ve picked Leeds roasters Maude for their coffees, which are made using Oatley dairy-free barista milk.

The Greenhouse is an exciting addition for Horsforth that does something different to anywhere else in the area, so whether you’re vegan or just after a right good feed, head down there and check it out.

The Greenhouse, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5LJ. It’s open 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Cover image copyright Charlotte Parsons.