by Julie James
Coffee culture, a scene that began in the UK, as in other parts of Europe, as early as 17th/18th Century. At the time it wasn’t just about the coffee itself, but about the atmosphere which was ripe with intellectual discussion and artistic verve. However, in the UK with the domination of tea consumption, and the rise of pub culture, coffee houses all but disappeared from British culture for nearly two centuries. Café culture had a resurgence in the 1990’s and sitcoms like ‘Friends’ served to increase the appeal of coffee shops.
Huddersfield town centre has seen an increase in fabulous independent cafes. They are a place to unwind with a coffee and the daily newspaper or a good book, meet friends for lunch, take a break from the home office, or a welcome break mid shopping trip.
With so many colourful, quirky, modern cafes to choose from, some offering more than just refreshments, the hard decision is where to go. We have made it easy for you with a list of some of the great coffee shops in Huddersfield.
Grab your favourite book, or laptop, ring a friend or pick up your mum and head into Huddersfield for a well-earned break in a warm friendly environment.
Arcade Coffee and Food, Byram Arcade
Arcade Coffee and Food is located in the beautiful and historic Byram Arcade. Quirky and cool, this delightful café serves great food, with vegan options for breakfast, brunch, locally supplied Darkwoods coffee alongside craft beers, ciders, wines and cocktails. A new menu was launched in September full of old favourites and great new options.
In addition to the day time café the Arcade Coffee and Food also host exclusive themed Supper Clubs, the next one ‘Indian Night’ is on 19th & 20th November. Keep up to date on these Supper Clubs, their fabulous menu and events happening on their social media.
The Turntable Coffee and Vinyl, New Street
If you love good music, and great coffee then this is the perfect place for you. The Turntable is a family run record store and café selling used and new vinyl alongside great coffee and cakes. Their coffee and cakes are sourced locally and include gluten free options alongside a great choice of sandwiches, toasties and soup all accompanied by an eclectic music playlist.
Coffeevolution, Church Street
Coffeeevolution opened it’s doors in 2000 as the first independent speciality coffee shop in the heart of Huddersfield.
With a fabulous choice of local, artisan speciality coffee from the ‘Bean Brothers’, daily guest coffees, a wide selection of Suki loose teas, beers and wine’s it is a perfect destination venue. The food menu features breakfasts, freshly made sandwiches, hearty soups and salads with a daily supply of freshly baked goods provided by local independent suppliers.
You can choose to sit watching the world go by at one of the picture window seats, or cosy up in an alcove cinema seat.
If you want to carry on your coffee experience at home you can choose from a range of coffee paraphernalia for your coffee at home and there is also a small selection of handpicked coffee and tea related vintage china for sale.
Keys Kitchen and Coffee House, Byram Street
Located in the crypt amongst the stone vaults of the Parish church, the Keys Kitchen and Coffee House is an atmospheric spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch. This unique venue offers a fabulous wide ranging menu including gluten free and vegetarian options and for a special occasion or just a treat try their famous afternoon tea, with an optional glass of prosecco.
Keys Kitchen and Coffee House offer much more than coffee and lunch, they are hosts to regular jazz nights and if you are looking for something different book onto their Murder Mystery Evening in December.
Café Society, Victoria Street and Byram Street
Café Society is a family run business with a passion to offer amazing coffee, great breakfasts, lunch and pastries in a very welcoming atmosphere. In both their bright, colourful, quirky cafes, you will find, soothing music, comfortable chairs and tables in locations close to the town centre. Their wide ranging menu offers everything from full English breakfast, Quesadillas, soup of the day and salad bowls, with gluten free options.
Northern Tea House, King Street
Situated on King Street, close to Kingsgate Shopping Centre the Northern Tea House is a great mid shop destination and whilst this lovely venue has a focus on tea it could not be missed off this feature. This characterful venue is an eclectic mix of modern, industrial and vintage providing a unique environment to enjoy the huge range of speciality teas on offer, coffee, soft drinks and more. The food menu is extensive and includes breakfasts, all day brunch, hot lunches and traditional afternoon teas with gluten free and vegan options across all the menu.
Alongside the great food and drinks, Norther Tea House are hosts to art exhibitions each month, displaying art on their huge 8 x 2 meter picture wall. For more information on this for potential exhibitors email: [email protected]
With such great choices of independent cafes and tea rooms, offering not only great locally supplied food and drinks but so much more, a visit to at least one of these warm, friendly venues should be a focal point of the day.