Brilliant Breakfast Spots in WakefieldFind your new favourite breakfast spot!
Breakfast (or ‘brunch’ as it’s become more commonly known in recent years) outings seem to be more popular than ever as a way to catch up with friends and kick-start the day. Lucky for us, there are plenty of places in the Wakefield district where you can get your fix of a delicious breakfast (far too elaborate to make at a home), a freshly ground coffee and – of course – that all-important chat with friends!
In Wakefield city centre you can find Mr and Mrs Cs and Marmalade on the Square. These two cafes are next door neighbours on the Bull Ring, similar in style but unique in so many ways. Both cafes have a quirky and antique feel to them, which is perfect for a breakfast or coffee spot. Their breakfast menus are not extensive, however both offer the likes of teacakes, toast, granola with fruit, and scones. It may be worth going later in the morning, as you will find it difficult to resist the amazing array of homemade cakes both tea rooms have on display right in front of your eyes… however, nobody said you can’t have chocolate fudge cake before midday, right?!
Around the corner, on Cross Square, you will find Mocca Moocho, a café with a delicious brunch menu, an amazing drink selection, tasty homemade pastries, and sweet treats from the counter to tempt you. Mocca Moocho has an impressive selection – offering full English breakfasts, hot sandwiches, pastries and more. Not only does it have two floors of indoor seating, but they also have a sheltered outdoor seating area. Perfect for those warm, summer mornings, watching the world go by with a coffee in hand. A bonus, if it does get a little colder, they provide the lovely touch of cosy blankets to keep you warm.
Farmer Copleys is not just a breakfast spot, but a morning out in itself. Free of charge to visit, you can walk round the farm and admire the animals, including goats and llamas. They often have events on for the season – strawberry picking in the summer and their super-popular Pumpkin Festival in the autumn. Your visit won’t be complete without heading to the award-winning farm shop on site. The shop hosts a vast selection: from jams to pies, a deli counter offering meat for your evening tea, a pastry counter, gelato station and so much more. Their website states, ‘If we can’t make it ourselves, we’ll source it from the best local and regional suppliers’. You know you will be getting high quality food when you visit Farmer Copleys. Of course, the main event for this guide is the Moo Café, which boasts a huge breakfast menu, using the finest quality ingredients straight from the farm shop. You will find everything from cooked breakfasts, egg dishes, banana bread, pancakes and plenty more.
Another Yorkshire family-run farm shop in the district is Blacker Hall Farm. Offering award-winning fresh, seasonal, local produce in its farm shop, 75% of their products are made right there on the family’s farm. Behind the farm shop, you will find the Barn Kitchen. This charming café features two floors and an outdoor seating area for you to dine – and, of course, to indulge in a delicious fresh breakfast! You’ll have the option to have a cooked breakfast (both vegetarian and vegan versions are also available), porridge with a choice of tasty toppings, sourdough bread with a selection of your favourite breakfast ingredients including bacon, sausage, egg, smoked salmon, avocado and loads more. There’s something for everyone at Blacker Hall Farm.
To really get a feel of Wakefield, a visit to The Hepworth gallery is a must. This popular Wakefield landmark, which opened its doors in 2011, is ideally situated on the River Calder, and welcomed a café in 2017. Hosting a changing seasonal menu, they use locally-sourced ingredients and speciality coffee, ideal for filling up before entering the museum and taking in the best international modern and contemporary art.
Of course, these are just a handful of the brilliant breakfast spots Wakefield has to offer; you can be assured, there are plenty more! If you are in the Walton area, then take a visit to Whisk, a small but cosy coffee shop, offering breakfast and sweet treats. You will find Ma B’s in Stanley next to the Stanley Nature Reserve, which will spoil you for choice for your first meal of the day. Boogie Woogie Bagel Bar on Northgate serves up delicious bagels and coffee – with a side order of jazz! Now more than ever, we need to be supporting smaller businesses.
Wakefield is a wonderful district with so much to offer. To explore it and its attractions though, you will need to start your morning with a full stomach!
Alex Whur is a food reviewer – find more from her on her Instagram.