Once upon a time Jody and I would go out for breakfast every single Sunday, without fail. Unfortunately the older we get, the more outgoings we get so weekly breakfast has now become more a monthly affair to save on the pennies. This weekend however we decided to hashtag treat ourselves and headed to Grass Roots garden centre, a few miles out of Ripon (it’s technically Harrogate when you search for it online, although it’s nearer to Ripon/Bishop Monkton than Harrogate!) as we had heard great things about their cafe.
Before heading off we took Bruce on a nice 3k walk (he’s currently conked out on the sofa next to me) and picked up our wallets as we had BIG plans to go to Homebase after breakfast for some plants and cacti (I know you don’t need to tell me that we are rock and roll). We arrived at the garden centre to find it was pretty quiet, which was lucky for us as I’ve heard it can get pretty busy sometimes.
The cafe itself was set up in a greenhouse style part of the building mixing wooden tables and fabric chairs with shabby chic iron garden sets. Bulb style fairy lights were strung across the ceiling (I imagine it’s a b-e-a-utiful location in the dark) and there were plants all over the place – Seriously, I was in my element, it had such a nice feel to it.
Grass Roots cafe operates on a counter service – Pick your table, remember your table number, go to the till with your order – and as we were there fairly early, our food came out within 15 minutes, as stated on the menu. Jody ended up going for the American pancakes with berry compote, bacon, maple syrup and creme fraiche (£6.50) whilst I opted for Eggs Benedict (£7).
Now I’ve never had Eggs Benedict before but oh my god, they were bloody delicious. Poached eggs, ham, hollandaise sauce and a toasted muffin – How have I not tried this concoction before? As you can see from the photographs they were pretty Instagrammable (hence why I instagrammed them – My username is Jessdrury9 if you want to follow me *wink*) but thankfully they tasted as good as they looked and were well worth the £7 I paid.
The husband really enjoyed his pancakes too so all in all it was a successful trip. We were going to buy some plants from there but as it’s an indie garden centre, the prices were pretty high (I’m all for supporting small businesses but as we are saving at the moment) so we ended up heading over to Homebase where I spent at least half an hour mooning over the various cacti and succulents that they had on sale.
I’ll definitely be heading to Grass Roots cafe again as the breakfast was really yummy, the food came out in a decent amount of time and it only cost us £18 for two decent sized breakfasts and drinks (we were so full afterwards!). It was a really nice way to start our Sunday and I’m hoping for a repeat next week.