My friend wanted to take me to an independent cute cafe for lunch went I visited her in Leicester. Decorated with wooden beams and benches and fairy lights, St Martin’s seemed like the perfect location. It was very popular as we went on a Saturday lunchtime, however we didn’t mind waiting for a seat. The coffee shop, burger restaurant and coffee roastery is located in the beautiful surroundings of St Martin’s Square. It had a very hand-crafted feel to it which appeals to my arty side.
The lunch menu was packed full of different sandwich and toasted sandwich options, catering for both meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans. I always love to see an open kitchen to know that food is made and prepared fresh by hand which was the case in this cafe. The menu used seasonal ingredients and artisan bakery bread which was soft and delicious.
Their drink menu was extensive with coffee that is freshly roasted at their roastery, a 10 minute walk away, hot chocolates and a detailed tea menu. I have previously had a chai latte but the only dairy free milk available was soya which I have since discovered I do not like. However I wanted to try it again, this time without milk and it was delicious. It had a lovely warming cinnamon taste. My friend went for a hot chocolate and it came with chocolate swirls on top which looked so lovely and well presented.
For food, I chose the avocado, mozzarella, pesto, spinach and sun dried tomato sandwich which came on fresh ciabatta bread. My friend chose the soup of the day, which I was also tempted by. It was leak and potato and it looked so warming and satisfying, also coming with thick granary bread. My sandwich was packed full of the ingredients and was the perfect portion size for lunch.