Bar: Bruks Café
Average soup price: £4
Rating: * * *
After spending copious amounts of student loan in Topshop, what more could you ask for than a nice cup of tea, a scone and a healthy stint in a calm, quiet café?
Or let’s go crazy and have a teacake. Any cake in fact; carrot, chocolate, coffee…muffin anyone? Bruks is practically next door to Topshop and, I can honestly say, is my favourite café in York. This is mostly because I think the most relaxing environment to have a hot beverage is surrounded by old people, twittering about their day.
That is exactly what Bruks is, essentially an old people café- but it is this slow paced, friendly warmth that makes it great.
If you’re ever in town at ungodly hour of the morning for whatever random reason, it opens faithfully at first light (well, 7am) with the morning papers.
At lunch time I usually opt for the delicious homemade soup (£3.95), which arrives literally in a matter of milliseconds. The staff are always wonderful and chatty, there really is nothing worse than grumpy service to put a gloomy black cloud over your Earl Grey.
My personal opinion is that the wide range of sandwiches and jacket potatoes are slightly overpriced, at around £4-£5.50; but then I think that has become pretty average.
Honestly, in my day…..