Roots and Fruits

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10 Grand Arcade (at Briggate), Leeds, England, LS1 6PG

Small, airy cafe within the Grand Arcade in the city centre. Offers vegan and vegetarian meals, range of tea, hot and cold drinks. Meals range from veggie breakfast and soups to lunch staples such as jacket potatoes and burgers. Specials board is all vegan. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm, Sun 11:00am-4:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, British

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First Review by Stevie

Loved it - Edit

Visited on a chilled out Monday evening. Staff were lovely, great atmosphere. I highly recommend the Jerk Jackfruit, so tasty and fulfilling! My husband also loved his lasagne. A member of staff was also really helpful as I have a severe Brazil Nut allergy and he went through all their cake ingredients to check what was safe. Really appreciated it because that carrot cake was top notch! Well worth a visit, we'll be back :)

Pros: Great vegan options, Excellent value, Delicious

Cons: None

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Vegan delight! - Edit

I was highly impressed on my visit to Roots and Fruits. We visited on a Saturday lunchtime and just managed to get a seat. Service was excellent and there are many vegan options! My food was delicious, reasonably priced. The smoothies are also great! A must-visit.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-23

Pros: Great vegan options, Delicious vegan food, Good service

Cons: Very busy

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Lovely place for veggies and vegans alike! a must visit! - Edit

This is one of the best veggie cafes I've been in. Its in a great location within the Grand Arcade and the interior is cosy and friendly. The staff are just brilliant and all the food is reasonably priced. I will definitely be coming back here!!

Pros: Great interior and atmosphere, Friendly staff, Good variety on the menu

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One of our favourites - Edit

Been visiting Roots for a few years now and even make the trip from Sheffield to go there. Always a warm welcome and great food. It's recently become more vegan focussed which is all good as far as I'm concerned. Daily specials are all vegan and always include a burger of the day. Regular meals include Jerk Jackfruit, all day breakfast and falafels.
Highly recommended. Also cake is available from local bakeries.

Pros: Good food, Nice surroundings, Warm welcome

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fantastic - Edit

This place was fantastic. The menu was packed with vegan options all at reasonable prices. there was something for if you wanted to be healthy but also plenty of nice comfort food. I had the beanball sub with vegan cheese sauce, it was amazing. I will definitely be going here again, what a good find!

Pros: lots of vegan options , friendly staff, reasonable prices

Cons: none!

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Great Vegan Options & Friendly Vegetarian Cafe - Edit

Roots & Fruits is a vegetarian and vegan cafe, in the Grand Arcade and is very welcoming and cosy and very busy on a Saturday lunchtime. I often wonder in places like Roots and Fruits, what the percentage of customers are vegetarian and vegan, I somehow think carnivores make up a big percentage.

We managed to get a table for two and perused the menu, with its interesting vegan options, with more on their daily specials board. I could not resist jerk jackfruit, served with vegan cheesy sauce and sour coconut cream, plantain, yams, sweet potato and tortillas, totally delicious and the dish renewed my enthusiasm to utilise jackfruit more in my cooking. My husband had grilled halloumi and lentil salad, which he loved.

An excellent Americano coffee and a peppermint tea accompanied our lunch. We had a chat with owner Kay, who was very enthusiastic and friendly, I cannot wait to make a return visit.

Pros: Vegan options, Accommodating as to allergies, Friendly and inviting

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Great food!.............. BUT - Edit

We were regular customers to this cafe because the food was good, unfortunately that came to an abrupt end recently.
We went as a family and ordered three meals as we treat our son to lunch when we visit him at Leeds Uni.
But on this occasion we waited 50 minutes then was told it was not ready and in fact they lost our order! We were told to wait another 10 mins for the order, at which point I was told my meal was finished as they had no jack fruit! Great food, BUT its very chaotic in there. We ate elsewhere.

Pros: Nice food, Nice arcade setting, Polite staff

Cons: Late service, NO service, Unreliable chef

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Love this place - Edit

Firstly, the staff are so welcoming and lovely, it really does make a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The food is delicious and has plenty of vegan options- I tried jackfruit for the first time and wasn't disappointed. Vegan cake for dessert was great, I even had a marshmallow hot chocolate which I don't think I've eaten in about 11 years so that was amazing. My friend insisted her sticky toffee pudding was the best she'd ever eaten.

Pros: Lovely staff, Amazing food

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nice and friendly place - Edit

i went there once while traveling to leeds. it was recommended by many fellow vegans. the staff was very friendly and they had quite a bid choice on menu. unfortunately no gluten free cakes so i took just a tea but my friend had a sandwich and it was really tasty looking.

Pros: friendly staff , nice atom

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Great new menu - Edit

Visited here recently for the first time since new management took over, I have always liked this cafe but was excited to see a new menu and was not disappointed. I had the jerk jackfruit which was absolutely delicious, the decor has been updated and we sat outside to enjoy the recently renovated Grand Arcade which has thankfully become more popular and will ensure this great cafe continues to thrive.

Pros: plenty of vegan options, nice surroundings

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Survival of the Fittest - Edit

A very nice place in the astonishingly revitalised Grand Arcade. This location is what makes Roots and Fruits special. There's something for everyone here from Italian and Mexican dishes to curries; so much choice and lots of vegan options too. It's always worth checking out the specials board and seeing what they have for desert. The specials board is always vegan. However, it has to be the all-day breakfast for me. You can now choose 5 items to make your breakfast as special as you want it to be. It's always a winner, and comes with a pot of tea or unlimited (within reason) filter coffee. Fair prices and ultra friendly atmosphere. After changing hands in Autumn 2013, the transition period has seen Roots and Fruits remain an established fixture on the Leeds meat-free scene. Whilst it was sad to see the previous owners retire, they can be assured their legacy is in good hands. I wish them the very best if they ever happen to read this one day. You made our visits to Leeds most special, and this will continue onwards and upwards.

Pros: all-day breakfast, international dishes, friendly

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Always fun to visit - Edit

If I'm in Leeds I'll likely drop in to Roots & Fruits for something tasty. They never disappoint.

Pros: Good value for money, Good range of choices, Nice atmosphere

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Massive improvement in recent years! - Edit

I went here a few times years ago but was always disappointed, the main appeal of the place was the fact it was vegetarian but that was about it. A recent visit completely changed my mind as it has now ditched the dull 1970s take on veggie food and caught up with the times! My whole family enjoyed their meals, and I wouldn't hesitate to return and try more of their menu as it was all delicious, healthy & well presented.

Pros: Healthy, tasty food, Child friendly, BYO policy

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Amazing - Edit

Staff and so sweet and friendly. The food is lovely and overall has a great atmosphere.

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Cool place - Edit

Central located and spacious cafe offering interesting but healthy meals. We had: falafel with hummus&pitta, some 'whoefoods' bowl with rice, beans, guacamole, mango etc and a burger. We all liked it, portions were good and we left satisfied.

We had to wait a while for out meals though.

Pros: interesting menu, friendly staff, big portions

Cons: long waiting time

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Very Impressed - Edit

I had never been to Roots and Fruits before but on a recent trip to Leeds decided it was time I did after reading some positive reviews. The location of the cafe is perfect really, just a short walk from the train station located in the grand arcade. Upon entering the cafe the staff were very friendly and we were given menus almost immediately. Firstly, Roots and Fruits has a great selection of international food on offer such as Italian, Thai and Mexican as well as an all day breakfast. We decided to order the 5 bean Chilli Burritos, side of chips (home made) and salad which were excellent and a pot of Rooibos tea. The burritos certainly hit the spot and unfortunately we were too full to sample the churros from the dessert menu. Definitely next time though.

Pros: Good selection of food, Nice atmosphere, Inexpensive

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great place - Edit

good menu. helpful and friendly staff. good value and delicious food. apparently new management.

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Nice place to eat in Leeds City Centre - Edit

Went to this nice little place in November 2014 and their food is really nice especially the burger. Pleanty of Vegan food to choose from and the staff are really friendly. Plus vegan marshmellows :) Highly recommended

Pros: seating in and out , good service and friendly staff, good choice for vegans

Cons: bit hard to find, small

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Wonderful. - Edit

I uses to come here when I was a child with my mum (who would take me as I was a vegetarian). I even wrote my GCSE business studies project on this cafe! It's fairly recently had new owners, and it's given the place a great new atmosphere! A must visit for any Vegetarian or Vegan that is visiting or living in Leeds!

Pros: Clean, Friendly, Loads of options

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such a lovely place - Edit

I tour the UK with work always looking for places like this. It's wonderful. Caters for all veggie/vegan/ovo/gf needs. Good hearty food for big eaters like me. With a lovely service from great staff. And in a nice relaxed atmosphere. WE NEED THESE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!!!

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wow - Edit

Wow indeed. I used to come in here when it was the only vegetarian cafe in Leeds giving it my custom hoping it would change. It had no energy, no life, no warm welcome, often no welcome at all and a dull menu.
New owners took it over in November 2013 and this was my first visit since then.
It now has energy, a vibrancy, life. The new owner was welcoming, chatty, friendly & lovely.
I am sure the changes may not have been welcomed by some of its previous regulars, but, they will be replaced by many more new regulars.
A good varied menu with lots of vegan options.
If you haven't been here for a while, it is time to come back, if you haven't tried it at all, now is the time.
Roots and Fruits has regenerated and is rapidly heading back to being the fantastic vegetarian hang out it used to be.
I so look forward to my next visit.
Updated from previous review on Thursday June 19, 2014

Pros: Good location & welcome. , Relaxing & energising feel. , A great varied menu.

Cons: Too easy to sit and watch world go by.

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Change for the better! - Edit

In reply to the previous reviewer. Phew. I've been coming to Roots and Fruits for about ten years now, my pre-show venue which has become as much of the treat on a night out as the opera/concert/play at Leeds Grand next door.

Hearing that it had changed hands we were worried. Anxiety now dispelled after a delicious meal last night.

I opted for my standard, the pakoras, deliciously crisp light clouds of spinach, opinion and potato complemented by with a yogurt and spice dip. Sharing these, in exchange for two of the goat's cheese fritters with onion marmalade, I realised that whatever the show next door at Leeds Grand was like, the evening would count as a success by the food alone. The main courses proved equally as tasty, served unfussily but with a nice finishing touch: my mexican bean and tomato soup accompanied by corn tortillas and sour cream;. My partner's choice, from the daily board, vegetable curry and brown rice - was well seasoned and nicely textured.

The menu hasn't changed radically, but it has improved. It is somehow lighter and fresher. And there appears to be a greater range on the daily special's board. The new owner let us know that the head chef and other staff remain the same, and that they're excited at and enjoying the opportunity of trying out new things and new ways of doing old things, now that the outfit has changed hands.

I'm now thinking of coming up to Leeds with a vegan friend, with the cafe as the main event, and a trip to the city gallery/Henry Moore Institute/theatre as the side dish.

Well done Kay and Richard, and staff. Keep it up.

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly atmosphere/staff

Cons: not open until 7.30, no signposting of vegan options on menu

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So good we had our wedding lunch here! - Edit

This place has been open for years and although i don't get there too often, when i do i always think i should come more often. Mainly a daytime cafe, so only ever had lunch here but think the food is great with lots of choice and good range of sizes of meal so suits however hungry you are. When we got married at the registry office couldn't think of anywhere we would rather go for lunch afterwards!

Pros: Range of choice, Good value, Friendly staff

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Good for a quiet lunch. - Edit

I'm sure the menu hasn't change the whole time its been open, and I'm not sure it needs to. Perfect for lunch during a day of shopping. Small, quiet and friendly. Probably not appropriate for an evening meal. Vegan options available.

Pros: Quiet, Friendly

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ok but nothing special really, I'm afraid! - Edit

The food is a bit pricey for what it is, nothing very special... I recommend this place for coffees or a quick lunch but not worth the detour if you're looking for exquisite veggie food... Also the couple who run this place are really nice!

Pros: central, nice coffee

Cons: food is nothing special, a bit pricey

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Good family run business - Edit

Nice and friendly service. I found the place a little grubby and I don't like frozen chips or white bread baps and feel that a more wholesome approach to food would not go amiss (I would go more often). However, that said the portions are good and overall the meals are good too. By grubby I don't mean dirty, I refer to old mis-match furniture that's past its sell by date and a feeling of general seediness (reminds me of the old sausage and tomato-buttie cafes). This cafe is in a quiet part of Leeds (which is a pity) so it's good that we support these hard working owners.

Pros: good portions, friendly staff

Cons: a little seedy, white baps and frozen chips

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Lovely place just off city centre shopping - Edit

I've been a guest to this lovely place a few times and would recommend it to anyone no matter what your personal diet requires. The people there are very caring and have great attitude towards food and talking to their customers. (They even do vegan garlic bread, how good is that)

Prices are absolutely moderate (£5-7 for a meal) so that you end up paying £10 to £15 for meal + drinks + sides and maybe even a coffee after your food.

The first time I was there, it almost seemed like we were their only customers and it felt a bit awkward, but thanks to the lovely people it quickly became a very nice place. And since my second visit I'm not so worried about their income anymore, there are some other customers as well ;)

They restaurant is located in the Grand Arcades just 150 m away from Primark/Headrow.

Pros: Great People, Great Food, Moderate Prices

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