The Very Best of British

This week, the cafe opened – hurrah!!!! Tuesday was the big opening and we welcomed over 60 people, served some delicious cakes and we were even featured on Made In Leeds TV’s news programme!

There have been some really fabulous moments, but the one I want to share, and please forgive me for the indulgence, is related to my other passion; tennis.

Last week, on Hovingham Avenue, inner-north-east-Leeds, while final edits were being made to the interior decor, and plates were being washed and put in cupboards, yours truly was actually indulging on a day trip to Wimbledon. Courtesy of my very generous and loving father-in-law, my sister-in-law and I enjoyed a great day out at SW19:

The weather was glorious, Serena was on top form, and we even watched a couple of sets of the men’s doubles semi before catching a late train back home to Leeds. In the afternoon, we treated ourselves to a Pimms rather than the ever-enticing-but-ridiculously-expensive strawberries and cream, and we soak ed in the atmosphere on Henman Hill (or is it Murray Mount) before making our way to Kings Cross. It was a wonderful treat for the both of us, and we remarked how the atmosphere at Wimbledon was truly British, and, really, the very best of British with the manners, good sportsmanship, strawberries and cream, and glorious sunshine.

Back in LS8, this week, I have basked again in ‘the Best of British’; this time, in our hospitality, in our copious cups of tea and coffee being drunk by people who, on the face of it, look like they have nothing in common, but when you hear the glorious sound of the chatter, you realise that there is much much #moreincommon than divides us.This was the Best of British, too.

And to sum it all up? This photo, of one of our core team members, a wonderful Eritrean man currently waiting for the Home Office to accept his asylum claim. Taller than me, he offered to write on the blackboard the offerings in the cafe today. And what had I picked up from The Real Junk Food Network yesterday? That’s right… strawberries and cream 🙂

published by Anna Dyson
Founder and Director of ToastLoveCoffee. CEO of Dyson family, Roundhay (Leeds) branch which involves a huge array of skills impossible to imagine or articulate! Formerly, Jewish educator and community professional.


  1. posted by Judy Plaut on Reply

    So inspiring, Anna. Enormous credit to you! xx

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