A little piece of Yorkshire

We are Wapentake: an Artisan Bakery, Cafe & Bar dedicated to our love of Yorkshire.

It may help you understand us when you understand the name. Besides being divided into three Ridings – East, North and West (a riding being derived from the Norse word “thriving,” meaning a third part) – Yorkshire was further sub-divided into administrative areas called Wapentakes… the Danelaw equivalent of an Anglo-Saxon Hundred in most other counties. The word derived from an assembly or meeting place, usually at a cross roads or near a river, where literally one’s presence or a vote was taken by a show of weapons.

You will find us nesting on Kirkgate, not far from the market where we buy all our produce for our seasonal and homely menu. Although you won’t a large amount of weapons when you step inside, you will find our daily baked bread usually sat by some cake creations, gluten-free & vegan, baked by the lovely Cake Witch. Besides being a stop off for bacon butties & early morning coffees, we are also here to ease you in to the evening.

On the 100 year old bar you will find an array of spirits including a shelf dedicated to Yorkshire Gins, sat happily in front of our selection of local keg and cask ales. Come take a look at the local art on the wall, have a tinkle on our piano, or get a beer from the Yorkshire brewery dedicated fridge and watch some sports upstairs.

There is a place in the joint for everyone.

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