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Best places for coffee and catch ups outdoors

Remember when could meet a friend for coffee? Well from next week we'll be able to do just that but, only outdoors. Make a date and stop off at one of these local cafe/delis before your long-awaited rendezvous.

Scandimania, Uppingham

Order a kardemummabullar – that’s a Swedish cardamom bun to you and I, or you may prefer a coriander, cashew and chilli pesto toast topped with lime avo smash – whatever you order, you can enjoy it with your bestie as you mooch around the high street before heading to Hog Hill for a little stroll.

Fika, Oakham

Make a date on a park bench over in Cutts Close after you’ve ordered something delicious from Scandi-inspired cafe, Fika. They’ve got plenty to choose from including cinnamon buns, berries and cream doughnuts as well as a Sunday brunch if you decide you need a longer catch-up with your mate. Think fluffy pancakes or a cheesy sourdough toastie.

Otters Fine Food, Oakham

Grab two hot breakfast sandwiches for you your pal. Their deli is bursting with delicious goodies so you may just end up wanting to stock up your pantry before your outdoor date.

Just So Italian Deli, Market Harborough

If you’re heading out for your regular walk, pop by this lovely cafe/deli and order one of Alison’s homemade filled focaccia, coffee and cannoli. She suggests parking your derriere on one of the benches in the square. The church here is home to a pair of Peregrines falcons who have become well-known ‘locals,’ so a popular spot to watch them from or, head to Welland Park just a few minutes away.

Milo’s Cafe, Market Harborough

Order a Ploughman’s box for two and Biscoff brownies for lunch and a chinwag from this bright and cheery cafe. Owner Natalie suggests heading to the canal, about 10 minute walk from the cafe. The Union Wharf is dotted with nice houses and canal boats to see.

Loquacious Baker, Hinckley

This beautiful cafe/bake shop tucked away in Burbage is a brilliant place to stop off for a cake and coffee. It’s a tiny place so it’s best to pre-order sandwiches if that’s what you’re after and it’s just minutes away from Grove and Brittania Park where owner Ange would go, so don’t forget to order an extra one for your plus one.

Bread and Honey, Leicester

A tiny little indie cafe in Leicester’s King Street serving breakfast, sandwiches and salads from their cute window hatch. We suggest grabbing a freshly roasted Monmouth coffee and raspberry loaf before taking a lovely stroll along the leafy New Walk promenade.

Healthy Louisa, Leicester

Plant-based food that really packs a flavour punch! Fresh, healthy, and full of flavour. Their takeaway menu features everything from Buddha to breakfast bowls, smoothies, pancakes and their popular Patrick coffee – named after the owner’s fiance – is made with two double espresso shots, coconut sugar and oat milk. That should keep you going for the rest of the day.

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