Leoni is a charming coffee shop in the small North Yorkshire town of Malton.
Simon Robertson, the owner, fell in love with coffee culture while backpacking around the world (a man after my own heart). He is a passionate, friendly chap and serves a terrific brew.
Simon has collected various national barista titles and competed successfully at the World Barista Championships. Leoni won the BSA Best Beverage Experience Award 2006, a national prize in recognition of outstanding coffee shops.
Despite the accolades, the café retains a rustic, down-to-earth appearance. Old tables, untidy bookshelves and piles of newspapers. It is welcoming, charming and utterly unpretentious.
This is a haven for coffee lovers. The menu describes the varied options in detail. I plumped for a cappuccino, which was (and remains, as of August 2008), the best cappuccino I’ve ever had; carefully prepared and presented, with stunning taste.
There is food available of course, but plenty of space (downstairs and up) for sitting with just a hot drink.
If Simon is not around his well-trained baristas take good care and serve with a friendly smile.
It’s a super place in the finest traditions of coffee culture.
BSA Best Beverage Experience Award: (http://www.beverageserviceassociation.com/awards.asp.
Simon Robertson is quoted extensively in this BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7204551.stm
Amended August 2008
We visited on 16 December 2006.