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Dining in Driffield is as cheap and as pleasurable as you want to make it. For sure, The Capital of The Wolds is full of wonderful cafes and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. Perhaps the best place to start the day is at Café Leon on Market Place. Discreetly tucked above what is destined to become the town’s new post office building, the café’s long-standing reputation for serving great food at wholesome prices is thoroughly justified. Sandwiched between St. Catherine’s Hospice charity shop and The Bell Hotel, Café Leon prides itself on being one of the classiest places to dine in Driffield, its décor oozing elegance, its main wall blessed with a beautiful set of large windows which allow a huge amount of natural light to filter into the first-floor gaffe come rain or shine. The café’s overhead lighting is also incredibly attractive, as is its open-plan arrangement of circular tables and chairs. One could easily be mistaken for imagining themselves to be relaxing in a Parisian café given the cosmopolitan vibes that Café Leon elicits as standard. The high standard of service further ensures repeat-custom.

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I couldn’t help but indulge in the cafe’s All Day Breakfast, a sucker for the generously-plated combination of baked beans, sausages, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms… not to forget the piece de resistance in the form of two slices of fried bread – my favourite element of the meal. What’s more, at the time of dining, the breakfast cost less than a fiver.

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Should you desire a light lunch or mid-afternoon snack in Driffield, Inspiration Café is a winner in every respect. Located a little further south along Driffield’s Main Street, the cosy eatery is quite possibly the best place in the region to enjoy a brie and cranberry panini, a snack to which I’ve been addicted since first sampling it there. Attractively served with a light salad, the panini represents a divine, irresistible treat.

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Inspiration is also a great place simply to hang out with a pot of tea or mug of coffee, its rack of daily papers providing an even greater excuse to stay a little longer to pore over World Affairs in the company of a hot drink or two.

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Come tea-time, a slew of alternative options are presented, with Marco Polo’s Restaurant on Middle Street South proffering an extensive menu of Italian dishes. For those who seek to eat early without spending too much money, the restaurant is perfect: its ‘Early Bird’ menu between five and seven is hard to beat, with all manner of filling pizza and pasta options available at cut-price.

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If Italian food doesn’t happen to appeal, The Dining Room might be more up your street. Serving a wealth of traditional meals, you’ll be hard-pressed to not find something to your taste. Meanwhile, for those craving spicy fare of Indian origin, Trishna on George Street or Muskan on Cranwell Street are guaranteed to deliver what your taste buds crave, leaving The Water Margin on Market Place to bring up the exotic slack with its region-renowned menu of mouthwatering Chinese fare.

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Who’d have thought that a town so diminutive could proffer so much fabulous, affordable food? As ever, the proof is in the pudding.

(Steve Rudd)

Steve’s first book  - “Pulse” – is now available on the Kindle here

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