Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Humpit – The Hummus and Pita Bar.
Humpit is a small business located on Queen Street, just over the road from the university, who specialise in (yep, you guessed it) – hummus! What could be more wonderful?
They open Tuesday – Saturday from 11:30am-5pm (3pm on Tuesdays). Laura opened the place in 2019 and has since been providing Huddersfield with their daily hummus fix week in, week out.
There’s a long list of reasons why I love this place, but I’ll stick to the main ones for now.
First of all, it’s completely vegan which instantly sets your mind at ease. You don’t have to worry about cross-contamination, and Laura actively seeks out emerging local businesses to expand the vegan options. You can order from a huge list of Lick Dairy-Free Ice-Cream flavours (a small business based in Holmfirth), or you can buy vegan treats such as donuts, brownies and rocky road all supplied by Guilt freetreatbox.
Second, it’s healthy! I’m finding that with the emergence of vegan culture, it can be hard to find a place that doesn’t just offer mock meats, burgers and fried junk food. Humpit’s salad bar is freshly prepared every morning, and their mega salad boxes are nothing less than iconic. It’s great to have a tasty lunch option available that is super filling but won’t leave you feeling sluggish for the rest of the day.
Walking into Humpit you’re instantly hit by the vibrant energy of the place. It’s full of colour, there are hand-painted murals all over the walls and they play upbeat indie music. It feels like somewhere you can come with your friends to switch off and have a good catch-up. Similarly, upstairs they have two bright, airy rooms with plenty of comfortable seats – perfect for if you’re wanting to get some work done or hold a group/meeting. Humpit currently host mindfulness sessions on Tuesdays, and a parent and baby meet up on Wednesdays in these rooms. They’re dog friendly and can accommodate families, children, students and large groups.
Now, let’s get to the food! As you can see, the menu is fairly small. They offer four main dishes, referred to as ‘The Big Four’, which are; a filled pita, a hummus bowl, a salad box or the shakshuka. Each of these can be upgraded to a meal deal, meaning you get an extra two sides, a dessert and a drink. For those wanting something a bit more ‘meaty’, they have a spicy kebab which is a pitta filled with a soya alternative, and they do a mezze which is a selection of small dishes, perfect for grazing in larger groups.
I visited with my husband Ben, and we ordered a ‘salad bowl for one’ meal, a hummus bowl and a donut. First of all, as you’ll probably be able to tell from the photos, we were served an absolute feast! The portion sizes were incredible. My salad bowl was bursting with a mixture of different bits from kale, broccoli and courgette to tabouleh salad, sauerkraut and pickles. It also had a huge dollop of hummus and two crispy falafel balls coated in their signature tahini and amba sauce. If that wasn’t enough, this meal deal also comes with a fluffy pita bread, two sides (I chose sweet potato fries and the roasted cauliflower), a drink and a gorgeous Biscoff brownie which was like fudgy, chocolate heaven.
It’s safe to say that I was completely stuffed by the end of it. The flavours were incredible. My favourite part was the amba sauce which is a zesty mango curry. If I could, I’d buy a whole jar of it! I loved the variety of the dishes. Salads can be really boring, but this one just got better and better. My only critique would be the beetroot. I’ve never been a fan of it, but that’s just personal opinion. I was really impressed that all of this came to £11.50! Amazing value for money and the entire menu can be made to takeaway for a slightly reduced price.
The hummus bowl is essentially a bowl filled with their signature hummus blend and topped with tabouleh salad, chickpeas, pickles, tomato, cucumber and falafel with a drizzle of sauce on top. This dish comes with a brown or white pita bread. Ben also ordered a lovely snickers donut for dessert which was low fat, low sugar and high protein – technically one of your five-a-day, right? The donuts look quite small, but they’re actually the perfect size for an after-dinner treat.
Overall, Humpit gets a huge thumbs up from me. It’s a great place to visit if you want a fresh and healthy vegan lunch. It’s casual, down to earth and they’re able to cater for a wide range of allergens or occasions. The next time you’re in Huddersfield, why not pop by and treat yourself to a Humpit? If your experience is anything like mine, you won’t regret it!