Leeds has an excellent reputation for high-quality restaurants, gastropubs and cafes and these are some of the best places to eat out. Locals will often recommend Crafthouse in the Trinity centre, where you can enjoy amazing views with stunning cuisine. Kendell’s Bistro, tucked away on St Peter’s Lane, has blackboard menus, candles and cloth napkins to evoke a classic French atmosphere.
Booking is essential Wednesdays to Saturdays for The Swine That Dines on North Street, where unusual small sharing plates are served from menus that change every month. There are regular vegetarian evenings. The tasting menus at Vice and Virtue on New Briggate are always exciting, in the perfect setting of the art deco prohibition-style restaurant and for vegetarian options, Humpit Hummus and Pita Bar in the Corn Exchange or Roots and Fruits in the Grand Arcade offer fresh and delicious food.
The Victoria Quarter contains a branch of the famous Ivy Brasserie. Start with the delectable truffle aranchini, choose from some Asian specialities as well as the more traditional steaks – and leave room for a super-indulgent chocolate bombe. Within Harvey Nichols, there is the Espresso Bar, which sits beneath the stained glass roof the Victoria Quarter, where you can enjoy coffees, teas or something stronger along with gourmet sandwiches and delectable cakes. The Fourth Floor Café and Bar offers a rooftop vista in an opulently-decorated setting.
Park Row, Greek Street, Quebec Street, South Parade and East Parade make up the city’s financial district and are filled with restaurants and bars including independents and chains. Sous Le Nez on Quebec Street serves fine French food – try its Menu du Soir for a very reasonable three courses. Ibérica is situated within the converted auction house Hepper House and brings authentic Spanish tapas and drinks to East Parade, with its own deli and wine bar in the basement.
19a The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU
Ox Club at Headrow House is the award-winning solid-fuel grill restaurant, showcasing the best of Yorkshire’s seasonal produce. Featured in the Michelin Guide 2019 and Good Food Guide 2019. Visit website
7 Calverley St, Leeds LS1 3DA
Thai Edge is an award winning restaurant offering inspirational dishes from the Pacific Rim. Enjoy a unique dining experience, combining the sophistication and simplicity of exquisite Thai Cuisine while overlooking Leeds’ Millennium Square. Visit website
27 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5ER
Head to Trinity Kitchen for a dining experience like no other… With a concept that is completely unique to Trinity Leeds, Trinity Kitchen offers the very best of British street-food rotating traders sourced across the country every eight weeks alongside a vibrant mix of restaurants and bars. Visit website
3 St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH
Kendells is a casual, informal place to dine with a focus on quality food, wine and service within a French bistro atmosphere. It’s relaxed and informal with no waiters topping up wine glasses after every sip, or sneaking up behind you with a six foot pepper mill. Expect blackboard menus, an open plan kitchen and intimate cosy candles flickering friendly without pretence. Visit website
Boar Ln, Leeds LS1 5NS
Chino Latino, the award-winning Pan-Asian Leeds City Square restaurant, is located at Park Plaza Leeds opposite Leeds Station. Its Pan-Asian food is served to share and dishes are brought steadily to the table creating an informal yet sophisticated style of eating and drinking – the best way to enjoy the taste sensation that is Chino Latino. Visit website
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