Food and drink in Leeds: things to know before you go
There’s never been a better time for food and drink in Leeds. With a newly invigorated restaurant scene, amazing bar and pub culture, brilliant breweries and exciting foodie events, there’s plenty you won’t want to miss. Find out more here.
Which are the top-rated restaurants in Leeds?
Restaurants in Leeds cover everything from tasty handmade burgers to Michelin starred fine dining. Here are three of the city’s best restaurants as rated by locals on Groupon:
- Salvos in Headingley has been serving up superb Italian food since it opened in 1976. It recently benefited from a £250k revamp and has an AA Rosette and a lot of appearances in the Good Food Guide to its name, so you know you’re in expert hands here.
- Bulgogi Grill on Merrion Way is ideal if you’re happy to get hands-on with your food. Leeds’ first Korean BBQ restaurant has you grilling your own meats and fish while the chefs prepare your salads, sides and marinades. After all, food always tastes best when you’ve cooked it yourself.
- Prashad started as a community meeting point and Indian deli in Bradford, but has blossomed into a critically lauded vegetarian restaurant in Drighlington. Serving Gujarati-influenced dishes, this place will blow away all your ideas about what an Indian restaurant is.
Which are the best bars and pubs in Leeds?
Leeds has ancient old pubs, banging bars and rooftop terraces galore. Here are seven of the best pubs and bars for food and drink in the city centre:
- Veritas – famous for its fine wines and imaginative menu.
- Midnight Bell – a traditional boozer located in Holbeck’s atmospheric Urban Village.
- North Bar – one of the original pioneers of the Leeds bar boom, with a wide range of beers available in a relaxed environment.
- The Adelphi – a Victorian-built pub famous for its friendly and alternative vibes.
- Bundobust – tasty Indian grub and craft beers in one of the cosiest beer gardens around.
- Remedy – a premium cocktail bar in the unique setting of a barbershop.
- Roxy Ballroom – it’s all fun and games here, with ping pong, mini golf and pool alongside an array of food and drink options.
What are the best cafés in Leeds?
It’s not as easy as it used to be to find a good old fashioned caff in Leeds city centre. A wave of new independent coffee shops and nice quaint cafes have sprung up to complement the big chains of LS1. You’ll find traditional cafés tucked away down side streets and in the market, leaving anyone who wants a good brew with tons of choice. Here are some of the best:
- La Strega will sort you out with its full English if what you need is a big hit of carbs and protein to start your day. Tucked behind Debenhams, it’s a friendly spot that’s been serving Leeds shoppers for years.
- Hepworth’s Deli and Kitchen is a bit fancier, with weekend brunchers often queueing into its Victorian arcade location to wait for a table. The eggs benedict are soft and rich and the sandwiches are excellent.
- Ira B’s is something a bit different and very special. Located a bit out of the city centre in Moortown, it’s a part of Leeds’ strong Jewish heritage. Sandwiches on the menu include chicken schnitzel, fried fish and chopped liver, but the salt beef Grobbler is the star of the show.
What food and drink festivals are there in Leeds?
If you need an excuse to celebrate food and drink in Leeds, it seems like there’s a festival for you every other weekend these days. With guides to each festival found on their respective websites, check out the Leeds Indie Food Festival for unique eats and tasty treats.
Among the big events in and around Leeds are:
- Leeds International Beer Festival
- Leeds Food & Drink Festival
- Belgrave Feast
- Ilkley Beer Festival
- Morley Beer Festival
- Horsforth Food and Drink Festival
- Leeds Feast
- The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival
- North Leeds Food Festival