Wondering where to eat in Leeds? If you’re looking for the best local and independent eateries, bars, market stalls and restaurants in Leeds City Centre, this post is for you. Ellen, a lovely friend of mine, who is incredibly passionate and excited about what West Yorkshire has to offer within its culinary delights, has just launched the fantastic Leeds Food Tours.
Leeds Food Tours will open up the best independent eateries to you throughout its fascinating one day tour. Focusing on small businesses and local ingredients, this is your chance to unearth the absolute best food that Leeds has to offer.
Intrigued? Read on to find out more!
Need the essential info right here right now? Here ya go!
Leeds Food Tours are approximately 4 hours, with 1 mile of walking.
A maximum of 6 people. Want to come with more people in a bigger group? Pop Leeds Food Tours a message.
Lots of fun historical foodie facts, plenty of food of 6 venues and yes, there’s alcohol too!
Sure! Just let Leeds Food Tours know at least 48 hours in advance what you need.
The Local Leeds Tour includes meat, dairy and gluten but the food can be prepared as vegetarian or gluten-free instead.
There’s also a Street Food Tour, Vegan Tour and Market Tour. So if you’re vegan, the Street Food Tour or Vegan Tour is going to be much better for you.
I personally experienced a complimentary Local Leeds Tour and I’ll be telling you more about that below!
I am so proud to have called Leeds my home for the last year.
If you’re a student at the University, visiting for the day or just want to rediscover what is right on your doorstep, here is a reminder of why I love Leeds…
Here’s some cheeky foodie facts about Leeds to get you excited!
There are of course many more fun facts about Leeds, but I’ll leave it to Leeds Food Tours to fill you in on that. Instead, I’m going to give you a sneak peak into what you can experience on the Local Leeds Tour.
Grab a bite to eat now if you’re hungry, because by the end of this post, you’re gonna be ravenous!
Ellen, the awesome lady behind Leeds Food Tours and a close travel blogging buddy of mine, invited me on a complimentary tour of Local Leeds to see what all the fuss is about. Here’s what went down, and what you can expect on your tour when you join.
Please note that Ellen is always striving to give you the best Leeds foodie experience. Locations and dish choices may change with the times!
Read on to get some behind-the-scenes info on what we got up to!
Welcome to the watering hole that pub dreams are made of. Off a very bustling and modern high street, Leeds has a secret number of small passageways leading to some exciting food and drink delights. By far my favourite out of all the pubs in Leeds City Centre, Whitelocks is the place to be for a scrummy lunch in Leeds.
Whitelocks is intimately small, antique, comforting and full of alcoholic cheer. It’s been running since 1715 and its current interior has been proudly standing since the late 1800s in Leeds Centre. If you love Yorkshire brews as much as me (we’re not talking tea here) there’s a fantastic selection of Yorkshire ales and craft beers.
To kickstart our Leeds Food Tour, we dove right into a lovely half pint of ale, alongside a hearty and comforting fish finger sandwich. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know the people you’re discovering Leeds with, as well as learn from your guide Ellen where the concept of a sandwich originally came from!
You simply cannot visit Leeds without paying a visit to the magnificent and glorious Kirkgate Market. If you’re not gawping at the food, you’ll be gawping at the architecture. It’s the largest covered market in Europe, holding around 800 stalls. Over 100,000 people visit here each week, so make sure to jump on the bandwagon and get down here too!
Where to start though? This is where Leeds Food Tours comes in! Ellen has been living in Leeds for nearly 10 years, and has tried and tested what Kirkgate Market has to offer, to bring you the very best of the best.
I don’t want to give away too much about what Ellen is going to choose for you, but it really is going to be a treat! You’ll be able to taste so many wonderfully different, rich, fresh and tastebud-terrific foods – and as a new relatively new local to the city – I was surprised about how much I had been missing out on!
I walked out of that market knowing so much more about what is on offer in this charming and historic market – and now definitely have a favourite butcher, fishmonger and fruit and vegetable stand to go to.
Note that many of the restaurants in Leeds source their food directly from this market. The daily produce is undeniably fresh, local and lovingly traded. Kirkgate Market is one of the beating hearts of the Leeds community. Bringing people together through food and drink is a magical thing. And it’s happening right here.
Veggie lovers rejoice! Looking for organic, local, fresh and vegan-friendly places to eat in Leeds city centre? Eat Your Greens is one of them.
Eat Your Greens is open, airy and chilled and has a very interesting and creative menu for you to get stuck into. They were currently going through a menu change whilst I was there with Leeds Food Tours, so I’m excited to see what they come up with next!
Nonetheless, be prepared to have something a little different on your fork that you may not have ordered if you came in here yourself. Ellen wants to show you something a little different, and you’ll find it here for sure.
Down a street with a barber shop that is always blaring out music from a boombox on its front step (is that why it’s always empty?), is the very friendly and funky Wapentake. It’s a pub and grub place. Snug! I’ve got something about the colour green, so Wapentake’s exterior is already winning in my eyes, but yes…what’s inside is bursting with the Yorkshire feels. These guys love Yorkshire!
Yes, Leeds Food Tours is ready and waiting to take you inside! No, you can’t hear the barber boombox once you’re in.
At Wapentake, you’ll be treated to what you’ve most likely been waiting for during the whole tour: Yorkshire puddings! They are divine here. Put on lashings of gravy and let Leeds Food Tours tell you some riveting facts about these puds as you sink your teeth into them. Is this one of my most favourite food places in Leeds? It definitely is.
Last but not least, you’ll be finishing your tour within the buzzing atmosphere of Friends of Ham. It’s always lively on the top floor with plenty of craft beer and delectable wine. Yet downstairs, the atmosphere is full of low-lighting, cosy tables and sultry feels.
Get ready to be romanced with the biggest plates of mouth-watering meats and cheeses with fantastically chosen wine to wash it all down with. You’ll be treated to Wage beef and British chorizo specifically that will melt in your mouth!
From here, you can choose to bid adieu to everyone, or stay and get very merry on your own terms, which we all certainly did. Friends of Ham is a great choice for an evening spot. You’re welcome to make the very most of it!
A big thank you to Ellen for gifting me with a complimentary Local Leeds Food Tour. Opinions as always remain my own = open and honest.
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Leeds is superbly connected to many locations throughout the UK. You can easily get here by train, bus, car or plane.
You can get to Leeds from London in just over 2 hours via train. There are also direct trains from Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Hull and York.
Want to take the bus? You can get here from many cities, including the main ones of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.
Leeds also has a local airport: Leeds Bradford Airport!
Hiring a car?
There’s plenty of brilliant places to wine and dine in Leeds.
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