Leeds, like many other major cities in the UK, provides a whole range of good food at great prices through a vast array of restaurants. While there are a number of well-established and famous chain restaurants that are always popular, others may go unnoticed when they deserve all the credit they can get – often more.
First up is Blackhouse. An up-and-coming network of restaurant/bar combos, Blackhouse prides itself on excellent steaks, perfect seafood and fine wines. Situated on East Parade, it is often overlooked due to the large number of popular bars and eateries on Greek Street, yet should be prioritised by anyone desiring fine cuisine.
Anthony’s, meanwhile, spreads its wealth between two locations. A family-owned and run company, the restaurant targets nothing short of the best possible dining experiences wherever it is. Both the executive head chef and restaurant director have many years of experience in Michelin-starred restaurants; this is hardly surprising, given its food and mind-blowing location.
Situated in Leeds’ landmark building, the Corn Exchange, Piazza by Anthony occupies the entire ground floor
level, incorporating a 118-seat restaurant, a café, champagne bar, private dining and four retail shops. Meanwhile, Anthony’s Patisserie, in the heart of the Victoria Quarter, provides Italian white leather seats and marble tables to let you sit in luxury as you enjoy light lunches, homemade pastries, bonbons and confectionery.
For those demanding the best Far Eastern food in the region, Leeds offers Red Chilli. Just a stone’s throw from Millennium Square, its discrete location below street level offers beautiful Beijing and Sichuan dishes, while all chefs are trained with experience in a variety of Chinese embassies and five-star hotels.
Fish and chips is a staple British meal and few places in the UK, if any, do it better than Nash’s. Tucked away in a beautiful Tudor-style house with its own courtyard, its legacy is a major part of Leeds culinary history. Grandma Nash opened the first outlet on Park Lane in the 1920s; before long, huge queues formed, transforming it into the best place for the national dish in Leeds. Doubling as a tearoom, the old-school wooden interior is comfortable and relaxing, giving you the perfect dining experience when combined with its traditional dishes.
Nonetheless, those looking to visit their favourite restaurants will discover more recognisable establishments with little difficulty in Leeds. Around Park Row, both Wagamama and Tampopo – specialists in quick and healthy Eastern-inspired meals – will delight with their chicken katsu curry and panang curry respectively. Jamie’s Italian, as well as Gaucho, also have easy-to-find outlets on this stretch. What’s more, leading seafood restaurant Loch Fyne is slap-bang in the centre of Leeds on City Square.
Even with this list, are you completely stuck for ideas in Leeds? The newly-opened Red Hot Buffet is a great option to stop any group’s quarrel as to the meal they want. Incorporating nearly every type of cuisine in its open-plan self-service hall, this deluxe all-you-can-eat restaurant even has chefs on hand to cook you meals to your exact specification – if you were struggling for choice in the first place, that is!
Exploring the streets of Leeds digs up all manner of restaurants just waiting to spoil you from the minute you to walk through the door. This list struggles to touch on the great restaurants on offer – if you have a suggestion, let us know below!