Food and Drink in Leeds

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Like its architecture, food and drink in Leeds is a contrast of old-fashioned and cutting edge contemporary. Hearty traditional food can be found alongside innovative street food, all preferably served with a beer from one of the city’s many local breweries. Within the city centre, there are numerous restaurants renowned for their high-quality cuisine, including the Michelin starred The Man Behind The Curtain, as well as the multi award-winning Tharavadu, serving traditional Keralan dishes. Most of the cities independent eateries put an emphasis on the value of using fresh local produce wherever possible, especially if you find yourself in Kirkgate market’s food hall where suppliers and chefs work side by side. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite while out with friends at Belgrave, looking for a good coffee at Laynes or wanting to try a refreshing take on traditional British food at The Reliance, Leeds will have something to cater to your taste.

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Festivals 14–21 October 2019, from £3.00

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Cinema 18–24 October 2019, from £9

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Activity 3 April–30 October 2019, from £6

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Families 10 July–30 October 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

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Activity 11 September–30 October 2019, FREE

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31 October 2018–31 October 2019, FREE

Daily Manchester Walking Tours