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.

Visitor guides

Knave's Kitchen

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Belgrave music hall Leeds

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Whitelock’s Ale House Leeds

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Things to do right now

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Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.

Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.

Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.