These amazing eateries are proving that Leeds is a foodie haven – but the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
Leeds’ independent scene is buzzing right now – it feels like there’s a new bar, restaurant, cafe or shop opening every week. And as you’ll soon see from this abundant list of amazing eateries, they’re a pretty talented bunch. So whether you fancy a spot of afternoon tea, want to go exotic with Thai food or splash out with a unique fine dining experience, these Leeds indies are the way to go.
Home is the brainchild of Elizabeth Cottam and Mark Owen. One’s a MasterChef semi-finalist, the other’s the ex-Head Chef of two Michelin-starred restaurants, so there’s plenty of pedigree to this eatery. At Home, you can enjoy a monthly rotation of five or ten-course tasting menus that bring out the very best of British cuisine. With seasonal dishes like roasted turbot with chervil root or leek millefeuille with Dale End cheddar and English mustard, there’s no end to the edible surprises.
Home, 16/17 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BY.
The Swine That Dines
There’s no doubt in our minds that this is one of the best independent restaurants in Leeds. The Swine That Dines offers a combination of social dining and delicate favours. You can share small lunch plates or try out Pie Sundays, but they’re best known for their supper club every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The menu alternates between nose to tail and roots to shoots dining, using either every part of the animal or plant, with creative dishes like duck with red cabbage and green peppercorn.
The Swine That Dines, 58 North Street, Leeds West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
You’ll have to get out of the city centre to try this Mexican indie, but it’s well worth the trip. Tucked away in Burley, Lupe’s Cantina specialises in Central American-style tapas, so instead of jamón and patatas bravas, you can tuck into Sopes Rancheros (shredded beef in crispy corn boats) and Queso Fundido (melted three-way cheese and chorizo served with tortillas for dipping). And to wash it down? Their cool and crisp Ocho Reales lagers – this is the only place to find them in Leeds.
Lupe’s Cantina, 204 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LF.
Blurring the line between bar and restaurant, The Reliance gives you the best of both worlds in a down-to-earth setting. In the kitchen, you’ll find British food cooked and prepared to perfection, from Erdinger battered fish and chips to hanger steak with polenta and Yorkshire blue cheese. Meanwhile, behind the bar, they have craft beer, quality wine and a slew of spirits. What more could you want?
The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.