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Eating Like a Local in Leeds - Curry Houses, Gastropubs, and Street Food

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Gastronomy in Leeds is eclectic. Locals love the fiery flavors of India and Pakistan. Curry houses in Leeds and nearby Bradford take South Asian cuisine to new levels with dishes that fuse fresh regional produce with Asian spices. You'll also find restaurants serving modern British cooking that emphasizes fresh produce, including lamb and venison from the Yorkshire Dales and seafood from North Sea harbors.

Typical dishes

 

Leeds folk love traditional dishes such as meat pies, faggots (meatballs in gravy), and roast beef with crispy Yorkshire pudding. Regional cheeses like Wensleydale and Yorkshire Blue appear on many menus.

Central Leeds

 

Central Leeds is great for grazing on street food as well as more formal lunching and dining. You'll find food vendors in arcades off Briggate and in spots like Kirkgate Market and Trinity Kitchen food court at Trinity Leeds shopping centre; they offer Mediterranean snacks like deep-fried halloumi with harissa, and Japanese-Tex-Mex nibbles like taco rice boxes. Drop in to Fourth Floor Café in Harvey Nichols department store to enjoy city views while you eat. Crafthouse, on the fifth floor of Trinity Leeds shopping centre, also offers great views, along with dishes such as rock oysters and lobster velouté.

 

  • Fourth Floor Café, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds LS1 6HW; Tel: +44 113 897 0444; Website: Fourth Floor Café
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  • Crafthouse, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6HW; Tel: +44 113 897 0444; Website: Crafthouse

 

Leeds city centre gastropubs

 

Visitors can find cozy gastropubs in central Leeds, close to attractions like the City Art Gallery and shopping centres such as Trinity Leeds and Corn Exchange. Pubs like The Cross Keys and The White Swan combine an old-time atmosphere with a modern take on eating and drinking. At spots like these, you'll find artisan ales from local breweries, well-chosen wine lists, and menus with dishes ranging from hot pork pie with peas and gravy to roast loin of pork, steak, and fish and chips.

 

  • The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds LS11 5WD; Tel: +44 113 243 3711; Website: The Cross Keys
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  • The White Swan, Swan Street, Leeds LS1 6LG; Tel: +44 113 242 0187; Website: The White Swan

 

Leeds waterfront

 

Some of Leeds' liveliest places for lunch and dinner cluster along The Calls, where boutique hotels overlook the River Aire. City centre museums and galleries are a few blocks away, and a 5-minute stroll brings you to the Royal Armouries Museum. At Stew & Oyster, whose signature dish is beef and oyster stew, the menu emphasizes regional produce, including cheese, ham, and lamb from Yorkshire farms. The accent is on fresh, contemporary tastes at nearby Shears Yard, with choices like wild nettle and watercress soup, cured pigeon breast, and pan-fried turbot.

 

  • Stew & Oyster, Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds LS2 7EW; Tel: +44 113 242 5299; Website: Stew & Oyster
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  • Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds LS2 7EH; Tel: +44 113 415 0144; Website: Shears Yard

 

Bradford

 

Bradford claims to be the epicentre of Asian cooking in the UK. If you love the rich, spicy flavors of Kashmir and Punjab, you'll be spoiled for choice here. There's authentic old-school food in small cafés favoured by locals, but you'll also find cutting-edge restaurants with open kitchens where you can watch skilled chefs at work. Meaty Kashmiri-style dishes are favorite choices at restaurants like Mumtaz, while vegetarians and vegans can find meat-free Asian fusion cooking at eateries like Prashad.

 

  • Mumtaz, 386-410 Great Horton Road, Bradford BD7 3HS; Tel: +44 1274 571 861; Website: Mumtaz
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  • Prashad, 137 Whitehall Road, Bradford BD11 1AT; Tel: +44 113 285 2037; Website: Prashad