It’s an exciting time to visit my home town of Leeds, there’s a real air of creativity with independents sprouting up here there and everywhere. It seems the whole city has developed a culture of making, doing and collaborating. Here are some of my favourite haunts in the heart of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The Tetley

The Tetley is a centre for contemporary arts housed in the art deco headquarters of the old Tetley Brewery. The gallery is a mixture of the old and the new with a full height atrium and all the original office spaces also used to exhibit. Think.Play.Do and Lucy Beech: Me and mine run until Sunday 27th September.  

The Reliance

A relaxed environment with mismatched chairs, big bright windows and an open kitchen, The Reliance is both pub and dining room. The menu is composed of locally sourced, seasonal produce, simply prepared to let the quality of the ingredients shine through. The bar hosts a thoughtful selection of craft beers and wine.

Leeds Art Gallery

Nestled in between the City Library and the Henry Moore institute [both equally worth a visit] Leeds Art Gallery is home to ‘probably the best collection of twentieth century British art outside of London’. The tiled hall which joins the Gallery to the Library is something to marvel. The current Terry Frost exhibition runs until 30th August 2015. 

Northern Monk

Beer from Leeds independent brewers, Northern Monk and hearty food from Grub and Grog all served in the restored surroundings of Marshall’s Mill’s former flax store.


Offering Indian street food and a well stocked bar just a stones throw from the train station, Bundobust has quickly become a Leeds favourite. Whether you choose to sit inside or in the yard my tip is an ice cold G&T with a wedge of grapefruit accompanied by Bhel Puri, indian spiced egg served with the lightest bread I’ve ever sampled. Bundobust celebrate their 1st birthday between Friday 17th - Sunday 19th July.


What's happening in Leeds this weekend?