Where to eat during L19 - Leeds International Festival

Where to eat during L19

Leeds is renowned for its indie food options, from the priciest fine dining to the tastiest pop-up stalls. Though the city centre has a great selection of the chains you’ll recognise too, why not use the opportunity of L19 to explore somewhere new, trying out the amazing gastronomic options that Leeds has to offer!

With a city centre packed full of options, you won’t have to journey far from your L19 event, either.

Here’s a list of just some of our favourite Leeds foodie haunts:

The Tetley Bar & Kitchen

This is an absolute no-brainer, as the L19 Village is being hosted by The Tetley – it’s literally onsite!

The Tetley offers up some great Yorkshire pub grub classics, but also some more exciting and unique options too. Brunch, served from 10-12, includes options like Merguez hash, Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, and Buttermilk pancakes. For lunch or dinner, the menu offers up tasty morsels like the ham hock & Wensleydale cheese croquettes with basil mayo alongside classic yummy options like Tetley beer-battered fish and chips, homemade pie of the day, great burgers and also butties.

Price: £-££


Ox Club

Sited within Headrow House, in a courtyard just off the Headrow, Ox Club serves up innovative, simple and refined fare with flare and mastery. Michelin recommended, the informal ambiance is complemented by a menu shaped by their solid fuel grill, which imparts unique smokey flavour into many dishes, from Wood Pigeon with Black Pudding, Red Currants and Parsnip, to their Onglet Steak with Horseradish, Bone marrow Confit and Roscoff Onion. Their Prix Fixe menu offers great value with no compromise on ingredients and flavour.




Bundobust is a Gujarati food and craft beer emporium. This is really unusual, amazingly-tasty Indian street food, served up in biodegradable paper pots, accompanied by the perfect craft beer (or wine, beer, mango lassi…whatever takes your fancy really). Buy lots for the table to share, and dig in. Our favourites are the Bundo Chaat, Vada Pav, Masala Dosa and the Paneer and Mushroom Tikka. It’s all veggie, but even the most stalwart meat eater will not notice that here, we promise. Honestly, you couldn’t go wrong ordering anything from this mouthwatering menu.



The Reliance

The Reliance is just North of the city centre, but only a 5 minute walk from the action. They serve up seasonal food and a great selection of wines in their light and airy space, and they also home-cure their own charcuterie. Bar snacks are available from 12 until the end of evening service if you just fancy a light nibble with a drink, then lunch itself is served 12-16.00 Monday-Saturday, and 12-20.30 on Sundays.  and supper is 17-22.00 Monday to Wednesday, stretching to 22.30 Thursday-Saturday.




Set up by Masterchef winner Elizabeth Cottam and Mark Owens, they offer up multi-course tasting menus from Wednesday – Sunday, which change monthly, shaped by the best available seasonal produce. This is no cheap option – but it is a stellar treat for a special occasion.




Laynes Espresso is a great coffee shop which also serves fab food for brunch and lunch, from great croissants and cakes to shakshuka for breakfast, and options like Yorkshire Rarebit and Pea & Feta Croquettes for lunch. It’s the place to head for a cafe lunch, especially if you’re just arriving into Leeds from the train station – it’s on New Station Street.

Food is served 7am – 2pm weekdays, 9am – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.




Stuzzi is new to Leeds, having established a very popular Harrogate hotspot over the last few years. It opened its doors in the city on Merrion Street in February, and immediately won a place in our hearts for its authentic Italian flavours. Think wines from lesser-known Italian grape varieties, to complement stuzzichini (little bites, or plates) like freshly handmade pasta, arancini, and great meats and cheeses.



Man Behind the Curtain

The brainchild of masterchef professional Michael O’Hare, Leeds’ first Michelin-starred establishment has all the drama of the theatre – and some amazing, once-in-a-lifetime flavours, too! Again, this is no cheap restaurant – but truly you are paying for a night’s worth of entertainment, as course after course are brought to your table for your delight and delectation. Expect the unexpected, as your culinary expectations are challenged again, and again.



Swine That Dines

This amazing little Leeds venue serves up formal fare, but in a relaxed environment – and for a really good price. Lunch is served up Wednesday-Saturday, 12-3, and includes seasonal and exciting dishes like Kid leg, Haricot beans and Tropea onion in a Green sauce, and Pumpkin, Cows Curd and Pumpkin Seed Granola, whilst the evening menu is a set tasting menu for two to share – and it’s BYOB.



Little Bao Boy @ North Brew Co.

The Little Bao Boy is set up inside North Brew Co.’s taproom on Sovereign Street, so is the perfect stop-off for a bite of lunch with a beer. They serve up tasty, fresh-as-you-like bao buns, stuffed with fillings like thai sweet chilli chicken and asian lamb with mint and cucumber – the menu changes regularly and offers specials, with ramen and dumplings sometimes present to complement the fluffy lightness of their bao. And at 2 baos for £7 at lunchtime, it’ll really sort out your Asian cravings!



Dough Boys @ Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

Serving up tasty hand-stretched pizza by the slice, Dough Boys are your go-to pizza and chill-out zone just North of the city centre, inside the Belgrave. There are around 6 delicious varieties of pizza, with unique and unusual toppings like the Baa No More (Middle Eastern-spiced ground lamb, pecorino, pomegranate molasses, baby red chard and pine nuts) and the Sausage Fest (prosciutto, spianata & Belgrave black pepper sausage, mascarpone and caramelised onions) – vegan and veggie options available. What’s more, the slices are half price until 7pm, Sunday-Thursday, and until 5pm Friday and Saturday!