If you're in need of some visual stimulation and a good belly filling to boot, here is a round up of some stunning dining locations in Leeds.
The Tiled Hall Café, the Headrow sandwich between the Art Gallery and Leeds Library
This Victorian reading room was a part of the Leeds library and its magnificent decor was admired by all who visited. That was until the 1950s when it was covered with plasterboard and forgotten for 50 years. Roll on to the early 2000s and the place was given a grant and a lot of love to restore it to it's former glory.
Gasp at the carved face of Homer and marvel at the marble whilst you sink your teeth in to the best lunch and cakes Leeds has to offer.
The Beehive, Thorner
The Beehive is a gastropub nested in the quiet village of Thorner. Its beer garden overlooks fields of green, giving you the feeling that you're a million miles away from Leeds (or a hundred, at least). Watch the sun set whilst you dine on French cuisine on Wednesdays or enjoy an ever-changing menu the rest of the week.
The Cow and Calf, Ilkley
Ikley has a Leeds postcode, but it's technically in the Bradford Metropolitan district; the quintessential Yorkshire views from this pub are too glorious not to include it. The pub's name is an homage to the two large boulders which jut out of Ilkley Moor – take a hike up the moors and then have a rest with a pint of Ilkley beer in your hand while chowing down on a Sunday roast, fish and chips, or other pub favourites.
Filmore and Union, Victoria Quarter
Housed within the beautiful Victoria Quarter, Filmore and Union encourage you to take a break to sit back and admire the ornate mosaics and glass ceilings. Enjoy the view with a cup of coffee and a range of healthy sandwiches and salads.
Angelica, Trinity Leeds
If city scenes tickle your senses then head on up to Angelica vai the dedicated lift and stairwell within Trinity Leeds. Dine out on the balcony whilst enjoying views over the city – the lobster mac and cheese comes highly recommended and don't forget to try one of the beautifully-presented beverages.
Whitelock's Ale House, Turks Head Yard
The oldest pub in Leeds began serving beer to locals in 1715. These days, you can still admire the 1800s decor whilst sipping on a local ale or feasting on their outstanding Sunday lunch.
The Man Behind the Curtain, above Flannels Vicar Lane
The Man Behind the Curtain is famed for its daring and alternative attitude to food. Prepare to be dazzled by the platforms on which the food is staged, such as canvas, tree-like structures, teacups full of coffee beans and plates that are a work of art in themselves.
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