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Great Foodie Hotspots Across West Yorkshire
Eat and Drink
July 2023
Reading time 4 Minutes

Casual cafés, brunch spots, great pubs and fine-dining restaurants - West Yorkshire has it all

To help you decide where to go, we've rounded up our favourite foodie hotspots to try.

6 Bradford Road, Brighouse HD6 1RW
01484 715284 
This relaxed dining restaurant opened in 2019 and is well known for its small sharing plates, cocktails and exciting wine list. Everything is made in-house and is seasonal, with a regularly changing menu. Favourites include goats’ cheese profiteroles, confit potato terrine and, according to Jay Rayner, their black pudding is up there with the best. Don’t miss out on their weekend brunch and Sunday lunch feasts. They also offer unique, sharing-style catering for events outside of the intimate restaurant.

473 Otley Road, Adel, Leeds LS16 7NR
0113 230 0600
Following resounding success down South (they were awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide in their first year) Dastaan decided to open their second restaurant last year in Leeds. Staying true to their ethos, the team here uses top quality ingredients to offer some of the best Indian cuisine. Alongside an impressive a la carte menu featuring starters, chaat, kebab, tikka, curry and desserts, diners are also able to try tasting menus and tapas-style bottomless brunches.

Hide & Hoof Restaurant 
Delph House Farm, High Flatts, Denby Dale, Huddersfield HD8 8XY
01226 762551 
Head to Delph House Farm and enjoy good food, done well. Treat yourself to a full Yorkshire breakfast or their sublime eggs Benedict – the perfect way to start the day. If you’re stopping by for lunch, their seasonal menu is packed full of family favourites – we recommend one of their juicy burgers. Enjoy yours in the restaurant or in one of their dog-friendly heated booths, before heading round to The Parlour for a scoop or two of their award-winning artisan ice cream, freshly made on the farm.

Thirty Nine Kitchen & Bakehouse

The Box Tree Restaurant
35–37 Church Street, Ilkley LS29 9DR
01943 608484 
Excellent service, fine wines and award-winning modern cuisine combine to create the luxurious dining experience for which The Box Tree in Ilkley is famous. Allow Executive Chef Simon Gueller to take you on a culinary journey – from tasting canapés through to a menu of exceptional dishes crafted from Yorkshire’s finest ingredients, with handmade chocolates at the end of the meal.

The Man Behind the Curtain
68–78 Vicar Lane, Lower Ground Floor Flannels, Leeds LS1 7JH
0113 243 2376 
Michael O’Hare is a big name on Yorkshire’s culinary scene and a visit to The Man Behind the Curtain will explain why. Theatrical presentation and out-there flavour combinations have earned this restaurant a well-deserved Michelin star. Some of the dishes you can look forward to include denatured Isle of Skye scallop in nahm jim bisque, squab pigeon served with rhubarb hoisin, crispy leg, yaki onigiri and cucumber, and stroopwaffle, beef fat, foie gras and frozen apple to finish.

Thirty Nine Kitchen & Bakehouse
39 The Grove, Ilkley LS29 9NJ
For all-day eating, head to Thirty Nine Kitchen & Bakehouse. This independent and family-run kitchen is all about good food made from ingredients and suppliers which are as local and as sustainable as possible. While the menu here changes frequently, you’ll always find an impressive selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, as well as homemade cakes and barista coffee. From the 39 Royale with smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise on a house crumpet, to a minute steak sandwich with crispy onions, smoked cheese, garlic mayo and house slaw, there’s something for every occasion. We highly recommend the fig and burrata salad with santarella tomatoes, leaves, honey-mustard dressing and balsamic.

The Crown Hotel at Boston Spa

The Crown Hotel at Boston Spa
128 High Street, Boston Spa LS23 6BW
01937 229900
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Crown Hotel is a contemporary countryside pub housed in a Grade II-listed building, serving local British produce and a range of draught, cask and local packaged beers. The food menu is a seasonal affair incorporating produce from local and regional Yorkshire suppliers, including prime meat cuts and fresh fish. Expect dishes such as beer battered haddock and chips, imaginative salads and freshly handmade pizzas, alongside a traditional Sunday roast served with all the trimmings.

Fléur Restaurant
The Light, Leeds LS1 8TL
0113 245 6752 
With floor-to-ceiling flowers and foliage, and menus created by Masterchef’s Bobby Geetha, you can expect exciting flavours with a nod towards his Indian heritage across the breakfast, lunch and evening menus here. From roasted miso ginger salmon to slow-braised beef brisket gnocchi and katsu curry with a Fléur twist, as well as brunch which includes a mixture of traditional bites like eggs Royale and caviar, alongside contemporary flavours such as a jackfruit bao burger and their signature cornflake-coated French toast, there’s plenty to get excited about.

The Whippet & Pickle 
14c Towngate, Holmfirth HD9 1HA
01484 443910 
This relaxed fine-dining restaurant on a cobbled lane in Holmfirth’s Town Gate offers exciting brunch, lunch and dinner dishes. Serving a selection of well-thought-out choices created using fresh, homemade and local produce, expect the likes of torched mackerel on sourdough with fennel kimchi, pastrami spiced sirloin steak with cauliflower and horseradish purée, or dark chocolate and Guinness cake served with Baileys mascarpone and espresso caramel.

Olive & Rye

Victoria Gate, 3rd Floor, Leeds LS2 7AU
0113 426 5000 
Issho is a contemporary rooftop restaurant and bar in the heart of Leeds which gives diners an authentic taste of Japanese cuisine. Choose from one of the fixed price menus, or pick from the mouthwatering range of bao buns, sushi, sashimi and a selection of daily specials. For a special treat try their Japanese-inspired afternoon tea – with matcha scones and yuzu clotted cream, as well as konancha sushi drinking tea, it’s a delicious twist on the classic.

Olive & Rye
18–20 Briggate, Queens Arcade, Leeds LS1 6LF
0113 318 1233 
Take a seat in this cosy city-centre café and browse the all-day menu, as well as the chef specials which feature some interesting takes on classic dishes. From homemade granola with mixed berry compote to brioche French toast with roasted maple peaches, biscoff biscuit and cinnamon sugar, as well as hot smoked salmon, sweet potato and chorizo hash bowls, or a panko-crusted chicken ciabatta sandwich with mozzarella, chilli jam, mayo and rocket, you’ll be spoilt for choice

15 South Parade, Leeds LS1 5QS 
0113 242 2795
8 Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4PE 
0113 237 0141 
No one knows Thai food like the head chef and owner of Sukhothai, who has created a mini empire with three restaurants across Leeds and Harrogate. Serving award-winning Thai cuisine for over 20 years, you can expect an imaginative yet authentic menu, using fresh ingredients from local suppliers. Sharing platters, curries and stir fries are all on offer, but you can’t go wrong with one of the chef’s recommendations – our favourite is lamb shank braised in Massaman curry sauce served with jasmine rice.

The Weston at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Shibden Mill Inn
Shibden Mill Fold, Shibden, Halifax HX3 7UL
01422 365840 
An award-winning country inn in the beautiful Shibden Valley, enjoy warm hospitality and first-class dining here. Visit at the weekend to sample their Sunday lunch menu – crispy pig head, chive emulsion, Old Cotswold Legbar egg and chives to start, followed by roast Waterford Farm beef with all the trimmings. There’s yuzu posset with white chocolate crumb and raspberry sorbet for dessert if you’ve got room.

The Weston at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Huddersfield Road, West Bretton S75 4BX
01924 930004
This light-filled space offers panoramic views over Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a varied modern British menu which features breakfasts, nibbles, lunches, salads and charcuterie. There’s a beautiful terrace when it’s warm outside, and a wood-burning stove inside for the winter months. Dishes are made using locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients and we love the sound of the braised Yorkshire lamb shoulder with a leek, white bean and cream ragu, grilled radicchio and a rosemary crumb. While you’re there, browse the unique gift shop and soak up the indoor contemporary art, all with convenient free parking.

3 Brewery Place, Leeds LS10 1NE
0113 430 0161 
Moving onto the banks of Leeds’ River Aire marked a new chapter for renowned Yorkshire chef Elizabeth Cottam. HOME offers an ever-evolving menu experience where chefs create a poetic mix of tastes and colours, primarily using British ingredients and combining influences from around the world. With a variety of set menu experiences from five to 12 courses, prepare to have your tastebuds wowed.

Looking for even more? Feast your eyes here to discover all of our Good Food Guide 2023 entries.

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