If you like: A better class of street food van
Then try: Wood & Kindle, around North East
This street food van is a little more refined than your average burger-chucking operation: their slow-cooked meats are prepped using a combo of sous-vide and a wood-burning oven, and then put to use in top notch flatbreads. There’s a lot of care taken here, and it shows.
If you like: Hip seafood
Then try: Vine, Middlesbrough
Matthew Saul, one of the people behind Baker Street pub The Twisted Lip, has managed to get hold of the Roman Road building he originally wanted for that place (formerly an abattoir, so good vibes central) and is turning it into a fancy seafood place. Granada-born chef Sean Calliste trained under Gordon Ramsay and worked at Jellyfish in Brisbane for 12 years too.
If you like: Nibbling on shellfish while listening to fresh 12-inch disco mixes
Then try: Doghouse, Leeds
A brand new one from the guys behind 212 Café & Bar, Doghouse is the kind of all-purpose hangout which Leeds does better than pretty much anywhere else. The bar and café specialises in shellfish as well as drinks, and there’s a gallery, a retro arcade, a record store upstairs, a monthly pop-up market for indie traders and big fat grooves on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
If you like: Board games and bagels
Then try: The Treehouse, Sheffield
Less Dungeons & Dragons than dry hops and dhukka, this board game café has more than 300 games to play and gets more in each month. Mains include Sheffield pork pies and homemade frittatas, plus there are bar snacks like sourdough pretzels, meat and cheese sharing plates, grilled cheese sandwiches and a deeply impressive bagel selection as well as craft beers and wines.