Leeds

Mrs Atha’s coffee shop, Leeds

Mrs Atha’s independent coffee shop, Leeds

From absolutely nothing a few years ago, Leeds is now littered with top-rate independent coffee shops. The latest one is Mrs Atha’s a quirky little place on that odd, desolate feeling pedestrianised road behind House of Fraser. They’re springing up all over the place, these indies, to such an extent that it’s possible to say [...]

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Pinche Pinche, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

Pinche Pinche Mexican Restaurant, Chapel Allerton, leeds

You know those times when a restaurant creates a bit of a buzz about it?  How it gets mentioned often on twitter and facebook and blogged about endlessly? That makes me nervous. There are plenty of places that don’t live up to their hype, plenty of places that just have good PR people cooking up [...]

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Brewbar Espresso, Leeds

Brewbar Espresso, Leeds

The community of very decent coffee shops in Leeds seems to be expanding all the time. Good indies are still outnumbered by the Faceless Chains, but you don’t have to walk far these days to get the real deal. Brewbar Espresso takes a bit of effort to get to, not because it’s out of the [...]

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The Cross Keys, Holbeck, Leeds

The Cross Keys, North Bar’s grown up sibling

It’s not often that I use twitter for something that’s actually useful, but I managed that small victory the other night when I booked a table at The Cross Keys in Leeds. It was all done quickly and easily, and without any fuss at all – they sorted things out and tweeted me a confirmation. [...]

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Rib Shakk, the Corn Exchange, Leeds

Rib Shakk, in the Corn Exchange, Leeds, part of the Anthony’s group of restaurants.

What do they serve, then? Clue’s in the name. Ribs…beef or pork, in various different incarnations, with various different sauces, all Southern US style along with other things like chicken wings, rib meat burgers and a token salad bar. Who is it aimed at? Rib Shakk is quite relaxed. It’s great for families, and isn’t [...]

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