Leeds will celebrate its position as one of the most thriving food and drink locations in the country with its first ever dedicated “Restaurant Week” starting on Monday.
We have more restaurants than any other city outside London and have had the biggest increase (12.8 per cent) in independent restaurants in the last three years following research by Leeds Independent Food and Drink Academy.
Now food and drink fans can get their teeth into the industry as more than 70 participating restaurants, chains and independents, have crafted a special menu of two or three courses for diners to try out at the cost of either £10 or £15.
The list features the newest openings in the city and some established firm favourites.
Marco’s Italian, by Marco Pierre White, was the first restaurant to sign up followed by Issho and East 59th, in the £165m Victoria Gate centre agreeing to showcase new menus from their respective rooftop terraces .
They are complemented by some city stalwarts such as Italian Bibi’s, cult classic Bundobust, serving up immensely popular vegetarian Indian street food, Red’s True Barbecue and Chaophraya.
The Eat Leeds concept is a non-profit organisation of key restaurants, cafes and bars within Leeds city centre and this inaugural event will hopefully initiate future collaborative activities.
It is funded by Leeds Business Improvement District (BID), which is working to capitalise on the city food and drink scene and the impact that has on the local economy.
Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive at LeedsBID said: “The food and drink industry in Leeds is rapidly evolving into one of the city’s most innovative and respected sectors.
“Restaurant Week, which will help to raise the profile of Leeds as one of the UK’s top food and drink destinations.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the diverse and exciting range of eateries that Leeds has, the amazing range of menus on offer will give residents and visitors to the city a chance to enjoy old favourites or sample something new.”
Even restaurant bosses themselves will be tucking in.
Marko Husak, co-founder of Bundobust, added: “Restaurant Week gives people the chance to check out new restaurants for a great set price. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of the offer.”
Aagrah, All Bar One, Ambiente, Angelica, Bar Soba, Barburitto - Boar Lane and Headrow, Bengal Brasserie, Benugo, Bibi’s, Blackhouse, Brasserie Blanc, Bundobust, Byron Burgers, Cabana, Cantina, Cau, Chaophraya, Chez Mal, Chida Cantina, Chino Latino, Cielo Blanco, City3 at Leeds City Hilton, Convive at Weetwood Hall, Crowd of Favours, Da Mario, Dock 29, East 59th, FireLake Grill House at Radisson Blu, Giraffe, Grilled at The Queens, Gusto, Ham & Friends, Hansa’s, Humpit, Iberica, Iberica La Bodega, Issho, Jamie’s Italian, Las Iguanas, Lazy Lounge, Le Pain Quotidien, LS1 at Crowne Plaza, LS6 Café, Mans Market, Marco’s Italian, Oracle, Oulton Hall, Pinche Pinche, PizzaLuxe, Reds True BBQ (Call Lane and Headingley, Restaurant Bar & Grill, Smoke, Soap Factory, Tempus at The Met Hotel, Alchemist, Botanist, Cats Pyjamas Eastgate and Headingley, The Lock at Double Tree Hilton, Lost and Found, The Pit, The Tetley, Turtle Bay, V Restaurant, Veritas.