A whole week dedicated to Leeds’ diverse range of restaurants has gone down a treat with the city’s food fans.
Some 70 restaurants, new and established, chains and independents, took part in Leeds Restaurant Week and created two course menus for £10 to £15 to give customers a flavour of what’s on offer in the city’s thriving food industry.
Some participants recorded their busiest ever days during the event last week.
Ham and Friends and Turtle Bay noticed a substantial increase in covers and Cantina had its busiest day on record.
Sous-chef Sam Thomas said: “Leeds Restaurant Week is a beautiful way for people to explore all types of food and to discover hidden gems they may not have known about otherwise.
“As the city’s first vegan restaurant it’s humbling to see the phenomenal response we’ve had this week, and we’ve even had to turn some people away we’ve been so busy.”
Leeds BID cooked up the scheme, to focus attention on the city’s food scene as part of the leisure economy as well as the popular cocktails scene.
Andrew Cooper, chief executive at LeedsBID, said: “The city’s food offering is something to celebrate. We want to encourage people to come in and sample somewhere new, whether that’s national chains, the latest addition or smaller city-based venues, and come back again and again, expanding their eating experience each time.
“We want to help focus attention on the restaurant scene and this initiative complements other work LeedsBID is doing in supporting the sector as a whole.
This includes working with Leeds Indie Food, the Independent Food & Drink Academy and the Allotment, a community green space in Kirkgate Market.”