As a student in Leeds, you’ll probably already know that you’re living in foodie heaven. Whatever you’re into – barbecue, pizza, vegan – the city’s got you covered. And now, thanks to the loosening of the lockdown restrictions, it’s time to get out there and sample some of it.

For the moment, however, we’re restricted to eating outside. But never fear, as there are plenty of great establishments with outdoor seating. Here’s our pick of the best spots for eating al fresco around Leeds. Warm weather encouraged, but not essential.


Little Bao Boy

Leeds-based North Brewery Co. have moved their brewery from its former city centre location to a permanent base in Meanwood. Coming with them are delicious balls of fluffy gorgeousness courtesy of Little Bao Boy. From flavoursome vegan options including beer-battered cauli and aubergine panko, to melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket and pulled pork, these bao buns are heavenly with a freshly pulled pint of award-winning ale. Serving every weekend; book yourself a table via hostme.


Hyde Park Book Club

Quirky and casual, Hyde Park Book Club is a café by day and a music and arts venue by night. It’s actually a converted petrol station and they have plenty of seating on the forecourt where you can relax and enjoy delicious coffee, cakes, bagels and pastries. They do a great burger too! It’s also home to Dottie’s Flowers, whose beautiful blooms and plants are brightening up the lockdown days. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can book a table on their website.


Headrow House

No line-up of outside eating places would be complete without mentioning Headrow House, where you can enjoy stunning views of the city on their rooftop terraces. And while you’re admiring the vistas, you can wrap your paws around one of the house kebabs. Whether you fancy a chicken shawarma, Yorkshire beef or a vegan seitan kebab, these bad boys come overflowing with lip-smacking sauces and salads, making it a messy but delicious business. Wash them down with a cold pint of Urquell and funky beats from the house DJs. Why not upgrade to one of their heated, covered booths – grab yourself one via their website.


Jino’s Thai Café

A stalwart of the Headingley food scene, this popular BYOB restaurant has just moved into larger premises and now has outdoor seating to offer its loyal clientele. From traditional fare like fish cakes and pad nam prik pao to street food specials such as steamed dumplings and Hanglay curry, the food is renowned for its authentic and delicious flavours. They don’t take bookings, so make sure you get there early to bag yourself a table!


The Beck & Call

This imposing Meanwood pub was renovated two years ago by the team behind Belgrave Music Hall, and the beer garden is the jewel in its crown. Make sure to book a table at the front as the rear garden has a kids’ play area and can get a little noisy! The Beck & Call specialises in pub classics done well (their Sunday roast quickly became an institution). From vegan fish and chips to chicken katsu burgers, there’s something to suit everyone. And don’t forget to leave room for their tasty puddings. They accept walk-ins or book a table via their website.


Stew & Oyster, Calls Landing

For those who like to be near the water, head down to the quiet riverside terrace of the Stew & Oyster. As their name suggests, stews are their game, with an array of tempting dishes such as Goan fish curry and honey pot pork. Or why not order a couple of their sharing plates including falafel, belly pork and BBQ bourbon tempeh. Perfect with a glass of wine and a sunset. Book a table on their website.


With so much choice, we hope you enjoy the outdoor re-opening of all our favourite eateries on 12th April!