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Comedy Clubs, Cooking Schools and Art Galleries – The Best Bits of Farsley

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Discover the very best of Farsley.

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It’s not the most famous suburb in Leeds, nor is it the biggest, but Farsley will quickly win your heart…

Farsley is a small, but perfectly formed community nestled between Leeds and Bradford. It has the feel of a village with all the perks of a thriving suburb – and it’s full of surprises. You can get a proper chippy, visit an old mill with a new purpose and enjoy a night of comedy. But that’s just the beginning, so why not plan a visit and find out what all the fuss is about?

Sunny Bank Mills

Sunny Bank Mills

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Sunny Bank Mills is a real Farsley gem. It’s an art space and business centre that has taken over one of the area’s most stunning buildings. The complex is home to a 3,000 square foot art gallery, where you can see the work of local artists, designers and makers. You can buy many of the pieces on display or have a go yourself at one of their many workshops and creative courses.

Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.

West Royd Park and Hainsworth Park

West Royd Park, Farsley

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A sprawling expanse of greenery in the heart of Farsley, West Royd Park has beautiful gardens, free tennis courts and the lovely West Royd House at its centre. It comes alive in the summer, thanks to the brass bands who play each weekend. Just across Newlands Road, you’ll find another green space in the form of Hainsworth Park, the venue for the annual Farsley Festival, which sees the whole community come to the park for games, music and stalls.

West Royd Park, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 6DS and The Boulevard, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UG.

Croft Street Fisheries

Croft Street Fisheries

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Croft Street Fishers is a popular family-run chippy in the heart of Farsley. In fact, they’re so good that they were named as one of the 50 Best Fish & Chip Shops in the UK in 2018 by Fry Magazine. The menu is filled with classics, done well – the Haddock and Chips is the cornerstone, but they also serve Salt and Pepper Squid, Wholetail Scampi and Chicken Bites if you fancy something different.

Croft Street Fisheries, 2 Croft Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HA.

Grumpy’s

Grumpy's

Grumpy’s is Farsley’s go-to pizzeria-cum-bar. It’s a beautiful family-friendly venue, brought to life with exposed brickwork, white walls and smart furnishings. In this laid back space, you can settle down for a bottle of wine, a pint of craft beer or one of their famous G&Ts, but if you get peckish, be sure to try their wood-fired pizzas. The Sally is a firm favourite, with its mix of spianata salami, chilli peppers and honey.

Grumpy’s, 2 Old Combing, Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.

Throstle Nest Stadium

Throstle Nest Stadium, Farsley

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Need something to do at 3pm on a Saturday? Get down to Throstle Nest Stadium to watch non-league football. Farsley Celtic may be five divisions below Leeds United, but they’ll still put on a great afternoon of live footy as they attempt to make their way out of the Northern Premier League and into the National League North.

Throstle Nest Stadium, Throstle Nest, Newlands, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5BE.

Mill Kitchen

The Mill Kitchen, Turkish eggs

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Mill Kitchen is a cafe in an old textile mill that celebrates great local produce. They serve an all-day breakfast menu, so you can tuck into everything from a Full English to Blueberry & Cinnamon Pancakes, but if you want something that feels more lunch than brunch, you can choose from a range of savoury bakes, soups and salad bowls. Wash them down with North Star coffee and Birdhouse loose leaf tea, as well as local craft beer and handpicked wines.

Mill Kitchen, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.

Olive and Feta

Olive & Feta

Olive and Feta is an intimate restaurant in the heart of Farsley that takes its cues from the Mediterranean. Expect familiar favourites, like Meatball Casserole and Lamb Shank, alongside an impressive list of speciality dishes – try the Kavurma, a.k.a Turkish Fajitas. These DIY wonders will see you shovelling marinated lamb, chicken or veg into a tortilla wrap with cacik, ezme and mozzarella.

Olive and Feta, 8 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5DB.

Deeva

Deeva

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If you’re looking for a quality curry in Farsley, look no further than Deeva. This is a buzzing restaurant, so you probably need to book ahead to get a table. They do all the classics, from baltis to jalfrezis, but it’s worth breaking with tradition to try something from their specials board. Expect dishes like Afghani Chicken, Paneer Butter Massala and Tandoori Cod.

Deeva, 58 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LD.

Jackaboos

Soft Play Children's Area

Take the little ones for a day out at Jackaboos, a classic soft play centre for kids up to 8 years old. There’s no need to book ahead, just pop down when they’re getting antsy and let them release their energy in this fun-filled activity centre. They have ball pools, slides and toddler play areas. Got a party to plan? It’s a great shout for birthdays with loads to keep the kids entertained.

Jackaboos, 10a Sunnybank Mills, 83-85 Town St, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.

Win Bar

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Win Bar is the Chinese of choice in Farsley. This family-run restaurant serves traditional Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine with a few twists. You can order all your favourites, but if you fancy something different, try the tapas menu and share a delicious array of small plates. They have a Chef’s Fusion Menu too and it’s full of creative dishes like Portuguese-style Chicken Curry, Deep Fried Roast Duckling and Cantonese Fillet Steak.

Win Bar, 56 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LD.

The Constitutional

The Constitutional

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The Constitutional has transformed the old Farsley Conservative Club into an incredible community space. The team behind Trouble at the Mill have created a venue for their events that will double as a local hangout. You can get local craft beer from the art deco bar when you visit for their regular comedy, theatre and jazz nights. And if you pop in on a Sunday, you can snaffle a vegan roast dinner too.

The Constitutional, 51 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HX.

Tarte and Berry

Tarte and Berry

Tarte and Berry is one of the best bakeries in Leeds, and although their Farsley HQ isn’t a shop, you can order from them online and pick your treats from their local base. It’s run by sisters Jane and Lucy Batham, who specialise in artisan traybakes. Whether you go for the Cookie Dough Caramel Brownie or the Lemon and Wild Blueberry Drizzle, these sweet treats are worth trying.

Tarte and Berry, 23G Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY.

The Paper Haven

The Paper Haven

If you love crafts, The Paper Haven is a little slice of heaven. Julie Kettlewell, a local craft expert, runs a packed calendar of creative classes and events. You can sign up for one of her short courses, which will see you make things like cards, tags, and scrapbook albums, or pop along to one of her special events like Crafternoon Teas and Retreat Days.

The Paper Haven, 13B2 Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY.

Coopers Coffee Shop

Cafe, coffee

Fancy a brew? Take a pit-stop in Coopers, a cosy local cafe with a charming Victorian-style facade, a handful of tables and a roaring fire for the winter months. It’s a straightforward menu of hot and cold sandwiches, salads, omelettes and jacket spuds, but look to the specials board for one-off dishes like Shepherd’s Pie, Ham & Sweetcorn Chowder or Spinach & Feta Filo Pie.

Coopers Coffee Shop, 112 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LF.

Get Cooking

East of Europe Vegetarian Cooking Course, Get Cooking, Farsley

If you want to become a cracking cook, head to Get Cooking. They put on a range of classes to help you make simple but tasty food. You can enrol on South Asian Vegetarian & Vegan Cooking, Fast Spanish Food or even their Bread Making Course. It’s not just cooking though – from ‘Learn to Brew Craft Ale’ to ‘Lampshade Making’, the possibilities are endless.

Get Cooking, 43a Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY.

The Old Hall

Beer, ale

The Old Hall is a classic Yorkshire boozer in the centre of Farsley. You can look forward to quality pints of local cask ale and hearty plates of pub grub in a welcoming atmosphere. They always have the big football and rugby games on, and in the summer months, you can head outside to the extensive beer garden – you can even bring your pooch with you.

The Old Hall, 1 Back Lane, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5EU.

Number Thirty Three

Craft beer, bar

Number Thirty Three is a modern bar that’s breathed new life into an old favourite, the old New Inn. Run by brothers Jamie and Matt Hanson, this is a stripped back venue where you can work through an extensive collection of craft beers or their creative cocktail menu. Pair your drink with one of their charcuterie platters made using produce from Lishman’s of Ilkley.

Number Thirty Three, 33 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HX.

No. 10 Coffee House and Bistro

No. 10 Coffee House and Bistro

By day, No. 10 is a laid-back cafe in the heart of Farsley’s Town Street, the perfect place to tuck into Eggs Benedict for breakfast or their famous Bagel Burger for lunch. But on Thursday and Friday evenings, it turns into Farsley’s coolest restaurant. The menu is traditional and delicious, so prepare to tuck into Yorkshire Shin of Beef, Roast Duck and Beer-Battered Coley.

No. 10 Coffee House and Bistro, 10 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5DB.

The Loft

Coffee

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The Loft is the spacious cafe within Springfield Mills, a business centre on the edge of Farsley. Pop in for breakfast to enjoy a Full English or nip in for lunch to choose between their jacket potatoes, sandwiches and salads. If you’re not that hungry, just plump for one of their fresh, homemade cakes with a tea or coffee.

The Loft, 13a Springfield Mills, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY.

Marsden Memorial Gardens

Marsden Memorial Garden

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The Marsden Memorial Gardens are one of the prettiest landmarks in Farsley and they have huge historical significance to the local area. They’re dedicated to Samuel Marsden, who was born on the site of the gardens in 1764. He was a Church of England priest who’s believed to have introduced Christianity to New Zealand by delivering a sermon to Maori tribes on Christmas Day 1814.

Marsden Memorial Gardens, Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5SF.

The Fleece

The Fleece, Farsley

Not only is The Fleece an old school pub, but it’s also a historic landmark. It’s the oldest surviving Tetley’s Brewery public house in the UK and there’s a plaque on the front to prove it. Inside, the lounge has a central bar that serves up eight local cask ales, with the dart and pool area out the back. You can expect a decent menu of pub classics, loads of live sport and live music on Saturday nights.

The Fleece, 116 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LF.