Find out what secrets await in Pudsey as we round up the very best of the Leeds suburb…
Have you ever been to Pudsey? Tucked away in West Leeds, this vibrant suburb has a lot to offer. You’ll find old school pubs, quaint tea rooms and quality restaurants alongside historic settlements and sprawling nature reserves. But don’t let the locals keep it all to themselves, put a date in the diary and check it out for yourself.
Black Carr Woods
If you want to explore the great outdoors around Pudsey, head to Black Carr Woods. This ancient wet woodland is a beautiful stretch of greenery, full of towering alder and willow trees, as well as beds of Himalayan Balsam. The paths are flat and clear, so you don’t need to be an experienced rambler to enjoy it, and if you’ve got a pooch, they’ll love it too.
Black Carr Woods, Scholebroke Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 8DZ.
The Bearded Sailor
Run by a former maths teacher who quit his job to follow his dreams of opening a chippy, The Bearded Sailor is a must-try. The Haddock and Chips is a firm favourite, but they also have a few quirkier items on the menu, like the Salt and Pepper Squid and the Spam Fritters. Of course, you can always just get a fish finger sarnie.
The Bearded Sailor, 1 Robin Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BN.
There are two sides to Cafe Lux. By day, it’s a hub for the local community and plays host to a number of workshops and events, as well as providing a welcoming atmosphere for a cuppa and a bite to eat. At night, it’s a bar and venue where you can enjoy lager, wine and spirits, alongside an eclectic programme of live entertainment that takes you from music to comedy and spoken word.
Cafe Lux, Manor House, 23 Robin Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BR.
An old pub that’s been transformed into a little slice of Bangkok, Thai Sun is a family-run restaurant with a stunning decor. From the Buddhist statues to traditional artwork, it’s full of Thai references that will make you feel a million miles away. The food is great too, with favourites like Weeping Tiger and Thai Sun Spare Ribs alongside a selection of classic soup, noodle and curry dishes.
Thai Sun, 153 Town Street, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 6ES.
Olde Booths Tea Room
The Olde Booths Tea Room is a quaint little cafe perfect for a cuppa and a quick bite to eat. They do all the classics, from a Full English to sandwiches, salads and jacket potatoes, but the star of the show is their proper Yorkshire pudding, which you can have filled with corned beef hash or mushroom stroganoff. Fancy a bit of indulgence? Go for their wonderful afternoon tea instead.
Olde Booths Tea Room, 20 Lowtown, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7AA.
The Crossed Shuttle
You can’t go wrong with a local Wetherspoon’s and The Crossed Shuttle is a fine example. The name takes inspiration from the pair of shuttles on the Arms of the Borough of Pudsey, and the venue is decked out with paintings and information about the local area. Coupled with an extensive real ale offering and a menu of classic pub grub, it ticks all the boxes.
The Crossed Shuttle, 11 Manor House Street, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BJ.
Alternatively Vegan is Pudsey’s only 100% plant-based cafe. It’s the perfect spot to tuck into a tasty menu of meat and dairy-free eats made by owner Angi Haist. You can start the day with the Balsamic Mushrooms on Sourdough, before moving onto the Falafel, Hummus and Pomegranate Ciabatta Roll at lunch. And if you pop by on Friday or Saturday evenings, you can even try their vegan pizzas.
Alternatively Vegan, 118 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6BN.
The Manor Inn
The Manor Inn is a music-loving, independent bar in the heart of Pudsey. Rock stars and gig posters adorn the walls, while a rocking soundtrack of classic tunes play day and night. There’s plenty to drink, with one of the best selections of real ale and craft beer in Pudsey. Get ready to sup the latest creations from local indie breweries like Eyes and Saltaire.
The Manor Inn, 3 Manor House Street, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BJ.
Pudsey is a classic Victorian market town and it’s still got the market to prove it. They’ve pitched their stalls in the same place since 1964, so head to Market Place to pick up everything from meat, fruit and vegetables to flowers, handbags and clothes. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it continues to pull in the crowds every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Pudsey Market, 1 Market Place, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BE.
Black Mouse Emporium
Black Mouse is unlike anything else Pudsey has to offer. It’s a specialist fine wine and cheese emporium, where you can pick up tasty titbits from all over the world. You’ll find blocks of Cropwell Bishop, Richard III Wensleydale and Smoked Lincolnshire Poacher, which you can pair with red, rose or white wine. Don’t know where to begin? Their expert team will be happy to help. Look out for their monthly pairing evenings too.
Black Mouse Emporium, 15a Lowtown, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BQ.
Feed is the Pudsey outpost of the Vice and Virtue family, and it’s a bit different to its siblings. It’s a New York-inspired eatery with a laid-back vibe and reputation for pretension-free fine dining. You can pop in for brunch during the day, visit for a few beers later on or go all out with their eclectic evening menu at night – expect experimental dishes like Cheeseburger Spring Rolls and Crab Tartine.
Feed, 163 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA.
Pudsey Link Bridleway
Whether you like to walk, cycle or horse-ride, the Pudsey Link Bridleway is a great way to explore the natural world around this part of Leeds. It’s a collaboration between both Leeds and Bradford council to connect Tong Village and Apperley Bridge, with Pudsey right in the centre of it. Look forward to leafy strolls through picturesque areas like Tyersal Beck and Woodhall Hills.
Pudsey Link Bridleway starts at Keeper Lane, Tong, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD4 0RS.
Get a taste of South East Asia with a trip to Viet-Thai. At this petite, cafe-style restaurant, you can pore over a small menu of family recipes that have been passed down to Minh and Huong Dao through the generations. There’s favourites like Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry, but you can also try something new, like the Catfish, which comes marinated in a secret mix of herbs and spices. It’s BYOB with no corkage fee too.
Viet-Thai, 134 Bradford Road, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 6UR.
East Bar Lounge and Grill
East Bar Lounge and Grill is one of the best Indian restaurants in West Leeds. With classic dishes like tikka masala alongside a host of original creations like Keema Achaari, there’s something for everyone – they even serve a handful of British dishes too, including a traditional Sunday roast. Not eating? There’s a cocktail bar and a champagne bar, as well as a rooftop terrace.
East Bar Lounge and Grill, 7 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 6BN.
Pudsey Leisure Centre
Need somewhere to exercise? Pudsey Leisure Centre has you covered. It’s got all the facilities you need to keep fit. Start with the 76-station gym, where you can jump on the treadmill, work on the cross-trainer and lift loads of weights. Prefer to swim? The 25-metre pool hosts sessions for both adults and kids, or you can play games in the sports hall and throw down some moves in the dance studio.
Pudsey Leisure Centre, Market Place, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BE.
The Lime Leaf
The Lime Leaf brings pan-Asian delights to Pudsey. Owner Tom Berry has worked for Pho and Wagamama, but now he’s put together an eclectic oriental menu with his wife Tash. They do everything from Malaysian Rendang Curry to Japanese Yakisoba, Thai Green Curry and Vietnamese Chicken Salad, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too.
The Lime Leaf, 104 Valley Road, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 9EU.
Craft beer, cocktails and fancy pub grub is the name of the game at 7 Steps. Head into this rustic yet modern venue where wooden furniture meets chic grey walls, and make a beeline for the bar where you can choose from a host of local breweries like Saltaire, Rudgate and Ossett. They do cocktails too and you can choose from an extensive wine list. Hungry? The menu takes you from Butter Poached Turbot to Chateaubriand.
7 Steps, 9 Chapeltown, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 7RZ.
Jade Dragon is a family-run Chinese restaurant that’s been serving up Cantonese classics for over two decades. The menu is full of familiar favourites, from sweet and sour to black bean, but they like to turn up the heat, so make sure you double check the chilli ratings. Want to mix things up? Head over on a Sunday where you can try a bit of everything at their Chinese buffet.
Jade Dragon, 14-16 Lidget Hill, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7DR.
The Bankhouse Inn
With great beers, quality food and incredible views, it’s no wonder The Bankhouse Inn is considered one of the best pubs in Pudsey. They have loads of ales on tap and the menu is full of pub classics, from Sausage and Mash to the Black and Blue Burger. But if you ask us, Sunday is the day to go for their incredible roast. Just make sure you head outside to take in that view when you go.
The Bankhouse Inn, 40 Bankhouse Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 8EB.
Pudsey Civic Hall
Pudsey Civic Hall is the cultural heart of the suburb. It’s an event and conference venue, with an eclectic programme throughout the year. The Vintage Home Show, Pudsey Comic Con and The Leeds & Bradford Guitar Show have all called this home, while Trouble at the Mill also takes over the venue with their theatre, music and street food celebrations.
Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawsons Corner, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5TA.
When you want fancy fish and chips in Leeds, the Wetherby Whaler always comes up. Their Pudsey restaurant has room for up to 90 people, so grab a table and enjoy everything from Classic Haddock and Chips to Golden Fried Scampi and Fillet of Salmon. Having a chippy dinner at home? Head straight for their takeaway counter.
Wetherby Whaler, 32 Lowtown, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7AA.
Growlers is a little shop in Pudsey that has mastered the culinary art of pies. Their growlers, also known as traditional Yorkshire pork pies, are to die for. So much so that they’ve named the place after them. But that’s just the start – you can look forward to everything from steak and kidney to meat and potato pies, as well as specialties like Cornish pasties and sausage rolls.
Growlers, 159 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA.
No. 54 Tearoom and Antiques
Step back in time by visiting No. 54 Tearoom and Antiques in Pudsey. It’s completely retro, with old school mirrors and quirky ornaments in every corner, and since everything you see is for sale, the decor will change with every visit. It’s all hand-picked antiques, so who knows what you’ll find the next time you pop in for a sandwich, a slice of cake and china cup of tea.
No. 54 Tearoom and Antiques, 54 Fulneck, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 8NT.
Only Roundhay Park has more visits than Pudsey Park, and it’s a proper gem worth seeking out. There are 7.5 hectares of green space to explore, and that includes a rose garden, a bedding area, an aquarium, an aviary and a glasshouse. The Grade-II listed Church of St Lawrence is also in the park, and at the opposite end, you’ll find a cafe, pet’s corner and skatepark.
Pudsey Park, Church Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7RR.
This cafe, gift shop and creative space is perfect if you want to take five during the day. They have a menu of homemade jacket potatoes, sandwiches and soups to go with a cuppa, if want a little refreshment, but you can also pick up everything from crockery to jewellery, all made by local designers. And if you want to get creative, they run workshops every week for both adults and kids.
Popalong, 149-151 Bradford Road, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AT.
Gigi’s is like walking into a traditional Neapolitan pizza parlour. It has a charming, rustic decor and an intimate atmosphere. Whether you go for the Diavola or the Toscana, there’s a pizza for all palates, but they have a host of Italian mains on offer too, from the Pollo Stroganoff to the Seabass Fillet. Paired with a bottle of vino from their extensive wine list, it’s the perfect night out.
Gigi’s, 63 Lidget Hill, Pudsey, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 7LJ.
Fulneck Moravian Settlement
Fulneck is home to the biggest Moravian Settlement in the UK and it’s an incredible time capsule of Georgian village life. It was built by members of the Moravian Church who settled in the area in 1744. They established this remarkable set of buildings, many of which are now listed. You can pop into the museum, have a brew in the cafe and follow the footpaths that lead you around the whole complex.
Fulneck Moravian Settlement, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 8NT.
Tomlinson’s Farm Shop
If you want fresh, local produce, head to Tomlinson’s Farm Shop. They source the finest fruit, meat and vegetables from local farmers, so you can pick up everything on your list, all from nearby. They grow their own herbs, stock a huge selection of cheese and source bread and cakes from local bakery Ortons.
Tomlinson’s Farm Shop, 89 Roker Lane, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 9NB.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Corvin Pamp