Burley gets ever more brilliant. Find out why you need to head to this suburb minutes from the city centre for food, fun times and family adventures.
Burley is on the up and up. Over the last few years, it’s really come into its own. New street food shops, pub openings and a huge range of things to do makes it a real destination. So what are you waiting for? Download the First Bus app, plan your journey in minutes and buy the FirstDay ticket that will get you there, back and anywhere else you need to go in West Yorkshire for just £4.50. Get out there are start exploring!
Dave’s Pies & Ale
One of the most perfect, petite pubs in the city, Dave’s Pies & Ale makes a virtue of its size. It’s like a cosy, front-room gathering once you pull up a chair, overseen by the genial Dave himself. He’ll pour you a pint – they have three or four on draught, along with a fridge packed with choice cans – then nip out the back and whip out his latest platter of pork pies. Choose from the classic and a shifting array of specials such as chorizo, haggis or Stilton. You’ve got one more choice to make – do you want mushy peas with that?
Dave’s Pies & Ale, 350 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
Burley’s little slice of Havana has been packing its tables with satisfied diners for over two decades, and the formula has hardly changed. Lively decor, rum-based cocktails to set the mood and then copious tapas with a sprinkling of Caribbean and South American flair. Thus Spanish classics like patatas bravas and chorizo in Rioja sauce sit cheek by jowl on the menu with Cuban chicken stews, rice dishes and honeyed pork ribs.
Viva Cuba, 342 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DS.
With over 70 years of expertise, Woodrup Cycles isn’t your average bike shop. This family-run business has bikes you can buy straight off the shelves, but they also know how to go that little bit further for real fans of the two-wheeled way of life. Their bespoke steel frames are built to fit in their own workshop – the very same place where they undertake all kinds of repairs. Kevin Sayles, their master frame builder, has been there for over 40 years, the kind of experience you can’t buy.
Woodrup Cycles, 345-348 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HD.
City Golf Leeds
While many golf clubs have stringent membership requirements and require you to book well in advance, City Golf Leeds is a much more relaxed affair. This nine-hole course in Burley is one where you can just turn up to play, with no joining fee, dress code or gear required. For a fee of just £5, you can rock up with a bunch of other bunker-botherers and have at it. It’s geared towards all levels, and even with club and ball hire it’s a bargain in golfing terms.
City Golf Leeds, Redcote Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AW.
Expect peerless Punjabi food when you sample the incredible plates that come out of Manjit’s Kitchen. The menu – it’s all either vegetarian or vegan – is short, but it can be when the dishes never fail. The chilli paneer wrap is the stuff of street food legend, and the house dhal has a deep, rich flavour while the thali combines all the good stuff. Tuck into that bargain and you could be feasting on cauliflower butter masala with rice and roti.
Manjit’s Kitchen, 333 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HD.
Every neighbourhood needs a friendly, no-nonsense caff, and that’s what Burley has in the shape of Cafe Enzo. It’s the ideal spot for a quick coffee or milkshake, while those who want something a bit stronger with their lunch can opt for wine or Prosecco. They’ll fill your belly at breakfast with grand fry-ups and eggs Benedict, while the Italian owners show they know their way around pasta at lunch. Carbonara and a glass of fizz? The lunch of champions.
Cafe Enzo, 396 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
The perfect place for a family day-out, Cardigan Fields packs a lot in to its retail park. There’s a gym, a bowling alley, an IMAX Vue cinema and even a trampoline park, as well as copious food options. Stalk your enemies in the 4,000-square-foot LaserZone, then grab burgers at Five Guys or some slices at Pizza Hut. The Vue has 10 screens, nine with recliner seats, while there are 32 lanes and American-inspired grub at Hollywood Bowl. What else do you need?
Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.
Poppy’s Potting Shed
All your plant needs are taken care of at Poppy’s Potting Shed, packed full of succulents and more and with a friendly approach that will turn even the most ham-fisted into a member of the green-fingered gardening gang. There’s an array of house plants, stuff for the garden, quirky pots and homeware in a shop that looks like the best kind of indoor jungle. You can check out fresh stock on every visit, as well as workshops if you need to brush up on your botanic skills.
Poppy’s Potting Shed, Burley Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AR.
The Cardigan Arms
When it comes to dream pubs, The Cardigan Arms ticks all the right boxes. It’s a Victorian, Grade II-listed beauty of a boozer, all nooks and crannies, original features and a highly photogenic bar. The beer – from Kirkstall Brewery, who own the pub – is exemplary, with guest ales galore, and the food is superior pub fare too. Add in a legendary quiz night, open mic events and a roast dinner that is not to be missed, and this is pub nirvana.
The Cardigan Arms, 364 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
This corner curry house is a mainstay for Burley diners, with both dine-in and takeout promising a richly scented mix of both Indian and Pakistani dishes. None of the classics disappoint, from the mild korma through to the fiery vindaloo, while a huge array of biryani and balti options all hit the spot. Line up some sides and rice, then, if you’re truly hungry, get the Grand Slam Karahi, with chicken, meat, mince, prawns and a rich, aromatic sauce.
Sheesh Mahal, 346-348 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DS.
The Climbing Lab
If you want to make it to the top in Burley, you need to get yourself to The Climbing Lab. This indoor climbing centre has so much packed in that it’s tailor-made for all kinds of climber, from beginner to expert. There are vertical and slab walls, a brilliant top-out builder and a training area too, for those who want to push their limits higher. Under-18s can climb too, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult, while member passes are available for regular ascenders.
The Climbing Lab, Kirkstall Industrial Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AZ.
On a stretch of Kirkstall Road that’s rich with food options, Ryan’s Kitchen stands out. It’s one of the few authentic Jamaican eateries in town, and it’s definitely one of the best. The succulent spicy jerk chicken comes with white rice and a honey jerk gravy, while the ackee and saltfish is spot-on every time. There are veggie options aplenty too, with jackfruit in sweet jerk gravy and a warming coconut red lentil curry.
Ryan’s Kitchen, 329 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HD.
Since Doboy was founded in 2020, it has expanded to three locations, and this Burley one is the place to go for irresistible sweet treats. With a core range of classics and regular seasonal specials, you’ll be hard pressed to choose which ones you want – and there are plenty of vegan choices too. The Biscoff, Ferrero Rocher and Oreo Donut Sandwich are ever-present, but might be joined by the likes of the Jammie Dodger Twist or the Circle of Fudge.
Doboy Donuts, Cardigan Mills, Lennox Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2BL.
Revive Leeds isn’t your average charity shop. They were set up to help not only reduce the number of items in Leeds that end up in landfill, but also to educate people about recycling and reuse. It’s why they’re partnered with Leeds City Council to help work towards zero waste, and why they support two charities with their profits. The Burley shop is chock-full of donated items with everything from furniture to books, clothes to homewares, all looking for a new home.
Revive Leeds, Evanston Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HR.
Pizza Freak started out guesting in other kitchens during lockdown, graduating to their own Kirkstall Road home in 2022. Whether you want a casual slice to go or want to feast on a whole pie, you’ll be tucking into well-sourced, authentic ingredients, all prepared on site. A fan of classic pizza? Detroit style? Bianca (without tomatoes)? They cover all bases. If you want to venture into the wilds of the menu, you’ll find the incredible Upside Down Pepperoni Sicilian, an absolute must.
Pizza Freak, 372 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
This award-winning curry house has the kind of menu you could get lost in. Bengal Brasserie is the place that once teamed with the local boxing champ to launch the ‘Rogan Josh Warrington’, and while that’s not on the menu anymore, you will still find an array of delights like garlic chilli duck and wonderful lamb chops. House specialities throw up some treats for spice lovers, with a punchy naga lamb dish giving your pores a real workout.
Bengal Brasserie, 65 Haddon Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2JE.
Got an axe to grind? You’re out of luck. But if you want an axe to throw, head to TimberJacks. It’s a great day out with a gang of mates – expect lanes aplenty, a snack bar and optional mini-games if you want something a bit different from just aiming at the bullseye. Smashing apples? Cutting through wood using a rip saw? Hammering nails? It’s lumberjack heaven, but the real joy comes with dunking one of your party with a bucket if you manage to cut the rope with your axe.
TimberJacks, Flexspace Unit B2, Burley Hill Trading Estate, Burley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2PU.
Kulture Coffee aims to transplant Australian cafe culture to Burley, and while that may seem like a pipe dream, you might not think so once you get a taste of their coffee. It’s spectacular. Grab a drink, or pick up some beans or ground coffee to take home, as well as all the brewing equipment you need for the perfect cup of Joe. The volcano cookies are worth the journey too – the Caramel Fossil contains crushed Double Deckers. That’s all you need to know.
Kulture Coffee, 380 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
Leeds Aerial Arts
Fancy yoga in the sky? Well, almost. At Leeds Aerial Arts Studio, you’ll be suspended from specialist hammocks while performing your moves. It’s a method that provides both support and flexibility at the same time, while helping you to improve muscle tone and build up strength. They’ll help beginners to get to grips with aerial yoga, as well as silks, hoops and slings exercises. You can join weekly classes or book yourself in for a private session.
Leeds Aerial Arts, Unit 5, Cardigan Trading Estate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2BL.
Graft Häus isn’t a casual gym, but it is a friendly one. As the name suggests, this is a place you come to put some effort in, with a big focus on weights and state-of-the-art equipment. The bespoke approach is why this independent gym is an award winner, with the latest Primal Strength equipment, a Watt bike, 3D body scanner and experienced personal trainers. You can try it out for a few days, or take advantage of an array of keenly priced memberships.
Graft Häus, Unit 4, Cardigan Trading Estate, Milford Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2BL.
Portside Fish & Chips
With three branches, Portside Fish & Chips must be doing something right, and that something is serving up delicious chippy teas. The meal deals are winners here – fish and chips with your choice of sauce and a can of pop to wash it down for less than a tenner, while there are kids and family meals on offer too. Sausages, classic pies, scampi, butties and the classic pickled egg are all on offer, while coeliacs can have their tea made gluten-free.
Portside Fish & Chips, 382 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
Gravity Active Entertainment
This huge trampoline park in Burley is the place to go if you want your kids to have fun – or tire themselves out. Gravity Active Entertainment is birthday party central for little ones, who are supervised by hosts so parents can relax without worrying. But that’s not all that’s on offer – there’s more bounce to the ounce. There are fitness classes for grown-ups, open jump, parent & toddler and SEN sessions for disabled groups and societies.
Gravity Active Entertainment, Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.
Open Source Arts
This resource centre works with local people, artists and groups to support and promote the creative arts in Burley. The varied calendar of events takes in live music shows, juggling, yoga, poetry workshops, fire twirling and circus training. They also have workshops with skilled technicians who can help with projects like metal and woodwork, textiles, set and prop building, as well as an open manufacturing workshop. It all helps to scratch your creative itch.
Open Source Arts, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1JL.
POCO is a tiny treasure trove of Sicilian street food delights, with a window that tempts you in from Kirkstall Road with a promise that it more than fulfils. There’s pizza al taglio by the slice – the ricotta and spinach is cracking – or arancini with crisp exterior yielding to soft risotto rice within. Rotisserie chicken sit alongside fresh pastas and lasagnes for a great lunch. For pudding? The bombolone donuts and cannoli are legendary, with new flavours appearing regularly.
POCO Sicilian Street Food, 360 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
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