Treat yourself to a day out in Farsley and uncover the secrets of one of the city’s most popular suburbs…
Farsley is the suburb everyone is talking about. Over the last few years, it’s really come to life, with a raft of new openings that have made it one of the best places to live in the city. But why should the locals have all the fun? Hop on the bus and you can enjoy everything this vibrant suburb has to offer, from the eclectic lineup at The Constitutional to the downright swoon-worthy meze at Olive and Feta.
Mill Kitchen & Bakery
Mill Kitchen is a cool independent cafe worth checking out. Their expertly brewed coffees will have you sinking into your seat and sighing with satisfaction, thanks in part to the quality of the beans – they’re North Star’s best. But this is so much more than a coffee shop. The counter is lined with freshly baked loaves and cakes that will tempt you into a leisurely stay. Perhaps a slice of their vegan carrot and turmeric cake will count towards your five a day? Breakfast and lunch are also on the menu, with everything from frittatas and fritters to salad bowls and sarnies.
Mill Kitchen & Bakery, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
The Constitutional has your entertainment covered. It brings an endless procession of talent to Farsley. From their regular comedy nights, featuring the likes of Tom Wrigglesworth, Jo Enright and Pat Monahan, to their impossible-to-pigeon-hole performances, which span theatre, spoken word, art and even science – there’s something for absolutely everyone here. Music is a mainstay, with bands and DJs vying for your attention, but you can also stop by for the simple pleasures of cheese and wine night or the high octane thrills of their monthly drag show.
The Constitutional, 51 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HX.
Street food legends who earned their stripes at festivals across the north, Sabroso Street have swapped their beautifully converted horse box for a little slice of Farsley – but one thing that hasn’t changed is the food. Expect Mexican favourites like barbacoa beef tacos, pulled jackfruit burritos and piled-high nachos, alongside dirty fries, smothered in cauliflower al pastor. They have a full menu of cocktails, beer and wine, but if you want to do it right, get on the tequila, mezcal or sotol. Did we mention there’s a bottomless brunch? 90 minutes of free-flow drinks!
Sobroso Street, 10 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LD.
Sunny Bank Mills
If you want a hit of culture while you’re in Farsley, a trip to Sunny Bank Mills is a must. The former textiles mill has been transformed into a cultural destination that honours its past and forges a new future. You can visit the archive and explore the history of the building itself or stop by the galleries to see the work of their ever-growing community of studio artists. They have their own tearoom, as well as resident eateries like Grumpy’s and Mill Kitchen. Come on one of the regular open days to meet the other residents, like at-home cocktail makers Canvas.
Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
Sure, you can get street food and cocktails in Farsley, but if you’d rather just go to a right good pub, get yourself down to The Fleece. The bar is well stocked with real ale, craft beer and lager, not to mention all your favourite spirits – and they do food too. Think home comforts like scampi, lasagne and steak pie. To keep you entertained when the conversation slows, they play the latest games on Sky Sports, as well as putting on pub quizzes and live music. In the winter, when the rain’s lashing down, there’s no better place to hunker down with a pint and a handmade pie.
The Fleece, 116 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LF.
Anyone with young children needs to know about Jackaboos. It’s a soft play centre where you can take the little ones to burn off energy in the most raucous, giggle-inducing way possible. Watch as the kids hurtle around their multi-tier indoor playground, whooshing down slides, plunging into ball pools and pounding punch bags. Jackaboos is also the only soft play centre in Leeds with Wow Toy Play Zone. It’s all designed to give you full visibility, so you can sit back and relax while the little cuties tire themselves out for an early bed time. You can book parties too.
Jackaboos, Unit 4, Old Combing, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
The home of wood-fired pizza in Farsley, Grumpy’s hasn’t just won fans locally – it’s tempting people in from further afield. That’s how good it is. You can start in on the goodies before you even pick your pizza with olives, dough balls and all manner of charcuterie. But the end destination is clear – pizza! Will it be Idris, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, chicken, chorizo and red peppers, or Lennie, covered in blue cheese, mozzarella, asparagus, chilli flakes and a glug of garlic oil? Hand-stretched dough and premium ingredients make all the difference.
Grumpy’s, Sunny Bank Mills, 2 Old Combing, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
Sunny days were made for Westroyd Park. This glorious swatch of green space has everything you need to stay happy and healthy. Green fields and colourful flowerbeds make it a great place for a walk and an even better one for a picnic, but that’s just the beginning. It also has two tennis courts, a bowling green and a football pitch big enough for 9-a-side games. In the summer, the park comes alive with live music at the bandstand and they hold regular community events here, including the Farsley Festival and the annual Easter egg hunt – bring the kids for that one!
Westroyd Park, 12 Sunfield Drive, Stanningley, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6DS.
Amity Brew Co.
Craft beer fanatics will be in their element at Amity Brew Co. Here, in the historic surrounds of Sunny Bank Mills, they brew up regulars like Waterpistol, Festoon and Sunnybank, alongside a host of small-batch specials that will, quite simply, blow your mind. We’re talking summer fruit sours, mojito-inspired collabs and micro IPAs that won’t leave you hazy the next the day. The clincher? This isn’t just a brewery – it’s a taproom too, a cool little hangout amongst the tanks, where you can get one of the freshest pints you’ve ever had the pleasure to drink.
Amity Brew Co, Sunny Bank Mills, Unit 15-16, Festoon Rooms, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
Croft Street Fisheries
Proper fish and chips. Fresh, flakey, sustainably sourced haddock, dunked in Croft’s secret recipe batter, deep-fried until golden and served with a portion of oh-so-fluffy chips. Gravy? Curry sauce? You want it, you got it. Just add mushy peas and you’re all set for a fabulous chippy dinner. These guys are multi-award winning. In fact, they’ve been in Fry Magazine’s Top 50 Fish & Chip Shops for the last four years running, so you know you’re going to get consistently good food. Feeling adventurous? Swap your haddock for a portion of panko squid rings!
Croft Street Fisheries, 2 Croft Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HA.
Ever wanted to make the perfect shakshuka? Or craved a Spanish tortilla of your own making? If so, a trip to Get Cooking is in order. Their culinary experts will whip you into shape with a series of cooking courses and workshops. In the space of an evening, or an afternoon if you’d prefer, you can get a practical lesson in cooking Mediterranean staples like Lahmacun or Mexican favourites like Mole de Calabaza. Unlike eating out, these sessions will give you the skills and the confidence you need to cook at home, giving you a delicious feed, time and time again.
Get Cooking, Springfield Commercial Centre, 43a, Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY.
Olive and Feta
A taste of the mediterranean awaits at Olive and Feta. Inside, it’s all rustic charm, with pops of colour that draw the eye, but it’s the smells wafting out of the kitchen that will get your attention. Their small plates make perfect starters, but don’t be surprised if you want to order more – fresh mussels, grilled halloumi and dolma sit alongside lesser known treats like Sigara Böreği (cheese rolls) and Şakşuka (Turkish fried vegetables) to make ordering a complex game of ‘eeny, meeny, miny, moe’. And that’s before you even look at the mains. Shish kebabs or lamb moussaka?
Olive and Feta, 8 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5DB.
There’s something inexplicably charming about Truman books. It’s an independent, so every book in the collection has been handpicked and chosen with care, but that’s not what makes it so special. It’s the shared love of literature, whether you’re introducing the kids to an old favourite or discovering a new author, owner Amanda Truman will be on hand to help and is just as excited as you are. This is, after all, a labour of love – a life-long dream come true – and you can feel it in every detail, right down to homemade cakes and expertly brewed coffees in the cafe.
Truman Books, 95 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HX.
Number Thirty Three
At first glimpse, it looks like a pub, but step inside and you’ll soon discover that Number Thirty Three is a cool, contemporary bar with an industrial-chic decor. Note the distinctive brush strokes of Nicolas Dixon in their wall murals, which make cracking conversation starters as you plough into a pint or two or three. Speaking of pints, they’ve got all the names you know, from Brewdog to Beavertown, Timothy Taylor to Birra Moretti. Their shelves are just as well stocked with spirits, which means you can get the perfect G&T. Look out for their street food pop-ups!
Number Thirty Three, 33 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HX.
Everything about this restaurant is big. The size, the portions and definitely the flavours. It’s contemporary Indian dining, so expect okra fries, pani puri and samosa chaat, alongside all your favourite curries, served with style and a real attention to detail. Alongside the usual suspects, you can try a selection of signatures and specials that will take you out of your comfort zone. Think fall-apart tender tandoori cod and oh-so-tangy chicken achari. Couple your dinner with a bottle of wine or perhaps a few cocktails. Fun fact, the building was once a Methodist chapel.
Deeva, 58 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LD.
Are you entertained? If you’re at the Old Woollen, you most likely are. It’s the sister venue to Farsley neighbour The Constitutional and comes with the same eclectic line-up of events courtesy of Trouble at the Mill. Here, however, it’s served up in a 500-capacity space on the ground floor of, yes you guessed it, an old woollen mill. Their events calendar will take you on a rollercoaster ride of entertainment. One night you could be watching comedy gold, the next a film screening, live band or theatre performance. Keep your eyes peeled for big shindigs like Bingo for the People!
Old Woollen, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
A fab little bar and kitchen from the folk behind Grumpy’s, Saint Jude will take you from morning to night in a delicious jiffy. Start your day with wood-fired bagels, smothered in avocado and topped with bacon, salmon or halloumi, then ease your way through the day with burgers, loaded fries and salad bowls. Evening brings drinks, and you’re going to want cocktails – they’ve got raspberry juleps, coconut coolers and rhubarb sours, which let’s face it, are best enjoyed out on the terrace in the sun, but we’d happily settle for the cosy surrounds of the bar itself.
Saint Jude, 69 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5HX.
A traditional pub, the kind that comes from Marston’s and plays all the big matches on Sky and BT Sports, Old Hall is a beloved local and unsurprisingly, a favourite with footie fans. Pool tables and live entertainment fill the gaps between games, so there’s never a dull day. The bar back is well stocked, and they’ll be happy to whip those spirits up into a cocktail, but if you want something simpler, there’s plenty of ale and lager on tap. On a cold day, you can cosy up inside, while summer promises sunny drinks on the terrace. Either way, it’s jolly good fun.
Old Hall, Back Lane, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5EU.
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