These BYOB spots will help you keep costs down while you feast.
Bringing your own bottle isn’t just about making your meal out more affordable. It also means you can eat out at fantastic places that don’t have a booze licence, and still enjoy your favourite bottle of wine or beer. From sizzling steaks to authentic Italians and terrific Thai restaurants, these wonderful dining spots will all let you have it your own way. To the off licence!
Jino’s Thai Cafe
It may have moved into smarter digs, but what has always made Jino’s Thai Cafe special hasn’t changed. Friendly staff and food you can bank on – along with a bring your own bottle policy. They do stock wines and beers in case you forget yours, and you must buy soft drinks at the restaurant. The noodles and curries never let you down here – the Pad Thai is perfect – but they also do street food gems such as Thai chicken wings and steamed dumplings.
Jino’s Thai Cafe, 38 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HU.
La Besi becomes La Bargain because it’s BYOB all week long, and they only charge 50p corkage for wine – zero if you’ve brought beers. This family-owned restaurant has been delighting diners since 2005 with unpretentious but authentic Italian eats. Start with gamberoni, pan-fried king prawns pepped up with cherry tomatoes, garlic, shallots, dill and chilli. To finish, the pasta dishes are generous and hearty, the pizzas and meat dishes perfection.
La Besi, 211 Clarendon Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DT.
How is it that one of the restaurants in Leeds with a great wine list of its own also lets you bring your own bottle? Well, the people at Gaucho know that Monday isn’t the busiest night of the week for diners, so that’s the evening they let you bring your own vino – with free corkage to boot. Red wine pairs perfectly with their tasty cuts of robust Argentinian steak, or pick a light white to accompany seafood options such as shrimp ceviche or swordfish causita.
Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.
Nan’s Thai Malaysian Cafe
Nan’s is a relaxed place that charges just a pound per person to bring your own drink along. Choose something that will stand up to the deep, rich and zingy flavours of high quality Thai and Malaysian cooking. Staples such as chicken satay and pork dumplings are all present and correct, but there are some true originals, such as the chicken wings in Thai whiskey sauce to wrestle with. All the mains can be ordered with chicken, pork, beef, prawns or duck.
Nan’s Thai Malaysian Cafe, 225 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NJ.
Bramley’s Blue Tiger serves up superior Indian and Bangladeshi food at a price that’s keen. Even better, it’s one of the only BYOB restaurants in that part of Leeds. The starters are a mixture of the familiar – lamb chops and samosas – with the lesser-spotted. The seafood platter for two has tiger prawns, pangas fish and tilapia. They nail all the Indian restaurant classics, but also have great house specials like the super-hot bishnathi jalfrezi, simmered with fiery naga chilies.
Blue Tiger, 16 Ganners Hill, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 2NZ.
La Princesse still serves up the same excellent Moroccan food that it did when it was called Sami’s – the rebrand hasn’t changed the menu much or the bring your own bottle approach. Order up a tableful of hummus, falafel and vibrant lamb skewers, before moving on to a luscious lamb tagine with prunes and apricots. Other winners include couscous with chicken and lamb, or grilled chicken skewers with dauphinoise potato, a fine French touch.
La Princesse, 49 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
Kuala Lumpur Cafe
The Headingley home of Kuala Lumpur Cafe may not have the grandeur of the Petronas Towers, but the menu certainly captures the spirit of Malaysia. Stick some wine, beers or cocktail cans in your bag – there’s no corkage charge for drinking here. The true test of a Malay chef is the national dish of nasi lemak, and you’ll devour the version here – coconut rice with boiled egg, anchovies, peanuts and chilli sauce. Pair it with the lime curry, a mouth-puckering delight.
Kuala Lumpur Cafe, 2-4 Bennett Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HN.
One of the best bring your own bottle restaurants in North Leeds, M’deena sits near Otley’s Market Square and is the place to go for Lebanese mezze and sharing platters. You can arrive with your own drinks and then get stuck into their classic hummus, baba ghanouj and cheese boureks. There’s a handsome range of tanginess, plus lots of tasty treats served fresh from the grill – spiced chicken kofta, shawarma and perfectly-spiced lamb included.
M’Deena, 12 Market Place, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 3AQ.
Bab Tooma has become a Syrian stronghold in Yorkshire – the Oakwood branch is their third opening. It’s another welcome BYOB option in Leeds, a place to go for hot and cold mezze – make sure you get the muhammara, a red pepper and almond dip perfect with bread. Chicken liver is heady with spices while arayes is minced lamb and spices encased in a fluffy pita bread. Fancy some grill action? Choose from chops, kebabs and even sea bass.
Bab Tooma, 496 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.