Eating out doesn’t have to cost a fortune, not when these Leeds eateries let you bring your own bottle.
Whether you’re looking for a cheap night out or just fancy having a bottle of your favourite plonk with your dinner, these Leeds restaurants are the obvious choice, because they let you bring your own bottle. So pick up a four pack or grab a bottle of vino and head out for a delicious dinner that won’t break the bank.
The Swine That Dines
We all know The Greedy Pig for its breakfast and lunchtime offerings, but did you know they’ve got their own pop-up supper club that you can bring your own bottle to? Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening they swing open their doors, offering a small plates menu in an informal setting. They change their focus from meat to veggie one weekend a month, so everyone can get involved – and because of their BYOB policy, you can make your money go that little bit further.
The Swine That Dines, 58 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
Thai A Roy Dee
Thai A Roy Dee is an unassuming restaurant with a big reputation. They serve up proper Thai food in a simple, laid-back setting with all your favourites and few dishes you’ve probably never tried before. You can tuck into the likes of Kuay Dtiaao Neua, Suki Seafood and Pad Si Aew Chicke – and while they do have beer, wine and soft drinks to wash it down, you can also bring your own bottle – a few Thai beers never go amiss.
Thai A Roy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
A cafe by day, Fettle transforms into a fine dining destination on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Even better, it operates a bring your own bottle policy with no corkage fee. They serve up a Scandinavian inspired menu of refined, but homely dishes – think Salted Beef with Steamed Veg and Horseradish Cream, Swedish Meatballs with Cream Gravy and Sea Bass with Putanesca Sauce. The menu changes regularly, so you can come back and try something new every time you visit.
Fettle, 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
In the centre of Chapel Allerton, Sami’s is well known for being a welcome African getaway with a great atmosphere and a host of Moroccan flavours emanating from the kitchen. From Chicken Tagine to Saffron Fish Balls and Cous Cous Sami, the food is vibrant and tasty. You’ll have to nip to the shops to find something to wash it down though, because they don’t have a license – it’s bring your own bottle all the way.
Sami’s, 49 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
La Besi is a welcoming family-run Italian restaurant in Hyde Park that has won plenty of friends with its classic menu and BYOB policy. It’s a firm favourite with local students looking for a bargain. For the quality, that’s exactly what they offer, whether you’re tucking into pasta, pizza or even a steak. Just remember to get a couple of Italy’s finest wines or beers before you arrive.
La Besi, 211 Clarendon Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DT.
Jino’s Thai Cafe
Jino’s is a typically understated Thai eatery. They keep everything low key, except for the food. Their curries, such as the Gaeng Ped and Pad Prik Gaeng, are worth visiting for alone, but they also do the usual noodle and rice dishes. Nip to the supermarket down the road before you come, as Jino’s doesn’t have a license – they will, however, provide glasses, and even chill your wine for you.
Jino’s Thai Cafe, 46a Headingley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL.
The Masala Hut
Going for a curry is one of our great national pastimes, and The Masala Hut is ideal if you’re looking for a decent bite with a bring your own bottle policy. Pour over a heaving menu of Indian classics and specials, from the likes of Passanda and Tikka Masala to Makhani, Rajala and Badami, while enjoying your own favourite bottle of wine or beer in a buzzing little restaurant.
The Masala Hut, 6 Back Austhorpe Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8NW.
Roots and Fruits
As one of the first vegetarian and vegan cafes in Leeds, Roots and Fruits is immensely popular, and rightly so. From the Halloumi Salad to their Jerk Jackfruit, Harissa Humous Sandwich and the incredibly nutritious Whole Bowl, they pride themselves on great quality vegetarian food. However, they don’t have a license, so it’s a BYOB job when you visit, with a £3 corkage charge – but it’ll be worth every penny after trying out their veggie grub.
Roots & Fruits, 10-11 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
May’s Thai and Malaysian Cafe
May’s is a tiny little eatery on Hyde Park Road, adjacent to the park itself, that is immensely popular with the local students – and rightly so. They cook up amazing Thai and Malaysian dishes at great value prices in a venue that always seems to be buzzing. It does help that it has a BYOB policy, so you can grab some booze from the shop before you visit.
May’s Thai and Malaysian Cafe, 225 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NJ.
Based down on Kirkgate, Safran is perfect if you’re looking for something a little more exotic. It’s a Persian restaurant with everything from Ghormeh Sabzi, the national dish of Iran, to Koubidah, a Persian kebab, and Bamiyeh, a traditional dessert. The prices aren’t to be sniffed at – particularly as you can bring your own booze for a small corkage fee.
Safran, 81 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.
If Woodhouse has one thing going for it, it’s the number of quality curry houses and Nazam’s is a prime example. This detached, unassuming venue is often packed in the evening, dishing up specials like Tikka Makhni, Murgh Paneer and Sabzhi Bali alongside a few more recognisable curries. There are two shops a short walk down the road for you to grab a few Cobras or Kingfishers to wash it down with.
Nazam’s, 201 Woodhouse Street, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NY.
Akmal’s Tandoori Bistro
The first thing that stands out about Akmal’s Tandoori Bistro is the fact that it’s slap band wallop in the middle of Hyde Park’s Woodhouse Moor – but that’s not why you go. You see, despite the unlikely location, it’s actually a mighty fine curry house. They serve up everything from Gosht Palak to the Kofta Masala, with a bring your own bottle policy that means you can drink your favourite plonk for just £2 corkage.
Akmal’s Tandoori Bistro, 235 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AP.
You can head to Balti King for dinner, but they’re most famous for their late night feeds. They stay open late, so you can nip in for a curry until 3am Monday to Thursday or 4am Friday to Saturday. They have a selection of beers for you to choose from, but you can also bring your own, which means your night out just got even better. Now, what’s it to be Tikka Shashlik or Zafrani Balti?
Balti King, 69 Raglan Road, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DZ.