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.
It’s all about flavour at Safran. They dish up homemade Persian food with classic dishes like Joojeh Kebab (marinated chicken breast with saffron rice) and Bamiyeh (a lamb and okra stew). You’re encouraged to bring your own booze too, all they ask is a £2.50 corkage charge per person. That way, you can be sure of a tipple you’ll enjoy with your meal.
Safran, 81 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.
Fettle is a quaint local cafe with a secret alter-ego. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, it transforms into Fine at Fettle, a laid-back restaurant serving gourmet grub. Their menu features the likes of maple-roasted chorizo, sea bass with vanilla coriander sauce and guinea fowl with forest mushrooms. Best of all? It’s bring your own bottle, so you can sup on your favourite drinks with a £5 corkage fee.
Fettle, 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
Thai Aroy Dee
Forget paying for corkage, Thai Aroy Dee has a free BYOB policy, so you can wash down their delicious Thai food with your own drinks. We’re talking classic Siamese food, from their spicy Tom Yum soup to the roast duck Gang Phed Ped Yang and the Weeping Tiger sirloin steak. If you’re after a proper feed, their set menus will keep you full for a week.
Thai Aroy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
At family-run Italian restaurant La Besi, it’s always bring your own bottle, whether you’re popping in for a Club Sandwich with a beer at lunch, or Lobster Ravioli and a nice bottle of white wine in the evening. They won’t charge you for corkage either, so you can pair whatever drink you like with their delicious grub.
La Besi, 211 Clarendon Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DT.
The Golden Bengal has been a Horsforth institution for decades. It’s also firmly BYOB with no corkage fee, so if you’re after a stellar curry house where you can choose your own tipple, look no further. You can pair it with a fusion of freshly made Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine – from the classic Lamb Tikka all the way through to Chicken Multani, combining fresh garlic, spring onion, ginger and chickpeas.
The Golden Bengal, Low Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5NY.
Jino’s Thai Cafe
Flavour-packed Thai food, friendly service and big portions. You’ll get a warm welcome at Jino’s Thai Cafe, with a relaxed, no-frills atmosphere that’s long been a hit with Leeds’ locals. In fact, the only thing Jino’s doesn’t have is a liquor license, so make sure you bring your own bottle of wine. They’ll even chill it for you, and there’s no corkage charge.
Jino’s Thai Cafe, 46a Headingley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL.
Polish street food specialists Smak! have their own rustic restaurant in Leeds, serving up recipes handed down through the generations. You can wash their kiełbasas, żureks and pierogis down with kompot, a traditional blend of simmered fruit, water and honey, but if you want something stronger, it’s BYOB. So grab a few beers, pay the £2 corkage charge and crack on.
Smak! The Polish Kitchen, 372 Kirkstall Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
At Blue Tiger, flavour is king. You’ll find a fusion of Indian, Bangladeshi and even Persian dishes on the menu, from Butter Chicken Curry to Goan Tiger Prawns and Lucknow Lamb Chops. But when it comes to drinks, the decision is all yours. It’s BYOB all the way, so pick a favourite and bring it with you.
Blue Tiger, 16 Ganners Hill, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 2NZ.
May’s Thai and Malaysian Cafe
Looking for cheap and cheerful Thai and Malaysian dishes in Leeds? May’s does scrummy food that won’t break the bank, and you can make it even cheaper by bringing your own bottle. Why not pair their Mamuang Himmaparn cashew and pineapple stir fry with a glass of white wine, or the spicy Pad Prik Gang with a bottle of beer? Once you’ve had your fill, the cafe’s only a stone’s throw from Hyde Park in case you need to walk it off.
May’s Thai and Malaysian Cafe, 225 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NJ.
Roots & Fruits
A Grand Arcade staple, Roots and Fruits has been dishing up the best vegetarian and vegan food in Leeds for over 20 years. You can tuck into their comfort food like Welsh Rarebit or Vegetarian Lasagne, and even bring your own bottle to make it the perfect after-work treat in the city centre. It’s only £1.50 corkage per person, so you can have a drink without breaking the bank.
Roots & Fruits, 10 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
A glass of fizz and a slice of freshly made cake – that’s what you can expect from Dulcie Butterfly’s quirky vintage tearoom, with just one difference, you’ll be providing the prosecco. Don’t worry, they’ve got the glasses, along with finger sandwiches, scones and homemade sweet treats. Just bring whatever fizz takes your fancy and tuck in, there’s no corkage here.
Dulcie Butterfly, 148 Boston Spa High Street, Boston Spa, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS23 6BW.
If you’re looking for delectable Moroccan food with traditional decor, Sami’s is the place to be. Alongside falafel and hummus, you can tuck into an array of authentic treats, ranging from classic lamb skewers and hummus to tagine, ratatouille and calzone. Even better, this Leeds restaurant lets you bring your own bottle, so you can save your pennies and bring a beer from home.
Sami’s, 49 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
The Swine That Dines
If you fancy sharing a bottle of wine and a few beautifully prepared small plates, The Swine That Dines should be right up your alley. Available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, it alternates between a completely vegetarian dining experience on the first weekend of every month and an all-out carnivorous menu the rest of the time. They don’t have a license, but you can bring your own bottle. They’ll even provide the glasses.
The Swine That Dines, 58 North Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.Cover image credit: Ondrej Bires