Treat yourself to these wonderfully tasty bar snacks next time you’re out for a drink in Leeds.
Bar snacks are like a trusty friend you can turn to after you’ve had a couple of drinks. They help to keep you well fed when you’re not quite in the mood for something bigger. But, we’re not just talking about a bag crisps or pork scratchings here. The bars of Leeds go that little further with their bar snacks, so next time you’re out in the city, you can tuck into pie & mash, crisp butties or even fresh oysters,
Pizza slices at Dough Boys
Once you’ve got one of Belgrave’s craft beers or real ales, you’ll no doubt be tempted by the wonderful smells coming from the Dough Boys kitchen. Their hand-stretched pizzas are the perfect accompaniment to your pint. They always have plenty of choice on the go, from the Salami of Darkness to the Queen Brie. Even better, you can get a half price slice from 12pm until 7pm Sunday to Thursday, and 12pm to 5pm on Friday and Saturday.
Dough Boys, Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Okra fries at Bundobust
Bundobust has garnered an reputation for its Indian street food, so where better to get a bar snack? The mainstay of their menu since opening has been their okra fries – they sprinkle strips of okra with garam masala, black salt and mango powder before frying them off, which gives them a distinctly sweet tang. They’re incredibly moreish, and will go down very well indeed with one of their IPAs.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
Pork pie at Outlaws Yacht Club
One of the coolest hangouts in Leeds, Outlaws Yacht Club is the perfect spot for a couple of pints. If you get peckish, they have an abundance of bar snacks on offer, but our favourite has to be the pork pie. Made by local favourites Wilson’s, they’re big enough to keep you full until teatime. And to top it off you can take your pick of dijon mustard, wholegrain mustard, or, our favourite, handmade brown sauce.
Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.
Crisp sarnie at Wapentake
The crisp sandwich! It’s a distant reminder of our youth, something many of us left back in our teens – but not Wapentake. The Kirkgate bar-cum-eatery, has an array of ever-changing Yorkshire-inspired dishes on the menu, but the crisp sandwich stands out. Take your pick from the selection of flavours behind the bar, which is then stuck between two thick slices of freshly baked bread in-house, grab your pint of fine local ale, and it’ll all come back.
Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.
Session fries at Patty Smith’s
If you can resist their gooey, delicious burgers but still want a bite to eat with your pint, Patty Smith’s have just the thing. Their Session Fries are a taste sensation. A plate of twice-cooked, skin-on fries is lathered with smoked pancetta, pecorino, fried rosemary, pickled chillies, sriracha chilli mayo and rosemary sea salt. Just don’t be surprised if you go back for more.
Patty Smith’s, Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Charcuterie boards at Friends of Ham
From beer and wine to meat and cheese, Friends of Ham do it all incredibly well. So it makes sense that the next time you try a brand new beer or a wine, you also delve into their charcuterie boards. You get to curate it yourself, picking from the likes of carne salata, Serrano gran reserve or Iberico bellota for your meat, with cheeses like Old Winchester, Monte Enebro or Gubbeen to round it off.
Friends of Ham, 4-8 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
Habas fritas at Wino
One of the most popular spots for an after-work drink in the city’s business district is Wino. With a slew of hand-picked wines and continental beers, you’re well covered after a long day – and if you can’t wait for dinner, you can certainly tide yourself over with their bar snacks. One of which is Habas Fritas, an incredibly moreish plate of fried, salty broad beans that will go down a storm with whatever your drink of choice is.
Wino, St Paul’s Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2TE.
Oysters at Calls Landing
Considering they’ve partly named their venue after them, the oysters are the bar snack you have to try at Calls Landing. They are served solo or as half-dozen, which is perfect for groups.The Naked One, is drizzled with lemon, shallot vinaigrette and tabasco, The Tangy One is made with oranges, lime and ginger, The Virgin Mary One has celery slat, Henderson’s and tabasco, and finally, The Glenfiddich One is, well, all about the whiskey.
The Stew and Oyster, Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW.
Pie and mash at The Hop
Okay, so this is the size of a full meal, but at such a bargain price The Hop’s pie and mash deserves a mention. They use Andrew Jones’ Pies ’n’ Pasties of Huddersfield, and offer everything from steak and ale to jerk chicken curry and spicy vegetable. Served on a bed of creamy mash, with beer infused peas or baked beans, lashings of gravy and a pint of Ossett Brewery’s session beer, you can get the lot for a fiver.
The Hop, The Dark Arches, Granary Wharf, Dark Neville Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.