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New to Leeds: Limeyard

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

Limeyard has opened its first restaurant up north – and it's right here in Leeds.


Californian kitchen, Limeyard, has opened its new restaurant at White Rose Shopping Centre, as part of their big expansion. Find out what to expect…

Limeyard is already a big deal down south. They have restaurants in Ealing and Staines where they serve up a menu of Californian eats, and now they’ve made their first foray into the north with their new digs at White Rose Shopping Centre. It’s part of a big expansion project that’s brought six new restaurants to the Leeds retail park, with an 11 screen IMAX Cineworld set to open later this year.


Limeyard have brought a taste of California to Leeds – and we’re not just talking about the menu. The restaurant itself has a certain beach-cool vibe with subtle hues, cosy booths and a whole lot of mirrors. It’s family-friendly too, which couldn’t be better suited to White Rose – you can bribe the kids with pancakes before you shop or stop by for a tasty bite after.

Which brings us neatly to the food, and Christine Chung, Operations Director at Limeyard, told us all about it, “Limeyard’s menu is a playful twist on the best of California old and new; a West Coast road trip on a plate. From the ever-popular brunch menu, with light bites and hearty hangover cures, to the famous speedy lunch and the more substantial a la carte with tastes to suit everyone, including Coca-Cola glazed Ribs and the famous Full Yard of Tacos, there is a spirit of California in every bite.”


They have seven food menus. No seriously. Seven. There’s one specially for the kids, and it offers up grilled chicken breast, flat iron steak and salmon, all served with broccoli and fries. That sits alongside breakfast (think pancakes, smoked salmon scramble and baked eggs with house beans, spicy chorizo, chipotle sauce, coriander and sourdough toast), brunch (more pancakes, but this time with waffles, tacos, salads and smoothies) and lunch (two courses for £9.95 or three for £11.95).

Four down, three to go. The afternoon brings cakes, or if you prefer, yet more pancakes and waffles, and through it all you can indulge in their mains. From the grilled swordfish to the BBQ board and a rather hefty selection of burgers, they’ve got a little something for everyone, with an equally tempting array of desserts (yes, there are more waffles).


With so much to choose from, you might need a bit of a help, so we asked Chung to pick her favourites. “From the breakfast menu – it has to be fluffy buttermilk pancakes, as they’re made fresh in-house daily and the array of toppings means you can try something different every time.” That wasn’t her only choice though, not by a long shot. “Try the Full Yard of Tacos – this is the house speciality, hugely popular to share, it comes on a yard-long serving board. The different taco fillings available mean you can mix and match to create your very own favourite Yard. Then from the desserts menu – try the Pavlova, which is baked in-house, and is gorgeously served with fresh strawberries and cream.”

Limeyard has morning to night dining covered, so whether you’re taking the kids to buy a new school uniform or going shopping with the girls, check it out and let us know what you think.

Limeyard, White Rose Shopping, Morely, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8LU.