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The Best Alfresco Dining Spots in Leeds

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

When we say eating out, we mean out in the sunshine.

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Right now, it’s all about alfresco dining, so we’ve rounded up the best places to go in Leeds. 

Good food, good friends, good times – it’s all we’ve been craving, and if it comes with a bit of sunshine, all the better. But where should you go when you want to go alfresco? Luckily for you, we have the answer, with a list of utterly delicious outdoor dining options. From loaded burgers to crispy pizzas, gorge-worthy tapas to finger-lickin’ chicken, you can have whatever your heart desires.

Water Lane Boathouse

Water Lane Boathouse

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Overlooking the River Aire at Granary Wharf, Water Lane Boathouse is one of the best alfresco dining spots in Leeds. It’s great when the sun’s shining, but don’t worry, they have heaters and covered seating too. Their menu takes a two-pronged approach – Neapolitan-style sourdough pizza, made in a hand-crafted Italian oven, and juicy burgers, stacked high with everything from Yorkshire beef to Magic Mountains vegan patties. Pair yours with one of their exceptional craft beers or artisan gins.

Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Angelica

Angelica

Nestled on the fifth floor of Trinity Leeds, Angelica will cater for all your alfresco dining needs. Their rooftop terrace comes complete with breathtaking skyline views as well as heaters and canopies if the weather demands. They have a tantalising selection of sharing boards and small plates, or you can dive straight in with one of their mains. Native lobster and chips, a classic beef burger or fish and chips? The choice is yours. Be sure to treat yourself to something from their extensive collection of wine and champagne.

Angelica, Level 6 Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW. You need to book online.

The Midnight Bell

The Midnight Bell

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The Midnight Bell’s courtyard beer garden is a real sun trap, perfect when you want to eat outdoors in Leeds. Their menu offers proper pub classics, done well. We’re talking beer battered haddock with hand cut chips, pan-fried sea bass with wilted greens and venison sausage with mash and red wine gravy. While you’re there, why not sample their impressive selection of real ales, including Leeds Brewery favourites on tap? Don’t worry if the weather turns because they have parasols to protect you from the elements if needed.

The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN. You need to book online.

Nation of Shopkeepers

Nation of Shopkeepers

Their courtyard is one of the most popular beer gardens in Leeds, so Nation is great for alfresco dining. You can sit on their covered terrace or head down the steps to their sheltered booths and parasol-covered tables. Don’t worry, they have plenty of heaters to see off the chill of your typical British summers. Once you’ve found a spot, their menu will have you salivating – will you go for classic Italian stone-baked pizzas or juicy burgers served in brioche buns? Whatever you choose, pair it with one of their craft beers.

Nation of Shopkeepers, 29 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

The Mustard Pot

The Mustard Pot

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Right in the heart of Chapel Allerton, The Mustard Pot is a favourite with the locals and has been known to attract many a reveller from further afield. Their beer garden is the stuff of legend – big, grassy and filled with benches, each with their own umbrella. You can also book space on their heated patio or in their heated marquee. Food comes in the form of old school pub classics, from cider-steamed mussels to beer-battered fish and chips. Don’t miss the roast on Sunday. You won’t go thirsty with real ale and hand-picked wines.

The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Neighbourhood

Brunch at Neighbourhood

Outside their flash Greek Street restaurant, Neighbourhood’s outdoor area promises afternoon sun and Insta-worthy food. There’s a canopy along the building, to offer shelter from the elements, but if it’s sun you want, there’s plenty of space. They offer a menu of New Yorkshire inspired eats, from fresh sushi rolls to crispy pulled duck lollipops and teriyaki glazed salmon. On Sundays, they do a roast worth visiting for. Be sure to try their epic cocktails while you’re here or order a bottle of champers with a sparkler.

Neighbourhood, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW. You need to book online.

Banyan

Banyan

Slap bang wallop in the heart of City Square, Banyan is a sure-fire hit if you want to eat outdoors in Leeds. The bulk of their outdoor terrace is covered by a giant marquee, complete with heaters, but you can also get tables in the sun. You can enjoy fajita wraps and steak melts if you fancy a light bite or choose from a hearty selection of big plates later in the day. Malayan curry, chicken schnitzel, Deluxe Burger – it’s hard to choose. Fancy a few drinks? They have wine and craft beer, or you can bag 2-4-1 cocktails, all day every day.

Banyan, 2, The Old Post Office, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Issho

Afternoon tea at Issho

The south-facing roof terrace at Issho is the perfect setting to enjoy dinner and drinks. They’ve created a cosy hideaway, complete with heaters, an awning that covers the entire terrace when needed and sensational views, where you can enjoy the very best in Japanese cuisine, outdoors. Their a la carte menu is designed for sharing, so you can try a bit of everything – start with katsu chicken baos, before you move onto spicy tuna rolls, seabass nigiri and miso lamb cutlets. Thirsty? Their Japanese-inspired cocktails are a must-try.

Issho, Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU. You need to book online.

Calverley Arms

The Calverley Arms

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The Calverley Arms has one of the biggest beer gardens in Leeds, which makes it perfect for alfresco dining. You can sit on the terrace, next to the pub, or head down onto the grass, where picnic tables await, ready to load up with pub classics. There’s baked Camembert, beef bourguignon and Hunter’s chicken, not to mention a tantalising array of pizzas and burgers, including a 100% vegan Moving Mountains® Burger. Whatever you go for, you can wash it down with their ever-changing line-up of local cask ales.

Calverley Arms, Calverley Lane, Calverley, West Yorkshire, LS28 5QQ. You need to book online.

The Lost & Found

The Lost & Found, Greek Street

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The Lost & Found on Greek Street has two outdoor areas, one on the main street and one behind the restaurant. Out front, the parasols are kitted out with heaters to keep you warm and toasty whatever the weather, but out back, you’ll need your beer jacket. The menu is wonderfully eclectic. From the chipotle quinoa chilli to the grilled sea bass and the seafood tagliolini, there’s something for everyone. Add their unique, creative cocktails and you’ve found the perfect spot for dinner and drinks.

The Lost & Found, 12 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN. You need to book online.

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

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Best known for its craft beer offering (which is back and better than ever), The Cross Keys also does a roaring trade in proper pub grub. Take a pew in their recently refurbished beer garden, complete with heaters and parasols, before exploring their menu. From Monday to Saturday, you can tuck into their classic smash-style burgers – try their cheeseburger, it’s made with homemade burger sauce, or go vegan with a 100% meat and dairy-free imitation that’s just as good. On Sundays, come hungry for their giant roast sandwiches.

The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD. You need to book online.

Parkside Tavern

Parkside Tavern

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Home to not one, not two, but three outdoor areas, Parkside Tavern is a no-brainer for alfresco dining. You can soak up the sunshine over a few drinks and a bite to eat, or if it’s raining, under a parasol and a heat lamp with stubborn determination. They have a refreshed menu of flatbread pizzas, including Yorkshire ham and mushrooms or their veggie-tastic olive, jalapeño and roasted pepper. Couple ‘em with something from their extensive selection of local ales and craft beers for a right-good summer feed.

The Parkside Tavern, St Johns House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Salute at the White Swan

Salute at The White Swan

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If you’re in the mood for Italian, a trip to Salute at the White Swan is an absolute must. They’ve refurbished the terrace, so you can cosy up for an alfresco feast amidst the heat lamps and string lights, as well as creating a new outdoor dining area on the grassy strip around the restaurant. This is tasty, wholesome Italian fare, cooked to perfection. From the aubergine gratin with parmesan crust to the fiery chicken and chorizo risotto, you’re in for a treat. Couple your dinner with a hand-picked bottle of wine, imported from Italy.

Salute, The White Swan, Church Street, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0QL. You need to book online.

Restaurant Bar & Grill

Chateaubriand, Restaurant Bar & Grill, Leeds

Nestled on Park Square, Restaurant Bar & Grill has one of the best locations in Leeds. Their outdoor area is vast and undeniably swish – they even have a tipi where you can hide away from the clouds. Where better to enjoy a high end meal on a warm summer’s day? Choose from dishes like asparagus risotto, slow roast crispy duck and tuna au poivre. To accompany your meal, they have lager, cider and cocktails, but it’s the wine that steals the show – red, white, rose or sparkling, take your pick.

Restaurant Bar & Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN. You need to book online.

Belgrave Music Hall

Belgrave Music Hall roof terrace

Whether you’re in their ground floor beer garden or up on the iconic rooftop beer terrace, Belgrave Music Hall is perfect for a laidback bite to eat. They have a medley of covered areas, complete with heaters if needed, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy their legendary eats. Patty Smith’s are the go-to burger masters – their messy, juicy and downright delicious combos are a joy to behold! Fancy pizza? You can get whole Dough Boys’ pies to share. Whatever you chose, couple it with craft beer and spirits from the bar.

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP. Walk-ins only.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn

Kirkstall Bridge Inn

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Kirkstall Bridge Inn has one of the best beer gardens in Leeds and it just got bigger. They’ve added more tables and a tipi bar to their riverside spot, complete with covered seating and heat lamps. They’re serving a new menu of pub classics, so you can tuck into everything from fish and chips to chicken wings, beef burgers and braised beef bordelaise. Whatever you go for, wash it down with one of Kirkstall Brewery’s own on tap. Will it be Three Swords or Dissolution IPA? The choice is yours.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn, 12 Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Lamb & Flag

Lamb & Flag

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Lamb & Flag sits in the shadow of Leeds Minster and it has one of the best alfresco dining areas in the city. Their beer garden is protected by a big, beautiful tent-top, complete with string lights and heaters to create a magical little hideaway. Pub classics are the order of the day at this old school watering hole. Beer-battered haddock with chips, chargrilled gammon and vegan cottage pie, they do it all. They have wine and spirits to wash it down, but beer is their speciality, with a host of ales from Leeds Brewery on tap.

Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

The Woods

The Woods

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You have two outdoor areas to choose from at The Woods. There’s a ground floor terrace and a top floor roof garden, with space for 120 people in total. If the weather turns, the umbrellas come out and the heat lamps go on. Pizza is their bag and they have an enormous menu for you to choose from. Will you keep it simple with a pepperoni and red onion, or go all out with the brie and roasted grape? They have an extensive wine menu to match, as well as a wide selection of real ales and craft beer.

The Woods, 5 Stainbeck Corner, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PG. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

The Beck & Call

The Beck & Call

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This family-friendly pub from the folk behind Belgrave and Headrow House has a massive beer garden in the heart of Meanwood. There are tables all the way around the pub, with heaters and parasols to protect you from the elements. They serve good old fashioned pub grub, from fish finger butties to sausage and mash, or you can tuck one of their massive burgers, served in a brioche bun. While you’re here, make use of their well-stocked bar – they do wine and cocktails, but it’s the craft beer offering that steals the show.

The Beck & Call, Stainbeck Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2NP. You need to book online.

Chophaus

Chophaus

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If you’ve got a hankering for steak and want to eat outdoors in Leeds, head to Chophaus. They’ve got a new heated terrace, designed by the award-winning Nanu Soda. It’s completely covered, so rain isn’t a problem, and has space for 80 people. This is a modern steakhouse where you can tuck into delicious cuts of meat like the 220g 8 Score wagyu fillet and the black Angus tenderloin, alongside seafood specials like diver scallop with foie gras and grilled native lobster. The drinks are just as impressive with an extensive wine list, creative cocktails and local craft beer.

Chophaus, Louis House, Princes Avenue, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2FA. You need to book online.

Grumpy’s

Grumpy's

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If you want to eat outdoors in Leeds, Grumpy’s sun trap of a courtyard is the perfect choice. They have plenty of picnic tables outside, many of which come complete with parasols to give you a little respite from the summer sun. You can treat yourself to wood-fired, Roman-style pizzas with a host of bold toppings. Take the Marco for example, it’s layered with pumpkin creme, sage, mozzarella, blue cheese, parmesan and olive oil. While you’re there, try one of their hand-picked craft beers or classic cocktails.

Grumpy’s, 2 Old Combing, Sunnybank Mills, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Buon Apps

Buon Apps

The riverside beer garden at Buon Apps is a fantastic spot to enjoy a bite to eat. Not only can you tuck into a menu of delicious Italian fare, but you can also look out over the River Wharfe and the Yorkshire countryside. Their heated terrace is completely covered and protected from the elements, while the garden offers picnic benches with individual parasols. The extensive menu offers plenty of choice – classic pasta dishes like linguine carbonara sit alongside mains like the pollo alla Calabrese and seafood risotto. Why not pair your dinner with one of their hand-picked bottles of vino?

Buon Apps, Hartley House, 50 Mill Way, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1FE. Walk-ins only.

Heaney & Mill

Heaney & Mill

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This Headingley favourite has a massive terrace, complete with heat lamps and huge parasols to keep diners warm and dry when the weather turns. Their all-day menu takes you from loaded pancakes at breakfast to heaving sandwiches at lunch – and don’t even get us started on dinner. From the butter-poached cod to the Heaney & Mill Reuben burger, you’ll be positively spoilt for choice. Drinks come in the from of craft beer on tap, as well as hand-picked wines and cocktails that will pair perfectly with your dinner.

Heaney & Mill, 48 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL. You need to book online.

La Bottega Milanese

La Bottega Milanese

La Bottega Milanese is a Leeds institution with an outdoor area that spreads out into Bond Court. It’s the perfect place to take a time out and catch up with friends, with plenty of seating and parasols to hide away under. You can tuck into all kinds of sweet treats, from cannoli to pastries. But if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try their piadina sandwiches or the homemade lasagne. And let’s not forget the coffee – it’s made with 100% ethically-sourced, speciality-grade Arabica beans.

La Bottega Milanese, Unit 11a The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL. Walk-ins only.

Gusto

Gusto Calamari

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In the summer, the delicious smells of Gusto spread out onto Greek Street to create an alfresco dining experience that’s hard to resist. Their outdoor seating comes with big parasols and cosy heat lamps, so you can dine in the lap of outdoor luxury. The menu is filled with refined Italian classics. From the slow cooked beef shin to the 3-meat homemade lasagne and rigatoni arrabbiata, it’s a delicious way to enjoy the summer sun. Paired with one of their hand-picked Italian bottles of wine, you can’t go wrong.

Gusto, 10 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RU. You need to book online.

The Whitehall

The Whitehall

The refurbished terrace at The Whitehall has more tables than ever, alongside a new (and all important) collection of heat lamps and parasols. Take your seat and pore over a menu of modern British cuisine. From torched salmon fillets to crispy pork belly, they give classic combinations a new lease of life with locally-sourced ingredients. Visit on a Sunday and you can devour one of their epic roast dinners. Thirsty? There’s craft beer and spirits, but it’s the hand-picked wine list that makes The Whitehall stand out from the crowd.

The Whitehall, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY. You need to book by calling 0113 244 8443.

The Boundary House

Boundary House

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The Boundary House has a massive beer garden, ready and waiting for when you want to eat outdoors in Leeds. Up on the terrace, they have rattan furniture with individual parasols, but there’s even more seating in the garden proper, where lines of picnic benches await. The menu is worth coming for – wild mushroom risotto sits alongside beer-battered haddock and chips, or you can try one of their speciality Boundary Kebabs. Thirsty? They have plenty of local ales on tap and a pretty good wine list too.

The Boundary House, 24 Church Side, Methley, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EE. Walk-ins only.

East 59th

East 59th

East 59th’s jungle-like roof terrace is blessed with south-facing views over the city’s skyline, which you can take in at your leisure over dinner, and if the weather doesn’t play, you can cosy up under their heat lamps and parasols to keep warm. From the East Cheeseburger to the Seafood Platter, they have a menu of New York-inspired eats to fill your belly. Fancy something lighter? They serve brunch favourites like eggs royale and avocado toast all-day. Whatever you go for, their extensive cocktail menu will provide the perfect tipple.

East 59th, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU. You need to book online.