Eat your way around Leeds with the family. It’s a lot easier than you think.
Leeds is full of great family-friendly restaurants to fill up big and little stomachs alike. Whether it’s a special occasion, a grab-and-go lunch in-between shops or an unplanned treat, you can have deliciously stress-free dining with all the family – there might even be a few surprises in there for the kids. So without further ado, here’s our round up of the best restaurants, cafes and pubs to take the children to in Leeds.
For a proper sit-down family meal, these Leeds restaurants are the perfect choice. You can explore a new cuisine or delve into traditional British fare, the choice is yours.
Why not introduce the little ones to Caribbean cuisine at Turtle Bay? It’s a feast for the eyes with bright colours splashed across the walls, tables and ceilings. The food is an absolute feast – the little ones have a dedicated menu featuring meaty flatbreads, Caribbean slaw and toasted bun burgers, plus their choice of a side. But if none of those appeal, the Cutters tasting dishes can be devoured tapas-style and they’re the perfect choice for a full family feast.
Turtle Bay Leeds, 14 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL. Kids menu costs £4.50 and includes a main and a side.
Hungry for culture, as well as a bite to eat? Take the family to the former Tetley brewery in Leeds, which is now home to an art gallery, a whole heap of children’s events and and a very family-friendly restaurant. You can stop off for a quick drink after your culture vulture-ing or take your time with a proper sit-down. Their dedicated children’s menu, which doubles as a colouring sheet, offers brunch options like brioche eggy bread until midday, and thereafter it’s all about mains like cheese sarnies or crispy chicken with coleslaw. Wash it all down with a glass of juice, then head outside for a game of bowls during sunny days.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ. Kids menu covers brunch, lunch, desserts and drinks with dishes between the £3-6 mark.
If you’ve got young meat-lovers to feed, Fazenda might just be their ideal culinary playground. The concept is simple – stock up on salads, veggies and breads from the help-yourself bar, then await the arrival of the meat. Pork sausages, chicken thighs, lamb cuts and a whole range of steaks will soon wing their way to your table, where they’ll be cut, still sizzling on the skewer, directly onto your plates. As long as the card left on your table is turned to green and not red, the meat will keep coming. The kids enjoy a lower price for the same ‘all you can eat’ experience.
Fazenda, Waterman’s Place, 3 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL. Children aged 9-12 years eat for £10.30, children 5-8 years eat for £6.70 and under 5s eat for free.
Don’t be deterred by the upmarket name. Brasserie Blanc, based in a beautiful converted mill building on the banks of the River Aire, is a great place to eat with kids in Leeds. While the grown-ups admire the industrial-vibe dining room and munch on French classics, the children will have a great choice on the colourful ‘Henri le Worm’ kids’ menu. The likes of crispy chicken and veggie chilli pie are up for grabs, followed by sundaes, mousse or lollies for pud. Brasserie Blanc also runs a ‘half price, half portion’ policy for selected dishes on the main menu, which is spot on for older kids joining le soiree.
Brasserie Blanc, Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BJ. Kids menu costs £6.95 and includes a main, side and dessert.
Gusto is a rather posh affair, perfect for celebrations, and they’ve got the kids covered too. You know the phrase ‘variety is the spice of life’? Well it’s certainly true when it comes to Gusto’s kids menu, where young diners can enjoy any pasta dish from the main menu in a child-friendly portion. Plus there are mini burgers, fish’n’chips and even a make-your-own pizza option where kids add their own toppings by hand before sending it to the kitchen for cooking. Wondering how you’ll keep ’em entertained? Puzzles on the rear of the menu make the time fly by.
Gusto, 10 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RU. Kids menu costs £6.95 and includes a main and dessert.
Got picky eaters? Then Trinity Kitchen is your secret weapon for eating out with the family in Leeds. An ever-changing line up of street food vendors sit alongside a bunch of permanent eateries, meaning there’s always something new to try at this glorified food court. Not only that, but there’s plenty of seating, high chairs and room to manoeuvre a pram too. If that prime access isn’t enough to persuade you it’s a top place to eat with kids, the assortment of delicious burgers, wraps, noodles and more sure will.
Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER. Prices vary depending on vendor but usually cost between £5-£10 per meal.
Sometimes, nothing will do but a good old-fashioned hot dog, and that’s precisely what’s on the cards at Primo’s. One of Leeds’ best-loved independents, they’re a big hit with children. There are 14 Classic and SuperDogs to choose from, loaded with toppings like house chilli, pulled pork, and blue cheese dressing (not all together, obviously). A Little League meal for young diners keeps things simple with a plain hot dog, fries and a drink – or you can get the whole family involved with a Rushmore Meal Deal designed for families of four.
Primo’s Gourmet Hotdogs, Unit 12 A/B, The Concourse, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR. A Little League meal costs £4.95 and includes a plain hot dog with fries plus a drink.
Red’s True Barbecue
Not only can Red’s True Barbecue whip up a slew of the finest American ribs, burgers and steaks in town, they also do a darn tootin’ children’s menu. It’s a child-friendly restaurant that’s packed full of tasty fodder like bean burgers, pulled meat nachos, barbecue chicken fillets and buckets of baby back ribs. Kids absolutely love the saloon-style decor and you’ll almost certainly be dining alongside a lot of other families. For a final treat, splash out an extra £1 and round off your visit with a build-your-own ice cream sundae. It’s served with whipped cream on top, just so ya know.
Red’s True Barbecue, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD. Kids menu costs £4.95 for two courses, one side and a drink, or £6.45 for three courses, one side and a drink.
If you’ve got adventurous eaters in your fold, Sukhothai is a top choice for trying out new flavours. The Leeds city centre restaurant (there are venues in Chapel Allerton and Headingley too) has a solid reputation for cooking up delicious Thai dishes, but did you know is they serve up a decent children’s menu too? Here, little ones can choose from their own list of smaller-portioned classic dishes, ranging from Satay Gai to Pad Thai. To cool things off, ice cream comes as standard for dessert.
Sukhothai, 15 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QS. Kids menu costs £5.95 and includes a main course and ice cream for dessert.
Get a serious dose of Italian family hospitality at Bibis Italianissimo, the Leeds restaurant where children are treated like royalty. All the classics are offered on their special Bambini menu, from pizzas to bolognese, and they all come in at under £5. The art deco-style dining room gives the experience a hint of glitz and glamour, but this is a lively joint so you needn’t worry about your airs and graces. There’s even some simple Italian phrases on the menu to keep little linguists tongue-tied until their food arrives. Bookmark this one for birthdays too, they offer pizza-making parties!
Bibis Italianissimo, Criterion Place, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG. Kids menu covers mains, desserts and drinks with dishes between the £3.50-£4.50 mark.
Another meaty marvel, Estabulo Rodizio brings the Brazilian grill to Leeds in the form of unlimited meats, sides and salads for a fixed price. Eight cuts of meat at lunch or 15 cuts for dinner will wing their way round to your table in a never-ending juicy flow until you say enough is enough. The meats range from rump steak to chicken thigh, tender lamb to pork belly and the novelty of seeing the food carved directly onto your plate results in some pretty excited kids. Even better, young diners get to enjoy the parade for a decent knock-down price.
Estabulo Rodizio, St Peter’s Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AQ and a second location inside The Light, LS1 8TL. Children aged 9-13 years eat for £10.50, children 4-8 years eat for £5.50 and under 3s eat for free.
Bar by night, restaurant by day, Banyan keeps things informal in their expansive city centre restaurant. It’s a family-friendly joint, the menus offer colouring and games on the back, and while the grown-ups have an admirable mish-mash of cuisines to choose from, the dedicated kids’ menu focuses on British classics. So while you get stuck into your king prawn and chorizo rigatoni or Thai red chicken curry, the little ones can focus on their mini fish and chips or sausage and mash topped with runny gravy. Still hungry for more? Puddings can be added for just £1.95.
Banyan, The Old Post Office, 2 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES. Kids menu costs £5.50 and includes a main and a drink.
Famous for cocktails (and therefore great for parents), The Botanist also has a cheeky kids’ menu, giving you the perfect excuse to sip a spritz while simultaneously putting in some family time. It’s not your usual child-friendly restaurant, the decor is a little like eating inside a very stylish garden shed, but the creative kids menu just shows how much care they put into their food. The Botanist Picnic comes with an assortment of crudites, hummus and cheesy toasted flatbreads, or there’s a delicious chicken, pepper and sweetcorn kebab too.
The Botanist, 67 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW. Kids menu costs £6.95 and includes a main and a dessert.
Blackhouse serves up prime steakhouse fare in classy surrounds. Slide into your private leather booth and get to grips with the short but sweet menu made especially for young diners. It’s meat-centric, as you might expect from a grill restaurant, but alongside the roast chicken dinners and mini Blackhouse burgers – you’ll find a welcome macaroni cheese. Service is smart, not stuffy, although it does get extremely busy with after-work diners of an evening.
Blackhouse, 31-33 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS. Kids menu costs £7.95 and includes a main and a dessert.
Pizza and children go together just like, well, cheese and dough. Simpatico is a great family restaurant serving Roman-style pizza by the slice. There’s no dedicated children’s menu here, in fact, there’s no official menu at all, but don’t let that stop you. Their ever-changing line up of pizzas is proudly displayed as you enter the restaurant’s ground level (there’s additional seating upstairs). Let your munchkins press their noses up against the glass and pick their favourite. The classics are well represented, but little daredevils will have plenty of fun working through some of the wild cards, like wild boar with hazelnut cream.
Simpatico, 16 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF. Slices cost between £2.50 and £4 each.
As the name suggests, Cosy Club is all about comfort food. Set on the first floor of the Pinnacle Building in the heart of Leeds, big and little diners alike are welcomed into the rather opulent restaurant, complete with deep-set sofas, quirky dining furniture and even a covered terrace for when you want to bring the outdoors indoors (it’s surrounded by glass, so no worries here). The food is simpler though, with favourites like fish fingers, chicken lollipops and fruit sundaes all making welcome appearances. Ice cream on the terrace? It’s a match made in heaven.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA. Kids menu covers breakfast, mains and desserts with dishes between the £5-£6 mark.
Being able to grab bite-sized Japanese food direct from a conveyor belt zipping past your table just doesn’t get old. The novelty is what makes the Leeds branch of Yo Sushi! such a great restaurant for children. There’s sushi, of course, plus a selection of hot dishes like katsu curry and a few bonus salads and desserts. Don’t see what you want? Push the button to let the staff know you want to order from the menu instead. It’s a lot of fun and great for getting children to try something new. Keep a watchful eye on that ‘press for service’ button though, as temptation may prove too much for the more impulsive diners.
Yo! Sushi, 419 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY. Dishes cost between £2.30-£6.30 each, but you can keep the price down by going on a Monday when 45 of the dishes are only £2.90 each.
When dining with children, a lunch that feels more like a party treat might be enough to tempt even the most reticent of young foodies. Cue Crepe Affaire, where everything on offer is, you guessed it, crepe-based. There are the sweet treats, like salted caramel, Oreo, peanut butter and Nutella, but don’t miss out on the savouries. There’s classic ham and cheese, smoked salmon, chicken supreme and even a super-veg option for the especially well-disciplined. Good for a pick-me-up snack or lunchtime treat.
Crepe Affaire, 25 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT. Crepes usually cost between £5-£8 each.
Located in prime position on Briggate, Bella Italia should already be on your radar. And if it isn’t, why on earth not? The food is surprisingly good and the service merits a gold star. Even better, it’s a family restaurant that factors in all three courses plus a drink. Big bonus. The Piccolo menu is designed for 2-6-year-olds and offers make-your-own pizzas, plus a couple of salad and pasta options. The Grande menu for 7-11-year-olds kicks things up a notch with the addition of risotto, beef burgers or any pasta from the adult menu in a child-friendly size. You can even get Ella’s Kitchen baby food for £1. There are activity packs on offer too, so make sure to ask for one.
Bella Italia, 145 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BR. Kids menu costs £5.95 (Piccolo menu ) or £7.95 (Grande menu) and includes three courses and a drink.
Want to introduce the kids to South American cuisine? Ay caramba! Las Iguanas is on hand to deliver tacos, nachos and quesadillas straight to your family’s mouths. The colourful space will be a big hit with children, as will the flavour-packed food from the kids’ menu. Or you can order a smaller portion of the grown-up dishes from the main menu for half the price – they don’t mind. For the littlest of diners, free baby food is on offer and baby bottles can be reheated too. Heck, why not just ask if you can move in?
Las Iguanas, 3 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD. Kids menu costs £5.90 and includes a main course, two sides and a dessert.
There’s an easy, relaxed vibe at Giraffe which makes it an ideal place to take the kids to eat. The self-claimed ‘World Kitchen’ offers a great selection of international dishes for the grown-ups, but there’s more traditional fare on their dedicated kids menu, including breaded fish fingers and grilled chicken breast. There’s a Katsu curry and a cheesy quesadillas to keep the global tagline going, however. Giraffe mostly operates on a walk-in basis and located inside Trinity Leeds, it’s a welcome respite from the whirl of shoppers outside.
Giraffe, 414 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY. Kids menu costs £6.50 and includes a main, dessert and drink.
Serving traditional Brasilian eats, Cabana is a rightly popular spot packed full of fascinating tidbits to make for a memorable family get-together. That Rio beach hut in the middle of the restaurant? It used to be a pop-up in London but was soon transported to Leeds. Those cool blue seats? They’re made by a women’s collective in Brazil that up-cycles denim jeans. Those colourful ribbons you get with the bill? They’re called fita and are otherwise known as ‘wishing ribbons’. And that’s before we’ve even got started on the crispy fried chicken with guava-cue sauce you can get as part the kids menu. What fun!
Cabana, 430 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY. Kids menu costs £5.25 and includes a main course and a drink.
For those times you’re in need of a no-holds-barred Friday night treat for all the family, consider Almost Famous. It’s by no means the healthiest or cheapest family restaurant in Leeds, but it will certainly ramp the excitement level up to near-hysteria. Burgers are the plat du jour and your young ones can choose between a classic cheeseburger, chicken burger or a brain-boggling burger topped with frazzles, mac and cheese and a strawberry pop tart! If you never want them to sleep again, that is. Sweeties trapped within the glass tables and milkshakes made with real dairy ice cream finish off this ultimate treat destination.
Almost Famous, 23-25 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL. Kids menu covers burgers, sides, milkshakes and desserts with dishes between the £6-7 mark.
George’s Great British Kitchen
For all the joy of a seaside jaunt, but without the arduous car journey, put George’s on your child-friendly restaurant hit list. There’s frivolity here in spades. No, literally, spades, as all under 8s kids’ meals come with an actual bucket and spade. Seating is in makeshift sea huts and there are activity packs to get stuck into (kids only, sorry Mum and Dad). Food is taken seriously with a promise of no artificial nasties. Expect giant fish fingers and melting cheese fritters, plus a hero of a dessert – doughnuts with dipping sauce, candy floss balls and ice cream. Because what’s a trip to the seaside without ice cream?
George’s Great British Kitchen, Unit 8, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL. Kids menu costs £5.95 and includes a main, side and drink. Dessert costs £2.95 extra.
Leeds’ city cafes have plenty to offer families, whether you’re after a light bite or a simple stomach-filler on the go. Veggie, sweet, simple or smart, feast your eyes on these.
Roots and Fruits
This little, independently owned cafe in Leeds is a trinity of satisfaction for socially-conscious parents. Firstly, it’s a child-friendly place to eat, with all the food locally-sourced and freshly made. Secondly, the menu is predominantly plant-based and exclusively vegetarian, Finally, and most importantly, it’s easy to get pushchairs in. Hoorah! The menu is super for children too with a range of light bites, sandwiches and burgers. The design-your-own smoothies are a lovely touch, too.
Roots and Fruits, 10-11 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG. Dishes usually cost between £5-9 each.
The Arch Cafe
Do good as you eat well, thanks to this much-treasured social enterprise in Leeds. The cafe itself has honed a lovely, family-friendly environment with homemade cakes, sandwiches and hot specials made to fill that gaping hole in your tummy. High chairs and baby-changing facilities are on hand too, plus some of the friendliest staff around. Outside, the lawned gardens are perfect for letting the kids run off some steam. What’s more, all that money you spend on cake gets ploughed back into the great cause that is Age UK Leeds, which is the perfect excuse for a second slice of cake.
The Arch Cafe, Bradbury Building, Mark Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JA. Cakes start from around £2 a slice and sandwiches from £3.
The Tiled Hall
If you’re looking for somewhere to go after a spot of culture, there aren’t many places better to eat with kids than The Tiled Hall. This popular cafe is wedged between Leeds Central Library and Leeds Art Gallery, meaning you can flit between baked potatoes and books, soups and sculptures at the drop of a hat. Restored in 2007, the space is pretty spectacular, boasting marble columns, ornate ceilings and the gold standard of any family friendly cafe in Leeds – a lift.
The Tiled Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB. Most lunches sit around the £5 mark.
Hummus-loving families unite! This one’s for you. In our humble opinion it’s one of the best places you can eat in Leeds with kids, and what Humpit doesn’t know about this chickpea-based snack isn’t worth knowing. Inside it’s cosy, but worth squeezing in. Big bowls of traditional hummus are on the menu, delivered with various extras like pita bread, falafel balls, mixed pickles and salads. It’s all made with love, utterly delicious and perfect for sharing with your little chickpeas.
Humpit Hummus, Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, west Yorkshire, LS1 7BR. Dishes cost between £4.50 and £5.50.
The Corner Cafe
Another option for culture-vulture families, The Corner Cafe within Leeds City Museum is well equipped for visitors both young and old. They’ve got an access ramp and plenty of space for buggies, with high chairs available if you need them. Listen carefully while there and you’ll often hear the sound of little ones chomping away at lunch after a trip to the museum. It’s no surprise, considering the range of sarnies, cakes and jacket potatoes on offer. Windows and plants aplenty give a much-needed zen injection too. And breathe…
The Corner Cafe, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH. Sandwiches cost around £4, hot dishes are £5+.
Just Grand! Vintage Tea Room
Transport your family back in time at this Leeds city centre tea room, complete with vintage decor, a tempting array of homemade cakes, soups and sarnies galore. This place is famed for its glorious afternoon teas and you can get a child-friendly version too. The Little Ones afternoon tea comes with three different finger sandwiches, a choice of cake or scone, all washed down with a glass of cordial. Perfect for special occasions. The welcome is consistently warm and all ages are sure to leave with a serious case of the warm and fuzzies.
Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom, Ground Floor, 8-9 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG. Little Ones afternoon tea costs £5.50 and includes three finger sandwiches, choice of cake or scone and a glass of cordial.
This homely cafe just across Leeds Bridge is small but perfectly formed – a little like sitting down for a cuppa and snack in your friend’s living room. While not vast, it’s still a prime place to eat with kids. There’s plenty of space between tables to fit a buggy through, and they have high chairs and baby changing facilities too. An independently-owned joint, they serve a menu of Indian fusion dishes and freshly made soups that change daily, but they’re happy to make you anything your little ones desire, as long as they have the ingredients. Small portions are easily managed, so ask and ye shall get.
Cha Lounge, 24-26 Dock Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JF. Cakes £2-3, hot food from £5.
A humble street food van outside M&S on Briggate, Falafel Guys has no seating. We’ll get that out the way now in case it’s a deal breaker for your family. But if you’re looking for a bite-to-go, or even something to take home and devour later, this is a great place to eat with kids. Fragrant falafel balls, grilled chicken and halloumi shawarmas are available every day until 6pm, other than Fridays – and they all come stuffed with fresh tahini, hummus and salad. Be warned, portions are big so make sure the family is happy to share.
Falafel Guys, 47 Briggate (outside Marks & Spencer), Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HF. Available every day until 6pm other than Fridays. Wraps and shawarmas usually cost around £5.
North Star Coffee
Coffee and kids don’t normally go hand in hand, but they sure do at North Star Coffee. Brew aficionados will recognise the name. This specialty roaster is stocked in ‘proper’ coffee shops across Leeds, like Laynes, Cafe 164 and Kapow Coffee. But now you can sup it straight from the source at their own cafe, next to the roastery at Leeds Dock. But why should the kids care? Aside from the coffee, there’s a marvellous selection of homemade cakes from fellow independent Noisette Bakery, as well as daily changing lunch plates. High chairs and colouring books are on hand too. Ask nicely and they may even whip you up a child-friendly frappe.
North Star Coffee, Unit 33 Leeds Dock, The Boulevard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ. Lunch plates cost between £5-7.
This one probably needs little introduction. But for the uninitiated, Leeds’ Kitty Cafe is a rescue centre slash cafe that gives feline-fans the chance to drink, dine and get unceremoniously ignored by a bunch of furry friends all at the same time. It’s a must for cat lovers and a child-friendly place to eat too. As the resident mogs freely roam, you can get stuck into a selection of sandwiches, pastas, salads and cakes. As well at their kitty meal deals, the cafe also has a load of cat-themed puzzles online that young visitors can print off and bring to the cafe for their visit.
Kitty Cafe, 8-9 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BZ. Kitty Meal Deals cost £9.95 and include any food item from the menu, a cake and a drink.
If it’s a no-holds-barred indulgence you’re looking for, Kaspa’s is the family restaurant for you. Why? Because it’s a diner that exclusively sells desserts. You heard that right, it’s all about the desserts. So whether it’s a birthday, a celebration or just a well-deserved face stuffing, Kaspa’s delivers the goods. From knickerbocker glories to chocolate brownie waffles, hot apple crumble and tutti frutti milkshakes, the menu is jam-packed with tooth-achingly sweet treats. The decor is just as eye watering – bright pink seating with neon strip lighting. Don’t forget to claim your free milkshake if it’s your birthday!
Kaspa’s, The Core Shopping Centre, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JB. Cakes and pudding range between £3-5 while waffles and sundaes are between £5-10.
Part-cafe, part-gallery, there’s an effortlessly relaxed vibe to Café 164 that makes it a super child-friendly place to eat in Leeds. Housed within The Gallery at 164, the café is light, airy and full of spaces to plonk down and take a break. Grown-ups will enjoy the North Star roasted coffee, while the freshly-baked bread (ciabatta and focaccia is handmade on-site every day) is a hit with all ages. Enjoy it as a sandwich packed with fillings or dunked into a steaming bowl of soup. There’s no specific kids’ menu but with offerings this tasty and simple, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Café 164, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AG. Sandwiches and soups usually around £3.50.
Pubs and Bars
They may not be your first choice when it comes to child-friendly places to eat in Leeds, but you might be surprised at just how many city centre pubs and bars welcome families.
North Brewing Co
North Bar is a Leeds institution, and North Brewing Co is its younger sibling. It’s a brewery, producing quality craft beer for the masses – no less than 15 separate 36-gallon barrels full of the good stuff. So where do kids come into it? They are a firmly child-friendly venue during the day on Saturdays, when the brewery’s tap room is open for pints and laid-back lounging aplenty. They don’t serve food but you can order takeaway in. Look out for their events too, which add street food and entertainment into the mix.
North Brewing Co. Unit 6, Taverners Walk Industrial Estate, Sheepscar Grove, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 1AH.
The White Swan
Tucked away down a side street in Leeds city centre, The White Swan is easily missed, but that’s all the better for the families who have claimed this Leeds pub as their own until 7pm when it becomes adult only. It’s refreshing to see a city centre pub that’s so targeted at families – there are baby changing facilities, board games and a menu full of pub favourites that can be adapted to a half-price portion. It’s not unusual to see three-generation gatherings here. And if any of your family has a musical inclination, there’s even a piano you can play (the only criteria being you can actually play the piano).
The White Swan, 5 Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LG. Adult mains cost around £11-13 with kids’ portions coming half price.
Outlaws Yacht Club
This one might just win the title of the most family-friendly bar in all of Leeds. A grown-up hangout where kids are warmly welcomed, Outlaws Yacht Club goes out of its way to make families feel at home. There’s a ramp for easy buggy access, vintage board games to get stuck into, children’s books for quieter relaxation, LEGO to construct and even a tiled wall to scribble on. The meat and cheese sharing platters are ideal for families, although the three-cheese grilled sandwiches are pretty hard to resist. Heck, why not get it all? With an atmosphere this welcoming, you’re likely to want to stay for quite some time.
Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY. Sharing boards cost £11.95 while small plates and sandwiches come in around £2-5.
Belgrave Music Hall
A well-known hangout for the achingly hip young folk of Leeds, Belgrave’s three floors and marvellous roof terrace are transformed into a family-friendly haven during the day (when it first opened in 1934, it was actually a nursery school called Leeds Children’s Palace). There are plenty of places to sit (try and nab one of the deck chairs on the roof terrace when the sun is shining) and with a Dough Boys pizza slice or Patty Smiths burger in hand, it’s a mighty fine way to while away an afternoon with friends and family. Don’t miss Belgrave Feast, a street food market on the second Saturday of the month, for even more child-friendly fun that will leave all the family stuffed.
Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP. Pizza slices cost between £2.90-3.40 each. Burgers cost between £5.95-7.95 each.
Town Hall Tavern
Family-run and family-friendly, this historic Leeds pub dates back to 1926 and is still going strong to this day, with a focus on high quality, fresh food all washed down with real ale. The bar is lined with Timothy Taylor’s taps, so you can sample some of the finest local beer in Leeds, and the pub restaurant itself is well set up for family visits. You’ll find a children’s menu filled with quality fare like fresh egg pasta with chicken and basil or homemade fish fingers with a selection of veggie sides. The portions are extremely generous, but if your young one’s tummy still isn’t full, you can add on dessert for just £2.95.
Town Hall Tavern, 17 Westgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2RA. Kids menu costs £6 and includes a main meal and a drink.
Serving traditional British food, The Reliance may be just a stone’s throw from the revelry of Merrion Street, but it’s a much more relaxed affair. The bar and dining room are separate but both carry the same cafe-like vibe, so you can sit where you like and dine on home-cured charcuterie boards from the kitchen’s very own curing room. The Sunday roasts are another family favourite, and with high chairs, baby changing facilities and a great selection of booze behind the bar, there’s enough to keep all ages happy.
The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN. Lunches cost between £5-10, Sunday roasts between £11.50-16.
The Cross Keys
For a proper traditional pub complete with roaring fires, cosy nooks and a top selection of local beers, wine and spirits, head to The Cross Keys. It’s a lovely child-friendly pub to grab a drink, and even better, it has a great family restaurant too. The North Brew Co beers are a big draw here, but if you’re stopping for food, you’ll find a locally-sourced menu of tastiness. The sharing boards – meat, cheese and vegan – are perfect for grazing, while the burgers are a sure-fire hit with younger visitors. High chairs and baby changing facilities are also available should you need them.
The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD. Sandwiches cost £5-7, mains between £10-14.
Crowd of Favours
A quirky pub nestled behind Kirkgate Market, Crowd of Favours has everything you need to keep your brood entertained. The traditional board games are ideal for a family face-off. It’s a popular choice (with both little and big kids alike), especially when they have their film nights, which range from Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter. There are art displays on the walls to admire, a great range of drinks to sup and a decent menu of pub grub to fuel another round of Monopoly.
Crowd of Favours, Harper St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EA. Mains between £10-13.
There’s a down-to-earth feel to The Griffin that makes it less about big nights out and more about enjoyable drinks with your nearest and dearest. Add the fact that there’s plenty of room to park a buggy or two, baby changing facilities and a decent menu of pub classics, and a visit here with the family is a no-brainer. Just a minute’s walk from Leeds station, it’s perfectly placed if you’re catching a train home after a day out in the city centre. Over 30 gins are served here too, so bookmark a second visit without the kids in tow.
The Griffin, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DF. Mains between £7-13.
212 Cafe and Bar
Don’t let the name fool you, 212 is more bar than cafe. Its New York-inspired interior and state of the art DJ booth (don’t worry, it’s not blasting out tunes at 3pm in the afternoon) draw cool crowds, but there’s no doubt it’s one of Leeds’ most child-friendly bars. A warm welcome is extended to all, although their collection of 80s board games go down especially well with younger visitors. They don’t have a kids’ menu, but everything is such great value that you won’t mind one bit. The kids can tuck into a sausage sandwich for £3.50, a three cheese melt for £4.50 or a burger for £5.95.
212 Cafe and Bar, Brewery Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NE. Sandwiches from £3.50.
Perhaps one of the most underrated pubs in Leeds, Veritas on Great George Street is, and will always be, a great child-friendly place to eat. Families are warmly welcomed and although there’s no specific kids’ menu, the main menu caters well for young stomachs with nachos, burgers, sandwiches and tempting small plates. Floor to ceiling windows at the front make it a perfect spot for people watching, while the partitioned rooms with fireplaces create cosy little dens to fend off the world outside.
Veritas, 43-47 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB. Mains between £10-17.
Water Lane Boathouse
Bar, bakery and as the name suggests, former boathouse, this waterside joint overlooks the canal and is ideally located for a pre or post-lunch family stroll. Board games will keep young visitors well occupied, although their attention may well be diverted by the arrival of Small Victories’ amazing sourdough pizzas. These bad boys are freshly made on site, so feel free to ask for a smaller size if your kids aren’t able to polish off a full portion.
Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS. Pizzas, burgers and sandwiches between £5-9.
Located down on Kirkgate, Doghouse is the second venture from the owners of 212 Cafe and Bar, but this time they’re taking the music from the DJ booth and turning it into a full-blown record store. On offer here is three floors of stripped back, vintage-style decor where families can kick back on old Chesterfield sofas. Spend the day playing a retro Super Nintendo console, working your way through the tempting bar snacks on offer (pork pies with piccalilli, heck yes) and browsing Paula’s Record Store on the third floor. It’s a charming mix.
Doghouse, 90 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ. Bar snacks from £3.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Alia Drewery.