Planning your next brunch date? We’ve made it that little bit easier, by rounding up the best places to go in Leeds, in one handy list…
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but brunch is a whole lot more fun. So go on, have your lie in and meet your mates after because you can get a marvellous mid-morning feed at these Leeds eateries. From loaded stacks of pancakes and eggs done in a million different ways to lunch-centric dishes like salt beef hash, bao buns and sea trout risotto – there’s something for everyone in Leeds.
Fettle is a brilliant find if you’re looking for somewhere to have brunch in Leeds. On the weekend, the Scandinavian-inspired cafe has a special all-day menu that bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch. You’ve got classics like their full English breakfast, but the veggie alternative is arguably even better – you’ll get slices of halloumi or tofu, a free-range egg cooked your way and sourdough toast, served with beautifully seasoned wilted spinach, mixed beans, confit tomatoes and a flat mushroom. If you want something a bit meatier, their salt beef hash is one of their signature dishes and it’s well worth a try.
Fettle, 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
The Grub and Grog Shop
The Grub and Grog Shop is a great shout for brunch in Leeds. They’ve got an eclectic menu that means you can stick with the classics or go for something a little more adventurous. If you’re playing it safe, you can tuck into crumpets, bacon sarnies and eggs on sourdough, but the real fun lies in their more creative options. Try their vegetable fritters with pan-fried tomatoes and seasonal greens or why not go for the dukkah on sourdough with seasonal greens and poached eggs? It’s available until 4pm every day.
The Grub and Grog Shop, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.
A little independent deli tucked away in Thornton’s Arcade, Hepworth’s is one of the most famous brunch destinations in the city – so don’t be surprised if there’s a queue! Their menu is huge and it’s got all our favourite dishes from a traditional full English to eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, but what makes Hepworth’s really stand out is the quality. They pride themselves on serving up homemade dishes using the best quality ingredients from local farmers and suppliers. The menu is available all day every day, so you can pay them a visit whenever hunger strikes.
Hepworth’s Deli, 21 Thornton’s Arcade, Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ.
Dough in the City
Dough in the City is a cool-as-heck eatery from the folk behind Vice and Virtue. Their brunch menu straddles the line between classic and contemporary. You can play it safe with French Toast, which comes with fruit compote, seeds and honey, or try something completely new, like the Red Lentil Masala, which combines spinach, avocado, poached eggs and coriander. Keep it sensible with coffee or try one of their Bloody Marys for an indulgent treat.
Dough in the City, 72 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4NU.
Restaurant Bar and Grill
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more refined for your next brunch date, Restaurant Bar and Grill is the obvious choice. The Old Post Office building is a grand setting for a late-morning get-together and they have a menu that will suit absolutely everyone. You can go with something light and healthy, like Greek yoghurt with seasonal fruit, berry compote or granola and honey. Want something a little more indulgent? Get pastries to share, followed by hot dishes like scrambled eggs and salmon and their full English breakfast. The best bit? It’s served until 2pm daily, so you can have a real lie in.
Restaurant Bar and Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN.
The Ivy is an eclectic restaurant where you can indulge in one of the biggest brunch menus in Leeds. They’ve truly embraced the border between breakfast and lunch, with dishes that fall on either side of the border – and you can stretch out the experience with multiple courses. Keep it traditional with Hot Buttermilk Pancakes, topped with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, lemon balm and warm strawberry sauce, or go for something a little bit different, like their Crab Linguine.
The Ivy, Victoria Quarter, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB.
Filmore and Union
Although it’s no longer in the city centre, Filmore and Union is still going strong, and it’s still one of the best places to get brunch in Leeds. Why? Because they offer healthy dishes that are creative and tasty. Brunch is served until 11.30am every day, and you can tuck into plates like poached eggs with portobello mushrooms, spinach, hummus, tomatoes and pesto on toasted sourdough. Got a sweet tooth? You can get gluten-free pancakes here, either savoury or sweet – and they even make them feel healthy. Why not top yours with Greek yoghurt and fresh berries?
Filmore and Union, 6 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 6PX.
You can do brunch every day until 4pm at any of Manahatta’s three Leeds bars. Their menu is small but perfectly formed – you can have a traditional full English or go for something a little bit different, like their High Line, which sees a trio of pancakes topped with fried chicken, bacon and maple syrup. On the weekend, you can go bottomless between 11am and 3pm – enjoy unlimited prosecco, Aperol Spritz, Bloody Marys or Coors for £25.95. There are a few rules though. You have to book ahead, you can only have one drink at a time, the whole table has to order from the bottomless menu and you only get the table for 90 minutes.
Manahatta, Minerva House, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS & 11 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
The latest opening from Matt Healy, Grön Kafe combines a Scandi decor and a relaxed atmosphere to create the perfect laidback brunch spot. The menu is particularly exciting – you can get Cinnamon Brioche French Toast with fruit and berries or Butternut Risotto with kale and herbs. They’ve got Fried Padron Peppers too, and pancakes with toppings like caramelised figs, maple syrup and berry sorbet.
Grön Kafe, 454 Roundhay Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
Browns is the perfect place to do a long, leisurely brunch in Leeds. The restaurant itself is really quite impressive – it was once the banking hall of the Leeds Permanent Building Society, but they’ve turned this vast space into a luxurious restaurant. Here, they serve up a menu of smoothies, pastries and hot dishes like berry buttermilk pancakes and a traditional full English. If you’re going all out, why not try their lobster Benedict, with a glass of Mercier champagne for £19.95. It’s served until 12pm daily.
Browns, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
Revolución de Cuba
Famed for its Latino charm, Revolución de Cuba puts a new twist on brunch. You can get dishes like Huevos Rancheros, which combines spiced black beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried eggs, rum sauce and crispy patatas in a flour tortilla. The menu is available until 5pm every weekday, but you can make it bottomless at the weekend – it’s £25 per person from 10.30am to 2pm and that gets you one dish alongside free-flowing Bloody Marys, Mahou, mojitos, prosecco and soft drinks for two hours from when you order.
Revolución de Cuba, 64-68 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Coffee isn’t the only thing Laynes Espresso do well – they also do a mean brunch. It’s a varied menu with classics like scrambled eggs on toast, but you can also try something a little more unusual, like the shakshuka. This North African dish brings together arrabbiata, baked eggs, dukkah, roasted garlic yoghurt and sourdough. They also do sweetcorn fritters with halloumi, salsa verde, poached eggs, pickled red onion and crème fraîche which is well worth a try. Brunch is served until 3pm on weekdays and until 4pm on weekends.
Laynes Espresso, 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
Salami and Co.
Take a trip to Otley next time you’re heading out for brunch and visit Salami and Co. This dog-friendly coffee house will make your pooch feel as welcome as you. They serve their brunch menu all day every day, so you can try the likes of mixed mushroom bruschetta with cauliflower truffle puree and poached eggs or cinnamon apple waffles piled high with fig jam, honey, apple crisp, rosemary shortbread crumb and vanilla yoghurt. If you’re bringing your dog, they can join in too with special puppiccinos, doughnuts and venison sausages.
Salami and Co, 10 Market Place, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3AQ.
Feed is the cool New York-inspired outpost of the Vice and Virtue group. Here, you can tuck into a small, but tantalising brunch menu. They’ve put their own twist on a host of classic dishes, like the Avocado and Poached Egg on Toast, which comes drizzled in sriracha or the Smoked Salmon, which is served on a bed of poached eggs, crumpets and Béarnaise sauce. Fancy something lighter? Their sourdough toast comes with peanut butter and crunchy roasted peanuts on the side.
Feed, 163 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA.
Gaucho’s Electro Brunch gives you unlimited food and drink for just £49.95. It’s a small plates menu, so don’t be shy – order as many dishes as you want. It’s all done to Guacho’s exacting standards, from their famous steak and eggs, which are made to order and marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil, to the smashed avocado on toast. The food comes with bottomless wine, Aperol Spirtz, Rubia lager or Gaucho Bloody Marys, and they have a live DJ playing from 11am to 4pm every Saturday, when brunch is served.
Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.
The Greenhouse offers a completely vegan all-day brunch menu. Take a seat in this leafy cafe and pore over a menu of tasty treats, made using the best local produce. You can go healthy with Hummus, Avocado and Cherry Tomato on artisan bread, or indulge in their Fluffy Pancake Stack, which comes smothered in maple syrup and seasonal fruit or chocolate sauce and chopped nuts. They also do a quartet of superfood bowls, like the Well Being Bowl, which comes filled with mixed salad, fermented cabbage, homemade slaw, olives, hummus, pomegranate seeds and a balsamic glaze.
The Greenhouse, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5LJ.
Olive & Rye
If you want an all-day brunch in Leeds, add Olive & Rye to your list. This charming, rustic cafe in Queens Arcade is the sister venue to nearby Hepworth’s Deli, and it’s an extension of what they do so well. Take one look at the menu and you’ll know you’re in for a treat – we’re talking chorizo baked beans with Wensleydale Cheddar, paprika and toasted sourdough, alongside fresh waffles with salted caramel, macadamia nut brittle and vanilla cream. It’s available until 6pm Monday to Saturday and until 5pm on Sunday.
Olive & Rye, 18-20 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
Corner House Coffee Bar
A shabby chic decor is combined with distinctive Victorian architecture at Corner House Coffee Bar, so it’s the perfect place to get your brunch fix. They serve up a host of classics, from a Full English to Eggs Benedict and Smashed Avocado on Toast, but you can also try something different. Take the Natural Smoked Haddock Kedgeree for example – it’s a classic Indian dish which brings together rice, flaked fish, eggs and veggies, brought to life with a kick of curry powder.
Corner House Coffee Bar, 378 Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 6PY.
Shears Yard has a reputation for doing things a little bit differently, so it’ll come as no surprise that their bottomless brunch is out there with the best of ‘em. It shows off their creativity with a menu that leans more towards lunch than breakfast. You can enjoy dishes like braised beef brisket and ale stew with garlic and rosemary new potatoes or sea trout risotto with cockles, shrimps, capers and lumpfish caviar. It’s available from 11am and 3pm on Saturdays, and you can go bottomless for £25 per person, including unlimited Amstel, prosecco and selected cocktails.
Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH.
A little slice of New York in the heart of Leeds, Neighbourhood is a great place to do brunch. The restaurant is decked out in style with a living wall and graffiti murals by famous street artist Triston Eaton. Their mid-morning can be made into a bottomless affair for £30 per person, so you can get any dish on their dedicated menu with unlimited drinks between 10am and 1pm every Saturday and Sunday. Go for something indulgent like pancakes with eggs, streaky bacon, sausage and toast or try their brunch salad, which is made up of poached eggs, spinach, croutons, avocado, sundried tomato and crumbed bacon.
Neighbourhood, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
If you want an all-day brunch in Leeds, visit Le Chalet. The French tearoom has a jam-packed menu of dishes for you to choose from. They’ve got classics like avocado on toast, as well as six different ways with eggs. If you want a real French treat, try their crepes. You can have them sweet with Nutella, maple syrup, jam or fresh fruit, but it’s their galletes that really stand out – this savoury pancake is made with sarrasin black flour and filled with carvery ham, Emmental cheese and fried eggs.
Le Chalet, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JD.
If Coffee Bar
If Coffee Bar does a great brunch in their charming, rustic cafe. Their menu is full of classic dishes like the Eggs Benedict and Pancakes, but they also have a few twists. Why not try something different like their Breakfast Burrito? It comes stuffed with scrambled eggs, hash browns, spring onions, cheddar and bacon. Veggie? Swap the bacon for mushrooms. You can also make it bottomless with free-flowing prosecco or beer for £25 each after 11am every day – you get 90 minutes per sitting, every person must order from the bottomless brunch menu and you have to book three days in advance.
If Coffee Bar, 43 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT. £25 per person, available anytime after 11am each day.
Japanese restaurant Issho puts an Oriental twist on the bottomless brunch with their akachan baby brunch menu. You get to choose any three dishes for £15 – it could be one of their spicy tofu bao buns, the asparagus bundle with crispy chicken and wafu dressing, or their acclaimed chicken karaage with wasabi mayo. Want never-ending prosecco? Just add £15 per person for your 2-hour sitting. It’s available between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays or 12am and 4pm on Sundays.
Issho, Victoria Gate Rooftop, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
Woodlawn Coffee Co
Woodlawn Coffee Co. is a cool community cafe in the heart of Horsforth and they do a fantastic all day brunch. First order something to drink – their coffee beans come from local micro-roasters North Star and their morning brew comes courtesy of Storm Tea in Newcastle. Then it’s time to get down to business – the menu is surprisingly diverse. Their buttermilk pancakes are popular with kids and adults alike, smother them in maple syrup or yoghurt and fruit compote. They even do a vegan version. Want something savoury? You’ve got the usual sausage and bacon sarnies, but if you fancy something different, try their homemade smokey beans on toast.
Woodlawn Coffee Co, 60a Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4AP.