Who doesn’t love a good butty? Whether you prefer a simple sausage sarnie or a gourmet gammon slider, it’s fair to say there’s something for every sandwich lover in Leeds.
We’ve taken a look at ten of the best options around town. Hungry? You will be!
One of the new kids on the block for sandwich fans, Sociable Folk prides itself on really high quality grub, including gourmet sandwiches. Often creative with their ever changing tapestry of sandwich fillings, it’s fast, surprisingly cheap and really easy, too, catering to its corporate clientele with the sort of service you can complete whilst on the phone. Added bonus? You can get a glass of wine or a beer if you’re in the mood for a sit down.
Sociable Folk, 10 Wellington Place, LS1 4AP, 0113 243 1840, sociablefolk.co.uk
Based just inside Munro House, Café 164 is one of Leeds’ most adored sandwich shops, with an incredible reputation. Their food comes across town from their sister outlet Bakery 164 every night, ensuring only the freshest grub is plated up for punters and like Sociable Folk, it’s also fully licensed. It would appear that us Yorkshire folk aren’t shy of a tipple with our bacon breadcakes – who knew?
Cafe 164, Munro House, Duke Street, LS9 8AG, 0113 243 3266, cafe164.com
Found on St Pauls Street or at the Leeds University Union, Sesame is a funky little company which sells only the freshest ingredients, made to order to the fussiest or freakiest of specifications. As well as sandwiches, there’s the usual array of salads and soups, but with sushi and noodle dishes also available, Sesame is a highly-rated sandwich bar with a bit of a difference.
Sesame, 18 St Pauls Street, LS1 2LE, 0113 243 0455, ilovesesame.co.uk
La Bottega Milanese
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— La Bottega Milanese (@BottegaMilanese) April 11, 2014
Not your everyday sandwich shop, La Bottega Milanese promises a genuine Italian experience, and to that end they’ve got it spot on, with the enchanting smell of freshly ground coffee accompanying a range of beautifully crafted panini and facaccie filled with the finest Italian produce. You’re never far from La Bottega – there’s one situated on Bond Court as well as in The Light, the latter staying open until as late as 8 or 9pm to cater for your late-night panini cravings.
La Bottega Milanese, The Light, Unit A11A, The Headrow, LS1 8TL
2 Bond Court, Leeds LS1 2JZ, 0113 2454242, labottegamilanese.co.uk
— Paul at TastyOakwood (@TastyLeeds) May 16, 2013
Once a cult favourite for flocks of its neighbouring student types, Tasty! has had the move from Headingley to become Oakwood’s very own little bit of butty brilliance. With an extensive menu which also supplies the odd full English or jacket potato, it’s built with a hangover in mind, ticking all the boxes along the way. Try the ‘T2’ on white, which may not just be one of the best sandwiches in Leeds, but quite possibly the entire world.
Tasty!, 482 Roundhay Road, LS8 2HU, 0113 3456 319, tastyleeds.com
The Proper Sandwich Shop
Nice and simple, The Proper Sandwich Shop does exactly what it says on the tin. No frills, no tricks and certainly no pulled pork, it serves fresh, uncomplicated sandwiches at pretty reasonable prices. Conveniently tucked away in between the Merrion Centre and the First Direct Arena and run by friendly staff, it can get quite busy, but this is one to seek out next time you’re up towards the top end of town.
The Proper Sandwich Company, 15 Merrion Way, LS2 8BT, 0113 245 7039, thepropersandwichcompany.co.uk
If it’s a high-end butty you’re looking for, call off the search. Hepworth’s Deli serves up gourmet sandwiches with combinations such as ‘deep fried halloumi, harrissa, red pepper and tzatziki dressed leaves’ designed to wow by critically-acclaimed chef Joe Hepworth. At £4 – £6 a pop, whilst the taste is great, it’s certainly not the cheapest option on the list, but then again what do you expect when you pop into Thorntons Arcade for a sarnie?
Hepworth’s Deli, 21 Thorntons Arcade, LS1 6LQ, 07938960517, hepworthsdeli.co.uk
Oh yes, it’s the pound store of lunchtime. Set a wee while outside of town in studentville central, Headingley’s Mr Sandwich provides surprisingly good, unexpectedly large sarnies for the joyously low price of, you guessed it, £1. Sceptical? We all were once, but bite the bullet and you’re in for a shock. The fact you can get a seafood roll made in front of you for less than a supermarket wrap is frankly disconcerting, but profit margins aren’t your concern – copper up and dig in.
Mr Sandwich, 83 Otley Road, LS6 3PS, 0113 278 4878
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— brod sandwich bar (@brodsandwich) February 11, 2014
A proper no-nonsense sandwich shop for proper no-nonsense people, Brod is one of Leeds’ worst kept secrets. From your bog-standard ‘sausage and egg’ fare, to the more creative ‘crayfish, fresh lime and coriander’, their simple but effective menu caters for all tastes. Hungry? Buff up your portion for a quid or pop those fillings onto a bed of noodles for just 30p.
Brod, 31 Great George Street, LS1 3BB, 0113 245 3900, brodsandwichbar.co.uk
— Frumley's (@Frumleys) July 17, 2014
Dead simple, dead cheap and dead friendly, Frumleys is a nice, family run sandwich shop on Great George Street just a few doors down from Brod. You’ll find the odd funky filling on the menu, but not many, with an emphasis on solid, simple sarnies and a nod to the days when no one had heard of wasabi mayo. You can get a bacon butty and a tea for just £2.50, which in the city centre aint bad going at all. Let’s just hope that turf war with Brod doesn’t get too messy.
Frumleys, 41 Great George Street, LS1 3BB, 0113 2459888, frumleys.co.uk
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