Picking between restaurants is probably the most difficult decision human beings have to make – which is why we feel so heartbroken when one of our favourite establishments suddenly shuts down.
On that note, get your tissues ready – it’s going to be an emotional one. Here are the Leeds eateries we truly loved before their untimely closures.
The Leeds Kitchen
— Stephen Bootle (@sb1photography) December 10, 2013
TV chef James Martin’s Clarence Dock location was the perfect place to fill your stomach after a peaceful canal walk – here’s hoping he brings it back.
Macy’s Headingley site has since been taken over by Red’s True BBQ, but back in the day, the humble grill restaurant was the perfect place for a proper meat feast.
Filets de loup de mer grilles piperade
(Grilled fillets of sea bass with piperade) pic.twitter.com/bx10qND1m3
— La Grillade (@lagrilladeripon) August 16, 2013
Before this iconic eatery changed hands and became an Italian place based in Rippon, the city centre incarnation was known to cater to the very best of Leeds locals, including Alan Bennett.
— Café Rouge (@CafeRougeTweet) September 2, 2016
The splendid delights of Cafe Rouge aren’t any sort of secret, but when their place in The Light shut down recently, it really cut deep. Now, desperate students will have to find somewhere else to book their Valentine’s Day tables en masse.
The Olive Press
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Another victim of the post-recession restaurant cull, The Olive Press’s beautiful location right on canal wharf made for some scenic snacking, to say the least.
— Anthony Flinn (@AnthonyJFlinn) April 11, 2016
Anthony Flinn’s store in Victoria Quarter catered nicely for sweet-toothed shoppers back in the day. Alas, no more.
Elysium may not have been the most well-known restaurant of its day, but they didn’t mess about when it came to quality grub – evidenced proficiently, we think, by the seafood spread above.
— Rachel Flynn (@RachCityDweller) July 1, 2014
As well as the genuinely great food on offer at Twisted Kitchen, the folks over there weren’t bad at mixing up impressive cocktails either. What more could you ask for from a riverside den?
Bar Room Bar
Have a great day from all at the bar!! pic.twitter.com/o5Rkm2GSSF
— Bar Room Bar (@BarRoomBarLeeds) April 19, 2013
God knows what the name was all about, but Bar Room Bar made good use of it’s Call Lane location throughout its lifetime. Serving everything from nice nosh to colourful cocktails kept this place busy, and full, most weekends.
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Tapas joints are few and far between in West Yorkshire, and after the closure of La Tasca’s Leeds branch, things went from bad to worse. Let’s put tapas back on the mapas, are we right? Sorry…
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