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This month, Leeds lifestyle influencer Lucy Bostock presents a round-up of her favourite dining haunts in the city and the places well worth checking out as the nights grow longer.

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THE OWL

You’ll find The Owl in a beautiful canal side spot on Mustard Wharfe with interiors that are a minimalist’s dream and if you’re into modern British food, then you absolutely have to add this to your list of restaurants to try in ’24.

They’ve recently added more menus to give you a real taste of what The Owl is all about and whether you’re wanting to brunch or lunch or go all out and treat yourself to one of their set menus, this place comes highly recommended.

Expect calm and intimate vibes where the staff greet you with a warm smile and happily share their knowledge of food and drink. The experience, the whole ambience and the value for money make this a must-visit restaurant in Leeds.

theowlleeds.co.uk

LA BOTTEGA

When it comes to a coffee shop I just can’t help myself and this little gem is high up on my list of favourite places. The fact that I can get my hands on delicious pastries here too seals the deal. If you don’t know about La Bottega, you really should as in my opinion, it’s the best in Leeds. Not only is this coffee shop beautiful to look at, it serves up the perfect latte with lots of love. No surprise it’s always so busy though because once discovered you’ll never want to go anywhere else.

labottegamilanese.co.uk

V & V

As followers on my instagram already know, I have a serious tasting menu bug so I couldn’t wait to try out V&V on New Briggate – a place where ‘ant desserts’ come as standard. Presented in a precise and elegant way, Chef Jono, of BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals, really gets creative with his dishes. Be sure to check out the Signature Tasting Menu from Wednesday to Saturday or on a Sunday, their delicious Sunday Lunch Tasting Menu.

If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, then this is the place to head and yes, the ants really do taste very good!

chefjonoatvandv.co.uk

SHOKUPAN

This one is definitely for the ladies who lunch after a shopping spree or a place to head with the family after a day exploring the city. Shokupan is run by a couple who want (very kindly) to bless the people of Leeds with the beauty that is Japanese food.

I am always excited about trying out new lunch spots, especially if bread and katsu is involved and this place doesn’t disappoint.  Last year they also welcomed the addition of an evening menu which I have no doubt is just as tasty and delicious as their lunch options. Next time you find yourself mooching around the city centre, make your way to this hidden gem on Wellington Street, nestle yourself into a cosy corner, treat yourself to that sando or katsu curry; wash it down with a matcha latte and just sit back and smile.

instagram.com/shokupanleeds/

MYTHOS

Last year Mythos welcomed their new baby to Chapel Allerton and it’s well worth checking out, serving up some of the best Greek food I’ve ever tasted.  Whether you’re seeking classic Greek flavours or innovative vegetarian delights, it’s a menu that is bursting with flavours and captures the essence of Greece’s rich culinary heritage. When you visit, try to bag the table right by the kitchen where you get to nosy at the chefs creating their magic and make sure you try out their mixed grills and their delicious cocktails that are the cherry on top of a great dining experience.

mythosgreek.co.uk

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