The Best Thing to Do in Leeds: Leeds Food Tours

The Best Thing to Do in Leeds: Leeds Food Tours

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This is a very exciting blog post for me, because I’m introducing my own business – Leeds Food Tours. Those of you who follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook will probably already be aware of Leeds Food Tours as I haven’t shut up about it, but if you’re new to Adventures with Nell or finding this on Google then let me proudly introduce you the newest (and best!) thing to do in Leeds.

What is Leeds Food Tours?

Leeds Food Tours is an independent food tour business, and the only one in Leeds! If you join a food tour you’ll be taken (by me) to some of the best independent pubs and restaurants in Leeds city centre where you’ll eat a tonne of food lovingly prepared using local ingredients. Supporting independent businesses is at the heart of Leeds Food Tours, whether that’s the venues that we visit on the tour, the suppliers that they use or, my favourite stop on the current tour, Leeds market and those who trade in there.

Group of happy looking customers on a leeds food tour stood outside leeds kirkgate market with hands in the air

What Happens on a Leeds Food Tour?

Currently there is one food tour listed on Leeds Food Tours which is called Local Leeds. It takes 3-5 hours depending on the group size (it’s usually around 4 hours but allow 5 just incase!) and during that time you’ll visit six different venues, with food provided at each and a few drinks thrown in too. I won’t give away the venues, but we visit one of the oldest pubs in Leeds, visit two places that source all of their food ingredients from the market, and eat a lot of cheese. Even with a big appetite you’ll feel full by the end!

It’s not just about eating though. You’ll learn about the venues we visit, the foods we eat and the history of food and drink in Leeds and Yorkshire, such as the foods invented here and what people used to eat in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. I’ve even thrown in some fun Yorkshire pudding facts!

leeds food tours group with Yorkshire puddings and beers

The Local Leeds food tour isn’t going anywhere, but I will also be adding more tours to the collection over the coming months. There will be a vegan food tour where you’ll discover some wonderful vegan junk food amongst other things, a taste of the market tour which will include a LOT of tasters from Kirkgate Market, and a street food tour at some point too.

When, Where and How Much?

The Local Leeds Food tours are listed to run on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11.30am. However, if there’s a specific date or time that you’d like to come on a food tour and there are at least two of you, drop me an email at hello@leedsfoodtours.com and if I can accommodate I will. As the tour includes Kirkgate Market, I’m not able to offer it on Sundays or in the evenings as the market is closed – but once the other tours are up and running this won’t be a problem!

Jars on display in one of the restaurants on a food tour

The Local Leeds food tours start outside the Queen’s Hotel next to the train station, making it easy to find if you’re travelling into Leeds. We’ll then cover approximately 1 mile in distance with plenty of stops – we’ll stop between venues too whilst I deliver some foodie facts to you along the way! The tour finishes at a venue next to the station, making it easy for you to leave if you want to head straight home for a much needed nap.

Importantly, how much does it cost? The Local Leeds food tour costs £55 per person and that includes six dishes (either small plates, tasters or main course shared between two), three alcoholic drinks (soft drinks if you prefer) and water throughout. I’ll also be on hand to answer any foodie questions you have about Leeds, and I’m happy for you to drop me an email for recommendations before or after your tour too.

Yorkshire crisps hanging by string in a pub

What Else Should I Know About Leeds Food Tours?

You might like to know that Leeds Food Tours offer vouchers! These make fantastic gifts for Christmas, birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, promotions, divorce parties… the list goes on. Vouchers are available on the website and they come personalised and gift wrapped in a nice box with a pretty ribbon. You can buy them here or email me if easier.

Nell wearing a Leeds Food Tours hoodie and smiling at the camera

Leeds Food Tours can also arrange private and bespoke tours. If you’re arranging a birthday party, hen/stag do or general get together please get in touch. We can look at doing a private tour, tweaking the tour to visit a favourite restaurant or just add more booze! Tours are also great for corporate events such as an alternative Christmas party for small groups, team reward days or client entertainment and again can be made bespoke. Just drop me an email and we’ll see what we can do!

So, if you live in Leeds or planning a visit please come and join me on a tour and spend a few hours eating, drinking and learning some foodie facts. Please tell all of your friends, family and colleagues about Leeds Food Tours and spread the word on social media too! Links are below:

See you soon on a food tour!

Nell xx

P.S. if you’re spending time in Leeds and are looking for other things to do before or after your food tour you might like this post. Or if you’re still hungry after your food tour (you won’t be!) I’ve got some restaurant recommendations here and here.

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