Eat Leeds Restaurant Week

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Manjit’s Kitchen – one of many local and well-known participants

This week is Eat Leeds Restaurant Week in the Yorkshire city, a reminder to people that the restaurant scene in the city is vibrant and attracts people from miles around.  It begins today and runs until the 25th.

In the USA many cities have restaurant weeks in winter as a way of encouraging tourists to visit such as Los Angeles. In the UK it is a much rarer event. There may be many food markets but an event that brings lots of restaurants together is unusual, Pembrokeshire Fish Week being one of the few that I can recall but that takes place as part of the summer tourist attractions not during winter.

This Thursday, the historic Kirkgate Market in Leeds (it has been a feature since 1857) will be keeping its doors open after hours to launch a night market in association with Eat Leeds Restaurant Week. The night market started last year; the restaurant week is a new idea. There are twenty-two different cuisines available to visitors during the week with menus ranging from a tenner for to or three courses at some restaurants  and others at £15. There is also a tasting menu for £30 at some restaurants. In all 110 restaurants in Leeds are participating.

Kirkgate market is Europe’s largest indoor market and dozens of independent stalls will showcase fresh artisan food, drink and local arts and crafts. It has been at the heart of the city since the 1850s, and since the first ‘Kirklate Market’ in October last year, over 10,000 hungry and happy shoppers have taken the opportunity to visit the market outside of its usual opening hours of 8am – 5.30pm, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, live music, local produce and bars stocked with prosecco, gin & tonic, local craft beers and cocktails

Street food vendors, Manjit’s Kitchen, Yorkshire Wrap Company, Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, Frizza, Fat Annie’s and Bahn & Mee, will be joined by over 20 independent food stalls from some of the city’s independent food producers, cafes and bars, including Bluebird Bakery, Grub & Grog and Leeds Brewery. Not a chain amongst them!

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