Located in the industrial setting of a former rope manufacturer, Shears Yard is one not to miss: with its large airy space, Yorkshire-inspired drinks and award-winning kitchen, this haunt offers up truly local tastes in a secluded spot, perfect for summer drinking and eating. Don’t miss the patio deck pals.
The drinks menu is creative yet accessible, talking you through each creation so it’s easy to work out if you’ll be choosing a booze-heavy ‘Ard Boy Roy, tart Lady Mazana or sweet Blueberry Bramble. The bartenders forage for ingredients themselves (as well as sourcing from Yorkshire farmers) – giving you a proper Leeds tasting extravaganza. And don’t miss Jamie Clinton’s acclaimed food, guided by seasonal produce to create unusual flavour combinations such as pork popcorn and masala caramel. And since it’s constantly changing, who knows what surprises you have in store.
The bar’s 19th century interior is as remarkable as its menus, with sharp polished concrete flooring and hanging filament light bulbs acting as modern complements to the exposed original brickwork. This unique venue attracts a trendy, sophisticated crowd and certainly makes for an impressive date spot.
Best Bars tip: Pop by before 7pm for a dinner off the early bird menu – just as delicious, but cheaper. If you can’t stick around for the relaxed fine dining, don’t miss out on the bar bites. The sticky honey, lemon and rosemary chicken wings are dangerous … we could probably eat these all day, every day.
— Mieke-Kyra Smith, @mieke_chu