I’ve found myself travelling around the country by train a fair amount and as such I’ve found myself in a whole myriad of train stations during train changes. It’s also fair to say that the cities with the larger stations are the larger cities in the country with more places to eat. The city of Leeds is one of them that I find myself passing through or waiting in every other week or so. Ending up at Leeds so often, I’ve managed to experience many of the eateries around. Whether you find yourself just passing through to get somewhere else, visiting for the day/weekend or going to a gig in one of the many venues in the city, there’s bound to be somewhere for you to eat that you’d enjoy.
The first place I want to mention is a place that I have been to multiple times with my family, since my father works in Leeds and I am living close to the city. This place is known as ‘Red’s’, located at Cloth Lane LS1 2HD. Red’s is part of “True Barbeque”, that has eight locations around the UK that offers some of the best American style barbeque that I’ve had the joy of tasting. With it being a BBQ, obviously the main attraction and reason for coming here is for some kind of meat or another and you wouldn’t be wrong in assuming that. But there’s nothing wrong with a good old fashioned BBQ place. The bigger of the options you can get at Red’s would be the BBQ Trays including, the largest I have seen, the “Pitmaster Tray” that comes with: St. Louis Ribs, Black Angus brisket, Red’s pulled pork and smoked cheese & sausage. From my experience at Red’s it’s generally a place you would go to eat, knowing in advance you’re coming here from how big some of the food is. My personal choice from here would be the Classic Bacon Cheeseburger with a side of Swine Fries to share. You come here, you get a lot of food.
The second place I want to mention is ‘Moments’, an independent café/bistro located in Leeds city centre (LS1 4AG) and is a short walk from the train station. Taken from the website: “Moments has been breaking your regular café image for nearly three years now: You won’t find any typical bacon or sausage butties here – instead you will fall in love with our home-made fruity brown sauce complimenting traditional BLT sandwich, twist on English breakfast with farm sausages, home-made bacon beans and much more on cooked in order menu for breakfast and lunch.” Moments is spacious, with plenty of comfortable seating and large windows presenting a lofty and airy space. They make delicious coffee, fresh lemon, honey & ginger tea that is made in house and plenty of house baked cakes to choose from. Calling all those selective eaters, Moments café is offering beautifully cooked breakfasts every day and seasonal lunch specials that starts from 12 pm and they have home-made soups, salads and a freshly prepared range of sandwiches, burgers and hearty pasta dishes on their menu. The place makes a great spot for friend meetings, family lunches and all tasty experiences.
The final place I want to talk about is known as ‘Tharavadu’ which you will find in the town centre almost right next to the train station and the Trinity Shopping centre (7-8 Mill Hill, LS1 5DQ). Tharavadu, is a place where you will experience the flavours of traditional Kerala cooking from the hands of chefs who learned the first lessons from these traditional Nair Tharavadu. The chefs are born and brought up in Kerala and has got numerous years of experience in this traditional way of cooking. So there will be no compromise on the quality you can say with- out any doubt it will be the best Indian restaurant in town, a change to the normal curry house. Even with Tharavadu being a curry house, they do offer vegetarian and gluten free options on their menu.