Other European cuisines have enamoured themselves to the local palate, and one which you have taken a particular liking to round these parts is Greek. The Olive Tree is a classy affair, previously praised by legendary food writer AA Gill, and where the a la carte mezes and the two course early bird have particularly tickled your tastebuds. Similarly, Santorini cooks up traditional Greek and Turkish delights, from boreks to souvlakis, of meat, seafood and vegetarian varieties, to become a popular Headingley haunt.
You also pointed us in the direction of Viet Baker, a casual spot that offers a fresh and authentic Vietnamese experience of fabulous pho and bahn mi. Plus a unique opening has really caught our readers eye; Vital Cafe is a Caribbean inspired vegan eaterie, making eclectic dishes such as ackee and salt fish bowl or sticky jerk jackfruit platter, much of which is sampled at the all you can eat Monday buffet.
But some, it seems, like to stick to good old fashioned English scran, and what better way to do that than with fish and chips? There are a few to choose from, including former legend Bryan’s, now The Fisherman’s Wife, and another that holds a place in Headingley hearts, Brett’s. Whether taking away a cracking portion of haddock, or experiencing the cosy dining space with sea bass, it is obvious why Brett’s has remained a fond stalwart for a century.
So, it is undoubted that Headingley has no shortage of pubs, and and we now know that it has its fair share of restaurants – but possibly even outnumbering those are an abundance of cafes. Amongst your favourites, Munch is a cute little space, doing what a good caff should, from full breakfasts to fish finger sarnies; Sebby’s is a cafe deli that provides chic comfort with the likes of Buddha bowls and award winning coffee; The Bowery is not only a relaxing and stylish coffee shop, it also acts as an art hub, with spaces for exhibitions and workshops; and Cafe 21 is an admirable ace new place that offers opportunities for young adults who have down syndrome, with the community loving both as a coffee and cake selling cafe and an arts, crafts and card shop.
Shopping in Headingley is perhaps less prevalent than expected, but there are still a couple of corkers that you rightly love. Katie & May is a delightful store selling gorgeous clothing in stylish surroundings with lovely service. And a suitable place to end the article and your evening is a small shop with a big following: Beer Ritz has been stocking an astonishing amount of beers from around the world since the start of the ongoing craft beer boom, and remain one step ahead. Specialising in the unique and the beautiful, we’ll join you in cracking one open. Cheers!