Far beyond the ring road of Leeds and sufficiently established as a destination, is Farsley. A suburb of the city waiting to be explored with plenty to eat and drink your way through and activities to fill your next weekend’s adventure.
While the city centre is constantly changing face, Farsley has some established favourites that locals can’t wait to shout about (and places you should get on your list to explore). From Leeds centre, we’re talking a 30 minute bus ride into the centre or a 30 minute train to New Pudsey with a suburban stroll into Farsley.
From community spaces with a constantly evolving events roster, to foodie classics that will have you returning for more, there’s plenty of options of things to do in Farsley. To whet the appetite, let’s start with the must-dines of this small town.
The place to be in Farsley, for after work drinks or weekend eats, this is a local favourite. On the bar; a rotating menu of craft beer, featuring some Yorkshire locals like North Brewing and Magic Rock. Alternatively, get your glass filled with their seasonal cocktails, or choose from the gin menu.
To eat – and this is where it gets mouth-watering – fresh, wood fired pizza baked to order. A thin base with a chewy, inflated crust. My recommendation would be the jean, no tomato in sight, with a trio of cheese and crunchy walnuts as toppings.
Thinking breakfast in Farsley? Mill Kitchen is the answer. The freshest dishes, reeling through breakfast must haves (granola, pancakes and a proper full english – with veggie, vegan and gluten free options available, too), definitely the best pick in the town for the most important meal of the day.
Once the good weather hits, try and get a seat outside and tuck into their lunch menu or get a cuppa, before exploring the rest of Sunny Bank Mills.
Croft Street Fish & Chips
Every town needs their favourite fish & chip shop and Farsley in Leeds has just that. In fact, it has one of the nation’s best chippies, in Croft Street Fisheries.
Come Friday night, expect a queue out of the door while you make your choice for your chippy tea. Family run, freshly fried and a must-try for a quality version a British classic. You’ll find them tucked just off the main street through town, make a point of getting yourself there!
An essential find next to your favourite chippy, you’ve got to have your favourite Indian restaurant. Deeva is just that, housed in a former church bringing traditional Indian dishes with some modern twists.
The service is excellent here and you’ll no doubt see some familiar faces from around Farsley, with a buzzing atmosphere created by the regulars. Their tali dishes – meat eater or veggie friendly – give you chance to try a platter of three meat or veggie dishes, alongside sundries, a must-try.
Olive and Feta
And if you’re looking for another cuisine to add to your food in Farsley bucket list? The Mediterranean answer is in Olive and Feta. A Turkish restaurant serving up delicious small plates alongside pasta and pizza, in a cosy restaurant. Our recommendation would be to get a few of the small plates, hot and cold, between a group, or share a mezze platter for two.
If you’re over faced by the dishes, get a recommendation from the staff, but we’re yet to try anything and be disappointed by it, so you’ll no doubt be getting the good flavours.
Suitably full, you should be ready to explore the rest of Farsley. Take a chance to explore one of the following venues over the weekend, or keep your eyes on each of their events calendars to get a date in the diary.
Sunny Bank Mills
An original mill, beautifully transformed into a permanent arts and culture space. The main gallery hosts local artists with an ever growing exhibition and events roster. The bright and airy gallery is the perfect spot for a rainy day, especially if you’re on the lookout for some impressive local talent.
With every great gallery comes a great shop and Sunny Bank is no exception. Get your fill of culture, then finish up in the shop for some unique home wear and nic-nacs to decorate your own space.
The Constitutional has a speakeasy vibe, with a seriously nostalgic feel to the venue. This events space operates as a private members club, but it’s only £1 entry fee to get in to their extensive events line-up, regular and one-off.
Our favourite night has to be Vinyl Fridays, music played exclusively from the DJ’s vinyl collection, with a soulful, easy-listening soundtrack. Music aside, you can expect anything and everything from an events perspective; comedy, poetry, dance – the list goes on. It’s also a hidden treasure for craft beer fans, with the fridges stocked to over flowing of local breweries, as well as a handful of craft on tap.
Serving as a bit of a bonus entry to this Farsley spotlight, The Depot is actually just around the corner in Pudsey, a 20 minute walk away. However, with the Leeds climbing scene getting more and more attention, we couldn’t miss this off our round-up.
The indoor bouldering walls are a mini maze of varying skill sets. Beginners and experts are welcome alike, come armed with the essential accessories or hire them onsite. Head down on Fridays for the social, with a free trainer on hand and free pizza to finish the night.
We like to think of the Leeds suburbs as micro-worlds, only getting better with some support from the locals and guest visitors alike. Take the weekend to get out of the city, don’t neglect your suburban indies and shout about your favourites whenever you can.