Whether you’re venturing out to discover new places, or you’re commuting around the area you have lived in for your whole life, often, travelling by bus can introduce you to some of the hidden gems dotted around that may have otherwise gone undiscovered.

On this specific journey to the town of Meanwood, we begin in the place that everyone has grown to love again, Morley. Connecting the neighbouring suburbs to the bustling city is what First Buses are for, and route 51/52 is ideal for those of you wanting to explore and discover some hidden gems of your own. In this piece, we’ll be giving you a guided tour of some of our favourite stop-offs on the route, and introducing you to a new world of independents you can boast about to your friends and family.

Bus stop: Morley Town Hall B

David Sadler’s Butchers – Since being an independent store within the market for the past 100 years, The Sadler family have been selling home cured bacon and ham, cured to a secret recipe that has been in the family for many generations. You can find the friendly team in unit 29 in the indoor market.

Market Hall, Queen St, Morley, Leeds LS27 8EG

Compassionate Kitchen – Based within Morley Market at Unit 73, Compassionate Kitchen is a mother and daughter run business. Their 100% plant based bakery and coffee shop specialises in small batch bakes, cupcakes and cookies, available in store and delivery across the UK, all wrapped up in eco-friendly packaging.

Morley Indoor Market Hall, 41 Commercial St, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DS

Humble Lotus – This tattoo studio and cosy cafe on Queen Street has combined peoples love of tattoos and delicious food into one welcoming space. They have a wide range of appetising food and drink options, as well as being vegan friendly. And while you’re grabbing a bite to eat, you can treat yourself to a new piercing or tattoo if you’re feeling spontaneous.

45 Queen St, Morley, Leeds LS27 8EE

Oscars – Oscars kick-started the revival of Morley and the popular drinking scene at Morley Bottoms. This small cafe and bar is the perfect place for a quick pint or for some day-drinking, serving a variety of beers from local breweries and others across the world. Now with plentiful outdoor seating thanks to the new pedestrianised area, they’re a must-try if you haven’t paid them a visit already.

2A Queen St, Morley, Leeds LS27 9DG

Bus stop: Southbank C

Old Red Lion – The Old Red Lion on Meadow Lane in the city centre is a traditional Sam Smith pub which dates back to the late Georgian period. Samuel Smith pubs are known for their affordable prices and classic ales such as Taddy Lager and Old Brewery Bitters.

2-4 Meadow Ln, Leeds LS11 5BJ

Blackheart – Unisex hairdressers Blackheart on Bridge End are known for their experimental and classic cuts, colouring and styling. Their helpful and friendly team are always happy to welcome new and existing customers through their doors.

13 Bridge End, Leeds LS1 7HG

Bus stop: Green Road

Mr Arkwright’s Tool Emporium – This tool store in Meanwood is an independent, traditional retailer selling hardware essentials and equipment. Fully stocked for any occasion, their friendly team are happy to help you find anything you need including DIY equipment, electricals, pet care, gardening goods and essential tools.

44-50 Green Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4JP

Boot and Rally – Located in Meanwood is the Boot and Rally bar that serves a large selection of craft beer in their bottle shop or at the bar. Their popular bottle shop is filled with beer, cider, spirits and wine, and are known for their guest eatery takeovers including favourites such as Stuzzi and Kang’s Punjabi Box.

11 Stonegate Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4HZ

Flavour like Fancy – Flavour like Fancy is an independent gift shop based in Leeds that was set up in 2019. They aim to support UK creatives and makers, with everything from quirky homeware pieces and unique cards to wall art prints, jewellery and clothing.

8 Stainbeck Ave, Meanwood, Leeds LS7 2PA

Bus stop: Parkside Road

Myrtle Tavern – This country pub in Meanwood, just off the Meanwood Valley Trail, is surrounded by woodlands and greenery. After lots of neglect and years of abandonment, the team have since regenerated the pub which has become the heart of the community. Their large secluded beer garden is one of Leeds’ best kept secrets, and has become popular with all locals and visitors alike.

Myrtle Tavern, Parkside Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4NE