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 Seacroft, we begin in the place that everyone often forgets but always loves, Pudsey. Connecting the neighbouring suburbs to the bustling city is what First Buses are for, and route 4 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: Pudsey Bus Stand F

Scrumdiddlyumptious – Cosy coffee shop on Market Place, Scrumdiddlyumptious are known for their exceptional coffee, lite bites and their famously-delicious cakes. Inside you’ll find a counter filled with sweet and savoury treats like carrot cake, chocolate orange brownies as well as pasties and tarts.

2 Market Place, Leeds LS28 7UA

Frank Eshelby Butchers Ltd – This family run butcher’s shop is dedicated to offering locally-sourced produce with friendly customer service. As the team is highly skilled, they can produce the finest cuts of fresh meat and poultry. In addition to being of great value, they opt for sustainable choices such as grass-fed animals who have been raised in an ethical, eco-friendly manner.

24 Lowtown, Pudsey LS28 7AA

Wetherby Whaler – What’s a trip to Pudsey without visiting Wetherby Whaler? This is a family owned chain of fish and chip restaurants and takeaways, which has been running since 1969. Their morals as a company involve using quality haddock without skin and bone, cooked in the crispiest batter with Maris Piper potatoes and warm friendly service with a smile.

32 Lowtown, Pudsey LS28 7AA

Bus stop: Corn Exchange G

OWT – OWT started back in Kirkgate Market in 2018, creating recipes using the amazing ingredients from other stall-holders in the market. Supporting the local economy and businesses, their new concepts and menu ideas are all created using produce from the market to serve simple, delicious meals.

Unit C12A&B Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7BR

Jim’s Place – In the case of an emergency, Jim’s Place on Call Lane should be your top choice when it comes to key cutting, shoe repairs and watch repairs; including new batteries and strap replacements.

16 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 6DN

Hayes Seafood – Well liked seafood stall in Kirkgate Market, Hayes Seafood, has been a family run business of around 35 years. Trading and dealing with other family businesses like themselves, Hayes specialise in locally sourced seafood and shellfish. They’re well known for being the only place in Leeds to get a fresh dressed Yorkshire crab done by hand in store.

Leeds Kirkgate Market, BS4A – Row 1, Leeds LS2 7HL

Bus stop: Compton Place

Nicky Fashions – Women’s clothing store in Harehills, Nicky Fashions, is the place to be for all your African wear needs. They sell everything here from costume jewellery, handbags and accessories to hair and beauty essentials including brands that help maintain naturally textured hair.

21 Compton Rd, Harehills, Leeds LS9 7BJ

Bus stop: Seacroft The Green

Seacroft Village Hall – This community hall, social club and tea room is at the heart of the outer-suburb of Leeds. In this family friendly atmosphere, it’s an ideal space for those wanting to celebrate an occasion or enjoy a night with friends at their weekly pub quizzes on Wednesday nights.

980 York Rd, Seacroft, Leeds LS14 6JS