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 Horsforth, we begin in the outer-suburb of Seacroft. Connecting the neighbouring suburbs to the bustling city is what First Buses are for, and routes 50/50A 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: Dib Lane


Captain Thornton’s Fish & Chips – Captain Thornton’s is a family business, formed in late 2014 and have worked endlessly since then to provide the people of Seacroft and Chapel Allerton with the finest fish and chips and an amazing customer experience. Following suit to other traditional takeaways, Captain Thornton’s serves simple but delicious classics like haddock and Yorkshire fish cakes.

132 Dib Ln, Leeds LS8 3AY


Grange Park Bakery – Grange Park Bakery on the edge of Seacroft sells everything you could need from pies to cakes and everything in between. Open 6 days a week, they also offer a delivery service as well as welcoming all new and returning customers into their friendly store. 

130 Fearnville Mount, Leeds LS8 3AY

Bus stop: Cultural E


Sarto – Sarto is a popular bar and restaurant closely located to the Leeds Bus Station in Munro House. Centred around fresh, handmade pasta, their authentic menu is filled with delicious options including Gnocchi, and some mouth-watering snacks like arancini, buffalo mozzarella and focaccia.   

Munro House, Duke St, Leeds LS9 8AG


Bus stop: Civic O


Tribeca – Tribeca City Cafe is on the west of Leeds city centre by Park Square and have recognised themselves as a breakfast and brunch spot. Inside you can find a vibrant salad bar, a variety of sandwiches and high-quality brownies in flavours such as rocky road, peanut butter and M&M, dark chocolate orange and nutella. 

??2 Park Square E, Leeds LS1 2NE

Bus stop: Rosebank School


Seagulls Reuse Paint – Seagulls Reuse is recognised as a community organisation that aims to improve the environment by recycling and reusing paint materials. They seek to educate and engage the local people and help them acknowledge the importance of reusing and recycling unwanted household materials and items. They also have a large paint store in Leeds to help encourage the reuse of paint to the wider areas. 

3 – 4, Aire Place Mills, 103 Kirkstall Rd, Leeds LS3 1JL

Bus stop: Horsforth Town Street


Morton’s of Horsforth – If you’re on the hunt to find your new favourite butcher, Morton’s of Horsforth on Town Street can offer you everything you need, in meat and knowledge. Established back in 1998, they have become one of Horsforth’s most respected butchers, supplying their customers and other businesses with the very best of British meat. 

54 Town St, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4AP


The Greenhouse – Plant-based café The Greenhouse presents their customers with nutritious food every day of the week. With sweet, savoury and gluten free options on their menu, seasonal menus, vegan afternoon tea and every-changing freshly baked cakes, be prepared to be amazed. Their 2020 mission was to reduce the plastic waste they produce, and have already gone plastic-free with their coffee supplier, greengrocers as well as providing eco-friendly plant-based disposable cups. 

85e Town St, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5BP