Sometimes all you need is a sandwich. The simple lunchtime staple is widely on offer across the city, but Hepworth’s, situated in Thornton’s Arcade has become famous for their top-notch sandwiches, lunch options and cakes.
Tuck into sarnies made with slices of Hepworth’s freshly-made bread (just make sure to ask what’s on offer that day) with a set price of £5 each. Offerings include delicious fillings such as cheese steak, smoked salmon, halloumi, falafel and everyone’s favourite: the “Hepworth’s Club Sandwich”.
You can also tuck into a heaped Kitchen Sharing Platter (£9) – with Deli Fish, Ploughman’s, Mezze or Continental Meat Boards to choose from, prepare to be set for the rest of the day.
21 Thorntons Arcade, LS1 61Q
Stockdales of Yorkshire
If you’re in the market to treat yourself, need a place to host a business lunch or it’s payday then Stockdales is the place for you. Set within the old Pearl Assurance building, if you sit below ground level the open kitchens allow you to see your dish being prepared and houses a dry-aging fridge filled with selection of beef choice cuts developing flavour.
Their lunch menu is available weekdays from 12pm-3pm with courses costing two for £19 and three for £24. Choose from Moules Mariniere made with steamed Shetland mussels, Chicken Liver Parfait with Madeira Jelly, their specialty pork sausages and more – just make sure you leave room for dessert.
Word to the wise: pop the button on your jeans when you make it back to the office!
8 South Parade, Leeds, LS1 5QX
Right on the corner of Call Lane next to the bustling Corn Exchange is magical Caravanserai, unmissable with its painted exterior and the smell of mint tea and sizzling lamb. It’s a lunch spot that’s great to eat in and take-away from, serving up North African meals and authentic Ottoman food for the hungry traveler.
If you choose to stay and dine inside, pick from a host of £3 to £4.50 cold and hot mezze dishes such as dolma filled vine leaves, olives and smoked aubergines or kibbeh (lamb and pine nuts and bulgur – which is cracked wheat) or select something from the barbeque.
With burgers, fresh salads and a host of delicious marinated meats, Caravanserai would make the low-key highlight of any working day. Just make sure to bring back some sweet baklawa pastries for any office buddies that missed out.
1 Crown Street, LS2 7DA
From the quick office nip-out to the luxuriating lunch, Leeds has a fair few spots that make for welcome escapes when food is on the brain and you desperately need a break. Whatever your taste, budget or time-frame, it seems that the growl of the belly will be silenced soon enough in this town.