Graduation is the perfect excuse to celebrate in Leeds with good food and good company. Here’s a little guide of where’s great to grab a celebratory meal close to Leeds’ universities, whatever your budget and whatever your taste.
If your family isn’t familiar with Leeds then you might like to take a trip to Kirkstall to visit the historical Kirkstall Abbey. Only a 10 minute drive from both universities, Kirkstall Abbey is a haven within the city, fantastic for getting a bit of sightseeing into your graduation day.
Not far from the Abbey is the beautiful family-run Mediterranean bistro Gallery FortyOne, an intimate dining experience perfect for celebrating your studies. The rustic wooden bar and traditional fireplaces create a cosy, home-like feel that’ll let you celebrate in comfort and style.
There’s something for everyone on the menu, with authentic pasta and pizza dishes, meat and seafood specials, and delicious options for vegetarians. You’ll be spoilt for choice with desert too – decide between a homemade tiramisu, decadent toffee crunch dime pie or a generous cheese board — and there’s much more on the full menu. With fantastic offers on three course meals, Gallery FortyOne offers you flavour and indulgence with unbeatable value for money. Perfect for celebrating the day with your family.
Adorned with stunning Middle Eastern tapestries, charming wooden tables and traditional décor, Fairuz is a Lebanese restaurant located in the northern quarter of Leeds city centre. Fairuz is a perfect place to raise a toast to the end of university, not only if you want something a bit different from your food, but also if you don’t want to break the bank.
Fairuz offers generous dishes of traditional Lebanese cuisine. Mixed grills and seafood dishes give you rich variety at an affordable price, while the mixture of spices, freshly cooked vegetables, rice and couscous promise a rich, delicious, authentic meal. The range of vegetarian options are as varied and flavourful as the main menu, so there’s no hassle in making sure everyone has a fantastic night.
With plenty of Meze menu offers made for groups of people, Fairuz is a great place to go when you have all your friends and family in tow at graduation. Fantastic atmosphere, food and prices.
If you want to be wined and dined at graduation then Piccolino offers you gorgeous Italian food with the finest, freshest ingredients. Piccolino boasts a perfect balance of simplicity, luxury and authenticity, with a menu full of market fresh fish, quality British meat and traditional cooking methods.
Choose from the wood stone oven section of the menu to indulge in perfectly cooked Italian delights, bursting with quality ingredients and the freshest herbs. The charcoal grill offers some real indulgence through perfectly aged steaks, veal doused in lemon and rosemary, and spiedini — a fantastic selection of scallops, king prawns and swordfish skewers.
It could be the perfect place to push the boat out in celebration of your graduation this summer, offering some of the best Italian cuisine in the city, with the choice of indoor our outdoor dining on a lazy July evening. Piccolini is one of the most popular places to eat in Leeds, so it’s best to book in advance to be able to really treat yourself at graduation. You can call on 0113 244 3220.
AM Kitchen and Bar
Sleek and sophisticated, AM Kitchen and Bar is an excellent choice, particularly if you fancy treating your family to entertainment at The Grand Theatre and Opera House nearby to really make the day special. Set within the historical Dyson Clockwork Building, AM Kitchen and Bar is a contemporary take on fine Indian dining and has a local reputation to boast.
Minutes from Leeds train station, the Grand Theatre and both universities, its central location is not the only thing that makes it a perfect stop for your graduation celebrations. The menu is a mix of classic Indian favourites and contemporary chef specials, using authentic halal ingredients and methods to really bring the taste of India to Leeds. There’s a wide range of side dishes and an excellent variety of vegetarian options too, with a separate children’s main and dessert menu to keep everyone in the family happy.
AM Kitchen and Bar’s service is unbeatable – just ask to have each dish tailored to your tastes, or about the dessert options specifically designed for low-sugar diets. The personal touches and grand décor of the restaurant won’t leave you penniless either, the entire menu is very reasonably priced, but there’s no corners cut in giving you a fantastic dining experience.
The New Conservatory
If your friends and family have all different tastes, The New Conservatory is a great option and really does offer something for everyone. Mexican food, Spanish-style tapas, Italian, high stacked burgers and traditional Sunday roasts are all available under one roof here, generously portioned and generously priced.
No matter your mood, there’s something for you at The New Conservatory. Relax while you eat on the corner sofa tables, or ask to be sat in the library section of the restaurant, surrounded by drawing room style furnishings for something a little different and special. The bar offers a huge variety of spirits, ales, wines and cocktails for you to celebrate in any way you fancy and you can take advantage of two course deals to keep both your belly and your wallet happy.
With an emphasis on locally sourced and fresh ingredients, The New Conservatory would be a great choice for your graduation meal. The variety of food and drink is second to none, making it a great place to relax and raise a glass to your Leeds graduation. Call the restaurant and book at 0113 415 1853.
You can book any of these restaurants, view their menus and check out their offers using Godine.co.uk.