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North Star Coffee Academy: A lesson for coffee lovers

When mum and I visited the Royal Armouries a couple of months ago, we went for a drink at Laynes Espresso in Leeds Dock and noticed that there was a rather impressive coffee roasting machine in the building next door…. Continue Reading →

Staycation – Days 5 and 6: tapas and open mic night

Tuesday – day 5 of my Yorkshire holiday – was spent having a lazy day at home (I tend to do a lot during days off so need to remember every now and then to just relax!) Don’t worry though… Continue Reading →

Staycation – Days 2 to 4: breakfast and music

Our second official “staycation” day was Saturday, James’ birthday. When it’s my birthday, James makes me blueberry pancakes in bed; when it’s James’ birthday, I take him out for breakfast. I can barely make toast, so going out is preferable… Continue Reading →

Staycation in Leeds – Day 1: The German market and our annual day of drinking

For the last few years, James and I have taken a week off work around his birthday to have a “staycation” here in Yorkshire. We eat and drink ridiculous amounts of food, without any guilt, and try go to places we… Continue Reading →

Magical Lanterns in Leeds

In a recent blog post about Roundhay Park, I’d mentioned that I was looking forward to going to the upcoming Magical Lantern Festival. As it turns out, I know a guy who knows a guy, so was lucky enough to get… Continue Reading →

Visiting The Royal Armouries

Now that winter’s drawing in and the days are shorter (and a whole lot wetter) I’ve been thinking about some of the indoor activities you can do in Leeds. The first thing that springs to mind is The Royal Armouries –… Continue Reading →

8 reasons to go to Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park is in north Leeds and is apparently one of the biggest city parks in Europe. There are plenty of things to love about Roundhay Park, so I’ve made a list of a few of them here: It’s a… Continue Reading →

Christmas countdown (part two)

Carrying on the Christmas countdown, here are some other ace things I’d recommend doing in Leeds over the festive period. It’s a Wonderful Life at Hyde Park Cinema Built in 1914, Hyde Park Cinema is a beautiful, traditional cinema showing… Continue Reading →

Independent and international film festivals

No Gloss and Leeds International Film Festival. After writing a preview post on No Gloss Film Festival, I was looking forward to a weekend of independent films at Canal Mills. I already had plans for the weekend so couldn’t stay… Continue Reading →

Drinks with a view

The Sky Lounge relaunch. I have two reasons for creating and maintaining the Loving Leeds Blog. The first is that I love writing. The second, and perhaps more important reason, is that I genuinely think Leeds is an amazing city. There… Continue Reading →

Food, drink and a show at the Electric Press

James and I bought tickets to see Tape Face at The Carriageworks a while ago. I was actually purposefully looking for something to see at The Carriageworks as I realised I’d never been to a performance there before. Even if you’ve not been… Continue Reading →

Bossa – Bring me the meat!

You might have gathered from previous blog entries that James and I aren’t exactly vegetarians. We like our meat served with a side of meat, so when I heard that there was a new Brazilian restaurant – Bossa – opening… Continue Reading →

Christmas countdown (part one)

Okay, so I know it’s only just October, but there are so many ace things to do in Leeds over Christmas, and for a lot of them you need to book tickets in advance, so I wanted to give you… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Light night

Light Night is a “free annual multi-arts event” which is taking place this year on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October. Different light installations and projections appear across the city, as well as “film, dance, music, theatre, exhibitions and street… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: No Gloss Film Festival

I regularly go to the Showcase cinema but for ages I’ve been wanting to see films at different venues other than purpose built cinemas, and also independent films rather than just the usual, big blockbusters. There’s plenty on in Leeds… Continue Reading →

A true believer in Red’s

I’m a little bit surprised that I haven’t already blogged about Red’s, considering it is one of my absolute favourite places to eat in Leeds. Perhaps because I know it’s so popular already, I didn’t feel the need to promote it… Continue Reading →

Leeds’ best cocktails

Last month I went to the launch of EPIC cocktail bar (which used to be Brooklyn) on Call Lane. Despite the cringey name and an unfortunately long queue for drinks, there were some rather tasty cocktails being served. I had a… Continue Reading →

Pizza and pool with dad

Whenever my mum goes away on holiday, I use it as an excuse to go out for tea with my dad. They tend to be evenings of over-eating and drinking. We went to Smoke BBQ last time, and Reds before… Continue Reading →

Dancing and brunching at Revolución de Cuba

I love a good night out, and I love a nice big breakfast in the morning. Revolución de Cuba ticks both these boxes. Revolución de Cuba is a Cuban bar and restaurant on the corner of Call Lane. It opened… Continue Reading →

Open air theatre at Temple Newsam

It’s become a tradition that every summer, my friend Becky and I watch a play by Heartbreak Productions at Temple Newsam. Two years ago we saw Pride and Prejudice; last year we saw Emma (we love Jane Austen) and this year we… Continue Reading →

Second-hand books and first-rate kebabs

My friend Chloe has been mentioning for a while now that one of her favourite local treats is to browse the Oxfam second-hand bookshop in Headingley and then go for a bite to eat somewhere afterwards. This sounded like an ideal… Continue Reading →

Who ate all the pies? I ate all the pies!

It turns out that this is my fifth blog post that mentions pies. I must really like pies! It’s a good thing then that we have a Pieminister in Leeds – a whole restaurant dedicated to pies. Pieminister opened in… Continue Reading →

The powerpoint, the challenge and the Wardrobe

Earlier this week I went to my first “Bettakultcha” event. Bettakultcha is an evening where people deliver presentations on a topic of their choosing (but no sales pitches allowed!). The catch is that they have to do it using exactly… Continue Reading →

Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Inside the Parkinson Building – the white building with the clock tower on Woodhouse Lane – there is a small gallery which houses a number of rare and special manuscripts, notes and maps. The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery opened… Continue Reading →

The history plays

I absolutely love going to the theatre, and in Leeds we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to exciting plays and musicals. There’s enough on at various venues across the city that you could always see something new; I’d go every week… Continue Reading →

Oh yes sir, Leeds likes to boogie

I spent Friday evening in a car park dancing next to a giant disco ball, and it was awesome. As part of Yorkshire Festival, Duke Studios organised a massive disco in the car park by the Tetley, and encouraged people… Continue Reading →

From Leeds to Liverpool – A walk along the canal

I had a lovely day in Leeds on Saturday, despite it not going quite as I had planned. My intention was to go to the Leeds Waterfront Festival and watch the dragon and junk boat races. The plan was to leisurely… Continue Reading →

A taste of Thai

There are a number of amazing Thai restaurants in Leeds, which is handy for me because I love Thai food. I’ve been planning on writing this blog post for a while but have been waiting until I visited My Thai… Continue Reading →

More food and drink

Just a quick post from me today to let you know that the Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival is taking place this weekend in Millennium Square, so if you haven’t been yet – there’s still time to go get some… Continue Reading →

The Lighthouse Union Store

I was recently invited to a blogger event at the Lighthouse Union Store in Cookridge. As one of my aims for this blog is to explore more of Leeds and not just keep going to the same places, I was… Continue Reading →

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