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Ben Davy

Chef, Ox Club
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Killer Thali at Manjit's Kitchen

Manjit's Kitchen, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, UK

Food is probably a bit of a cop out choice for me being a chef but I can't help it, it's the thing that makes me tick. The rich diversity in cultures in Leeds has led to a wonderful choice of independently run places to eat covering most budgets. From a killer Thali at Manjit's Kitchen on Kirkstall Road to eye meltingly spicy Thai at Thai Aroy Dee. Natural wine and house made charcuterie at The Reliance to gorgeous fresh pasta at Stuzzi. Leeds has it all.

St. John’s Peace Garden

St. Johns Church 23 New Briggate, New Briggate, Leeds, UK

St. John’s peace garden. I discovered this hidden gem earlier this year and have visited regularly ever since. It's a quiet, peaceful space around the back of the St John's church. There's rarely anyone else there and it's great spot just to sit and think or not think which ever your preference.

Indian Rubber Manufacturer building on Briggate

Briggate, Leeds, UK

The best advise I was given about walking around Leeds is to always look up beyond the usual shop fronts. Do this and you'll immediately start noticing the true beauty and grandness of the old buildings of Leeds and get a real taste of the history of the city centre. See if you can spot the Indian Rubber Manufacturer building on Briggate

Whitelocks Ale House

Whitelock's Ale House, Turk's Head Yard, Leeds, UK

Leeds is home to two of my favourite pubs. Leeds' oldest boozer 'Whitelocks'. Proper ales, proper pub food and a smell that only 300 years of service will bring and then the wonderfully cheap Sam Smith's institution 'The Angel Inn'. Cheap, very cheerful and full of the real faces of Leeds.

Water Taxi

Water Taxi Leeds, Canal Wharf, Leeds, UK

I'm still not over the novelty of catching a boat from Lock 1 on the canal (next to Water Lane Boathouse) and sailing up the river to Leeds Dock near the Royal Armouries. Hop off the boat and get yourself a coffee and something delicious from the ridiculously talented team at North Start Coffee Shop.

Killer Thali at Manjit's Kitchen

Food is probably a bit of a cop out choice for me being a chef but I can't help it, it's the thing that makes me tick. The rich diversity in cultures in Leeds has led to a wonderful choice of independently run places to eat covering most budgets. From a killer Thali at Manjit's Kitchen on Kirkstall Road to eye meltingly spicy Thai at Thai Aroy Dee. Natural wine and house made charcuterie at The Reliance to gorgeous fresh pasta at Stuzzi. Leeds has it all.

St. John’s Peace Garden

St. John’s peace garden. I discovered this hidden gem earlier this year and have visited regularly ever since. It's a quiet, peaceful space around the back of the St John's church. There's rarely anyone else there and it's great spot just to sit and think or not think which ever your preference.

Address: 23 New Briggate, New Briggate, Leeds, UK
Indian Rubber Manufacturer building on Briggate

The best advise I was given about walking around Leeds is to always look up beyond the usual shop fronts. Do this and you'll immediately start noticing the true beauty and grandness of the old buildings of Leeds and get a real taste of the history of the city centre. See if you can spot the Indian Rubber Manufacturer building on Briggate

Whitelocks Ale House

Leeds is home to two of my favourite pubs. Leeds' oldest boozer 'Whitelocks'. Proper ales, proper pub food and a smell that only 300 years of service will bring and then the wonderfully cheap Sam Smith's institution 'The Angel Inn'. Cheap, very cheerful and full of the real faces of Leeds.

Address: Turk's Head Yard, Leeds LS1 6HB
Water Taxi

I'm still not over the novelty of catching a boat from Lock 1 on the canal (next to Water Lane Boathouse) and sailing up the river to Leeds Dock near the Royal Armouries. Hop off the boat and get yourself a coffee and something delicious from the ridiculously talented team at North Start Coffee Shop.

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