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The 20 best restaurants in Leeds

Words: Shane Blanchard

We Loiners (the good folk of Leeds to the rest of you out there) can be an awkward lot; always demanding independence for Yorkshire, constantly regarding Mancunians suspiciously and generally wanting the best of everything. Thankfully, this potentially grumpy demeanour is tempered by keeping us well fed. There’s a great creativity and dynamism from chefs in a city spoiled with a rich hinterland of farming, independent suppliers and local coastlines to plunder for ingredients and the results are a varied, high quality dining experience.

So whether it’s a light bite on the move or a full-on sit-down gorging, the city’s diverse foodie scene has something for everyone. It’s taken some whittling down so without further ado, here are 20 of the coolest places to eat in Leeds.

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