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  • Prepare yourselves because from 8th August 2016 until 18 September Trinity Kitchen will be serving their newest street food round up. For the next month or so you can enjoy flavours from New York, Greece, India and the Mediterranean. #TrinityKitchen

    Eat New York

    One of their newest finds is Eat New York, started up by three friends who on a whim decided to buy a food truck. They specialize in salt beef bagels, burgers, fries, cocktails, ice tea, loaded shakes and sodas. @eatnysd

    Mr Pita

    Next in line is Mr Pita, which started up after the owners tasted Pita Gyros and Pita Souvlaki in a small Greek town called Perissa on the island of Santorini. They fell in love right there and then and now they’re in Trinity Kitchen serving homemade Greek pita bread rolled up with a choice of filling from chicken souvlaki to grilled halloumi and topped with ziki sauce. @mrpittauk

    Shoot The Bull

    American gastro-restaurant style food which includes steak sandwiches and mac ‘n’ cheese topped with bacon cream. The chef has experience working in award winning and Michelin starred restaurants across the country including The Fat Duck, after almost ten years as a chef and having worked up to being Head Chef level he felt it was time to go it alone. With his culinary talents and exciting flavour combinations Shoot The Bull offers a quirky and unrestricted dining experience. @shoothebulluk

    Chaat Cart

    The next pop up is Chaat Cart which was born out of necessity when the owner found that dishes such as chaat and kati rolls, found at Indian festivals and funfairs were not to be found in the numerous curry houses around the UK. @ChaatCart

    Ambiente Tapas

    The final addition to Trinity Kitchen is Ambiente Tapas, it’s described as “Gourmet Mediterranean Tapas with a Yorkshire twist”. Inspired by traditional Spanish ‘tabancos’ their menu offers a wide range of tapas with a twist. @AmbienteTapas
  • In January we know it can sometimes feel like fun is hard to come by, with work stresses and financial restraints taking the driving seat. However, we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way, with several affordable and enjoyable activities for you to do in Leeds this winter. Warm up your winter with comedy If you haven't yet heard of South African stand-up Trevor Noah, then you soon will have, as his reputation continues to grow within the world of comedy. Building on a successful 2013 which saw him star on TV panel shows 8 out of 10 Cats and QI, Noah looks set to build on this, with his nationwide tour before heading back to his native South Africa. With his Leeds date having already sold out, you'll be lucky to find tickets, so you may have to travel to Sheffield to catch this up and coming comic later this month. - 20 Jan: City Varieties Have yourself a ‘perfect day’ with Lou Reed Something a little different to your standard cinema trip, playing at the charming Hyde Park Picture House, Julian Schnabel’s Berlin is a must see this winter. The concert film is about a five day stay in St. Ann’s warehouse in Brooklyn while touring his 1973 album, Berlin. This film captures the story of the album, a tale of a deteriorating and doomed relationship, while offering an insight into Lou Reed himself and his unsteady, drug-saturated lifestyle. - Hyde Park Picture House, February 1st TV stars head to Leeds You've watched their progress for the past few months, and although the show has now finished, you can still get your Strictly Come Dancing fix this January. Catch this season's stars throwing shapes in Leeds as the tour heads to the First Direct Arena for an up-close experience of the celebrity dancers. Including the likes of England rugby star Ben Cohen to TV funny man Mark Benton, a host of famous faces will be trotting their tango and waltzing in Leeds this month. - 24 Jan – 26 Jan: First Direct Arena Some Girl I Used to Know The story of a young, happily married woman uprooting her life for temptations from the past, this modernised romantic comedy is both relatable and touching. Staring the acclaimed actress Denise Van Outen and featuring artists from the 1980s and 90s, such as Culture Club and Soft Cell, this play will not disappoint. - West Yorkshire Playhouse, January 30th-February 8th Mint Warehouse birthday bash Fancy a night out on the town, but feel city nightlife hasn’t been up to its normal standard in recent weeks? Mint Warehouse’s 2nd anniversary promises to be an exceptional night with first-rate artists, such as; Hot Since 82, Ben Pearce and Route 94. - Mint Warehouse, January 24th Photo Credit: polkadotandplaid via Compfight cc
  • If you don’t love Leeds as much as we do, you will by the end of this article. We think it’s the UK’s best city and we’d like to prove why. Whether you agree or disagree, contact us on Facebook or Twitter with your thoughts!

    You can live on the fringes of the great Yorkshire Dales

    It’s especially true that if you live in north Leeds you can be minutes from one of hippest cities in England one way and minutes from one of the highest-rated national parks in the world the other. The Yorkshire Dales are renowned for their striking beauty and it’s a blessing that a great city like Leeds is mere miles away from them.

    You can shop and shop and shop until you drop

    Leeds has a reputation as one of the best places to shop in the UK. People come from all across the land to spend their hard-earned pennies here due to attractions like the new Trinity Shopping Centre (complete with its own indoor street food centre, Trinity Kitchen) and the Headrow and Briggate, which are the main high streets. Leeds will also boast a brand new John Lewis department store when the modern Victoria Gate shopping centre, opens its doors to the public in late 2016.

    You can quaff some of the finest beers in the land

    Home to some of England’s best breweries in Northern Monk, Ridgeside and the appropriately named Leeds Brewery Company, put simply, Leeds knows beer. CAMRA-approved pubs like Whitelock’s and Mr Foley’s will get your taste buds tingling as much as the pubs in the suburbs. The Roundhay Fox in Roundhay sports a log fire that makes it the best place to be during a cold winter, while Alfred in Meanwood, which is no bigger than your living room, is perfectly situated to let the sun pour in all afternoon during the summer time. What more could you want from a city this size?

    You won’t get better farm produce anywhere else

    Being a Yorkshire city, Leeds is surrounded by some very good farms indeed. Many of them have monthly offers that let you get hampers of fresh farm meats and delicious organic vegetables delivered right to your door, so you don’t have to bother with them in the supermarkets. Even when you’re not doing your food shopping, you can enjoy some of the best produce in the land at Leeds’ world famous food and drink festivals. The Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival takes place in June, but, be warned, the tastes will be lingering until the following June…

    You’ll encounter the friendliest people in the country

    Yorkshire folk are renowned for their friendliness and we can guarantee that it’s not a myth. People say thank you to bus drivers and – ‘ow about this – hello to each other in the street. Where else do you get that these days? You might have trouble understanding some folks, though…

    You’ll hear some hilariously random local lingo

    While it might be true that some out-of-towners find Loiners (people from Leeds) difficult to understand, there is no denying the brilliance of the local dialect. Phrases like “am fair t’middlin’” and “wottatodoo” will leave you bemused but amused all day long.

    You can see many towns and villages rolled into one great city

    The suburbs of Leeds are brilliant. Each one has its own distinctive characteristics. Chapel Allerton is the up-and-coming place to be for young professionals, whilst Meanwood has enjoyed a great revival in recent years to make it one of the most attractive (and still affordable) places to live in the city. And let’s not forget Otley, which is a mere 30-minute bus ride from Headingley. It’s home to some of the best pubs in the district and the scenery is more than worthy of a “cheers”.

    You can experience some of the best theatre outside of the West End

    The West Yorkshire Playhouse is one of the north’s premium theatres and has seen the likes of To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men performed on its stages. It’s part of the best city in the UK because it’s so much more affordable to see great theatre than it is in London!

    You can be very close to major UK tourist hotspots

    Another thing that makes Leeds perfectly situated is its close proximity to some of the best (but not as good) towns and cities in the UK. You can be in Manchester for world-class football in an hour, in Sheffield for world-class snooker in 45 minutes and Harrogate for world-class spa therapy in 40 minutes. Combine all that with using the UK’s greatest city as your base and you’re winning at life.

    Did you know properties sell quicker in the summer months? Your house looks its best on a bright sunny summers day and also achieves higher prices than other times of the year, making right now the ideal time to consider putting your property on the market. Our number one aim is to get you from for sale to sold in the shortest possible time whilst achieving the best price. We are offering an EXCLUSIVE 0.99% SALES FEE during August only. So make sure you get in touch to take advantage of this limited offer. One of our property experts will value your house and talk you through the selling process. We cover all areas in and around Leeds including the city centre and North Leeds. Not only are we one of the most well-known estate agents in Leeds (our website has over 11,000 visits a month) we also advertise on Zoopla and Rightmove, with a list of buyers ready and waiting for properties to come on the market. Property in Leeds is in hot demand this summer, make sure you take advantage of our exclusive 0.99% sales fee this August. enquire_button
  • There are many reasons to love Leeds. We could go on forever about how much we love it, but we’ll give voice to the locals and visitors alike to share an appreciation of the great northern powerhouse via the medium of Twitter. We’ve selected 10 of our favourite tweets about our mutual love affair with Leeds, Leeds, Leeds. ‘ere:

    The pubs are proper good

    The pubs in Leeds aren’t just your regular pubs. They’re proper pubs. With proper pub grub. And proper good beer. Just like our Becky experienced in the Adelphi.  

    It looks great even on a cloudy day

    Leeds isn’t the Caribbean, we know that, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a sight for sore eyes even when the weather is bad. Tommy took a shining to the town hall here and we can see why.  

    You can play shuffleboard in the basement of a pub

    One of our favourite new bars in Leeds has the delightful allure of three 22ft shuffleboards downstairs. It aptly goes by the name of Shuffledog, owned by BrewDog, and it looks like Jade loves it just as much as we do.  
  • Before you head off to uni, it’s best to get some stuff sorted, and to digest everything you might need to know in advance of starting your course. Moving to a new city, and leaving your family home can be a daunting prospect. However, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself in advance, get ready for uni life, and make the move feel less intimidating. Here’s some tips for preparing for life as a Leeds uni student.

    Visit the city

    One of the best things you can do to prepare yourself for life in Leeds is to visit the city. It’s a big city, but most things are within walking distance. You can probably see most of the city in one trip. Make a list of student friendly places you might want to check out, and the main city attractions you want to see, and start to uncover your new home. If you are able to get a feel for the city in advance of going to uni then you will feel more confident when you arrive at the start of the semester.

    Find the right accommodation

    Looking for accommodation well in advance is very important, especially if you want to snap up the best student accommodation in Leeds. Start look for potential places to live early, and have a think about whether you would prefer to live in student halls, a student house or on your own in flat. Students who sort out their accommodation last minute tend to miss out.

    Go on a campus tour

    Everyone gets to go and visit universities when they are considering where they want to study, but have you been back since? You might want to visit the university and have a little stroll around. It will help you get your bearings and also get you excited to start uni in a few month’s time. You can talk to current students and ask questions, and visit all the key campus hotspots.

    Research your course

    For some university courses you have to do a bit of studying before you arrive at uni. You may only have to do a bit of reading in advance, or nothing at all. If you do have work to do before you arrive, don’t leave it until the last minute or you will feel stressed and under pressure. Take a bit of time to research your course and find out what will be expected of you in your first few weeks of university.

    Find out about the student union

    Leeds University has a large student union with a huge range of facilities. It has restaurants, shops, cafes and bars. You might want to visit to check it out, or you can find out information about it online here.

    Start buying university supplies

    During the summer before you begin uni, you might want to start stocking up on everything you might need as a student. Make a list of things you will need for your course and student accommodation.
  • Over recent years, the popularity of craft beers from independent micro brewers has rapidly increase. Now, when heading out for a drink with friends or family, many look to sample something a little different from the mass produced lagers on offer in common commercial areas. In an effort to bring true taste back to beer drinking, many have turned to smaller named specialised craft drinks which blend more sophisticated tastes with a more delicate brewing process. If you're wanting to meet up with friends in Leeds, or just head out to sample some of the best craft beers available in Leeds, make sure you check out these spots. North Bar Describing itself as one of the original pioneers of the Leeds bar boom, North Bar is located in the burgeoning Northern Quarter of the city, which is fast becoming the must visit destination, with some of Leeds' trendiest craft serving bars. With around 130 different beers on offer, you'll have plenty of choice to broaden your drink horizons. The choices do vary seasonally and the rotation attempts to provide as much choice as possible.  The bar's popular draught selection includes one of America's trendiest new imports on tap. Brooklyn Brewery has seen a huge rise in popularity since the bottled lager was first introduced to bars in the UK, and many different variations of the brewery's offerings can now be found all over the city. At North Bar, their lager can be found on tap, and many other of their brews can be bought in bottle form. Joining the American import on tap is one of Germany's best drink offerings, Erdinger, along with many other micro brews. Brewdog Scottish craft beer producer Brewdog began life with just two brewers in their original Aberdeen set-up, however after just seven years, their bars can now be found as far afield as Sao Paulo and Stockholm.  With locations all throughout the UK, Brewdog explains that its Leeds bar is honoured to join a growing swell of independent craft beer meccas poised to unshackle the city from the drudgery of the mainstream. Offering everything from a tasty but relatively safe Punk IPA, all the way to a daring Clown King at 12% ABV and Dog B at 15.1% ABV. Their mission of providing craft beers that distinguish themselves from the mainstream, whilst also resurrecting a punk music revival sees their city centre locations buzzing with activity on most weekends. The Pit The Pit has gained a reputation as one of Leeds' favourite American barbecues, and with good reason. The popularity of the restaurant, along with competitors like Reds True Barbecue shows that Leeds' love of slow cooked meat is growing. If you're just wanting a drink, The Pit is still a great place to go. An enticing selection of American craft beers await you on draught, such as popular favourites from the Shipyard Brewing Company, and another offering from Brooklyn - their Pennant Ale '55. The bottled selection is equally as impressive, with an assortment of options from around the globe, such as Schneider Weisse Wheat from Germany, Anchor Steam from San Francisco and British options from Thornbridge.  
  • The excitement of signing for a new house is something that all students look forward to. It marks the start of an exciting year of living with friends and making memories as they enjoy student life. Our Parklane Selfie Sign Up competition added to the excitement of signing with us as students got the opportunity to win £500, by simply doing what students do best and taking a quick selfie in our office! This year we congratulate a group of friends from Leeds Becket University, crowning them as the winners of our 2016 Selfie Sign Up competition! The prize will be enjoyed by a group of five students: 20-year-old, physical activity and health student, Jordan; 20-year-old Primary Education student, Jen; Sport Science student, Aaron; Graphic Design student, Paul; and 22-year-old Maths student, Pete. These lucky housemates gave there all by striking a pose for the camera as they signed for a year’s tenancy with us here in our Headingly office. parklane selfie signup competition winners Our Selfie Sign Up competition really did challenge each group of housemates to ‘get their thinking caps on’ (or more like their swimming cozzies on in our winning houses case) to create the winning selfie! It seems that the trick was to do something different, as groups of housemates were in competition to rack up the most Facebook likes and shares for their Parklane selfie. The group of Leeds Beckett students didn’t fail to show their fun and vibrant personalities as they got creative with props to get the most likes and shares, to eventually have it go viral on their social media channels. Their set of fun poses obviously worked, with both the shares and likes reaching triple figures – an impressive 110 shares and 100 likes were received for their top efforts! Our winners have decided to split the £500 so that each person can decide what to spend their £100 on. With there being a lot of sporty interest in the household, particularly with Jordan, Aaron and Pete regularly training and competing for the Leeds Beckett Triathlon team, it’s likely that this extra cash would help them with this. £500 comp winners 3 With the summer well under way for students, it’s a perfect time to win some extra dosh. Other thoughts in the house are to either save the money for travelling in the future or to put the money towards this year’s summer adventures. All five in the house are jetting off somewhere nice this summer. Aaron’s travelling around Europe and Jordan is using the money a little closer to home, as he plans to make more trips to the Lake District to see his girlfriend before the next university year starts…Awwwwwwh! £500 comp winners 5 The winners tell us that they love their ‘lush pad’ with Parklane as it’s a brand new property with fresh and modern furnishing. Plus, it’s great location in Headingly puts them right in the centre of Leed’s student hub! Congratulations Jordan, Jen, Paul, Aaron and Pete – enjoy your prize and have a great summer! We hope that you’re winning selfie now sits proudly on your mantel piece! £500 comp winners£500 comp winners
  • Some things are just reyt Leeds, they are. From taking your ferret for a walk to your bus driver stopping mid-route for a bag of chips, there’s nowhere else like it. We love one thing more than most about Leeds: the dialect. It could easily be its own language and we wouldn’t have it any other way. So, to pay homage to our local lingo, we’ve compiled some of our favourite Leedsisms, whether they’re compliments, put-downs or just plain old sayings that you’d hear in every Loiner’s household. Because, well, you know, Yorkshire.

    Ey up, cock!

    Meaning: Hello, good friend!

    Did you really think we’d swear on here? This is a Loiner’s favourite greeting for the people closest to them.

    Be reyt

    Meaning: Every little thing is going to be OK.

    In times of extreme hardship, like when the chippy doesn’t open for another half an hour, we don’t worry too much. It’ll be reyt.

    That’s sound, is that, pal

    Meaning: What you just said is very good, my friend.

    When one Loiner agrees with another Loiner, or anyone else for that matter, it is sometimes so sound that we have to confirm it twice in the same sentence, we do. Like little Yorkshire Yodas, we are.


    Meaning: That is most excellent. I fully appreciate what you just said.

    Made famous by one of Leeds’ biggest celebrity characters, Keith Lemon, this is the exclamation we make when we heartily approve of something.

    Bonnie lass

    Meaning: Pretty woman

    Yorkshire people express their appreciation for a good-looking lady with a phrase that’s as much a Leedsism as it is Scottish slang.


    Meaning: What a lot of fuss

    When things get out of hand, a ‘to do’ is caused and a Leedsism that looks like a language from another planet is uttered.

    That’s champion!

    Meaning: That is very good

    You know something is proper good when a Loiner uses a noun as an adjective to describe it.


    Meaning: The boss

    One of our favourite compliments in Leeds. If you’re the gaffer, you’re a reyt boss, in’t ye?


    Meaning: Fart

    “Who’s guffed?”

    Got monk on

    Meaning: In a mood

    “Has tha got a monk on, lad?” is a very Leeds way of asking somebody if they’re in a mood.


    Meaning: Child

    It sounds utterly disagreeable, but nothing bad is meant by this alternative name for a baby or child in Leeds.

    Reyt vexed

    Meaning: Very annoyed

    “I’m reyt vexed, me” might be commonly heard on the terraces at Elland Road or the Carnegie Stadium in response to a refereeing performance of the bad sort.


    Meaning: Goodbye

    Tarra, ducks! We’re off t’ boozer!
  • Eating and drinking well in the city needn’t cost you and arm and a leg. Some of the best bars and restaurants do some fantastic offers to drum up business during quieter times of the week. From bargain burgers to cut price pizza and cocktails, here’s our list of the best deals that allow you to eat like a King on a shoestring.

    Marvin’s Pizza Parlour

    Offering all you can eat pizza for just £7 at lunchtime and £12 in the evening, Marvin’s Pizza Parlour is set to be your new favourite hangover cure. Situated near the first direct Arena, this pop-up restaurant serves imaginative creations such as the Super Freak (steak strips, parma ham and salami) and the Psychedelic Shack (peri peri chicken and pineapple) as well as range of refreshing cocktails.

    Bird and Beast

    Forget Nando’s and their shrivelled corn on the cob and shrinking portions, just round the corner you’ll find Bird and Beast who do poultry justice. Perfectly marinated and cooked over cherry wood chips, you’ll struggle to find better chicken. Follow them on Facebook for their latest offers – currently you can get any hot sandwich, kebab or large premium salad and a soft drink for just £7.50. Finger licking good indeed.

    Slate NQ

    Boasting several huge American pool tables, a custom built pizza oven and not one but three outdoor seating areas (including an awesome rooftop terrace) , Slate NQ is one of Leeds most underrated bars. Drop in on Monday to play free pool, Tuesday enjoy any main course and a happy hour drink for just £12, Wednesday all cask ales are £2.50 a pint and Thursday is happy hour all night long. Check them out here.


    Serving up tasty Brazilian fast food, you might not know it but Cabana are also incredibly good at making cocktails. Their 2-4-1 happy hour is incredibly generous as it runs seven days a week, 12-7pm and then 10pm until closing time. Their tasty selection of Caipirinha are all mixed with Brazilian sugar cane and come in flavours such as blueberry and acai and chilli passion.


    After 16 years in business and more facelifts than the Stallone family, Bar Fibre has always managed to remain fresh and relevant. Their courtyard parties are legendary in Leeds, and so are their drink offers. Rock in between 5-8pm each day to enjoy 2-4-1 on all drinks. Bargain.


    Walk around the back of the Corn Exchange and you can’t miss Cattlegrid – there’s a huge brass cow above its door. It’s one of the best steak joints in town, however on Monday it’s all about pig and chicken – for £21.95, you can enjoy non-stop chicken wings and ribs. Go hungry, fill your boots and get your money’s worth!
  • Sunday, it might as well not be the weekend with that thing called Monday hanging over it. But it could be your favourite day of the week. If you live in Leeds, in fact, it can quite easily be your favourite day of the week. Forget about what lies ahead and soak Sunday in with our pick of the best in this great northern city.

    Sunday in the Smokestack

    One of the funkiest spots in town just got funkier with the Bullfrog Blues. Head down to 159A Lower Briggate at 8pm on a Sunday night and you won’t stop movin’ until Tuesday. Guaranteed. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.657597670639!2d-1.5444990839528876!3d53.79558144866713!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c190f8c6861%3A0x464346db4c12b459!2sSmokestack+Bar+And+Club!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800226750" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sunday snacks in Trinity Kitchen

    Leeds was already famous for shopping, but Trinity took it to the next level (both literally and metaphorically) in 2013. The Kitchen upstairs is one of the best things about the city; it boasts some of the best international street food you’ll find in Britain, so it’s the perfect place to transport yourself to another world. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m14!1m8!1m3!1d9426.249744740997!2d-1.545481!3d53.797275!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0x9c41156194868af2!2sTrinity+Kitchen!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800286405" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sunday Joint in HiFi

    Sunday night in HiFi is legendary in Leeds – and for good reason. It’s played host to some of the world’s best musicians in the funk, reggae, Latin and salsa scenes, so why would you want to do anything else on a Sunday? <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.625659226007!2d-1.5434244839528268!3d53.79614984862443!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795c19994874df%3A0x83db49e8244c3ee6!2sHifi+Club!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800314760" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sunday afternoon in Alfred

    Head out of the city and into the suburb of Meanwood and you’ll find perhaps the greatest Sunday afternoon bar in the world. Alfred, which is part of the local North Bar group, is small enough in floor space to be your living room, yet big enough in character to be your favourite watering hole for life. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2354.8230820710364!2d-1.56869968395199!3d53.82822314620786!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795944cb63076d%3A0x25cd5b311325df51!2sAlfred!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800341553" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    A Sunday stroll down the River Aire

    Running right through the city, the River Aire is a top place to be on a sunny Sunday. Take a walk down the waterfront to take your mind off the week of work ahead and just enjoy being alive. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d1179.7010811984935!2d-1.3938416916276621!3d53.746721731156605!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x4879428a6c4772ff%3A0x6b9538697230cec4!2sRiver+Aire!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800382069" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sunday roast at The Midnight Bell

    Roast dinners, or good roast dinners, are a little difficult to find in Leeds, but the one at The Midnight Bell is magnificent. A proper good pub with proper good grub. What more can you ask for? <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2356.8758674678134!2d-1.5539662839529946!3d53.791696848959816!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x48795e9ffe836591%3A0x72e7b6a6560f61bc!2sThe+Midnight+Bell!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800415905" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

    Sunday (bottomless) brunch at Shears Yard

    For a brunch with a difference, Shears Yard is the place to be. They have just launched a bottomless brunch, which includes bottomless booze, on Sundays. All you have to do is hand over £25 and you can fill your boots. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m14!1m8!1m3!1d9426.725092561544!2d-1.5381167!3d53.7951601!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0x3b00c9268cc83549!2sShears+Yard!5e0!3m2!1sen!2suk!4v1467800445253" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>
  • After a stressful day at university, you sometimes need to get out in fresh air and grab a bite. There are times when choosing where to get your grub can be a tough decision, however Headingley provides plenty of options for dining. On a student budget, when you're just wanting a quick bite, not all of the offerings on Otley Road are suitable, but if you check out these popular student joints, we doubt you'll leave disappointed. Greasy Pig Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning, the Greasy Pig provides a wide range of breakfast and lunch options at a reasonable price. The restaurant is a popular one with the student population, and it promises to serve you ‘100% Honest Homemade Food’ which can even be dropped off to your door (should you live within 5 miles). Their signature choice of breakfast muffins, topped with bacon, sausage and all the trimmings are hugely popular, and they're one of the factors behind the Greasy Pig's recent rise to popularity amongst students. Setting itself apart from simple cafe's through their innovative menu choices, the likes of Loaf of Breakfast involves a hollowed out loaf of bread stuffed with all that you’d expect in a Full English. If that isn't enough to feed your hunger, you may want to try and tackle ‘The Paralyser’. For under £7, this gigantic breakfast is enough to test the biggest of eaters. Situated at the end of Victoria Road, and close to the Co-Op, this is a must visit venue for all students who like to start the day off with a hearty breakfast. The Box A well known venue to most who know the area, The Box is a genuine hot spot in Headingley. It can’t be missed as you pass through the centre and is the sort of place you can visit morning, afternoon and night. It's a very student orientated bar and restaurant, and has many food and drinks offers that run throughout the week. It has an exceptional reputation for its variety of burgers, pizzas, Mexican dishes and sandwiches and if you can find the time, head down on a Monday or Wednesday where you can take advantage of a huge 40% off your food bill. The atmosphere is that of a typical student haunt, with the latest music providing ambient noise and Sky Sports News often showing on the multiple wall mounted televisions. Going alongside the atmosphere is the relaxed decor, which offers comfy sofa seating and a large open bar area. Pool tables can be found upstairs, so make an afternoon of it and head for the cues after your meal. Sukhothai For the more sophisticated student that is searching for something outside of the typical burger or pizza,  Sukhothai brings a true taste of Thailand to student Headingley life. The restaurant was brought to Leeds in 2002 from Bangkok and its success is in no small part down to the owners’ insistence on attentive service and fresh Thai ingredients. On a weekend, the restaurant is open from midday to 3pm, but the main lure of the venue comes upon opening its doors in the evenings, when it caters for many loyal customers who recognise the high quality of food on offer. Located on St Annes Road, you’re never too far away from authentic Thai cuisine that has garnered plaudits from critics and customers alike.
  • Leeds has been a magnet to students from up and down the country for decades and the revitalization of several key areas recently has only made it more appealing. Swanky cocktail and champagne bars, cheap and charming pubs and cutting-edge nightclubs all come in abundance, meaning you’ll never be left high and dry of things to do in this jewel of a northern city.

    Headingley and Hyde Park

    The beating heart of the student scene, Headingley is teaming with student friendly bars and eateries. The Original Oak boasts a huge beer garden, complete with BBQ in summer and major sports events beamed onto huge screens, whilst The Box is another sports friendly bar, albeit slightly trendier with pool tables and terrace. The Ark runs various student nights, and features a heady mix of high-grade tipples and eclectic beats. Next door, brand new Khana Bombay Café serves up well-priced Indian tapas and some of the most creative cocktails you’ll find in the city. Whilst The Hyde Park pub won’t be winning any Michelin stars anytime soon, if it’s cheap and cheerful you’re after, then this busy joint provides a great starting point for a big night out. Just across the road from Leeds University, you’ll find The Eldon, which is another student friendly pub which won’t break the bank.

    Northern Quarter

    Arguably the hottest place to go in Leeds right now, the Northern Quarter is packed with promise. Slate NQ is a large pool bar, famed for its amazing pizza and cocktails and is housed over two floors in a stunning building complete with one of the city’s best rooftop terraces. Across the road, The Belgrave is hipster heaven, with live music, lots of beards and another cracking rooftop terrace. Elsewhere, North Bar has long been a pioneer on the Leeds bar scene, selling only the best spirits and ales, whilst Mojo is the place to go if you like your rock and indie music loud. Sela Bar is another cool joint where the focus is on quality ale and live music, whilst The Pit provides burgers and beer for the masses.

    Call Lane

    Whilst Call Lane has come up against stiff competition in recent years, it's still as popular as ever and boasts some of Leeds busiest and best bars. Oporto play a mixture of rock and roll oldies and dance classics, whilst the rustic Mexican charm of Neon Catcus next door makes for the perfect venue to knock back the tequilas. Relative newcomer Roland’s has a much more laidback vibe than its neighbours and prides itself on quality beers from Iceland, the U.S.A and beyond. If you like to fix up and look sharp, then all the cool kids go to Norman’s, whilst Call Lane Social boasts two floors and a sweet Hawaiian Tiki bar.


    Mint Warehouse on Water Lane is a sizeable club and plays host to a number of world class DJs, including Eric Prydz, Hannah Wants and local lad, Hot Since 82. Elsewhere, Mission pitches itself somewhere in between commercial dance and the underground, and its location in the middle of Leeds thieving LBGT scene means they throw some of the city's biggest gay nights. Canal Mills is the place to go for cutting edge dance, whilst afterhours club Wire is perfect for those that refuse to go home and want to keep the party going through Sunday.  
  • Whilst studying in English, you may as well get a feel for some other UK cities. Plus if you are spending most of your time in Leeds, it’s nice to get out of the city and explore other places. You might have to travel a fair amount if you want to see all of these cities, but it will be worth it. It’s difficult to choose a small selection of cities, because there are so many fantastic cities dotted around the UK. However, we have managed to whittle the list down and pick a few of the top cities in England you might want to visit. Check out the cities below and start planning a few trips.


    Bath Bath Bath is an absolutely stunning city. The Georgian architect within the city is beautiful. It’s a great place for a weekend getaway, especially as it’s home to one of the most famous spas in the country. Bath has great shopping, a rich history (it’s a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site) and some lovely bars and restaurants.


    Regent Street, London Looking onto Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament The UK’s capital had to be included on the list. You can’t spend a significant amount of time in England without visiting London. As well as the endless selection of world famous attractions and landmarks, London boasts world class shopping, an enviable culinary scene and fantastic nightlife. You can easily catch the train from Leeds to London and see all the big tourist attractions such as Big Ben, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Natural History Museum and Buckingham Palace.

    Brighton Brighton

    Brighton If you are after a quirky, unique city with a friendly atmosphere, head straight for Brighton. Brighton is on the seaside, and is a very laid back, alternative city with a unique personality. It has great shopping, plenty of interesting places to eat out and some funky bars and clubs. Make sure you visit the Brighton Pier, wander around the Lanes and visit the Brighton Marina.

    Oxford Oxford

    Oxford Oxford is a very traditional and classic English city. It’s home to the prestigious Oxford University (the oldest University in the English speaking world), and has lots of historical landmarks to uncover. It’s a picturesque city with many different things to see and do. First there’s the shopping and selection of cafes and restaurants, then there’s the impressive historical landmarks such as the Bodleian Library, Oxford Museum of Natural History, the Pitts Rivers Museum and the Sheldonian Theatre, to name a few.


    Bristol Bristol   Bristol is a very up and coming city, that’s risen in popularity in recent years. It used to be an industrial city, but it has managed to completely reinvent itself. Bristol is edgy, creative and cultural. It’s fast becoming one of the most popular cities to visit in the UK. Eat in local cafes, listen to live music, browse art galleries, uncover museums and test out the excellent culinary scene. Some of the best things to do in Bristol include climbing the Cabot Tower, going over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, chilling out in the Harbour, visiting the Bristol Zoo and discovering the At Bristol Museum.  
  • Over recent years, we have seen a progression of American style barbecue restaurants starting up and growing in Leeds. With wide ranging meats and an abundance of mouth watering sauces, it's hardly surprising that the cuisine has seen a huge boom in popularity. Whether you're a fan of pulled pork, beef brisket or baby back ribs, many of these 'pig out joints' have vast, wide ranging menus. Having gained television exposurethrough programmes like Man v Food, American barbecue has fast become one of the most sought after cuisines in Leeds, so it's no surprise that such restaurants are also a favourite with students. If you want a plate full of low and slow cooked meats, here are the best options. Reds True BBQ Having now been open in Leeds city centre for a few years, Reds has enjoyed rocketing success. In order to grab a table at peak times, the wait can often be hours long, so it's hardly surprising to hear that the Leeds establishment serves, on average 18,000 diners per month, selling more than 16 tonnes of locally sourced meat. From a full rack of baby back ribs to mouth-watering brisket and pulled pork, the menu provides a true haven meat lovers. Priding themselves on providing fresh and home cooked recipes, your table greets you with an assortment of freshly concocted sauces to experiment with during your meal. Check out their menu here and plan plenty in advance if you fancy a trip to this popular dining location. The Pit The Pit was only established in 2013, however has proven so successful since its launch that there are now two dining locations in the Leeds area. Located in the Merrion Centre in the heart of the city, The Pit is easily accessible and with a wide ranging meat-centric menu, has crowds flocking in their droves for the best barbecue meals. A secondary location can be found with the same menu just outside the city centre in Chapel Allerton, and with offers on all through the week, head down to either location to sample the great value for the lunch menu, allowing you to grab food and drink for just £6.95. Perfect for the student budget and with a cool, stylish interior, The Pit has fast become the name on the lips of many Leeds residents. Offering a wide range of craft beers to accompany your food, The Pit is a great destination for any occasion. Rosie's Diner Rosie's Diner isn't a specialist barbecue joint, however the cool 50's American Diner decor and atmosphere mean the diner is well deserving of a spot on the list. An assortment of burgers and hot dogs are available on the main menu, and with barbecue  ribs and pulled pork both featuring, the diner isn't short of flame grilled options. With all all meats being 100% Yorkshire traceable, you know that your meal is sourced from the highest quality ingredients. It might be slightly outside the city centre with its Kirkstall location, however this true American experience is well worth the short journey. Photo Credit: thebittenword.com via Compfight cc
  • Leeds has always been a city that appeals to the masses, however for decades it has also had one of the UK’s best alternative scenes too. With the likes of The Warehouse and The Cockpit hosting punk, rock and electronica nights in the late 70’s and beyond, the city has a rich history of pioneering underground movements that you just don’t find in your average city. Whilst music and venues have come and gone, the principle is still the same today; here’s our guide to a nights out in Leeds for those that like to take a walk on the wild side.

    Propaganda at The Attic

    Fans of Indie and classic roc ‘n’ roll need look no further than the awesomeness that is Propaganda, which currently resides at The Attic on Great George Street. With simultaneous nights in places as diverse as Nashville, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro, this global phenomenon sees 25,000 punters attend its supercharged nights each and every week. Head to their night in Leeds and you can expect great music, a supercool venue and drinks starting from a mere pound – which is pretty unheard of in Leeds on a Saturday night.

    Rock of Ages

    If sipping fine cocktails in a bar filled with coiffed and manicured Geordie Shore rejects is your idea of hell, then you may well enjoy Rock of Ages at The Library. Playing only 100% rock and metal, punters can expect the soothing sounds of Skid Row, Motley Crue, Slayer and Megadeath. With a mixture of DJ’s and bands on rotation, it’s an essential night of raw entertainment for those that like it loud. Follow them on Facebook to find out about their next big party.

    Stone Roses Bar

    If you love your indie and rock but would rather just dip your toe into the alternative scene, this popular bar could be the perfect choice. Rather oddly placed right in the middle of the thriving LGBT quarter, this joint has a late licence and attracts a diverse crowd from every neck of the woods. Avoid the masses and head there on a Thursday, when you can take in The Cure and The Smiths between 10pm and 6am with drink offers all night long. If only you had a stitch to wear…


    The Goth scene is still alive and kicking and it’s happening at Cyanide, which also resides at The Library on Thursday nights. With a playlist which spans post-punk, industrial, metal and many more, this is a joint that really puts heart and soul into what it does. Recent live acts have included Bad Pollyanna, Bigfoot and Pulverise, with a host of other hot acts lined up to tread its boards throughout the year.

    The Garden Party at The Faversham

    If you like to get your rave on without the likes of Aviccii and Calvin Harris, then The Garden Party only spin tunes by the coolest kids in dance. The Faversham is the perfect venue for these spring and summer parties, as the outdoor terrace allows you to soak up the rare Leeds rays that just might appear if you’re lucky. Expect to see acts such as Skream, People Get Real and George Fitzgerald up on the ones and twos. Tickets tend to go fast, so seek them out here.
  • The shock decision to leave the EU hasn’t caused as much instability in the property market as once feared. The reluctance to buy and sell from UK residents as a result of economic uncertainty is being somewhat replenished by overseas investment. Leading up to the EU referendum and since Brexit on the 23rd June, there has been fear that the UK property market will crash as a result of the ‘wait and see’ attitude adopted by domestic buyers. However, with interest from overseas buyers, the market is set to pick up and gain stability. The depreciation of the pound has rapidly drawn foreign buyers towards the UK property market as they see great investment potential and opportunity from a favourable exchange rate. Whilst European investors are included in those who are identifying the prosperous benefits of investing, it’s buyers from further afield, from the likes of the Middle East and USA who are making the most deals. The encouraging influx of foreign buyers highlights that there is still confidence in the UK property market as they look to take full advantage of the current uncertainty the weak pound has caused in the market. The anticipation of economic instability has put uncertainty amongst domestic buyers and as the number of domestic buyers has decreased, the opportunity for overseas buyers to snap up a property for great value has arisen. If hesitance to sell continues, this could also benefit those that do, as a shortfall in the number of properties on the market can only increase the value of your property, meaning now is just as good a time to look to sell as any. If you’re interested in buying or selling at this time, and want to know more, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team for further information on: +44 (0)113 237 0000 or LS1@parklaneproperties.com
  • Whilst we’re not suggesting there’s anything wrong with a good old fashioned bar crawl, you knew Leeds was good for that already didn’t you? The city is full of slightly more cultural evening activities that will make a night out one to remember for all the right reasons. From side-splitting stand-up comedy to some fancy footwork at the ballet, there’s entertainment to suit every occasion in this fine city.

    The Hop pub quiz

    The Hop pub quiz in Leeds Granary Wharf has come a long way over the last few years, so much so that it is now home to some of Leeds most in demand bars, restaurants and of course, the £17m south entrance to Leeds station. The Hop has been crucial in the success of the area, attracting punters from near and far to try its fine ales and award winning pies. Head down on a Tuesday evening from 8pm and you not only get a complementary supper (we’re talking proper chip butties, jacket spuds and chilli) and free entry to their legendary quiz, but the chance to win a gallon of Ossett Ale – just make sure you take enough friends to enjoy your winnings.

    Gig at The Brudenell

    Having celebrated 100 years back in 2013, Brudenell Social Club is going stronger than ever before, playing host to a melting pot of fresh and upcoming talent. You can catch acts like The Dunwells and Lucius for about a tenner, with smaller acts playing for nothing. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a surprise gig from the likes of The Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, who have all tread its hallowed boards previously; check out their calendar of events right here.

    Cinema Club at Crowd of Favours

    Tuesday can be something of a nothing day for your average Joe, but not when you’re a student. Get down to Crowd of Favours on one the lamest nights of the week and you can catch a classic film in their downstairs movie den. Not only do they wheel out the projection screen, but they often provide complementary popcorn so you can enjoy the likes of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a glass of wine or three. Follow them on Twitter to get the skinny on their latest offerings.

    World class dance at Northern Ballet

    <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HLthkAt3hiw" width="690" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> If you happen to be something of a culture vulture who dabbles in high-brow activities, then you may be surprised to hear some of the world’s best ballet is right on your doorstep. The award-winning Norther Ballet prides itself on creating new interpretations of classical ballets, with stunning sets and costume design to complement their jaw-dropping dance steps. Forthcoming productions include Wuthering Heights, Beauty and the Beast, 1984 and Jane Eyre World class dance at Northern Ballet – booking is essential.

    Cutting edge comedy with Sh!ts ‘N’ Giggles

    Ben Brown Leeds Leeds lad Ben Brown is a bona-fide modern day pioneer of hot talent as far as comedy is concerned, hosting his annual Lauughterfest Festival in October. You can catch him compering a diverse selection of the country’s best stand-up comedians regularly at his Sh!ts and Giggles nights, which are held on Wednesday’s or Thursday’s at venues including The Brunswick and Hirst’s Yard. Recent acts have included Mawaan Rizwan, Cassetteboy and Paul Foot; follow Ben on Facebook to find out about his next big shindig.
  • There’s no denying that Leeds is already an exciting place to live. But you know what? Things can only get better – and they are getting better by the day. There are a number of developments and initiatives going on at the moment that paint a very good picture of the future of this great northern city. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why we’re not planning to live anywhere else but Leeds any time soon:

    It could be European Capital of Culture in 2023

    It seems like a long time away now, but cities are required to put their names in the hat in 2016, so preparation starts now. If we win the coveted title in 2023, it’ll mean that we’ve developed the whole city into a continent-wide tourist destination of choice. That’s worth sticking around for, in our book.

    It will attract bigger names to a world-famous arena

    The First Direct Arena opened its doors in 2013 with an electrifying performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Since then, it’s attracted the likes of The Who, Pearl Jam and Michael Bublé on the music front and Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans and Russell Howard on the comedy front, so it’s continuing to go from strength to strength.

    It will host one of the best city centre music festivals in the country

    Live at Leeds has just celebrated its 10th anniversary with the likes of Jess Glynne, Circa Waves and Corinne Bailey Rae on the bill. It also teamed up with the Leeds Digital Festival this year and was a big success, so great things are in the pipeline for one of the hottest, cross-city festivals in the country.

    It will have one of the biggest and best international beer festivals in the country

    At half the age of Live at Leeds, the Leeds International Beer Festival has got just as much character and looooaaads more beer for the people of Leeds. It’s held in the majestic Town Hall in early September (8th-11th in 2016) and sells separate afternoon and evening tickets to keep things, you know, at least a little bit civilised. This festival is one of the best things about Leeds and it’s growing fast.

    It will be one of the best places to shop in the country

    With a reputation to rival London in terms of shopping, Leeds is already attracting bargain hunters and afternoon tea-lovers in the masses every weekend, but the development of Victoria Gate on the Headrow, due to open later this year, is about to take things to another level. It’s already confirmed that it’ll have the city’s first John Lewis store and promises to bring some of the biggest fashion brands in the world to Leeds, too. We can’t wait for it.

    It will be a key part of the High-Speed Rail (HS2) improvements to the UK

    The ongoing development of the high-speed rail network that will connect the UK to the continent will stretch up to Leeds in its second phase. The first phase is a cross-channel operation, but the second phase will come up from London Euston and will fork off in two directions after Birmingham: one to Manchester and one to Leeds. This means a tonne of new business opportunities for the city, not to mention the developments in infrastructure and tourist attractions. Leeds will be going from strength to strength over the next few years and beyond, so we’ll certainly be sticking around to revel in the glory of this great, great city.
  • If you're a fan of the finer things, from artistic prints and pastel coloured clothing to delicate tea dresses, and fancy introducing some of your favourite vintage styles into your spring wardrobe, then head to Leeds' Corn Exchange this coming Saturday 22nd March and take in a healthy dose of nostalgia at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. With over 40 participating traders, there's definitely something to suit every taste. From clothing, accessories, homeware, crafts and even live music, the fair is a great way to stock up fashionably, whilst sticking to a student budget. Get a unique style piece If you’ve ever felt amazing in your brand new jumper and then walked into the lecture hall on Monday morning to find someone else in the same high street apparel, Judy’s Vintage Fair may be the perfect answer to your problem. The magic of shopping at the fair means you get to hop on board the vintage trend while maintaining your own unique style. Avoid awkward clothes-clash situations, which result in you leaving your jacket on throughout the day, and flaunt your one-of-a-kind piece with pride. It might seem like the perfect event for a girls weekend, but take note, Men, it's not just for the ladies, as there are plenty of vintage pieces for the male audience as well. Bargain hunting Judy’s always promises a wide variety of vintage items at a good price. Expect your cash to go a long way with 75% off, 2-for-1 offers and bargain buckets. Judy’s has been committed to providing shoppers with genuine vintage items that are easy on the wallet, and has been doing it successfully since 2005. In its ninth year of running, it promises great clothes at low cost; perfect for a small indulgence on a student budget. Pick something up for Mum With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Judy’s might just provide you with the perfect gift to spoil Mum with. Pick up a pair of vintage earrings, a unique necklace, or an old broach in a style that transcends time and age. Grab something stylish, and you’ll be sure to put a smile on her face with a small, thoughtful gift. A great free day out If the fifties is not quite your style, the Vintage Fair still makes for a wonderful day out. Take some time out and lose yourself in a different era for a few hours. With plenty going on, make sure you enjoy the live music throughout the day and pick up some food from one of the areas great local food establishments. Furthermore, Judy’s is free to enter, so if you’re around the Leeds Corn Exchange pop in anytime between 10:30am and 6pm for a walk down memory lane.  
  • Packing up and heading to university can fill you with a mix of emotions; excitement, apprehension and you might even get a little nervous. However you feel, the last thing you want is the feeling you’ve forgotten to pack something. So, here’s your Top 15 essential things to take to uni!


    This bad boy is about to become your new best friend. You’ll use it for everything at uni, from doing your coursework, organising the next night out,Skyping your parents or friends from back home, ordering a Dominos to binge-watching a series in bed.


    Nothing feels as homely as a comfy bed. Whether you opt for some new bed sheets or take your favourite ones from home, you’ll want to make your new bed in halls a great place to be. Get some extra pillows for film nights, an extra blanket for cold winter nights.

    Alarm Clock

    This may seem old fashioned, but your phone just doesn’t cut it as an alarm clock. You will need to get up for those lectures, so you’ll need something you can rely on.

    Kitchen bits and bobs

    You’ll need lots of kitchen items such as cutlery, pans, mugs, shot glasses…. but essentially you need to know how to cook. A decent cookbook goes a long way at uni as it will give you some great ideas, quick guides to timings or at the very least you’ll get to impress your new housemates with a nice slap up meal!


    A weird one maybe, but an open door is a much more welcoming one to help you make new friends in halls.


    No matter how much fun you’re having at uni, there will be days where you’ll feel a little homesick. Photos are a great reminder of people who you care about as well as a cheap way to decorate your room.

    Pack of cards

    A pre-drink essential! Armed with these you’ll be sure to break the ice and have a good laugh before you hit the bars.

    Important documents

    These are a serious essential. Your uni will ask you to bring various documents and forms of ID – make sure to double-check if you’re not sure.

    Extension Leads

    Your student room will have a couple of plugs but there certainly won’t be enough to plug in everything you have.

    Fancy Dress Outfits

    Having a go to bag of fancy dress knick-knacks can be a lifesaver. There’s guaranteed to be parties and Student Nights with different themes so bring whatever you have!

    Small Suitcase

    This will come in handy when you want to visit your other friends at different unis or go home from time to time.


    Great for parties or listening to music whilst you’re revising, cooking or chilling in your student digs.

    USB stick

    You’ll need to back up files and print off loads of essays at uni so hold on tight to your memory stick.

    Student Discount Cards

    Save money where you can. You can get student cards for travel, clothes and drink deals


    Keep up with your lecture timetables, deadlines, nights out and those all important holidays!
  • The importance of house hunting and finding the right house whilst at university is hugely underestimated. It can be gruelling looking for house, especially at university, as there so many different things to consider; how do you decide on housemates or whether to have any at all? How do you know how much you can afford to spend? What about the location, is it better to be closer to campus or the town centre? There really is so much to consider with so little time to consider it, especially around lectures, seminars, extracurricular activities and a buzzing social life! Here are the top 5 things to avoid when searching for your new home:

    Starting your search too late

    Believe it or not, this is the most common mistake people make when student house hunting. Amongst all your studying, looking for a house is understandably the last thing you want to be doing. It’s advisable to start looking mid-November to December, as hopefully by then you’ll have made friends and know who you want to be living with – it will also be huge relief if you get it all sorted for when you go home over Christmas break so you can relax. However, do not panic and rush into it, start early and take your time.

    Not putting enough thought into who you live with

    This is one of the most important things to consider. Second year housing can come in all different forms, from a luxury private apartment to a house you can share with ten people. So, first of all you need to consider whether you want to live alone, this could be a great option if you’re not good with sharing and you like your own personal space. This can also be a great option to avoid the risk of falling out with your best friends because of living with each other. However, if not then just make sure you pick the right people. If you do decide to live with your friends make sure you agree on everything beforehand so you know what to expect.

    Not keeping in mind your budget

    Many people get carried away with house hunting and upon seeing a bigger, nicer place which is way above their budget feel persuaded to go for it. Only problem with this is that it means you’re broke for the rest of the year. So think carefully, look around and be sensible. You will find something which you like and is in your budget. Also, don’t forget that you also have to pay the deposit and then bills for Wi-Fi, electricity and gas every month!

    Living too far away from campus

    Living too far away from campus is a rooky mistake, especially if you’re low on funds because it means a lot of bus rides and taxis, which is never ideal if – like most students – you don’t have the money for it. So even if the price overall is cheaper you’ll make up for it in fares.

    Agreeing on a house too quickly

    It’s really important to take your time choosing the right house. A situation will arise when you’ve found a nice house maybe the second or third you’ve seen and the estate agents are telling you ‘you won’t find anything better’ and ‘other people are interested, so if you want it, take it now’. Don’t panic buy! That’s for when there’s only one pair of shoes left in stock – not one house! If it’s something you’re unsure on and you’ve only seen a couple of houses, just keep looking until you find what you want.
  • When moving into years two and three of your student life, you begin to take control of your ideal living location. Whilst some prefer to locate themselves in the trendy suburbs of Headingley, there are plenty who prefer to stay central and enjoy all the benefits of living in the city. If you're weighing up your options, take our advice on board before you make a decision. Convenience There are plenty of housing options when it comes to being a student in Leeds, however if it's convenience you're after, not much can beat a city centre apartment. If you have lectures at the central Leeds campus, then it's always a bonus to live in such close proximity to classes, and also means you won't have to get up that half hour earlier and catch a bus or train.  You have easy access to everything, from Leeds' favourite restaurants to the abundance of city centre shops. City campus As we've mentioned above, if you're at Leeds Met and have lectures in the Rose Bowl, or if you're a Leeds University student heading to campus, you have easy access from your city centre pad. It means you have everything on your doorstep and get to burn off your lunchtime calories through the quick walk to and from university. If you're a studious worker and spend large amounts of time in the library, being a short walk away is great and means you won't have to take any transport when you need to head to the library. Transport Headingley and Hyde Park are well connected suburbs, especially when it comes to finding a quick ride into the city; however for the majority of transport links, you can't beat the city. Whether it's to be able to catch a long train back home, or if you have friends calling round to your flat for a flying weekend visit, being so close to one of the countries busiest railway networks is a great bonus. Cool living style It can be fun and exciting to live in a shared house, and that's the option many students take in later years of university life. However if you're looking for a lifestyle in the city that oozes a cool vibe, getting an apartment either individually or with friends is the option to go for. The bright lights, stunning views and city centre hustle and bustle  is a huge lure to students and with properties like The Triangle in Leeds, you'll have a contemporary living space you can truly enjoy and brag to your friends about. Entertainment Headingley is great for entertainment, however outside of the main student streets of Otley Road and Headingley Lane, your options for restaurants, bars and shops become somewhat limited. Leeds is unrivalled when it comes to entertainment, and it's no surprise that tourists come from far and wide to visit the city on weekend breaks. With cultural offerings on show at the likes of the Grand Theatre, an abundance of high quality restaurants, stylish bars and unrivalled shopping options, you'll never find yourself at a loose end when it comes to entertainment. Nightlife A huge part of student life is the social aspect of making friends and enjoying yourself. Having a city centre base means that whether you're wanting a few friends round for a fun night in, or whether you plan on heading out to party, the fact that you're within walking distance of Leeds' evening hotspots means you won't have the extra cost of a taxi home when it's time to hit the hay for some sleep.
  • University open days aren’t just a chance to see a new city, but they can be an opportunity to get a real feel for a university campus if utilised effectively. As these open days are limited, it is essential to plan ahead in order to make the most out of your time in attendance, and allowing yourself an adequate time schedule can also benefit your involvement. There is no time to waste, so prepare yourself prior to your visit and employ these straight-forward methods to ensure the best results from your open-day experience…


    When visiting a new university campus, it is essential to familiarise yourself with an array of relevant people. Networking with university lecturers, union personnel, as well as past and present students will allow you to grasp an overall perspective on your specific course but also the campus and city themselves. Speaking to fellow students will further provide you with the opportunity to gather an in-depth review on your chosen course, but also compare the university with others. If you are lucky enough to meet a present student who had visited other open days previously, why not ask them how the courses compared?


    You’ve met the right people, so now is the time to ask the right questions. These questions will provide you with a route in to attain personal thoughts on your chosen course, the university campus and the city itself.
    1. University lecturers and personnel – ask them to prove their worth! By asking them about the grades that past students attained and what qualifications you will achieve within your new degree, you can gather an idea of what personal benefits you would gain.
    1. Past graduates – Ask past graduates whether they would recommend the course to new students. If they had the chance to return to the university degree, would they return?
    1. Current university students – These are the most important people to pester with lots of questions! Ask them how the course is run, the module options and assignment tasks that it entails, and importantly the social life – is there a vibrant nightlife, the recommended accommodation and what sporting facilities are there to get involved in.

    Visiting Facilities

    On top of meeting new people and asking a variety of questions, you need to ensure that you visit all the facilities that the university has to offer. Visiting these facilities will allow you to gather a feel for how your lectures and seminars will take place, and the equipment available to your course. The library, student union and course-specific buildings are a good place to start, as they will be where you will be spending most of your time when you’re not out socializing. Once you have covered those areas, try finding out information on the sporting facilities such as the university gym, if that’s your thing. Finally, visit the student accommodation! If you’ve asked the right questions to current students you have met, you should already have a good knowledge of the best places to see.

    Student Life

    The social life of university is just as important as the academic aspect for most students nowadays, so exploring what the city has to offer is therefore crucial to a successful open day experience. Enquire about the nightlife, shopping facilities and places to eat/drink, and even transport for those mornings where walking to campus is just too much of a strain on your schedule! You can always use your networking methods to your advantage, and ask a present student to show you around the city centre and its amenities.
  • Sometimes we draw the short straw and get the box room in the University house and hall rooms are never that big – you’ll just have to get used to the single bed life! Here’s how to make the most of your small student room. 


    Before moving every item in, really think about whether you need it, too many items will make it feel too cramped. Maybe it’s time to leave the teddies back home; you’ll want to seem more grown up to your new housemates anyway. Also donating to a charity will make you feel better or to a new housemate if they want anything!

    Look on the bright side

    You have done your housemates a favour, so you can use it to your advantage, at least for a while. Therefore, grab the TV remote and settle down (as you couldn’t fit a TV in your room) whilst they guiltily agree they love EastEnders. Furthermore, they say the best things come in small packages, so maybe your room could turn out amazing if you put your mind to it. Furniture can easily be moved around, ask your housemates what makes the room look bigger – it’s actually better to not put furniture right up against the wall as sometimes placing it in the middle or at an angle can make it look more spacious. Changing it around every term could also make it a fun place to be and it’ll seem like a new room if you do small things like mover the bed. Also a tiny room will probably make you not stay in your room the whole time, which a good thing as you’ll be known as the sociable one and it’s always a great idea to get out and about..

    Take it in turns

    You could firstly discuss it and ask if people would be willing to change rooms every term, although sometimes that’s a lot of hassle. However, your housemates may be willing to negotiate a reduction in rent for the smallest room as that’s only fair.


    Mirrors! They reflect the space and add light, visually expanding the room. Ikea is a definite place to add to the shopping list, it’s a place to explore with good deals and ranges of furniture that will fit in all sorts of place, for example a table that fits in a corner maximises the space even more. Choosing furniture that is see-through also makes the space seem much bigger, such as a glass table or selecting a smaller piece of furniture such as a bean bag instead of a chair. Smart storage is also the way to go as having a storage box underneath your bed or hanging a shoe rack to hang on the back of your door easily adds to your storage space. Finally, make sure it’s not dark, including having dark colours as this only adds to smallness. Lighting will help, so add some fairy lights – but make sure they’re battery powered as you don’t want to annoy your housemates with a huge electricity bill.

    Wall space

    Wall space is also useful, add some stick on hooks, as usually holes in the wall aren’t allowed in rented rooms and stick some shelves up or picture frames – anything you want. Also add some posters of the outside world, your favourite places, to pretend you’re in a distant land elsewhere. Wall stickers are also a fun way to add a personal touch and they peel off easily for when you leave Good luck and have fun, these times will only happen once – make the most of it!
  • Back in the day, a meal in a Leeds based shopping centre meant choosing from a mildly depressing selection of generic Chinese, Italian or ‘English’ restaurants that served up overpriced slop to its unsuspecting customers. Well not any more. Trinity is indeed full of the same shops you’ll find in most UK cities, but it also has some great places to eat and drink. Here’s our pick of the best.


    Serving up fine cuts of Aberdeen Angus beef from their Josper Grill, Crafthouse is a steakhouse with more than just a touch of class. Go all out with the lobster (highly recommended) and then head upstairs to Angelica’s for an al-fresco cocktail high above the streets of Leeds. Check out the full Crafthouse menu here, including their very reasonably priced set menu.

    Cielo Blanco

    Owned by the Neon Cactus crew, Cielo Blanco is a restaurant with a refreshingly different take on Mexican cuisine. Beer battered fish tacos and belly pork with cumin crackling are just two of the many dishes that will set your taste buds alight and make you realise that your tried and tested chicken fajita recipe is just perhaps a little old hat. View their menu here.

    The Alchemistm

    Once you step through its grand, copper entrance, you’re in a world where magic and cocktails blend seamlessly for a drinking experience that’s second to none. With popular cocktails such as The Smokey Old Fashioned and the brilliant Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, we can’t guarantee you won’t be walking home with a wobble, but it’s definitely worth it.


    Forget your soulless, multiplex cinema chains, in Trinity it’s all about Everyman. Not only is it a haven for those with a real passion for cinema, but they also serve really good food and drinks. Their menu includes the fantastic Spielburger (see what they’ve gone and done?) and a whole host of carefully selected nibbles. If you don’t fancy dining in their restaurant, grab your own comfy couch and table in the cinema and enjoy a bottle of wine and pizza – head for a movie on Monday and pizza is free.

    Trinity Kitchen 

    Trinity Kitchen is hands down the best food court you’ll find. As well as a number of great permanent restaurants, such as Pho (Vietnamese), Chicago Rib Shack, Tortilla and Rola Wola, there’s a selection of the country’s best street food vendors serving everything from flat iron steak sandwiches to Malaysian cuisine and craft ales. You can even enjoy a bottle of champers with your posh fish and chips – what more can you ask for?!  
  • We know that selling your property can be a big undertaking. It’s vital to show the full potential of your property to prospective buyers and we’re here to help and share with you our top tips for making your property more appealing.
    1. First impressions are everything – it’s often what determines a person’s decision to buy or not. This starts from the outside of the house – any external maintenances such as garden gates, plant pots, your front door and garden hedges need to be best presented. Even the state of your next door neighbour’s property can hinder your kerb appeal! Titivating your outside can help eliminate negative opinions of the inside. For most, the garden is a precious living space, so don’t forget about the back garden too.
    1. Go neutral - paint colour is a personal choice. Play it safe with neutral décor features throughout to prevent buyers being put off by strong colours. The addition of modern lighting can make all the difference as it creates a fresh, modern and cheerful living space.
    1. Clutter free living! At risk of stating the obvious, ensuring that the property is clean is integral in showcasing your property. A thorough clean, especially in the bathroom, kitchen and across all windows, will make your property more inviting. Clearing any general clutter, or rooms that are prone to clutter, will ensure that all areas of the property look as spacious as possible.
    1. Do it yourself! Dig out the tool box and patch up those DIY tasks. Most people aren’t looking to take on a project and by meeting expectations around general maintenance, your property will be much more attractive to prospective buyers.
    1. It’s all about setting the mood! Finishing touches must not be underestimated – candles and plugins are helpful in eliminating odours created from pets and cooking. As well as this, a nice smell will create a pleasant viewing experience and complement the living environment further.
    Making small changes are simple yet very effective and can make all the difference in selling your property. If you have any comments or questions about preparing your property for sale, then contact us for further information on: +44 (0)113 237 0000 or LS1@parklaneproperties.com.
  • It’s time for you to apply for a PhD application, but where do you start writing an academic CV? A CV needs to sell you as an individual, and it is important that you use your CV to communicate exactly why you are perfect for the position. You want the recruiter to get excited at the prospect of working with you. Here are some tips to help you on your way to writing the perfect CV. Every PHD is different and it is essential that you tailor your CV for the course you are applying for. Study the course description and for each point, make sure that your CV shows evidence of you being capable of applying your skills and knowledge to that task. Remember that there may be many other people applying for the same role. You want to make sure that your CV will stand out, and that you are an ideal candidate, so they have no reason not to take you to the next step of the recruitment process. Your format should be kept simple and in the following order, make sure that when listing achievements, they are in reverse chronological order:  
    • Name and contact details
    • Your academic achievements and qualifications - make sure that your achievements compliment the course description, don’t be modest, really sell yourself here.
    • Work experience and research experience - emphasise any specialist areas that you have. Include part time or full time work as long as it is relevant.
    • Publications - Include any articles, books or even chapters you have had published.
    • Other skills - highlight any further skills that you feel would be essential for the role.
    • Posts of responsibility/ teaching experience - if you have lead any projects or organised any activities make sure you include them in your CV. A recruiter would like to know that you are able to lead and show initiative in projects.
    • Attendance of conferences and seminars.
    • Interests and hobbies - include if adds value to cv e.g. a hobby that shows you have lead a project or worked as part of a team.
    • References - you will need to provide two academic referees.
    • Make sure that everything you put is relevant for the position, every point has to count.
    • Don’t use words like ‘contributed’ or ‘helped.’ – If you had a part in a project make sure you say exactly what you did, saying ‘contributed’ can be seen as being a bit ambiguous, you may have just decided on the title for the project or alternatively written 90% of the project plan.
    • PhD CVs are generally longer than standard CVs but make sure that you limit your CV to 4 pages, anymore and you risk the recruiter losing interest in what you have to say. If you remain concise and remove any jargon then you shouldn’t have any problems.
    • Make sure that your spelling and grammar is correct, read it through a couples of times and even have a break and come back to it reading it fresh.
    • Finally, get a second pair of eyes to check over your CV. If possible, someone who understands what an academic CV should look like and someone who is able to provide you with feedback.
    Want more help and advice? Here’s some useful information for those wanting to write the perfect PhD CV.      
  • There are a lot of misconceptions about uni life, and students. The media doesn’t always paint a pretty picture of student behaviour, and most people think that University is a breeze. For some people that may be the case, but uni is certainly not a walk in the park for everyone. You can choose to work as hard as you like at uni, you don’t have to spend the entire time partying. Everyone is different, and not all students want to get drunk every night. Uni can also present students with lots of challenges, it’s not all plain sailing. Here’s why student life isn’t always as easy as it appears.

    It’s your first time away from home

    For a lot of people, going to uni will be their first time away from home. This is a big change to deal with and not everyone finds it easy. A lot of students get home sick and struggle away from the safety of their parents. It might take more time for some students, but you do settle in eventually, and you can always plan a trip home if you need to.

    Studying for a degree can be really hard

    There’s a common assumption that students don’t really do much studying, and have hardly any lectures to attend. Each degree varies significantly, and some subjects can be particularly tough. Exams are stressful and you constantly have deadlines creeping up on you. Students most definitely party hard, but many also work very hard too.

    There’s a lot to juggle

    People don’t realise that students actually have a lot to juggle. You have to study for a degree whilst making new friends, settling into a new place, trying to decide what career path to take and find ways to get work experience. Yes there might be times where you go out a lot or have plenty of lazy days, but that’s certainly not the whole picture.

    You have to manage your money

    Living on a student budget can be challenging. You have to somehow make your student loan last, and cover all your expenses including travel, rent, tuition fees and food. It takes time to figure out clever ways to save money and how to manage your finances properly.

    You might face challenges and have low points

    Not everything goes to plan when you are at uni. Some students have to deal with personal issues, illness and stressful situations during the course of their degree. Not everyone is out partying having a fantastic time. You might have some tough times at uni, but there’s plenty of support. Most uni’s have a counselling service and people you can go to for help and guidance.

    Making friends isn’t always easy

    Some people make friends instantly and have no problems socialising with a new group of people. Others find it much harder, and may take longer to form solid social bonds. Don’t put yourself under too much pressure to find new besties straight away. Building lasting friendships takes time. Struggling with life at Leeds uni? Click here to find out more about the counselling service.
  • April’s buy-to-let stamp duty deadline created a record high in the average price of properties coming to market, it has emerged. More than £3,840 was added to the average house price, which equates to a 1.3% monthly increase and takes the record to an all-time high of £307,033. The surge is attributed to the Chancellor’s stamp duty deadline set out in his autumn statement, as investors and second-steppers scrambled to trade up on their properties to avoid the 3% levy that was introduced on April 1st.

    First-time sellers benefit

    Such was the investors’ rush before the deadline that a trend in first-time sellers trading up by selling to first-time buyers developed at the bottom end of the market. Investors looking to buy-to-let experienced a price surge as a result and witnessed an 8.6% increase in the second-stepper sector alone. This +£20,500 difference on houses with three or four bedrooms gave this sector the highest increase in year-on-year values in all sectors in the market. The heightened activity at the bottom of the market seems to have caused a knock-on effect for the average prices in every sector. The top of the market, in fact, saw an average increase of almost £10,000 on properties with four or five bedrooms, caused by the ripples of the April 1st stamp duty deadline. First-time sellers at the other end of the market have been able to benefit from being forced to hold onto their first-time bought properties after the credit crunch due to dramatic falls in average house prices. These recent increases mean that the Chancellor’s deadline worked in their favour and they were able to trade up quickly in light of the hunger from investors to secure buy-to-let properties on the lower rung.

    New levy works in favour of first-time buyers

    Now that the deadline has passed and the levy has been introduced, the demand from investors in the buy-to-let market has fallen dramatically. This ultimately means that there is more opportunity for first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder at the bottom end of the market because there is less competition. It also means that first-time sellers will, in some cases, need to reduce their asking prices to compete in a busy market of first-time buyers and future buy-to-let investors. The knock-on effect of the buy-to-let stamp duty deadline is in its infancy and it remains to be seen whether or not this surge will continue much further beyond the usual Easter spike. It does, however, represent the kind of opportunity for first-time buyers that we haven’t seen since the weeks and months following the credit crunch.
  • If you had a pound for every burger joint in Leeds, you’d be pretty well off. Yes, every other restaurant seems to offer the promise of the perfect gourmet burger these days so choosing where to go and what to have can be something of a minefield – talk about first world problems. To help you out, we’ve handpicked 12 of our favourites – we like to call it the dirty dozen:

    Butter Blood and Bleu – Almost Famous

    Featuring a mouth-watering 100% beef patty, steak, chorizo, cheese, trailer trash onions, peppercorn sauce, blue cheese sauce, red chillies and magic mayo, this absolute belter of a burger is a carnivore’s delight. Once you go Butter Blood and Bleu, you don’t go back. Munch down with LoveHate Marmite fries and an ice-cold pint of Danger and Mayhem.

    Where to find Almost Famous

    River Phoenix – Almost Famous

    Named after the late Hollywood star (despite the fact he was a vegan), the second Almost Famous offering on our list comes with a juicy beef patty, cheese, streaky bacon, shoestring onions, Frazzles, red chillies, Redneck BBQ, Bacon Bacon mayo and Winning ketchup. Absolute perfection and the best thing is, this one is available on Deliveroo for those too lazy to drop in.

    The Juicy Lucifer – Reds True Barbecue

    If you’ve got a mouth made from asbestos and like it hot, then you would be a fool to pass on the awesomeness of Reds mighty Juicy Lucifer. This devilish creation consists of two patties with a melted three cheese spicy centre, smoked peppered bacon, fired onions, pickles, fresh jalapenos, Dirty Sauce, Ballpark Mustard, Devil Wing BBQ sauce and fired up fries. Not for the faint hearted.

    Where to find Red's True Barbeque

    Heisenburger – Get Baked Presents The Joint

    Get Baked are simply the business when it comes to takeout gourmet burgers and their bestselling Heisenburger is one of their finest creations. Featuring blue cheese and delicious candied bacon, the beef patty is one of the juiciest you’re likely to find. Wolf down with some Five-O fries and you’ll die and go to burger heaven.

    Where to find The Joint


    PBJ – Get Baked

    So nice, we name checked them twice. Yes, Get Baked are simply too good to only mention the once and the PBJ is the burger that Elvis would be putting in a triple order for. The beef pattie is accompanied with American cheese, crispy bacon and crunchy peanut butter with BBQ sauce – sounds a bit wrong but it’s oh so right.

    The Moozadell – Boss Burger

    Voted ‘the best burgers in the UK’ on TripAdvisor, Boss prove that sometimes keeping things relatively simple can be a winning formula. The Moozadell burger features mozzarella, slow roast peppers, caramelized onions, rocket and house made Boss mayo. Enjoy with a side serving of sweet potato fries.

    Where to find Boss Burger

    Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger – Five Guys

    If you prefer to avoid fussy toppings and keep it simple, then you can’t beat a good Five Guys cheese burger topped with bacon and salad. The high-grade Irish beef packs some flavour and the Cajun house fries cooked in peanut oil are possibly the best chips you’ll ever have. Pick up a bottomless soft drink and you can enjoy what seems like a hundred different flavours of Coke. A truly American experience.

    Where to find Five Guys

    The Chicken – Mojo

    Celebrating 20 years in business this year, it’s hard to believe it’s taken Mojos this long to start serving food. The food here is fantastic and The Chicken is one of the best. Featuring crispy fry chicken thighs with Jack cheese and Mojo Louisiana Hot Sauce, this creation knocks the spots off anything the Colonel can produce.

    Where to find Mojo's

    Colonel Patty – Patty Smiths at The Belgrave

    The Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen really does offer hangover food heaven, with Dough Boys Pizza and Patty Smith’s burgers in the house. The Colonel Patty is a real lip-smacker and comes with spicy fried chicken breast, sriracha hot sauce, mayo, baby gem lettuce, pickled red cabbage and beetroot and chipotle mayo.

    Where to find Belgrave

    Honey and Rum Burger – Brooklyn

    The often forgotten New York Burger Kitchen upstairs in Brooklyn bar really does deserve a bit more love from Leeds, as it’s easily the city’s best kept secret as far as burgers are concerned. Coated in honey and rum glaze and smothered in American cheese, lettuce pickles and onion rings, the beautiful Honey and Rum Burger is the stuff legends are made of.

    Where to find Brooklyn's

    The Pit Master – The Pit

    We’ve all got that one mate that eats like an absolute pig. If they happen to be in town, then take them along to The Pit for an almighty Pit Master. Stacked skyscraper high with a beef patty, bacon, grilled chicken, cheese and beer battered onion rings, it’s a heart attack on a plate that’s well worth the risk.

    Where to find The Pit

    Wagyu Beef Burger – Stockdale’s of Yorkshire

    Whilst Stockdale’s focuses primarily on serving premium steaks, cooked to perfection on their Josper Grill, their awesome Wagyu Beef Burger is one of the best in Leeds. Using locally sourced Wagyu beef (considered to be the best beef in the world) this juicy gourmet burger really does taste like a cut above the rest. Enjoy with their delicious beef dripping chips and a glass of red wine for the ultimate posh burger experience.

    Where to find Stockdale's of Yorkshire

  • There has been much speculation recently as to what leaving the EU would mean for the UK property market. At this point, it’s predictably unclear what the impact will be, but here are a few predictions. UK residents looking to buy or sell in the UK are likely to remain relatively unaffected, however it is possible that in the current period of uncertainty leading up to the vote, some buyers and sellers may hold off and await developments, which could potentially slow down the property market in the interim. It is expected that an exit from the EU might create barriers for UK residents looking to make foreign investment and buy property in Europe. It is uncertain at this point as to whether additional processes or regulations will be brought into effect, however having a good estate agent and lawyer negotiating on your behalf is likely to address any potential barriers. Global investment is an area which is expected to be impacted the most, with reticence about investing in the UK property market until a decision has been made. According to a survey by KPMG, 66 per cent of real estate experts believe that “leaving the EU would have a negative impact on inbound cross-border investment”, therefore viewing the UK as a safe haven for investment could take a turn. One area of concern is housebuilding and whether the so-called housing crisis could be escalated if developers are hesitant to invest in building projects in the period of uncertainty. The National Association for Estate Agents reported that demand for housing was the highest level for 12 years in February 2016, with an average 463 house hunters registered per member branch. If the rate of house building is impacted, this could in turn have social implications and drive up house prices even further. Should the UK decide to leave the EU, a number of new regulations will be brought in, which could take up to two years for the government to negotiate following the exit. However, with it being the first time a country has proposed plans to vote to exit the EU, we’re very much in a period of uncertainty and cannot be clear on what impact it will have on the UK property market. For UK residents looking to buy or sell their property, it’s as good a time as any, and our Sales Team is on hand to discuss any queries or concerns you might have. If you’re looking to move home, come in and see us or contact 0113 237 0000.
  • With university over, the next few weeks will be full of emotional goodbyes and long journeys back home for the summer. In some cases it'll be months before you see your course mates or housemates again, and if you're in your final year, it could be even longer before you're reacquainted with some of your closest friends. Before heading home, it's great to have a final get together before parting company indefinitely, so if you're looking for a way to celebrate the end of the year and enjoy a last evening out together before heading home, here are our top suggestions. BBQ The British weather might not be the most dependable, however when the sun comes out and the temperature rockets, we don't need much of an excuse to get out into the garden and enjoy some food and drinks in the sun. If you're looking for a relatively cheap send off, and can't afford the expense of heading out and spending large amounts, then staying in with friends and enjoying a garden barbecue with a few sociable drinks is a great idea. Head to your local supermarket, stock up on burgers, sausages and chicken and enjoy the weather when the sun comes back out. Entertainment If you're hunting fun and different activities to enjoy, Leeds has a number of quirky spots that you head to. Offering something a bit more than just a meal, locations such as the independent Everyman cinema, allow you to enjoy food and drink in a trendy location whilst also enjoying the latest cinematic masterpiece from the comfort of a sofa. With snacks of pizza, olives and frozen yoghurt to name just a few of the luxuries available throughout your film, it's a great alternative if you're searching for entertainment in Leeds. Similarly, the new Roxy Lanes is an American style bar and bowling alley, at which you can enjoy a social gathering with nibbles and drinks, whilst also engaging your competitive spirit in a few frames of ten-pin. Meal Good sharing restaurants make for the perfect 'last supper' with your friends from university. The 'all dig in' attitude means you'll enjoy a relaxed attitude, and with nibbles, tapas, sharing plates and plenty of drinks, it makes for a fun way to send off some of your closest friends. Leeds has plenty of ideal restaurants for this type of evening, so whatever cuisine you're in the mood for, there should be plenty of destinations that fit the bill. Return for a festival The Leeds area is great when the summer is in full swing, and whether you're a fan of large scale mainstream music festivals or smaller independent offerings, both can be found around the Leeds area. If saying goodbye it just too tough, why not agree on an event to all head back for, to break up those long summer months away from your mates? With the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age at Leeds, or Example and the Pet Shop Boys at Bingley, there are options to suit all differing student tastes. Photo Credit: Éole via Compfight cc
  • Having caught brief glimpses of summer over the past few weeks, now is the perfect time to start preparing for a summer weekend or day break. Perfect for couples looking to escape the city for a more relaxing drive into the countryside, we've put together our list of perfect nearby locations for you to head this coming weekend and enjoy the sights on offer. Rudding Park Located in the affluent Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Rudding Park is a Grade I listed Regency-style country house. Now utilised as a hotel, golf club and spa, Rudding Park is set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland, and offers  one of the most relaxing hotels in the area, whilst is also within easy access of both York and Leeds. The golf club, which offers players the chance of taking on the challenging 18 hole 72 par course or the shorter six hole par three course provides something for every golfer, no matter what ability. However if you just plan on getting away for a relaxing break, head to the spa, which has four treatment rooms, including a hammam, beauty area, steam room, experience shower and two relaxation areas. Yorebridge House Located in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales, Yorebridge House really is the perfect place for that summer weekend mini break. Set in the village of Bainbridge, there’s the Wensleydale creamery and a cosy Yorkshire pub, both of which are perfect excuses for stopping off when you’ve returned from one of many amazing walking routes through the Dales. This is, of course, presuming you can drag yourself away from the house itself. Each room has its own quirky style, some boasting hot tubs, wet-room style showers and queen sized beds. You can add extras such as champagne and chocolates to your stay and room service if you don’t fancy the lounge bar or formal restaurant. Its website is particularly helpful as you can choose which room best suits your taste whilst checking availability and pricing. You’re also able to add those little extras online if you’re surprising that special someone! Yorkshire Sculpture Park The perfect destination if you're just looking for a day trip to enjoy the sun, as opposed to a longer weekend break, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Bretton has plenty to offer. Sold as being a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 300,000 visitors, including 40,000 learning visits each year, it's an idyllic haven in which you can unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Bolton Abbey Another North Yorkshire destination perfect for a sun soaked weekend is Bolton Abbey. In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe, this country estate boasts just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air. The perfect plan for a Saturday or Sunday when you just want to jump in the car and escape, Bolton Abbey is the perfect place to head and soak up some sun whilst enjoying a picnic. Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend, wander along the riverside, woodland and moorland paths, enjoy local produce in the restaurants, tea rooms and cafes or simply relax beside the river. Photo Credit: Axel-D via Compfight cc
  • Apprenticeships are definitely the way forward for strengthening your career and gaining life long skills. They are rising in popularity, because they give you hands on experience. However, there is a lot of competition out there, so it’s important to stand out and spend plenty of time researching the company so that you can stand out from the crowd. Here’s some helpful tips on how to apply for apprenticeships.


    Find out the furthest distance you can travel for an apprenticeship. Then research apprenticeship websites for placements within your area. Most sites include industry categories to help narrow the search down. Some helpful sites include https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch or http://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/. It’s a good idea to sign up to these sites via email, and then you will get alerts when relevant roles come up. Don’t treat it as a job, treat it almost like a first date – a good first impression needs to be made and skills shown off, but common ground is also needed so the company needs to be thoroughly researched to see what they want. Also make sure all social network sites are turned onto private, you don’t want potential employers to see all those party pictures!

    The nitty gritty

    The email name ... Don’t use that one you set up years ago, create a new professional one that will show employers that you are a serious prospect. Make sure your CV is tailored to the apprenticeship you are applying on and you include relevant experience. Show them the specific skills and experience you have gained from part time jobs. It is ideal to send both a CV and covering letter; these should both be read by others to double check any flaws. Never put “Dear Sir/Madam” unless it is a last resort – recruitment managers can often be found on Linkedin or the company website. Hobbies are also a good way to stand out, try something different like dodgeball as it will stand out in comparison to others, and it’s something interesting to talk about should you get an interview. Remember that the words you use in your application are a reflection of you. Avoid using common words that everyone uses such as ‘hard working’, instead use words that will make you stand out. Make sure you look at the summary of the apprenticeship and highlight the skills they are looking for, and then show how you have these skills in your covering letter. When your application is ready to send, check it thoroughly, you won’t have any chance if the employer spots mistakes. If you are applying to lots of apprenticeships, make sure you still take the time to tailor each application to the job you are applying for, rather than sending out a standard email.

    The company

    Companies like to believe they are the best and the only one to apply to. Take the time to get to know them and find out their values, making sure you align your CV and personal profile with them. Find out what previous apprentices have said about the company or any employees and mention this within the cover letter. Look up whether they are listed in the best companies to work for and what sort of work culture they have. For example, if they are a company who likes team work, make sure this is stated within your cover letter or CV and they will appreciate you have done your research.


    Your strengths are important to highlight as this is the reason why companies should choose you over another candidate. Ask others how they would describe you and make a list of what you think are positives about how you work. It’s important to justify your strengths with examples as employers want to know how you have gained these skills, and that you are not just listing positive skills without evidence to back them up. You might want to prepare an achievement portfolio or some examples of your work to bring with you to your interview.

    A memorable end

    Leave them with something to remember you by. At the end of your cover letter include an interesting fact about yourself as this will then stick in your potential employer's mind. Good luck!
  • Leeds is modern, vibrant and ever-changing but, like any big city, things can seem pricey. With so much great food, drink and retail therapy on offer, the possibilities are endlessly expensive. But can you live a luxury life on a budget in Leeds? With the fourth largest student population in the UK, the answer is – yes! Leeds has lots on offer for free or very cheap, once you know where to look. Here’s how to live on a budget in Leeds, but still feel like a VIP.

    For culture

    Nestled between shops on Commercial Street and overlooked by many is tiny, quaint Leeds Library, the oldest lending library in the UK. Hosting free exhibitions alongside great permanent works, the Leeds Art Gallery and adjacent Henry Moore Gallery are great places for your art fix. Whilst across town, Munro House is a smaller, less-known gallery which is just as worthy. In good weather, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a must, combining beautiful parklands with world-renowned sculptures.

    For necessities

    Leeds has countless supermarkets, but the best place for price and quality is Kirkgate Market. Stock up on fruit and veg, and head down Butcher’s Row for great fresh fish and meats. You’ll also find great Asian, African, Caribbean, Chinese and Polish food you’ll struggle to find elsewhere.

    For nightlife, activities & indulgence

    Lots of the best Leeds venues are free entry. Head to Belgrave Canteen or Headrow House for great music, drinks and food. For more mainstream music, wander towards the universities, grabbing free entry flyers. Grub and Grog, the refectory above the Northern Monk brewery serves great food at really reasonable prices alongside their beers, and the events floor upstairs features free to use ping pong tables. If you’re in the mood for pampering, why not book a complimentary hand and arm massage at Jo Malone in the Victoria Quarter?

    For food & drink

    You’ll find great deals on food and drink if you know where to look. Head to Veeno, between 5-8pm for spuntini with your drink (think Italian meats, cheeses, and breads), or head to Livin’Italy, for aperitivo, featuring fresh pizza, pasta and bruschetta with your drink. (5-7pm weekdays). You’ve probably walked past Caravanserai without knowing. This tiny, brightly-coloured shop window behind the Corn Exchange is famous city-wide. Their Trinity Kitchen pop-ups and Café Moor stall are endlessly popular.  Those in the know ask to sit upstairs (it isn’t a restaurant, but you can enjoy your food in the simply decorated Moroccan room above the shop). At lunchtime, nothing beats a flavoursome Keralan curry. Tharavadu’s express lunch thali offers several veggie curries, chutneys, rice and a dosa for £4.95 (£5.95 for meat). North Brew Co supply some of Leeds’ best venues, and have decided to open their brewery on Fridays and Saturdays. You’re welcome to bring a takeaway with you; they promote a happy, beer-loving atmosphere! For up-to-date information on deals at independent places to eat and drink all around Leeds, check out InDeals.
  • The Tour De Yorkshire is a cycle race that’s held in Yorkshire every year. It’s relatively new race, but it’s gained a lot of momentum in a short space of time. It was first launched in 2014 after Yorkshire hosted the Tour de France Grand Depart. The very first race attracted around 140 riders, one of which was legend and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins. For pro riders, it’s a chance to show potential, but for spectators, the race offers beautiful scenery and a fantastic atmosphere. If you love cycling and watching live sports races then make your way to Yorkshire to catch this year’s race. It’s a huge local event that showcases the Yorkshire countryside and local area. It’s a good event to attend if you are new to the county and want to get involved in local events. The race attracts 1.5 million spectators on the roadside, 22 nationalities take part and 18 top teams from around the world. If you are able to visit Yorkshire in April, then you might want to check out this exciting race.

    2016 Tour de Yorkshire dates

    The race is split into three stages and covers a grand total of 515.5 kilometres (320 miles). It showcases the beautiful landscape and scenery throughout Yorkshire. The men’s race will start on Friday the 29th of April in Beverley, East Yorkshire and will finish on Sunday the 1st of May in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The women’s race will be held on Saturday the 30th April. Around 1 million people watched the race last year and it reportedly brought £50 million into Yorkshire’s economy. If you aren’t a professional you can still take part, there’s a mass participation ‘sportive’ event for cyclists which covers the same roads.

    Tour de Yorkshire routes

    This year’s race will be hosted in six different towns. The route includes two sprint points in Bubwith and Giggleswick and the total ascent is 1,832 metres. Stage one starts on the Friday and goes from Beverley to Settle. This is rumoured to be the sprinters stage, with some climbs towards the end.

    Stage 1: Friday 29 April 2016: Beverley To Settle (185km)

    • Total stage length: 185km
    • 2 x sprint points (Bubwith, Giggleswick)
    • 1 x King of the Mountain (Greenhow Hill)
    • Total ascent: 1,832m
      Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage 1 View the interactive map online here Stage two continues on the Saturday and goes from Otley to Doncaster.This stage includes roads that have not previously been included in previous races, and is expected to also be a sprint type stage.

    Stage 2: Saturday 30 April 2016: Otley To Doncaster (136km)

    • Total stage length: 136km
    • Same route for men and women
    • 2 x sprint points (Scholes, Warmsworth)
    • 3 x King/ Queen of the Mountain (Harewood Bank, East Rigton, Conisbrough Castle)
    • Total ascent: 1,110m
    Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage 2 View the interactive map online here The final stage 3 will be held on the Sunday and it begins in Middlesbrough and finishes in Scarborough. It’s expected to be the climbing stage and could have a big impact on the overall results.

    Stage 3: Sunday 1 May 2016: Middlesbrough To Scarborough (19km)

    • Total stage length: 198km
    • 2 x sprint points (Thirsk and Whitby Abbey)
    • 6 x King of the Mountain (Sutton Bank, Blakey Ridge, Grosmont, Robin Hood’s Bay, Harwood Dale and Oliver’s Mount)
    • Total ascent: 2,593m
    Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage 3 View the interactive map online here Sir Gary Verity explained ‘We’ve selected routes which showcase Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event.’ Even if you can’t get to Yorkshire for this fantastic cycling event, try and watch it on TV and admire some of the county’s spectacular scenery whilst enjoying a nail biting race. Image courtesy letour.yorkshire.com
  • May Day is a very popular spring festival in the UK. Most people in the UK, will have warm memories of being taught to dance around a maypole at school, skipping and darting through brightly coloured ribbons, trying to remember your cue so you don’t end up in a big twisted mess. The tradition of May Day is very important to the UK, it’s a festival that we try to preserve and carry down the generations. May Day originates from a pre-Christian times and was celebrated as the first day of summer. As Europe became Christianised May Day evolved into a popular secular celebration.  In the UK, May Day celebrations traditionally include Morris dancing, the crowning of a May Queen and celebrations around the maypole. Many of the celebrations include celebrating fertility and new life. However, around UK new traditions have been forming and you will find events like the Mayday run where thousands of motorbikes travel from London to Hastings. There are also music festivals including traditional and contemporary acts. There is also the Flower Boat Ritual in Cornwall, where a model of a ship, The Black Prince, is covered in flowers and cast adrift in the sea. Most bizarrely, at the University of St Andrews some of the students run into the North Sea at midnight (sometimes naked) and then celebrate with torch lit processions.

    May Day in Leeds

    In Leeds, there is always plenty to do and for the May Day bank holiday weekend there is no exception. All over the city there are May Day Festivals sporting the traditional Morris dancers along with barbeques and live music. These, tend to be held by local schools, but anyone can attend. However, if you are looking for something different to do there are other events on that may just take your fancy. Every year, at the Inkwell they hold a fundraising event that includes family activities, live music and real ale tasting. People gather to celebrate the beginning of summer and take in activities like craft workshops for both adults and children. It’s a great way to get out and about and keep the children busy. There is also the Geronimo Festival at Harewood House where you can enjoy a full circus, jousting and motorcycle displays, a craft zone, donkey rides and appearances from TV stars including Mr Bloom, Swashbuckle and Andy Day.  This festival is perfect for children as there is so much for them to see and do. It may not be your traditional May Day festival, but it certainly sounds like an exciting event to attend. Finally, there is a Live at Leeds Festival over the May Day bank holiday weekend. As a metropolitan festival, it showcases new emerging artists from around the world. Perfect if you love live music and an electric atmosphere. This however, is a ‘leave the kids at home’ type of event.  
  • One of the few downsides of student life is that having such a busy social life often drains the old bank account. Well, fear not. Having a few leisurely drinks in Leeds doesn’t need to leave you bankrupt.

    We’ve handpicked a selection of pubs and bars from around the city that pride themselves on value as much as they do quality, take a look:

    Be At One

    Tucked away round the corner from Millennium Square, this gem of a cocktail bar has gradually built a loyal fan base since opening in 2015, largely due to their ingenious smart phone app. Flash the app when you arrive at the bar and the staff will set the ‘Appi Hour’ timer, meaning you’ll get half price cocktails for the next hour. Not only is this a great deal, but these are some of the best cocktails you’ll taste and the staff are friendly and know their stuff.

    The Dry Dock

    You can’t miss this charming little pub as you head from Leeds University into the city centre - it’s the one shaped like a rather tatty old boat! Five Jaeger bombs will set you back a paltry £10, whilst a double Smirnoff and Red Bull is just £4.50. Wolf down as many chicken wings as you can at just 25p a pop on Wing Wednesday and enjoy cocktail pitchers for just £6 on Thursday.


    Located just off Call Lane in Hirst’s Yard, Mook is all about cocktails and serves up 80 classic, weird and wonderful concoctions. Music can vary from The Doors to The Manics to more modern sounds, but the magic really happens when you flash your student card and receive 2 for 1 cocktails all day, every day. Just ask for their special student menu.

    Mr Foley’s

    Boasting 100 bottled beers from around the world, 24 draught ciders and 12 real ale’s on pump, there’s something for everyone at Mr Foley’s on the Headrow. Voted Cider Pub of the Year in 2015, this York based establishment always offers value for money but also does some awesome deals. 4 O’Clock Fizz runs daily offering customers 50% off Prosecco.

    Strawbs Bar

    Now into its 34th year, Strawberry Fields is not just part of the infamous Otley Run but a living Leeds legend. Prices are reassuringly low at all times, with Amaretto and Coke for just £2.30 and six bottles of lager for only £13.80. Beer Pong is also free Monday to Friday, making Strawberry Fields a great venue to kick things off before a night in the city.

    The Angel Inn

    Briggate has many a good bar hidden down its often missed side-streets, and The Angel is one of the best. Whilst it’s not going to win any design awards, you can enjoy a pint of Sam Smith’s finest ale for less than £2 and a pint of mild for around £1.50. The food menu takes the same no-nonsense approach, offering everything from bangers and mash to Thai green curry.

    Hyde Park Pub

    This lively and unassuming pub sits in the heart of Hyde Park and has been the starting point for a million and one legendary student nights out. Whilst the likes of Fosters and Carling won’t exactly break the bank, the likes of their very own, specially brewed Hyde Park Blonde come in way under the £3 mark. Wednesday night is Quids In, with selected tipples from a pound and Fuse on Thursday serves bombs for just £1.75.


      A self-proclaimed ‘proper pub’, Woodies is another Otley Run essential that has always had a loyal following, thanks to good prices, pleasant outdoor seating and live sport. With an enviable range of craft ales, wines and spirits on offer, Woodies also offer a small but perfectly formed menu of English pub favourites.


    Don’t let its Call Lane location put you off, Brooklyn is one of the city’s most generous bars, serving happy hour drinks between 4-8pm each day. Drinks start at £3 and cocktail lovers can enjoy two for £10 at all times. The music is a lively mixture of upfront RnB, hip hop, disco and pop, and if you dance yourself hungry, the New York burger kitchen upstairs happens to be one of Leeds’ best kept foodie secrets.


    Distrikt is one of the best bars in Leeds, but that hasn’t stopped them from providing value for money. The dance floor gets rammed on a Friday, but you can still enjoy half price beers, wines and spirits from 5-10pm. Some of the biggest names in dance have taken to the decks in this bar, often with free entry, and they do a mean Sunday roast and an eclectic tapas menu.
  • New measures announced by George Osbourne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the 2016 Budget will fund increased house building, protect homes from flooding and impact on the private rented sector. Leeds is set to benefit from more funding to protect homes and businesses from flooding. The £700m boost will fund new defences in Leeds, amongst other flood-hit areas, and the maintenance of existing defences, paid for by increased Insurance Premium Tax which goes up by 0.5 per cent. Changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT), a tax on the gain you make when you sell something, will put Britain amongst the lowest CGT rates in Europe but will not benefit those investing in residential property, who will still be taxed at current rates. The initiative intends to incentivise investing in companies over property and will see the basic rate of CGT fall from 18% to 10% from April. It is expected that this will free up the housing market and see increased supply from people selling their second homes and buy-to-let properties. This is good news for those looking to buy in Leeds, particularly with demand for property expected to increase with the announcement that a £60 million investment in the HS3 rail link between Leeds and Manchester will reduce journey times to around 30 minutes between Leeds and Manchester, as well as improving transport connections between other cities in the north. Osbourne also announced that the proposed 3% increase in Stamp Duty on buy-to-let property and second homes will definitely come into effect from 1st April and will also apply to larger investors as well as private landlord investors. This is expected to impact on the private rented sector as build to rent developments become a less attractive investment. Instead, the money raised through Stamp Duty surcharges will fund community building projects. It is hoped these initiatives will stimulate the housing market and see an increased supply of housing and opportunities for first time buyers to get a foot on the ladder. If you’re looking to buy or rent in Leeds and want to discuss the opportunities available to you, come speak to one of our Sales Team who would be happy to advise you on what these changes mean for you.
  • As Easter is early this year and coming up quickly, it’s time to get planning what you are going to do over the holidays. Luckily enough for Leeds dwellers, there is always plenty to do in and around the city. So regardless of the weather, there will be somewhere you can go, you just need to plan some days out in advance. There are also some events that are definitely worth attending over the holidays. Here’s just some of the best things that you can do this Easter in Leeds. Leeds Young Film Festival Just in time for Easter, the Leeds Young Film Festival starts with a wide range of classic and modern movies to suit all tastes. Perfect for a rainy day, there is so much on you will have a hard time choosing what to go and see. The festival also includes a variety of workshops like the Digital Effects Films Workshop where you can even have a hand in creating your own film. If you are a budding film producer or just want to explore working in the media, this is perfect for you. For more information, go to http://leedsyoungfilm.com/ Leeds young film festival Spring festival at Lotherton Hall There is a Springtime Festival at Lotherton Hall over Easter where you can enjoy daily crafts, garden games, nest box making and meeting the keeper of Lotherton Hall. The Hall has beautiful grounds including a bird garden and a red deer park that you can explore. It is the perfect setting for a picnic, so as soon as the sun comes out head to Lotherton Hall. For more information, go to http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Lotherton-Hall.aspx Thwaite Mills Spring Festival Another Spring Festival that will captivate you is on at the Thwaite Mills.  There is a market on with plenty of crafts and foods for you to indulge in. You can also explore the grounds and go on a free boat ride down the river to see Leeds from a different point of view. For more information, go to http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Thwaite-Mills-Watermill.aspx Outdoor fun at Harewood House If you enjoy a little bit of history and beautiful gardens Harewood House is the perfect setting for your day out.  You can explore the house and its grounds including a lakeside bird garden that is home to 44 different types of birds.  It is also a great place to have a picnic and soak up some of the Spring sunshine. For more information, go to http://harewood.org/visit/groups/?gclid=CjwKEAiA04S3BRCYteOr6b-roSUSJABE1-6BX-NEb5OqVMzdrmkbjowIaVyUyV0N5svC16ndqaXA-hoCRmrw_wcB Roundhay Park If you want to get energetic, but in a fun way why not head to the Roundhay Park to try out their skate park. There is also Dragon Boat Racing  and canoeing on the lake.  They also have many fitness classes in the park. But, if you’re not a gym bunny you can just enjoy some coffee and cake at the Lakeside Café. Over Easter, you can also enjoy their newly refurbished Tropical World, where you can see piranhas, crocodiles and a family of meerkats. For more information, go to http://www.roundhaypark.org.uk/
  • Whether you need to chew the fat over a joint project with a fellow student or catch up with your bestie over a quality cup of coffee, Leeds has got a wealth of fantastic cafes spread throughout the city centre and beyond. And, not one of them will attempt to spell your name badly on your cup, we promise!


    Situated just near Leeds University on Back Blenheim Terrace, Miro is a student favourite due to its cosy surroundings, funky wall art and cracking sarnies and pastries. Oh, and the fine Italian coffee they brew is not only rich and authentic, but almost half the cost of your local Starbucks. Winner.

    Café Lento

    Taking inspiration from European cafés, where the focus is on taking things at a slower pace, this neat father and daughter business venture has been a real winner in Headingley and a mecca to the local student population. Unwind with one of their quality, fair trade coffees whilst you peruse their small, but perfectly formed food menu.

    Out of the Woods

    Priding themselves on their locally sourced products, Out of the Woods has expanded to two fine coffee shops; one in Granary Wharf and one in Holbeck. Their coffee is brewed using Dark Woods Roasters from Huddersfield, and their breakfasts are to die for. Expect delights such as waffles with Nutella, banana and Greek yoghurt, as well as other continental treats, all given their own unique twist.

    Outlaws Yacht Club

    By night, this trendy hipster bar just near Leeds Bus Station drops choice beats and serves craft ales by the bucket load, but by day, it’s chilled out vibe and shabby chic sofas are perfect for a coffee and a chin wag. This unique bar is also an art lovers dream, as the walls are adorned with graffiti, as well as exhibitions by local artists and photographers.

    Yum Yum Deli

    This Oliver Award winning deli is tucked away in Brewery Wharf, and serves the best homemade cakes and pastries you’re likely to find in Leeds. As well as a fine selection of coffee and tea, they also rustle up some cracking hot food daily and serve Vedett on tap. This unique bar.

    Dare Café

    This unique bar has been in business since 1993, but there’s nothing dated or stale about this joint. During the day, they serve up coffee using only the finest Arabica beans, as well as an extensive menu of Italian snacks. By night, they also serve authentically delicious Mexican food, with 241 on mains every Monday.

    Mint Café and Retro Shop

    Mint Café is easily one of the most unique independents you’ll find in Headingley, offering a tasty menu of Lebanese and Mediterranean food alongside its incredibly reasonably priced coffee and teas. The only problem is that you may leave having spent more than you bargained for as they also sell some supercool vintage threads, vinyl and collectables.  
  • Pancake Day is almost upon us, and as students we don't always have the time to carefully plan and prepare our meals. The likelihood is that, even if you have the time to cook pancakes tomorrow, you probably won't have all the right ingredients in your fridge anyway. If you want to stay traditional on Shrove Tuesday and devour a nice tall stack of pancakes, here are the best places to head in Leeds. Notes Located in the heart of Leeds Trinity shopping centre, Notes Cafe is the first location under this brand name to venture out of its London origin. A speciality coffee shop and wine bar, the selection of food and drink on offer is fairly diverse, meaning that even if not all your party are in the mood for a traditional pancake, you can still head here and satisfy everyone.  Listed on the breakfast menu, the substantial pancake offering costs £5 and comes served with seasonal berries and maple syrup. Enjoy this dish with a fresh coffee as a hearty Shrove Tuesday breakfast. Crepe Hut If you're a fan of thick and fluffy American style pancakes, this might not be the option for you, however if you enjoy your pancakes European style, then The Crepe Hut, nestled away in Kirkgate Market  is the place for you. You'll have the option of going for either sweet or savoury dishes and with heartily sized portions, The Crepe Hut will leave you full this Pancake Day. Greedy Pig This homely Leeds cafe has seen a real growth in popularity over recent years, and a quick search on social media shows you just how good the food is - with many diners choosing to vocalise their great dining experiences onto the web. Located on North Street just outside the main hustle and bustle of the city centre, the independently owned cafe is a great place to head before 3pm to grab a bite. Their signature pancakes are so good that they recently featured in an Independent online article on the expert's guide to pancakes, which includes their bacon & maple syrup and nutella menu options. Primo's Hot Dogs are a true American Classic, and if Primo's are specialising in one American delicacy, it's hardly surprising to see that the restaurant is also an expert  in another American favourite - pancakes. If you;re looking for a cheap price for Leeds pancakes, Primo's is the perfect place to head to enjoy, and with both sweet and savoury options available you can enjoy your 'short stack' however you like them. Topping options are plentiful, and whether you opt for syrup, bacon or fruit, you'll undoubtedly leave the restaurant satisfied . Make sure you plan your trip to Primo's, as the American Pancakes are listed as part of the breakfast menu, meaning that you'll need to order before midday to avoid disappointment.   Image used under creative commons license courtesy of
  • We are an award winning lettings agency in Leeds. Last year, we won the Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year Award. Since then we have dominated the Leeds letting market, becoming the number 1 estate agent in Leeds City Centre. We have interviewed some of our staff to give you an insight into our work, and the talented experts who help us to deliver a first class service. Find out what it’s like to work for us and more about the work that we do from Jade Neville and Jamie Hilsden. Jade Neville – Property Consultant Jade Neville Please tell us a bit about yourself and your job role at Parklane Properties? I have been working for Parklane Properties as a property consultant for just over a year. My job as a property consultant requires me to oversee a portfolio of Leeds City Centre and North Leeds properties. I manage these properties on behalf of our clients, and strive to deliver a first class service. My day to day work as a property consultant involves a wide range of tasks, from dealing with property maintenance issues and regular inspections to managing move-ins and move-outs. Why did you choose to work for Parklane Properties? Prior to working for Parklane I worked in the retail sector. I wanted to enhance my customer service skills and work for a more challenging industry where I would be tested more. I decide to take the leap, and I applied for a job at Parklane. I wanted to work here because it’s such a prestigious and highly respected letting agency in Leeds and feel it’s the right company to progress my career at this point. Why would you recommend living in Leeds to people? After living in Leeds for a year, I have fallen in love with the city. It’s a vibrant, exciting city with so much to see and do. The city is constantly being enhanced with new developments, which means it has excellent facilities. Even though Leeds is a major city, everything is surprisingly close together. You can easily get to everything on foot, which obviously makes my job a lot easier! Based on your expert knowledge of the city, where do you think is the best place to live in Leeds? I would say Leeds Dock is a popular area in the city, many professionals live in this area as it’s conveniently located. Personally, I also like West Point. Both of these locations are close to the bustling city centre, and are within easy reach of popular bars and restaurants, and close to transport links. What sets Parklane apart from other letting Agencies? I think the main reason why so many people chose us over other agencies is due to our reputation in the area. We pride ourselves on the high level of customer service we offer our customers, and this is reflected in the awards and reviews that we receive. We work extremely hard for our clients to get the right rental price for their property and the best possible tenants for landlords. What’s the best thing about working at Parklane? I love working at Parklane because it’s a family run business, and it shows. Everyone here is very friendly and welcoming, and they make me feel like a valued member of the team. Having this support and being in a job I thoroughly enjoy has made moving to Leeds much easier. I particularly enjoy working in a small, close knit office where everyone if prepared to help each other out. Jamie Hilsden – Sales Negotiator Jamie Hilsden Please tell us a little about yourself and your job role. I am the Sales Negotiator, which means I look after our sales portfolio. My job mainly consists of helping buyers to find the best possible place to live, or invest. I spend a lot of my working day out on viewings, which gives me a first-hand view of the property market in Leeds. Why do you like working in this industry and in particular, at Parklane? One of the main reasons I enjoy working at Parklane and in the property sector is the people I get to meet. My job enables me to interact with a wide range of different people, which means every day is interesting. I love meeting new people and the satisfaction that finding them the perfect property brings me. I really get to know buyers and take on board their specific needs, it’s an important part of my role. I also work in a small team which allows me to give a personal service to all of our clients and customers. Why would you recommend your company to people over others? Again, I think the main reason why someone would choose us is the personal service we offer. People really do notice the high level of service that Parklane Delivers, which has been a key ingredient to our success over the years. I work hard to find out exactly what customers want, so that viewings can be tailored to their specific needs. Why is Leeds such a great city to live in? I, like many other people, studied at Leeds University and after graduating, I never left the city. It’s the kind of city that leaves its mark on you, because it has so much to offer. I particularly like the selection of restaurants and bars in Leeds. There’s always new and exciting places popping up over the city. I also like the fact that I can escape the city and get out to the beautiful surrounding countryside whenever I want. Another key selling point about Leeds is that everything is within walking distance, you can walk from one end of the city to the other within 20 minutes. The regeneration of the City is constantly improving the centre and changing it for the better. It is definitely the place to be! Give us an insight into an average day in your life. I am very lucky because every day is different, which means it’s difficult for me to define an ‘average day’. I get to do a huge variety of things including spending time in the city centre and helping buyers to find their dream property. One day I might be spending time in a penthouse apartment, and another day I might be on a building site advising on the off plan units we have available for sale. My job can be pretty hectic at times, but personally, I really enjoy the variety. How do you like to spend your time outside of work? I am a big fan of the Leeds Rhinos, so I obviously try to go to as many games as I can. Leeds is big on sport, which is something I love about the city. You can also find me in the kitchen as I enjoy cooking and keeping fit in the gym.
  • So, Valentine’s Day is almost here and whether you’re spending the evening with your long-term partner or someone you just met on Tinder, you really don’t want to mess things up. Nope, there’s nothing worse than committing a Valentine’s faux-pas. Follow our tips and this hot date will most likely not be the last, but one of many others to come.

    Don’t buy gifts from the petrol station

    So, we’ve all heard that it’s the thought that counts, but if you show up with a box of Ferrero Rocher, a battered singled red rose or one of those cheap and nasty grey teddies from the local Shell Garage, it shows what you actually thought was ‘That’ll do.’’ You don’t have to spend a fortune on your Valentine, just try pick something out you know they will actually like.

    Don’t buy racy lingerie with just yourself in mind

    Whilst you might think that a bright red body stocking from Ann Summers is super-sexy, remember it’s not you that will be wearing it and she may not want to dress like a porn-star! If you are going to buy lingerie, try picking out something with a little more class, and if needs be, consult her friend in private for some advice.

    Don’t offer to cook a meal if you can’t cook

    Whilst you might think the meal Nigella just whipped up on TV looks like a piece of cake (we couldn’t resist the pun), if you’re a complete kitchen klutz, then approach with caution. Come clean that you can’t cook, and offer to splash out on their favourite takeaway, or simply go out for food instead. We’ve heard all sorts of cooking disaster stories here in our office, including a guy who served his hot date chips and vodka…needless to say it was the first and last time they saw one another.

    Don’t talk about your ex

    Whilst you might think it’s hard to talk about past experiences without mentioning your beloved ex of four years, just don’t. It’s a clear sign that you’re not over this relationship and a huge turn-off for your new beau, who will probably come to the conclusion you were probably dumped for being a wet lettuce.

    Don’t get too drunk

    Whether you feel like drinking copious amounts of alcohol because it’s a first date and you’re nervous, or simply because you’re a complete boozer, reign it in! The last thing you want to do is declare undying love for someone you barely know, before puking in their lap and being sent home alone in a taxi. If you do, you will definitely find you bump into them on a regular basis for years to come and have to relive the sorry experience over and over again.
  • Adding value to a property is easier than most homeowners anticipate. Despite this, the benefits of doing so are well documented. We live in a world where the value of property means so much, and failure to capitalise on your home is something that may haunt you in later life. Imagine driving past a former home and seeing a conservatory attached when you know how much additional value this would have created for you as a selling point! Here are eight ways to get started on adding value to your property: -        Loft conversion: A loft conversion is an excellent way to add another bedroom and bathroom to a house and may add tens of thousands of pounds to the value of your home. -        Paint the house: This could seem like an oversimplification but making your home as pleasant looking as possible is going to get buyers coming to you when a property is on the market. -        Central Heating: Obviously not an issue if you already have it, but by spending £1000-£3000 you will end up adding something closer to £5000. -        Add a conservatory: A conservatory will cost less than a genuine extension whilst performing a similar function. -        Paving the garden: If you have a front garden, pave over it and turn it into a parking space, this will add value if you live in a suburban area where parking is at a premium. -        Know who you’re selling to: Think about the sort of people who might be interested in your property and adapt it accordingly. -        Consider the kitchen: The kitchen often appears as a focal point of any house. A good kitchen is capable of adding 4.6% to the value of a house, if it fits the home properly. -        Open space: open space is very important in the contemporary housing market. Non-load bearing walls can afford to come down to create more space, and more importantly an image of more space.  

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