15th Jan, 2018
Bread-Free Lunch In Leeds: A Guide To The Leeds Sandwich Alternative
Words by Kathy Sharpe
On 3 November, the world will once again mark ‘National Sandwich Day’. One of the more unusual awareness dates in the calendar, celebrating all things between two slices of bread!
Yet as #NationalSandwichDay trends on social media, we’re highlighting what else is available for lunch in Leeds. So read on and ditch the dough…
Nestling in the Financial district of Leeds, Wino is a bar offering a range of cheese, meat, and Mediterranean food boards and bar snacks, with a large selection of drinks to accompany them. Located at 69 St Paul’s Street. This bar prides itself on the immense wine selection to accompany your (potentially) boozy lunch in Leeds!
If this is your kind of treat, then the charcuterie heavyweights of Leeds – Friends of Ham – is always a safe bet too. Choose from a large selection of unusual meats, cheeses, and beers in ambient surroundings… and expect a few hipster beards thrown in the mix too.
After getting a great response to their Trinity Kitchen street food stall, BangWok opened an outlet at Arch 1 Sovereign Place off Neville Street. They offer a menu focusing on ‘ahaan jahn diow’ (one dish meal), from Pad Thai and fried rice to curries.
If you fancy flavoursome food, Nôm is a Vietnamese café located at 77A Great George Street, serving reasonably priced food to eat in or out. In fact, in Vietnamese the word Nôm translates to salad. This helps explain their healthy menu options including rice noodle soup and salads, and Summer rolls wrapped in lettuce.
Tharavadu is a Michelin-recommended restaurant in Mill Hill which offers an express vegetarian, chicken, or lamb lunch, a “small feast with three curries and a side dish, and rice of the day with dosa and chutneys” catering for most dietary requirements.
Vegetarian and Vegan Vittles
Global Tribe Cafe on Swan Street is a community hub that prides itself on providing food “that satisfies the body as well as the spirit.” Menus change with the season, and all produce is sourced from local suppliers, who are, as they term it, socially and environmentally conscious. Food includes sweet American pancakes, home-made soups, fresh salads, and even stuffed avocados.
With the strapline “hungry for something different for lunch in Leeds?” Humpit fits the bill perfectly! This Corn Exchange outlet gets plaudits for portion sizes and tastes with everything on the menu completely “plant-based”. With home-made falafel, hummus, pitta, and salad, this has everything needed to make an amazing vegan feast.
One place you might not have considered as a lunch-time destination is Leeds Kirkgate Market.In 2016, the Market introduced a new dining experience, with street food cafés serving delicious delights from around the world. Take your pick from curried goat and jerk chicken to a grilled mackerel sandwich or handmade sausage.
And for those that can’t even leave their desks, there are also options for you. Deliveroo now has well over 100 Leeds restaurants on their books that deliver to the city centre.
Alternatively, try LeanLunch.co.uk. Every weekday morning, they deliver fresh meals to offices in Leeds city centre. Leeds-based, LeanLunch are focused on nutrition, with daily menus for office workers to peruse.
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