When the Greggs Festive Bake makes a reappearance at outlets across the country, you know Christmas is officially on the way!
Here in Leeds, we’re spoilt with an array of treats created by food fanatics especially for the jolliest of seasons. Here’s a guide to the top 10 Christmas-inspired dishes in Leeds:
Headingley takeaway, I Am Döner, hit the headlines recently after releasing the “Döner & Blitzen” reindeer kebab. The inspired fare comes from founder, Paul Baron, who previously worked in Michelin starred restaurants… Just try not to think too much about poor Rudolf as you yum down this festive offering.
The Wellington Burger
Don’t miss out on a visit to the #EatNorth food fair this weekend at North Brewing Co (Saturday 8th December, 12pm – 10pm, ) for a Christmas version of the acclaimed Wellington Burger by Meat:Stack. This is the exceptional real-American double cheeseburger that wowed visitors at previous events, but this time with some unique festive twists.
Turkey and Brie Balls
While you’re there, make sure you also get a serving of gourmet meat and veg spheres from the master ballers themselves, The Ball Box! Using Yorkshire’s finest ingredients, the mobile street-food business has created the festive turkey and brie balls served in a plump Yorkshire pudding. Equally sumptuous vegan and veggie options will be on offer too.
A firm favourite on the Bundobust menu during the festive period is the delightful bhaji fritter. For those who can’t abide soggy sprouts, this unique slant on the traditional Christmas veg is just the ticket. The restaurant – featured in the Michelin Guide, Time Out, and Sunday Times – shred, batter, and topped the sprouts with tamarind ketchup.
The Winter Feast
Water Lane Boathouse has unleashed its winter feast, and it’s not to be missed. Served family style and designed for the whole table to share, the £22.95pp menu includes sumptuous meat, cheese, bread and veg sharing boards, festive pizzas, burger and halloumi sliders, smoked salmon, and even delightful pigs in blankets.
Festive Afternoon Tea
Malmaison has a good old-fashioned afternoon tea on offer, re-imagined with a festive spin. Available throughout December, you can enjoy salted caramel brownies, cherry yule log, winter-berry shakes, seasonal trifle, mince pies, turkey and cranberry wraps, mal sliders, scones and speciality teas of your choice. Hungry yet?!
Baby it’s Kohlrabi Outside
The Christmas menu at Knave’s Kitchen (located in Oporto bar on Call Lane) should win an award on puns alone! The 100% vegan street food pop-up is proud to serve “guilty eats…with a conscience.” This year, the menu includes the aforementioned Kohlrabi dunkers, A Dog is for Life (Christmas Würst and parsnip bacon bun), and Mush-room at the Inn (Yorkshire Seitan and wild-mushroom Wellington).
Enjoy a cheerful bite from the king of pastries, Pieminster. This year, the menu includes The Cracker (turkey and ham pie with cranberries, parsnips, and sherry), Mistlemoo (British beef steak, bacon, and port pie), Deer Santa (wild British venison, bacon, red wine and green lentil pie), Christingle (honey roast parsnips, chestnut, west country cheddar and leek pie) and Deep & Crisp & Vegan (creamy vegan turkey pie with celeriac, smoked garlic and sherry).
Guinea Fowl & Fennel
The solid-fuel grill at Ox Club is working overtime this Christmas cooking an abundance of delicious dishes for patrons. From the exquisite Guinea Fowl, Cod Loin, and Salt-Aged Sirloin Steak to the sumptuous Ox Cheek, the famed contemporary restaurant will be working hard to showcase the best of Yorkshire produce during the merry month.
Turkey Hanging Kebab
The Botanist Christmas menu features an unusual turkey hanging kebab with mouth-watering maple and cranberry glaze, pigs in blankets, stuffing balls, and traditional veg and bacon Brussels sprouts. In addition, you can get in the spirit by adding a tipple package of your choice with mulled wine, spiced cider, prosecco or even espresso martinis.
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