Neighbourhood guide: where to eat, drink, shop and have fun in Pudsey

Independent from the city of Leeds until 1974, Pudsey is still a self-sufficient world of its own with plenty of eateries and fun things to do (Photo: 7 Steps)

Nestled midway between Leeds city centre and Bradford, the pretty market town of Pudsey has plenty to offer, with a wealth of cosy cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops to discover.

Eating and drinking

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Cosy and welcoming, there are a lot of tempting options on the menu at 7 Steps (Photo: 7 Steps)

7 Steps

Fusing modern with traditional, this stylish yet cosy bar and kitchen serves a tasty menu of locally sourced food, great quality ales and creative cocktails.

Visit: 9 Chapeltown, LS28 7RZ – william-crawshaw.squarespace.com

Olde Booths Tea Rooms

The charming Olde Booths Tea Rooms is a snug spot to treat yourself to a light lunch, share afternoon tea, or catch up over a warming cup of coffee.

Be sure to try one of their decadent hot chocolates, which come loaded with cream, marshmallows and chocolate toppings.

Visit: 20 Lowtown, LS28 7AA – facebook.com/Olde-Booths-Tea-Room

The Bankhouse Inn

Serving a varied menu of traditional pub food with a modern and seasonal twist, The Bankhouse Inn is a welcoming place to eat and unwind.

If you're just popping in for a drink, you can enjoy a hand pulled Yorkshire ale, glass of fine wine or quality spirits.

With its stunning views over the picturesque Tong Valley, the beer garden is a particular hotspot during the warmer months.

Visit: 40-41 Bankhouse Lane, LS28 8EB – thebankhousepudsey.co.uk

Gigi’s

This stylish Italian eatery offers a huge range of delicious pastas, pizzas and signature specials, perfectly complemented by a selection of wines.

While the menu provides plenty of fail-safes to choose from, diners are equally welcome to create their own pizzas and it will be cooked to order.

Visit: 63 Lidget Hill, LS28 7LJ – gigispudsey.com

The Fleece

Relax in the snug and friendly atmosphere of this local pub, where you’ll find a superb range of beers (including some special guest brews), wines, ciders and lagers, along with a variety of premium gins from their gin bar.

Visit: 100 Fartown, LS28 8LU – fleecepudsey.co.uk

East Bar Lounge and Grill

Home to a champagne and cocktail bar, a rooftop terrace, and serving an exciting 'east meets west' Indian fusion menu of seafood, vegetarian options and curries, you can enjoy a sophisticated night out at East.

Visit: 7 Rickshaw Lane, LS28 6BN – eastrestaurantleeds.co.uk

North Sea Chinese Restaurant

Tuck into a huge variety of Chinese cuisine at North Sea, including noodles, chicken and seafood dishes, or make a evening of it and indulge in one of their four course banquets, or set three course meals.

Visit: 40 Town Street, LS28 6EZ – north-sea.co.uk

The Royal Hotel

Bask in the warm atmosphere of this charming pub, where the hand pulled real ales and gins will be in full flow.

The menu includes the like of pizzas, deli boards, nachos, sandwiches and traditional pie and peas.

Visit: 30 Station Street, LS28 8PR – theroyalpudsey.co.uk

Funky Shake

Ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth, this dessert bar has a whole host of decadent treats to choose from.

From shakes, sundaes and fruity smoothies, to waffles, cheesecakes and loaded crepes, it’s a pudding lover’s dream come true.

Visit: 13 Lowtown, LS28 7BQ – funkyshake.co.uk

Things to do

If the weather's good, enjoy a round at Fulneck Golf Club (Photo: Shutterstock)

Fulneck Golf Club

Enjoy a round of golf on this picturesque course, nestled in the Fulneck valley.

Both members and visitors are welcome to play, and tee times are available every day, except before 2:30pm on Saturdays.

The clubhouse bar offers a welcome space to unwind after your game.

Visit: Fulneck, LS28 8NT – fulneckgolfclub.co.uk

Pudsey Park

Stretching across seven hectares, peaceful Pudsey Park is ideal for a leisurely stroll.

Alternatively, you play bowling on the green, visit the animals in the aviary and aquarium, go skateboarding, or (weather permitting) have a picnic.

Visit: Church Lane, LS28 7RR – leeds.gov.uk

Elegant Belle

Treat yourself to a bit of pampering at this hair, beauty and holistic salon, where you can indulge in an array of treatments, from manicures and spray tans, to massages and luxury facials.

Visit: 8 Littlemoor Road, Ls28 9JB – elegantbellebeauty.co.uk

Fulneck Moravian Museum

Opened in 1969, this intriguing museum is home to a collection of Moravian artefacts related to the history of the Fulneck Settlement and the Moravian Church worldwide (one of the oldest Protestant denominations in the world).

As well as the museum, the settlement also boasts an art gallery, craft centre, golf club and the Number 54 Tearooms.

Visit: 55 Fulneck, LS28 8NT – fulneck.org.uk

Shopping

Ivy Florist is an independent business that prides itself on its creativity (Photo: Shutterstock)

Pudsey Market

Held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm, this traditional local market includes an array of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, cakes, clothes and books.

Visit: Market Square, LS28 7BE – leeds.gov.uk

Black Mouse Cheese & Wine Emporium

As well as offering a huge selection of artisan cheeses from around the UK, Black Mouse sells the perfect wines to complement your chosen cheese.

The shop also hosts its own cheese and wine taster evenings on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, at £30 per ticket.

Visit: 15A Lowtown, LS28 7BQ – black-mouse.co.uk

Ivy Florist Leeds

Using only the highest quality, hand selected seasonal flowers and foliage, this independent florist prides itself on its imagination and originality, creating unique floral gifts for every occasion.

Visit: 78 Galloway Lane, LS28 8LE – ivyfloristleeds.co.uk