A Valentine’s Feast

By February 2, 2015 March 23rd, 2016 Features-Leeds

Be it new-found love or rekindled affirmation, Leeds’ wealth of dining opportunities make the perfect romantic gesture.



This Valentine’s Day, rather than once again resorting to a half-hearted bouquet of flowers, guarantee that your loved one feels on top of the world by treating them to a sky-high evening out like no other!


Perched on the sixth floor of Trinity Leeds with a wraparound outdoor terrace, Angelica provides an opportunity for guests to indulge while looking out at the cosmopolitan hive of activity below.


For those forced to contend with a schedule brimming with work or familial obligations, the spot is particularly ideal in that there is a wide timing window. Regularly open from 10am, the restaurant effortlessly transforms from a grand cafe into a cocktail destination in the early evening.


But as much as the captivating sights frame the evening, the setting is matched by the menu’s selection. After 18 months heading up the five luxury restaurants of the Equinox complex in Singapore, executive head chef Lee Bennett draws on his international experience to deliver everything from small plates to British classics.


When planning your evening, remember that Angelica is the only bar open until 2am in Trinity Leeds – so there’s no excuse not to extend your celebrations!


Visit Angelica-restaurant.com.



Located at the centre of the city with easy access to public transport, and with reliable roots reaching back to 1973, Browns is guaranteed to leave your guest with a lasting impression.


Go along prior to the time of your booking to sample some pre-dinner drinking concoctions. The award-winning Elegant Twist derives from elderflower liquor and fresh fruit, while a new range of beers have recently been introduced.


The food offerings within the backdrop of the 1930s banking hall are eclectic enough to cater to every visitor. The sharing platters are coupled with seasonal mains, and the scrumptious desserts incorporate crumbles to profiteroles.


Throughout the scattering of Browns restaurants across the country, high-class pianists are frequently booked, meaning that as well as enhancing the romantic aura, you won’t have to look elsewhere for separate entertainment. Why not even try requesting your special song?


Visit Browns-restaurants.co.uk.


Ambiente Leeds

Tapas are an inspiring choice for surprising your loved one and shaking up their suspected Valentine’s treat. And where better to opt for than Ambiente?


As well as being steeped in history in the Call’s Landing building, attractive views are also served up alongside the food, such as the River Aire. What especially makes the Grade II listed establishment stand out are its original features; the stylish interior was formerly a warehouse and has since retained the bare brick walls, stripped floors and exposed steelwork.


As the theatre-style kitchen is placed in the middle of the restaurant, your partner will be entranced watching the expert chefs prepare and plate up Mediterranean delights like patatas bravas. A selection of the tapas even give a nod to the Yorkshire heritage – which is perfect if you crave a taste of home.


Whether you venture to Ambiente for a complete dining experience or simply a glass of sherry and a quick bite, it certainly won’t be your average Valentine’s date!


Visit Ambiente-tapas.co.uk.


Yorkshire Hire Cruises

This year, think outside the box when opting for your eatery – and what can be more romantic than setting sail on rippling water?


The Kirkstall Flyboat is at hand to simultaneously grant you the chance to travel along Leeds’ historic waterways and mark the occasion with a delicious meal.


Whether within a group or hopping on a boat just the two of you, the city will be unveiled from a whole different angle. Begin at Granary Wharf in the heart of the city before travelling either on the River Aire, through Leeds’ waterfront, past the Royal Armouries and head southwards, or west on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towards the historic Armley Mills and beyond.


Be it drinking or dining, a romantic outing on a boat will exceed all expectations; and offer the ideal opportunity for popping that all-important question!


Visit Tripboat.co.uk.