Thursday, 17 June 2010

The Arts Cafe, Leeds

I love the Arts Cafe. It has been a staple of Leeds for many years now and can always be relied upon to produce quality food in lovely surroundings. Nestled down Call Lane, very near the Corn Exchange, the Arts has art work from local artists displayed on the walls, usually for sale.

We decided to go for Sunday lunch last weekend. They have their usual menu - a range of lunch plates, sandwiches and salads, along with the a la carte menu. On Sundays, they also have a choice of a beef or lamb roast. There is a also a special offer on a Sunday where you can have 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 for £15 (prices approximate – they don’t seem to mention this deal on their website).

I had the goat’s cheese starter, which came with crostini, and A had the haddock fillet on a bed of green beans with quail eggs. The haddock was perfectly cooked, and went well with the tiny eggs.

The goat's cheese...

We both then chose the Sunday roast beef. All I can say is that it was a great Sunday roast – homemade Yorkshires, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and a mix of vegetables. In fact, we would go so far as to say it is right up there with the Cross Keys on Water Lane, which seems to be booked out every Sunday since it won a Best Sunday Lunch Award in the Observer Food Monthly Magazine.

So well done, the Arts. Consistent, reliable, quality – and now I find a great choice for Sunday lunch!

Oh, and they do a nice Pinot Grigio.


  1. Arts Cafe has been consistently good for years. I haven't been in for a while, but that last plate looks good enough to tip the balance into another visit.

  2. I have never had a bad meal at the arts! And the prices are reasonable.

    I was particularly impressed with the fact they put some cauliflower cheese on the Sunday roast - going the extra mile with veg is always a plus!