Great Restaurants with Private Dining Rooms In Leeds for parties and events
Leeds will surprise you with its culinary prowess. Nestled, as it is, just before the Yorkshire Dales and in the heart of the rebirth of ‘locally sourced’, it really shouldn’t come as news, but none-the-less it can be overlooked in favour of other cities like Manchester and Edinburgh that have honed the art of shouting louder about their gourmet goods.
So we’re going to do it for Leeds. Here’s ten of the top restaurants with private dining rooms in the City, with Michelin listings and celebrity chefs all in the mix!
This former Masterchef runner up has recently taken over the restaurant at this Grade II listed building. With a fabulous sun terrace available for standing receptions of up to 70, the main dining room can also be hired exclusively for up to 46 (seated). With unconventionally British cuisine, and bold food in a comfortable and informal atmosphere, it’s ideal for business lunches as well as parties. Guests can choose from a pre-ordered a la carte or, for events such as wedding receptions and other special events, request a bespoke menu. A minimum spend will apply dependent on time and date of event.
This Michelin-starred Leeds’ gem offers its Capsule Table for parties of six and includes prestige wine pairing by sommelier Tom Claxton. Billed as “Our most immersive and cutting edge dining experience where newly developed dishes are debuted,” chef patron Michael O’Hare’s exciting menu offers a multi-course tasting menu. This is top notch creative dining with Wagyu Beef and Olive Juice and foie gras donuts and crispy dhal all dishes on the permanent menu, it’s clearly an experience to savour – they recommend 3 hours to fully enjoy the experience.
Listed in the 2018 Good Food Guide and Michelin, the Ox Club can be hired exclusively for up to 40 guests. With a striking open kitchen, menus based around their open fire grill, expect meat and fish with an Asian influence presented in a contemporary British style. A set menu chosen from the a la carte is available and they also offer their fixed price menus for an early sitting from 5-6pm. Booking is recommended at least a month in advance to ensure date availability and a minimum spend will apply.
On the fifth floor of Trinity Leeds shopping centre, Crafthouse boasts its own dedicated scenic lift from Boar Lane and splendid views across the city from its exclusive outside terrace and luxury rooftop restaurant and bar. With a private dining room for up to 20 guests and exclusive hire for up to 200, this central venue is brilliantly versatile, whether for a seated intimate dinner, wedding or canape reception. Wedding packages at Crafthouse & Angelica start at £70 per person for a prosecco & canapé reception, 3 course meal and ½ bottle of wine. There’s also a summer terrace BBQ!
Located in an old grain warehouse on the waterfront Brasserie Forty 4, this family run restaurant has two private spaces – the River Room for 38 guests and the main dining room which can be hired exclusively for 58. The modern British and Mediterranean cooking changes regularly and guests can choose from 5 starters, 5 mains and 5 desserts on arrival.
True to form, Malmaison clocked Leeds was a hot spot a while back and its hotel – a former bus depot – offers four private rooms on the first floor as well as a recently renovated, funky Chez Mal Bar. The largest private room, Mal Four, can host up to 32 guests, while Mal one, two and three can seat from 12 – 22 guests. Two rooms can be combined to host larger parties of up to 64 while the Chateau Lounge can also be used for receptions of up to 50.
Set within the impressive surrounds of the old post office, The Restaurant, Bar and Grill boasts a fabulous terrace, ideal for summer months and pre-dinner drinks as well as the Deal Room, in the privacy of the back of the mezzanine level for 24. Fully equipped for all business needs, it’s ideal for corporate lunches as well as canapé events and personal celebrations. For larger events the adjoining mezzanine area is also available for private hire.
From the atmospheric Pintxos bars and restaurants of the Basque region, Pintura Kitchen’s head chef Greg Lewis has brought over his favourite Basque and Spanish dishes. The basement Gin bar can be hired exclusively from Sunday -Thursday and is ideal for cocktail receptions, while on the upper mezzanine floor, there’s room for parties of up to 20 (seated). A variable minimum spend applies and for larger parties a deposit of £10 per person may be charged. Our top tip: for parties of 8-plus, sharing dishes such as whole suckling pig, milk-fed leg of lamb or cider house steak are available on request.
Another Spanish gem in the city is Iberica, this small group offers a range of private dining options from the stunningly unique Hepper Room for 28 seated (50 standing), to the wine bar La Bodega for 60 standing. The main dining room can also be hired exclusively for 90, or the entire venue for 140 seated (220 standing). Tapas menus are offered at £25/30/35 per person or canapé menus at £18/24/30/36. Don’t forget to check out their 70+ range of Spanish wines and, if your fancy offering something different, arrange for hand-carved ham or sangria making in front of guests to really provide a ‘wow’ factor. Interested? Why not check out their events pack.
Boasting breath-taking views of the River Aire, the stunning River Room at this iconic Leeds hotel is ideal for lunches and dinners for up to 18 guests, special events such as baby showers and wedding receptions, while corporate events can also be hosted in the plush Penthouse Suite for up to 8 guests, the self-contained Fletland Suite for up to 50 (receptions or theatre style) or the junior suites for up to 6. Daily delegate rates start from just £30 per person.
This brilliant venture from acclaimed chef Luke Downing (of Dough Bistro in West Park and Nineteen in Wike) offers private events for up to 20 people either in the original bar or in the more recently added restaurant above. The eclectic and enticing menu is based on set menus, although there are weekend brunch and roasts on offer as well as pre-theatre dining offers. They also offer bespoke masterclasses which are sure to provide a unique experience for guests.