Leeds Locals: An Interview with Holly Howes

September 28, 2023

Today we’re catching up with one of our oldest clients turned friend, Holly. Holly is mum to a gorgeous little boy & is married to a total foodie so we figured she’d be a great person to spill her favourite family friendly spots in Leeds...

First up, favourite place to head for brunch with a friend, toddlers in tow in the city?

Northstar Coffee Shop or Tetley - both very accommodating for children without compromising on adult vibes. Tetley even has a play space for under 5’s and a dedicated children’s menu, crayons, little chairs etc.

You’re feeling brave & gonna attempt an early eve meal out with your toddler. Where would you head in the city? & what about in the suburbs?

House of Fu - very reasonable children’s menu, super cool & chill. Rudy’s Pizza (specifically Chapel A branch)- lovely friendly staff, invited Soren to watch pizza being cooked and gave him free ice cream.

Favourite place to visit on the weekend (thinking walk/playground/stop for coffee & cake vibe)

Springwell Brewery & Meanwood Urban Farm. Really relaxed vibes, great food and you can take a lovely flat walk/cycle to the Urban Farm along a pretty woodland trail, it’s especially lovely in the spring/early summer months with the baby animals

Date night you’ve got a sitter - where are you heading?

Stuzzi or Sarto

You’re at work and get a rare full hour for your lunch - where are you sneaking off to?

Things in Bread or La Bottega

If you had unlimited money to spend in any Leeds restaurant for life where would it be?

Ox Club

Any unknown gems for kids in the city, can be a restaurant, museum, shop, park?

A morning spent at Leeds Dock is our happy place.. you can grab baked goods from the amazing Nova, brunch/coffee at Northstar, visit the super sweet floating store - Holdfast and browse their fab books and plants (which are all carefully & individually named!) We always take bikes/scooters with us but additional activities include the Royal Armouries which is free and also the Leeds Water Taxi which is a big hit with my little one and takes you over to Granary Wharf (where you can dump the kids with your partner and go get your nails done at TBA .. just kidding!)