Food and Drink Events in April

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I’m pleased to say I’m back, and this week I’ve got a tasty treat for you, in the form of a little list of food and drink events in Leeds and surrounds that I’m looking forward to in the coming few weeks.

I’m always extolling the virtues of the Leeds independent food and drink scene to friends that live elsewhere in the country. I absolutely believe that we have some of the most vibrant, exciting and inventive indie food and drink businesses in the country, and we are so fortunate to be able to make the most of that… with great local events, such as Leeds Indie Food and Hop City coming up in the next few months, here’s my little run-down of what you might want to sample in April.

Cocktails in the City, Leeds Town Hall, 6th-7th April

A bartender pours a cocktail into a glass using a shakerI’m no stranger to wandering round Leeds’ Town Hall, drink in hand… not just generally of course, but for the brilliant Leeds International Beer Festival which takes place there each September. So when I learnt that Cocktails in the City were bringing the likes of Blind Tyger; Angelica; Pintura; Headonist Project and, new to the Leeds-scene Tattu – and giving them the opportunity to showcase their weird and wonderful cocktail concoctions under one roof – well, it’s hard to not want to go isn’t it?

A cocktail sits on a black plate with garnish of fruit

Tickets for Thursday 6th April are still available, but you’ll have to be quick before they sell out.  £12.00 gets you in, 2 cocktails and a CITC membership card that looks to provide welcome discounts throughout the year at lots of Leeds bars.

Look out for the special experiences happening throughout the night too – I’m looking forward to the Masons Gin tasting.  Mmmm, gin.

Norse restaurant opening, Harrogate, 8th April

Four red wine bottles sit in a row on a table in Norse Restaurant

Norse isn’t new to Harrogate.  It’s been operating in the evening as an alter-ego to Balterzens Cafe for a while, and garnering fans from all over while they’re at it.  Excitingly for these guys, this year they launched a crowd funded campaign to open their very own premises, and the target was reached before we could blink.

A peek inside Norse new restaurant in harrogate. tables and chairs are laid out in front of a sash window with light streaming in.

Scandinavian-inspired dishes fill the menu, with small plates sitting alongside sharing boards, for a modern casual feel.  I’m excited to try the new place this week, and will be back with an update for you soon.

A modern Scandinavian style wall light feature inside Norse restaurant.

In the meantime, if you want to be one of the first through the doors of Norse when it opens on the 8th April on Swan Road, Harrogate, get yourself booked in, quick!

A place setting at Norse Harrogate. A blue backed chair sits against a light coloured table that has two glasses and a candle on it.

Keep an eye open for these guys running some special sessions for Leeds Indie Food in May.

Hop City, Northern Monk Refectory, Leeds, 13th-15th April

Northern monk's brewer holds up a glass of beer fresh from the tank

The UK’s first hop-lead beer festival is coming to Leeds in just over a week.  And I for one am excited about that!

Northern Monk are another great Leeds success story.  Their range of craft beer consistently evolves and invents. With twists on traditional recipes, and ventures into the very modern, they seem to get it right and please a lot of beer lovers.  Their Heathen and Double Heathen IPAs especially going down well with us Hopheads.

five people stand in northern monk's brewery next to the fermenting vessels

With the taste for juicy, fruity, murky and even dank hop-lead beers not seeming to be ever quenched, Hop City seems like a lateral next step.  Gathering some of the world’s most exciting breweries at Northern Monk’s refectory for a three day celebration (and drinking, much drinking) of the cone, this looks like it’s going to be one of the best events of the beer-lovers calendar in 2017.

Northern Monk's refectory - benches are underneath low lamps, with a bar visible in the background

Tickets are selling out fast, with only one session remaining at the time of writing this.  Head over to Northern Monk’s blog to read more about the brews you can expect to find, and how to get hold of the last remaining tickets!

Manjit’s Kitchen out and about in April

A chilli paneer wrap from manjit's kitchen

Confession time.  Manjit and her yellow horse box are my favourite site to see at any event or festival I go to.  Why?  Because I know that signals the opportunity to try her food!  Everything I’ve ever tried from Manjit’s Kitchen has been delicious (shout out to the chilli paneer wrap especially), and the residency in Leeds Kirkgate Market means locals can get their fix pretty much whenever they like.  Speaking of which, you have been there haven’t you?  If not, get to it! Kirkgate’s food hall has a great corner of street food traders serving up wallet-friendly, stomach-satisfying dishes in the back of the vibrant, total gem of a market.

Manjit's kitchen stall in kirkgate market Leeds. A bright yellow sign with the manjit's kitchen elephant logo in red.

Here’s where you can find Manjit’s Kitchen this month… and don’t forget to grab tickets for the Leeds Indie Food event with Jhal Muri Express at Grub and Grog Shop too, that one will be great.

A dish from manjit's kitchen sits on a table in a bowl with a spoon next to it

– 13th-15th April at Hop City, Northern Monk Refectory, Leeds

– 16th April at Magic Rock brewery, Huddersfield

– 12th May at Sheaf St Cafeteria / Duke Studios as part of Leeds Indie Food.


I’m hungry now.  How about you?



  1. April 7, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Helloooooooo, how good to see you again! 😀
    And, yes, very hungry thank you – and in desperate need of a cocktail!

    • May 4, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Hi Kel! Hope you’ve managed to get to some good foodie places this last month?

      It’s so nice to be back!