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The Tastiest Working Lunch Spots in Leeds

5 November 2015
The Tastiest Working Lunch Spots in Leeds
We can’t deny lunch is an important and entirely essential part of the working day. Whether you need to take a break from the office, a spot to relax with colleagues or somewhere to host a meeting – lunch is always an appreciated pause to the day’s proceedings. Here you’ll find a round-up of some of the tastiest working lunch time spots in the City – places to pick up a quick one, as well as more leisurely lunch havens.

La Bottega Milanese

A great spot for getting some work done outside of the office with their bright, minimalist décor and espresso bar, La Bottega Milanese has a spacious layout which allows room for laptops. Free WiFi is also provided. This coffee stop and deli can usually be found full with suits enjoying a caffeine boost along with artisan sandwiches which are made with Leeds Bread Co-op ciabatta and filled with deli meats and cheeses. If any office competitions need to be settled, you can borrow their boules (for a ten pound deposit) to use at the boules court just outside in Bond Court.

Grub and Grog Shop

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As Holbeck continues to grow as a business district and entertainment spot, the Grub and Grog Shop has been a welcome addition to the culinary offering in this area. Being just around the corner from the Leeds Living HQ we find it the perfect spot to crack on with some work (free WiFi = the dream) or take a casual Friday brunch meeting. With their Eggs of the Week becoming more creative (and delicious) every rotation, their range of interesting sarnies and stews also provide some delicious fuel for a long day in the office. The guys here also run an environmental delivery service, freewheeling your lunch to you on the back of their bikes.

Laynes Espresso

If you like your lunch with a midday caffeine kick then these guys have you covered. They have a simple but tasty lunch offering including soups and sourdoughs which can be enjoyed in or packed up for take away. They bring the best of both local and continental coffee – so good it’s featured in the Northern Independent Coffee Guide. Arguably one of the greatest incentives to swing by Laynes is their range of bakes and cakes to accompany your coffee or provide a pick-me-up dessert. The range includes cocoa, almond morning cakes and vegan blueberry teacakes as well as the infamous and incredibly moreish salted caramel brownie. They have also just opened up the new Sheaf St. at Duke Studios where they are providing some enticing looking brunch and lunch options.

Rola Wala

Wrap and Roll all the way, Rola Wala (located in Trinity Kitchen) serves up some of the tastiest and hottest wraps and Buddha bowls in the City. Indian street food with a twist, they offer an alternative lunch with a kick and best of all every roll or bowl is under 500 kcal. Each element of your meal has different options, from the stuffing to the spice level, so you have a customised meal which suits your tastes and preferences. Fillings include beetroot channa dal to Bengali spiced beef and grilled paneer tikka, which are then accompanied by various Asian inspired toppings. With vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options these guys have an ethos that food should be suitable for everyone. As well as wanting to have something for everyone, they also want to ensure food is accessible to all, so for every meal bought they donate a school meal to a child in poverty through their partnership with the charity One Feeds Two.


Another Trinity Kitchen winner, Pho is perfect for when you don’t have time to stop but can’t bear the sight of a sad looking meal deal. Fresh, fast and tasty, Pho offers a range of Vietnamese treats including Bun noodles and Goi salads. The team here is particularly eager to cater for your dietary needs and is happy to change elements within the dishes to ensure they fit your needs. Generous portions and friendly service, their Pho (Vietnamese rice noodle soup) dishes are particularly satiating on a grey day.

Roots and Fruits

Vegetarians and vegans alike have been flocking here for years in search of healthy, home cooked options with an ethical plus of being free from meat products. Their light lunches and health smoothie options, plus the charming setting of the Grand Arcade, make it an ideal office get away or meeting spot. Their menu changes daily depending on seasonal produce, and being a pioneer within the vegetarian foodie scene they pride themselves on the freshness and quality of their food and ingredients.


As those harsh Leeds’ winds creep in it’s tempting to opt for a comforting and stodgy fast food option with instant greasy gratification. However, Nourish has all the benefits of being quick and tasty whilst their health food concoctions will work to cleanse your body and leave you feeling fresh and renewed. Their menus incorporate both super foods and raw ingredients in an innovative way, working to change the face of ‘fast’ food in the City.

Corporate Private Dining Spaces

Fed up with boring business space or need to impress a client? There are several venues within the City that offer private dining spaces where they can cater to in a secluded and exclusive area.

The Tetley

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A unique event space set in the old brewery, The Tetley has multiple spaces for private dining occasions including a gallery setting and historic Board Room which provide a sense of the area’s heritage as well as an exclusive meeting venue. Their events management works to offer bespoke events with the capacity to cater for up to 800 guests and who will work closely with clients to customize their experience. From small events of four to large scale catering, their kitchens work to supply a menu that holds Yorkshire food and produce at its heart, showcasing the best of the region’s gastronomy.

Restaurant, Bar and Grill

A favourite with professionals owing to their exceptional service and food, Restaurant, Bar and Grill has a Private Dining Room which is located at the back of their mezzanine level. With a kitchen ruled by innovative chefs they are fully equipped to accommodate every dining need from canapé events to business breakfasts in classy and sophisticated surroundings. With seating for up to twenty four people, the venue is perfect for partying in privacy or lunching in luxury.

From private dining and meeting spots to lunch on the go Leeds has a wealth of lovely lunch places to fuel you up for the day ahead and give you a small haven away from the rush of the office. Coffee cravers, WiFi warriors and lunch lovers can rejoice – Leeds is here and ready for you!

Becky Peartree is our resident food writer and is in her final year at Leeds University where she studies English Literature.