Life in The Sloth Lane

This April something very special is coming to our fair City that might just give the Kitty Cafe a run for its money. In an undisclosed location, Leeds will get the UK’s, if not the world’s first, Sloth Cafe. Ahead of their opening, I sat down with Penelope Halliwell, the founder of The Sloth Lane, […]

Introducing – Leeds International Festival 2019

It felt somewhat appropriate that the organisers, Leeds BID, chose Valentine’s Day to make the first announcement for the 2019 Leeds International Festival (L19). There’s now a lot of love in the City for this relative newcomer to the festival scene and although they got off to a somewhat shaky start, there’ve been some welcome […]

Introducing the Leeds Indie Food specials.

The highlight of the Leeds food calendar, the Indie Food Festival, kicked off as usual this May and with that the arrival of the eagerly awaited ‘specials’. Until 28 May some of Leeds’ favourite bars, cafes and restaurants will be serving up a selection limited edition treats and this year it’s all about collaboration. We […]

The Christmas Dinner Project

No care leaver should be alone on Christmas Day. For many of us, Christmas is family time, an opportunity to get together with our nearest and dearest, and like it or lump it spend time together over the festive period. But what about those without family? What does Christmas mean to them? Care leavers often […]

Marmite and Marshmallows – Welcome to Cuckoo on Call Lane

I had a lot of time for the Black Swan on Call Lane when it first opened. The beef dripping fries were among the best you could find in the City and the pizzas were a cheap and speedy lunch option which, for a while at least, made the Swan one of my go-to venues […]