The Swine That Dines – at Home

The small plates eatery has reopened with a three course menu to collect and reheat at home. Thomas Chalk and Cath Kane pig out. Back when restaurants were restaurants, The Swine That Dines offered set menus of seven small sharing plates in their small, welcoming premises on North Street. Once a month they were vegetarian […]


Although many stalls are shut, Leeds’ Kirkgate Market is still open for essentials such as fruit and veg, bread, meat, cheese and a range of tinned and packet food. Cath Kane and Thomas Chalk do their weekly shop. Leeds Kirkgate Market is, for us, one of the most important places in the City Centre. Until […]

Leeds Food History Walking Tour – Waking Those Half-Forgotten Memories

Street Food Tours Leeds offer a walking tour of the City Centre, including a mix of social and commercial history through tales of Leeds’ food heritage. Thomas Chalk went along to talk pies, dripping and (of course) Marks & Spencer.   It was a mercifully dry Saturday afternoon, and I and four other people gathered in […]

Eat North Christmas Special 7 December

On Saturday, Eat North, the summertime food and beer events at North Brewing Company’s tap room, made a one-off festive return.  Christmas fairs and markets are big business, with seemingly no end of people happy to give up the warmth of indoors for more al fresco eating and drinking in the name of yuletide. Some […]

Knaves Kitchen at Oporto Introduces a 100% Vegan Christmas Menu

Oporto’s resident purveyors of plant-based junk food are launching their Christmas menu. Thomas Chalk put on his party hat and novelty jumper and started his festive season early. While I’m not a total Scrooge, Christmas isn’t something that particularly excites me, so I’m not perhaps Knaves’ natural audience for their festive menu. Indeed, I’m not […]