EXCLUSIVE VENUE HIRE IN LEEDS
With a reputation as the Foodie Capital of the North, it’s no surprise that Leeds is considered a true dining destination – a place with a restaurant and bar scene to rival any city out there, and a unique and diverse food culture that caters for all tastes, and budgets.
When it comes to conferencing, Leeds’ celebration of the culinary arts is a winner with delegates and organisers alike. Exclusive hire options can give conference organisers and attendees the chance to gather, drink and dine at some amazing venues with everything laid on – no missed bookings, queues for tables or last minute reservations required.
If you’re looking to hire out a whole venue to entertain delegates, there are plenty of options on the menu.
What could be better than sitting down to a steak? The Great British grill restaurant is a national institution after all. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Blackhouse – Grill on the Square, just a few steps from Leeds Train Station. The modern, glass-walled venue offers sustainably sourced steak and seafood that’s always popular with city centre diners.
Not much further from the station is Fleur Restaurant and Bar, which bills itself as a British brasserie with international flavours, cooked by award-winning Masterchef finalist Bobby Geetha. It’s an Instagrammable hotspot renowned for bottomless brunches, so the perfect fuel for a day of networking.
Popular Italian fare can be found over at Gino D’Acampo, the chain run by the famous TV chef, then there’s the acclaimed British cooking and minimalist decor of Shears Yard, close to the bustling bars and pubs of The Calls.
Branching out from European cooking, you’ll find vibrant flavours matched by vibrant beats at Revolucion de Cuba, which might just be our top tip for moving from rating to dancing in a matter of minutes. Chaophraya offers sophisticated Thai cooking that wins award after award and Mans Market provides a totally new take on Chinese eating that couldn’t be further from the standard takeaway experience.
Bars and Pubs
Maybe eating is further down the agenda, and mixing over drinks is more your delegates’ style? A city with a strong brewing heritage could be just the right match. We are the birthplace of Tetley’s after all! So turn to one Leeds’ newest breweries to find the latest in brewing, with SALT providing the archetypal city centre taproom experience. Kirkstall Brewery might be your next stop on the brewery trail, another space for exclusive hire where brewery tanks can be toured, and IPAs can be sipped.
If history and heritage tick the right box, then Whitelock’s Ale House and next-door sister bar The Turk’s Head can’t be beaten. Founded in 1715, the beautiful pub claims to be one of the city’s oldest.
Or turn up the volume with a drink and a gig at The Wardrobe, smack bang in the heart of the city’s cultural sector close to Leeds Playhouse, the BBC and Northern Dance. Another vibrant space worth exploring is Trinity Kitchen, available for hire right in the city centre.
The growing world of experience bars offers a whole new arena of activity for delegates and organisers in Leeds, and the city has plenty on offer for exclusive hire. Let’s start with the highly competitive yet fiercely traditional world of darts, at Flight Club. But don’t expect a boring pub with a dog-eared board. A range of fun games and modern twists are offered for fans of the game. Junkyard Golf does the same for mini-golf. Gone are windswept seaside courses, and there are neon lights and creative takes on obstacles.
More options can be considered at Roxy, which offers Leeds delegates the chance to indulge their competitive urges across three sites. Games include everything from American pool and basketball, to bowling, table tennis, beer pong and golf. Or head to shuffleboard specialists Electric Shuffle, which can be hired out for delegates to test their skills in the increasingly popular game.
The restaurants, bars, pubs and activities on offer in Leeds cover a huge range of interests and experiences, but there’s always room for more. So it might be worth adding some of the stunning private venues the city has to offer to your list for consideration. Start with The Mansion, overlooking the beautiful green expanse of Roundhay Park, with an experienced in-house team and delicious catering options. Hiring options can also be had at the iconic Harewood House, one of Leeds’ most popular attractions and a sure draw for delegates.
Exclusive hire is also available at The Faversham, handily located on the University of Leeds city centre campus, right next to the academic institutions, historic venues and multi-purpose spaces that delegates might be gathering in for their conferences. Award-winning events are also available at Aspire, minutes from the city’s bustling financial district, Leeds Town Hall and a multitude of museums and galleries. The historic Tiled Hall Café is also available for exclusive hire. The awe-inspiring space, which has been lovingly restored, reveals colourful Victorian tiles, marble columns and a beautiful parquet floor. A truly beautiful space perfect for canapes and drinks receptions.
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