From 11 to 19 August 2018, Eat Leeds Restaurant Week returned for a third time in the longest event of its kind. Treating the great Leeds public to not 7 but 9 days of delicious dining experiences in the city, the event yet again provided a fantastic opportunity to try somewhere new.
Taking place in partnership with LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), hundreds of people sank their teeth into specially crafted two and three course menus priced at £10 or £15.
With 62 restaurants taking part in August’s Leeds Restaurant Week, the mouth-watering event welcomed some of the freshest additions to the city including Simpatico Pizza while the likes of Pintura, MEATliquor, Pieminster and Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Brasserie joined in the festivities for the very first time.
Replicating the hugely popular concept that first took the city by storm in August 2017 before a second event in February 2018, August’s Leeds Restaurant Week also fell during the school summer holidays with family favourites such as Bibis Italianissimo and Cabana taking part once again.
Satisfying hundreds of hungry stomachs yet again in August, over 7,000 diners enjoyed a meal out with 56% of diners trying a restaurant they’d never visited before, bringing a £143,000 boost in sales. 69% of diners relished the event so much that they are more likely to eat out in Leeds in the future as a result.
The exposed-brick setting of Ambiente Tapas and its tantalisingly tasty tapas proved a huge draw yet again with over 590 diners through the door. Elsewhere, MEATliquor‘s devilishly delicious offer of a burger, fries, milkshake and filth pie (Oreo, marshmallow, coconut and chocolate pie with ice cream) proved an instant hit with 500 diners snapping up this offer.
August’s Leeds Restaurant Week certainly proved a hit with the great Leeds public:
“This was the first time we participated and it allowed us to try new places we hadn’t heard about. I was impressed and we will be back!” – Anonymous Diner
“I think it is a great idea and as a young professional, it gives me a chance to try new places that I may not usually go to, without breaking the bank!” – Anonymous Diner
“Amazing food, service and value for money. Excited for the next event to try more dishes!” – Anonymous Diner
This is not forgetting the restaurant chefs, managers and co-coordinators behind-the-scenes who together help make Eat Leeds Restaurant Week possible:
“Participation in Eat Leeds Restaurant Week provided great success in terms of bookings and added exposure for the restaurant, with a high number of guests coming down for the first time. We had such a good response that we updated our lunch menu to continue the same offering after the event finished” – Matt Healy x The Foundry, Matt Healy (Owner and Head Chef, Masterchef finalist)
“A lot of the guests loved the deal, and we got a lot of new guests because of it. We ran out of the Beef tomato & salmorejo with garlic breadcrumbs & beetroot granita.” – Iberica, Matthew Kerrywood (General Manager)
“It was a great week for us especially as we are such a new restaurant. To get the footfall that we got through the door was brilliant and the exposure has been invaluable. We did have sudden & very busy midweek days. On the Tuesday & Wednesday, bookings increased by 20/30 people throughout the course of the day. Therefore, the kitchen did find that they were out of dishes towards the end of the shift. As we were a brand new restaurant, getting 200 new diners through the door in a week was absolutely brilliant. We have since decided to carry on a similar offer for the long term.” – The Maven, Nino Lopes (Owner)