Testimonials

We like to know what we're getting before we spend our hard-earned cash, so here are some reviews of Leeds Food Tours from some lovely guests.

Sam Pearson says: 

"Went on this tour with my wife and we had such a great time. The host is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and took us to places we have never been before/even heard of despite living in the city for some years. All of the stops served us some great food and I had some things I would never normally order from a menu but thoroughly enjoyed.
Would highly recommend this tour to visitors to the city or anyone local looking to find some great new places to eat. 
Thanks for a lovely day out, Sam"

Ryan Ward says:

"I've lived in Leeds for seven years and grew up not far away, yet the city still surprises me. I thought I knew it all but I was wrong. 
Deliciously wrong.
Ellen provided not only multiple courses for the mouth and stomach, she provided a carefully crafted tasting menu of historic knowledge for the mind. 
I'm surprised at how little I actually knew about Leeds' food and drink history and the general history of the city. I won't spoil anything but to say it was an eye opener is an understatement. 
Furthermore, we were treated to a wide variety of foods from city institutions both new and old. Full advantage was taken of Kirkgate Market (which I still think is under-appreciated by many). Fish, chicken, cheeses, veg and charcuterie meats took us all on a culinary ride through Leeds that establishes it as both a local produce champion and cosmopolitan destination for the discerning food lover.
Ellen's knowledge and passion are clear examples of how much she loves the city and we couldn't have asked for a better guide. It also shows in her relationships with many of the traders at the market that she's deeply entrenched in the championing of Leeds, its traders and the culinary produce it offers.
This tour is perfect for newcomers to the city, people here on a visit or even locally-produced residents such as myself.
I'm looking forward to the next one".

James Shepherd says:
"I had never been on a food tour before. So, it was a spontaneous idea to join the second offering of Leeds Food Tours. And I am so glad I did!
Ellen is a fantastic host and very knowledgeable about the history of food and drink in Leeds with a passion for sharing the information with you. It was wonderful getting to experience some of the hidden gems and independents of Leeds.
Ellen had arranged for us to visit at least six different places with a variety of food with an option of water, carbonated drink, or adult beverages.
Enjoy a nice walk through Leeds city centre with a personable guide and leave with a full stomach and brain full of unusual information. You will not be disappointed!"
 
Chloe Weatherhead says: 
"I attended the local Leeds good tour with my colleagues. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and easy to be around. We visited a large variety of venues and each offered something slightly different but were still able to cater for vegans, vegetarians and pescatarians (as well as those without dietary requirements) which meant that we all got value for money. I was introduced to many places that I will definitely be visiting again. An excellent afternoon - would highly recommend!"
Richard J says:
"I was bought the tour as a Christmas present and didn’t really know what to expect so was a little apprehensive when I turned up at the meeting point. I shouldn’t have worried as I was about to be taken on a food adventure through Leeds with Nell as our confident, chatty and Informative guide.
Me and my wife have lived in Leeds for well over 15 years and we both thought I knew it but with Nell as our guide we got to visit some great new places and look at the city with fresh eyes.
My particular highlight was the visit to Leeds market which I hadn’t been to in years and where we were introduced to great stalls and some fantastic food and it was a bit of eye opener as to how much the market has improved and I will definitely be going back there.
As well as the market we visited fantastic restaurants and pubs in Leeds that I will be visiting again at the first chance I get. A genuinely fun and interesting way to explore the city and it’s excellent independent food scene. I would highly recommend it".

 

Neil Dickinson says:

"I booked the Leeds Food Tour whilst planning a weekend away in Leeds. Ellen is an excellent host, very friendly, engaging, and informative which made the experience a real pleasure.
We tried a range of locally sourced dishes across a variety of venues, each offering something different and certainly not places we would have found on our own.
It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon, and great value for money. We would love to try the Leeds Street Food Tour next time we stay in the area".

Paul Neave says:

"Thoroughly enjoyed Ellen's Leeds Food Tour. Excellent array of food, with the highlight being the market. She is like a minor celebrity there; everyone knows her! 
She was very knowledgeable about Leeds and gives historical information that is interesting and unusual. I liked the fact that the tour was focused around Leeds but included some other high-quality British produce also. 
Perfect for an afternoon with friends or family. In true Leeds style I was full and slightly tiddly by the end. I couldn't believe the amount of food, drink and attention we got for the price".

Billy Marsh says:

"Just when you think you know a place, someone comes and pulls the rug from under your feet!
Leeds Food Tours is an enjoyable and immersive way to experience the city and have a good bite to eat on the way round.
Ellen, the guide and owner, is incredibly knowledgeable on both her food and her city; she made the group feel at home immediately and I don’t think anyone left hungry!
Without giving too much away, you’ll experience some great local produce, in some of Leeds’ best and most loved independent pubs and restaurants plus a well curated trip around Leeds market.
Apparently Ellen has some more tours in the pipeline... Count me in!"

Becky Gleave says:

"Whether you're a visitor/new to Leeds or are Leeds born & bred - this is an absolute must-do! Such a different day out exploring both the city and independent eateries that you'd easily walk past.
The tour guide, Ellen, is so knowledgeable and passionate that it's truly infectious. Great value for money as well, as you're nicely full afterwards and alcohol is included in half the stops! Great for families or a group of mates wanting to do something a bit different - I'm definitely taking my parents as a unique birthday present (she does vouchers!)"

Steph Lawson says:

"Having lived in Leeds for 10 years I thought I'd seen it all, but Ellen's food tour really proved me wrong! The range of eateries visited offered a wide and varied assortment of food, and really showcased the independent businesses within the city.
As you start your tour, Ellen walks you through the city educating you on your surroundings and related historical facts on your way to the 1st venue. At each venue she discusses the food on offer, the relation to Leeds and let's you tuck in!
It's a very relaxed and friendly tour with no time pressures. Ellen is a great host and ensures everyone is comfortable and happy.
I left the tour having had just the right amount of food and drink and can't wait for the next one. Don't be put off if you're a Leeds resident, you'll certainly be surprised by what you don't know!"