Leeds has a great number of bars and restaurants making for a popular night scene.
Over the years,] a number of famous faces have brought their restaurants to the city, now offering light bites, more off-the-wall cocktails and events. Within the city, a number of these venues are owned by famous people or celebrities.
It must be said that a bar or restaurant doesn’t have to have a celeb at the helm to be worth a visit but maybe you’d like to give these places a go just so you can namedrop at your next social.
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Here is a list of five places in Leeds with connections to a celebrity.
1. Gino D’Acampo Leeds
Okay, this one isn’t open yet but it’s only a month away. Yes, Gino is back with another restaurant in the form of Gino D’Acampo Hotels and Leisure. In April, celebrity chef and This Morning’s king of gaffs will be opening his new restaurant in Trevelyan Square.
It will have a light, bright, modern interior with a menu packed full of dishes from his cook books and TV shows. The dishes will be made using the finest ingredients from both the UK and Italy and promises for a traditional, authentic experience.
2. Behind The Curtain
Leeds’ only current Michelin star restaurant, Michael O’ Hare’s Behind The Curtain opened a number of years ago and remains one of the best restaurants in Leeds and arguably in the country.
Behind The Curtain is a one-Michelin star restaurant, promising flavours and dishes you’ve likely never tried before. The owner and Chef De Patron Michael has become a famous face, often appearing on Great British Menu showing top chefs how to produce some stunning seafood dishes.
3. Brasserie Blanc
The namesake, in case you haven’t guessed, of one of the UK’s most famous chefs Raymond Blanc. Brasserie Blanc is one of those places you can go if you don’t want to pay Michelin-star prices.
Located at Victoria Mill on The Embankment in Leeds, Brasserie Blanc offers an a la carte range of French inspired dishes in a comfortable atmosphere. It’s not as prestigious as Raymond’s two-star venue Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire but it is part of the Blanc food name and worth a visit.
Salvatore Dammone opened Salvo’s Restaurant in Headingley Leeds in 1976, with a vision to bring a piece of his home of Italy to Leeds. After five decades the restaurant remains one of the most popular and well-regarded places in the county. The original Salvatore passed away but the family name lives on with second and third generations continuing to uphold his ethos of serving authentic Italian food in the heart of Headingley.
This list is very much restaurants owned or under the name of celebrity chefs but that still counts and Carluccio’s is now carrying on a legacy. Antonio Carluccio “the godfather of Italian gastronomy” often seen in the past with his long-time friend Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie Oliver’s chef tutor opened a chain of relaxed Italian restaurants and despite his sad passing, Carluccio’s still exists in the Leeds Trinity shopping centre.