Eat, Drink, Sleep

Les Routiers recommends quality establishments in the UK and Ireland



With the Easter holidays fast approaching, why not plan a trip to Leeds.  Here are some of the attractions you could visitwhilst in Leeds.

Royal Armouries Tournament at Royal Armouries Museum

Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT – 3rd April – 6th April.

Enjoy the thrills and spills of authentic medieval jousting in the heart of Leeds.

This Easter the Royal Armouries’ tiltyard will resound to the clamour and clash of a live action tournament, as internationally renowned knights battle for the coveted Sword of Honour and the prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Trophy.  Visitors will be able to meet the jousters, support their favourite knight, watch the competition and enjoy a wide variety of fun activities.

A spectacular weekend of action, music, and entertainment for all the family.

Easter Adventure at Stockeld Park  


 Stockeld Park is perfectly located between Harrogate and Leeds. Sat Nav: LS22 4AN – 28th March – 19th April

 You will find memorable days this Easter and Spring with active Adventure Zones within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park. Try the outdoor roller rink, maze, go   Karts or explore, climb and play in the Enchanted Forest as you discover new sculptures and installations at every turn.

 If it rains don’t worry they have indoors play, games, crafts and creativity, so that adventures await you whatever the weather!

Let your imagination guide you for a truly magical Adventures.


Lotherton Hall    

Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB – 2nd – 7th April

Lotherton provides family-friendly fun, activities and games most weekends. From crafts to trails and workshops, there is always something to do.

The house was much extended in late Victorian and in Edwardian times by Colonel Gascoigne to create a country home for his family. A lot of what you see in the house was given by Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne together with the estate to the city of Leeds in 1968.  Part of Leeds Museums and Galleries, the house is also home to a fabulous decorative art collection.  The Fashion Galleries are on the first floor of the house in the old guest wing.

In the restored Servants’ Rooms on the ground floor of the north wing you can get a glimpse of where the house staff once worked.stock-photo-easter-eggs-and-fresh-green-grass-on-white-background-175914761

EASTER EGG TRAIL – Follow the clues and find their decorated eggs around the Estate.

HOPPING GAMES AT LOTHERTON HALL – Join the Easter Bunny for outdoor games, weather permitting.


8-10 Wyther Lane, Leeds, LS5 3BT

The Musiquarium is a new music venue in Leeds, and has been built specially to allow the audience to connect to the bands and DJs in a way that people too rarely get the chance to do.  A full sensory experience of the performers mindset and vibe is brought to you in one of the countries finest intimate venues, captured within their padded room and delivered to your ears and vibrating through your body and soul on one of the world’s best sound systems.

The bar in the main room is cosy, with rustic tables over which twee floral table cloths lay, and graffiti images across the brick walls. Its low light, and has a cool vibe. It’s unpretentious, it’s down to earth, it’s charming and has a distinct character


Leeds City Centre

In this compact city centre there’s just a short walk between designer stores, high street brands, market stalls and independent boutiques, many of which are housed within breath-taking Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Mix and match to your hearts’ content – neither bargain hunters nor big spenders will want to leave empty handed.

The beautiful architecture of the Victoria Quarter’s Grade II* arcades make a spectacular setting for a shopping spree. It is home to over 75 of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands, including Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Illamasqua.

Whilst in Leeds why not visit two of our Les Routiers Gold Members establishment for a great place to eat.

San Carlo, Leeds is part of the award-winning and critically acclaimed San Carlo Group. Located in Leeds city centre, San Carlo is near to the shopping and business districts as well as the Town Hall.  Serving authentic Italian cuisine; using only the finest ingredients and wine, many of which is imported from the markets of Milan. San Carlo is perfect for both working lunches or an evening meal, whether you’re looking for a low key affair or a lavish banquet, San Carlo has something for everyone.  Our speciality menu is created by our team of Italian chefs, management and directors, enabling us to bring the true taste of Italy to Leeds and straight to your table.

Flying Pizza is part of the award winning restaurant group; San Carlo.  Situated just outside of Leeds in Roundhay, Flying Pizza boasts a stunning al fresco dining area perfect for summer evenings or a relaxing lunch.  Using only the freshest, quality ingredients the team of esteemed chefs; including celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, collaborate with the management and directors to provide the true essence of authentic Italian food in contemporary surroundings.

Trinity Leeds – Shopping               

Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5ER

Located in the heart of the city between Briggate and Albion Street, Trinity Leeds is the city’s newest and biggest shopping and leisure destination with over 120 shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and is home to the only Everyman cinema in the north of England… a must visit for all film lovers.

Housed under a giant iconic glass roof, Covering 3 floors and open 7 days a week you can shop late night until 8pm from Monday – Saturday and then go on to enjoy dinner and a drink at over 20 superb bars and restaurants late into the night.  Trinity Leeds has been named one of the UK’s coolest brands by CoolBrands; the influential annual list of the UK’s coolest brands.

If you are looking for somewhere to rest your head look no further.  Les Routiers have 2 beautiful establishment listed below.

 Shibden Mill Inn is the epitome of the traditional 17th century inn and is a wonderfully peaceful retreat. Nestled in the Shibden Valley surrounded by fabulous scenery and spectacularly peaceful, a visit or stay here is perfect location to ‘rest and recuperate’ from the ever-increasing hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Simon and Caitlin, and their team of excellent staff, have created an atmosphere of warmth and excellent hospitality coupled with sumptuous accommodation and fine dining cuisine.

The Alma Inn – nestled in Pendle’s magnificent countryside, located on the Lancashire-Yorkshire border above the village of Laneshawbridge, this rural coaching inn was originally built in 1725.  Following our very careful and sympathetic restoration, the inn, with stone floors, original beams and real fires, welcomes all for dwelling, drinking and dining. In a relaxed setting with friendly service, we offer seriously good local ingredients and fayre, cooked well and accompanied by a noteworthy selection of real ales and good wines. The inn has been awarded four stars and has ten luxury en-suite bedrooms with the latest facilities, and a bedroom located on the ground floor dedicated to those who struggle with the stairs.

Whatever you decide to do have a very Happy Easter.

March 30, 2015 | Les Routiers UK

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