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Eating Out in Leeds – Food Tour of The Light

Best Cocktails in Leeds - Firelake

Before Christmas I was invited out for a Food Tour of The Light in Leeds. Gone are the days when The Light was a destination for me as a teenager  – a trip to the cinema followed by all you can eat Chinese! The Light is now a foodie destination with options varying from a light snack to grab on the go, to going all out on a special meal with cocktails to follow.

Instead of trying a meal at one of the vast variety of restaurants on offer for eating out in Leeds, we were taken on a tour of restaurants with one course at each destination – a fun way of mixing up your evening out. We started at George’s Great British Kitchen for a cocktail and their amazing sweet shop inspired menu did not disappoint.

Best Cocktails in Leeds

Knowing we had a long night ahead of food and drink, I opted for a shorter, lighter cocktail in their Parma Violet offering (who can resist a Parma Violet flavoured anything? Not me!), but the other girls had some amazing candy floss concoctions in the Candy Annie. By all accounts the cocktails were super sweet, but definitely a hit and with a variety of deals on cocktails every day it’s definitely worth a pit stop.

Firelake Restaurant Leeds

We continued on to FireLake, a restaurant tucked away inside The Radisson Blu hotel, but unlike any hotel restaurant I’ve ever visited. We were seated for our starters amongst their plush high backed booths and chic tiled floor, a mural and hanging fire pit just around the corner. For anyone staying at The Radisson Blu, you’d be mad to order room service to your door and miss out on this incredible decor.

Gin Cocktails in Leeds at Firelake

We tried a range of starters from the FireLake menu, which puts a Yorkshire twist on it’s Minnesota roots with locally sourced produce. Unexpected cocktails were served by the most enthusiastic cocktail bartender I’ve ever come across, who brings his signature style into the menu he created. The staff were knowledgable and clearly proud – I think FireLake was my favourite place on the tour and I’d love to try their full menu next time I’m eating out in Leeds.

Food Tour of The Light Leeds

Brazilian Steakhouse Leeds

Next on our food tour of The Light wouldn’t have been a personal choice for me as I don’t eat red meat, but we had a table reserved at Estabulo, The Light’s Brazilian all-you-can-eat offering. We were provided with a token to show the serving staff whether you were too full of meat or hungry for the next round and the meat just kept on coming with pork belly, sirloin steak, sausage and chicken thighs amongst their menu. I was mostly interested in the salad bar, though, that offered fresh sushi, a cheese selection (including this amazing carved beauty pictured below) and some meaty beans which are always my favourite BBQ/grill dish of choice!

Estabulo Leeds Salad Bar

We rolled out of Estabulo wondered how we were going to squeeze in a pudding from round the corner at Turtle Bay, but the banana and toffee cheesecake was calling my name. With a colourful Caribbean vibe throughout, Turtle Bay seated us at a long wooden bench with vibrant chairs. Still in keeping with the theme, the puddings were served in worn looking enamel dishes – I was a little upset the end of my cheesecake seemed to have gone missing, but really I didn’t have enough room for that extra bite anyway ;)

Best Puddings in Leeds

The Light is found on The Headrow in Leeds with around 16 places to eat and drink inside.

Loves x xx

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Where To Stay In London – Clink78 Hostel

Where to stay in London - Clink78 Hostel

Whenever I stay at a Clink hostel, I feel like I’m having a sleepover with friends and I was excited to try out the Clink78 hostel in London after a couple of amazing stays at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam. Clink Hostels invited me down to London for their huge birthday celebration, a day exploring the hidden gems of King’s Cross and a couple of nights bunking down in one of their mixed dorm rooms. If you’re looking for where to stay in London – Clink78 Hostel is an absolute bargain, starting at £13 per night.

Clerkenwell Magistrates Court

Where to stay in London Kings Cross

Soaked in history, the Clink78 hostel inhabits the former Clerkenwell Magistrates Court, where Charles Dickens is said to have worked as a scribe. The original courthouses are still in tact, but with a modern upgrade – you can now snuggle down and watch TV in one of them or plead guilty while catching up on your emails in the other. Clink have taken the historical foundations and added colour and fun with huge painted quotes running around the room and mesmerising neon lights.

There are a whole bunch of room options available for 1-14 people, including the opportunity to stay in one of the original jail cells that have merely had a colourful upgrade and a few home comforts added. There’s also the Bird’s Nest – a girls only floor with a beautifully painted mural and full length mirrors.

Colourful Hostel in London

We stayed in a 10-bed mixed dorm, one of the less colourful spaces in Clink. Bunk beds are set out side by side to make the most of the space in the room, with privacy screens at either side. The dark brown wall colour wasn’t the most inviting, but the gorgeous wooden floors gave me proper floor envy and the two old style radiators make the whole space feel cosy. There are lockers underneath each bunk, with just enough space to fit a cabin sized bag, and a small personal items locker above the pillow on each bed – don’t forget to bring a padlock or two*! The reading lights are very dim, though, which is good not to wake your sleeping neighbour, but not great for reading under.

Backpacker Hostel London Kings Cross

Breakfast is down in the basement in their huge kitchen and hang out space, with tonnes of chunky wooden benches to spread out on. There is no hot food available like there is at ClinkNOORD, but there’s toast, cereal and fruit with coffee, tea and fruit juice.

During our visit, Clink celebrated 20 years of their Clink261 hostel and 10 years of Clink78 with a huge 90s inspired bash in the basement ClashBar, named after the band who were charged in one of the courtrooms for shooting at pigeons with an air rifle. The space is huge with a fully stocked bar full of spirits, bottled beer and draught. The decor is awesome, with mismatched lamps growing out of the wooden cladded wall that towers over the seating area, so soft you sink into the cushions. The booze is also super cheap!

Clink 78 Hostel Kings Cross

Unusual Places to Stay in London

If you’re looking for where to stay in London that’s budget friendly, Clink78 is a no brainer, especially with the new regeneration of King’s Cross sprouting from the back of the train station. With private rooms starting from £56 a night for two people, a romantic getaway isn’t out of the question either, especially if you like a little fun and colour with your overnight stay.

Clink78 is on King’s Cross Road, a 10 minute walk from King’s Cross Station with beds starting from £13 a night.

Loves x xx

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