Our favourite restaurants in North Leeds

North Leeds has a wide variety of restaurants ranging from Italians to Thai to Carveries to Indians. We’re giving you a selections of some of our favourite restaurants in North Leeds…
Salvos

Salvos is a well-known Italian restaurant located in Headingley. Enjoy classical Italian dishes such as pastas and pizzas with a modern touch in a relaxed environment. For over 40 years the Dammone family have graced the people of Leeds and beyond with their delicious cuisine. It also has a Salumeria where you are able to buy Italian ingredients to cook up your own meals like in the restaurants!

Bengal Brasserie

Bengal Brasserie is located in Roundhay and is a traditional Indian restaurant. There are plenty of curry dishes to choose from including chicken, lamb and prawns. In 2017 it was voted one of the top 10 finalists for Curry House of the Year and it won Best Curry House in 2016! (There is also a restaurant in Leeds City Centre).

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Zucco is located in Meanwood and serves tapas-style Italian meals for sharing. The staff are friendly and are always willing to help. The food is full of flavour and very reasonably priced, so you can enjoy a lovely meal without worrying about how expensive it is!

Sukhothai

If you enjoy Thai food you should check out Sukhothai in Chapel Allerton. The Times has labelled it as one of the top ten Thai Restaurants in the country! The menu has a wide variety of Thai food to choose from and the environment is very friendly- which makes it an incredible place to dine.

El Bareto

El Bareto is a small, family-run Spanish restaurant in Chapel Allerton serving tapas. The interior makes you feel as though you are in Spain as it is rustically decorated and there is often live music for you to enjoy. It has a very friendly atmosphere and serves tasty paella! If you love Spanish food, head down to El Bareto.

Which one appeals to you the most?

Top 5 Instagram posts of March

Our Instagram page features a range of pictures of Leeds city centre and beyond! We show off what the city has to offer with posts of new developments, skylines, monuments, architecture and city views. We’d like to show you our top 5 posts from March…
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Leeds Bridge has recently undergone a lot of work such as maintenance, repair and strengthening of the bridge. To improve the appearance, workers are painting the bridge. We anticipate the works to finish in April. We managed to capture this snap showing the beginning of the refurbished bridge. It’s starting to look brilliant, we can’t wait until the whole bridge is finished!

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The sun setting always makes for a great photo, but the sun setting over the River Aire with the city in the skyline makes for an amazing photo as the sun reflects perfectly onto the water. The sunset was definitely Instagram worthy and no filter was needed (we never use filters anyway). We can’t believe it was in winter!

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‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, design for tomorrow.’ The artwork on the Lyon Works Buildings was done by Peter Barber who specialises in murals and signs. The aim was to bring the old building back to life. You can see it for yourself on Templar Lane, close to Victoria Gate.

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We managed to snap 2 shots of the bridge at Clarence Dock, one in the midday and one in the evening. Both had clear, colourful skies which reflected beautifully onto the river. Which one do you prefer?

   

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The view from the roof terrace at Candle House is amazing as it has panoramic far reaching views of the city. Looking over the railway lines, you can easily do some trainspotting watching the trains depart and arrive at the station.

Which one is your favourite?

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Most popular apartment blocks in North Leeds

North Leeds has a wide variety of apartment blocks with features ranging from private gardens and balconies to skylight windows and breakfast bars. We’ve put together a selection of the most popular apartment blocks in North Leeds.
Grove Villas

One of the most popular apartments is Grove Villas. It’s a gated development comprising of 16 one and two bed apartments. Residents have access to communal landscaped gardens and there is also allocated parking spaces included. The apartments are all of high specification and some have period features such as arched windows. The main amenities of Headingley are only a 10 minutes’ walk away which includes a Sainsburys and a Nandos.

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The Becketts

The Becketts is a modern mixed-use development made up of 24 apartments. Many apartments have floor to ceiling windows, some with a dual aspect and they are furnished to a high standard with modern interiors. The Becketts is located in the centre of Meanwood and popular restaurants include Zucco and East of Arcadia which are situated on the ground floor.

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Montgomery Avenue

Montgomery Avenue is surrounded by communal gardens and is only a 10 minutes’ walk from central Headingley. Juliet balconies, fully fitted wardrobes and 3 piece ceramic bathroom suites are all features included in these apartments. Bus routes 1 and 6 are a 4 minutes’ walk away which takes 20 minutes’ to get into Leeds city centre.

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Carisbrooke Road

Carisbrooke Road is a small development, comprising of 5 two and three bed apartments. Some apartments have a balcony and all residents have access to the seating area in the communal courtyard. Similarly to Montgomery Avenue, bus routes 1 and 6 are close by for easy access into the centre of Leeds which takes 20 minutes’.

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Abbey Court

Abbey Court consists of 2 apartment blocks made up of 1 and 2 bed apartments. The apartments have spacious open plan layouts and some have Juliet balconies. The popular leisure park, Cardigan Fields, is a 5 minute drive away which has a Vue cinema, a bowling alley and several well-known restaurants including Pizza Hut and Frankie and Benny’s.

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Which apartments appeal to you most?

Round up of events in March

March is filled with a variety of events to keep you entertained! These are a selection of some of the events occurring in Leeds this month…
Brudenell Social Club

There are lots of different shows at the Brudenell Social Club this month. Various artists are performing including Sarah Darling, Jessica Pratt, Matt Anderson, The South and Red Rum Club. Have you got tickets for any of these?

Murder Inc.

Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton are hosting a murder mystery on the 6th March. The team from Murder Inc Improv. take ideas from the audience and create the play based on your suggestions! You will have to guess who committed the murder and the winning team will gain a prize.

Leeds Lit Fest

The Leeds Lit Fest arrives to Leeds on the 6th of March until the 10th. It’ll take place across various locations including Hyde Park Book Club. The festival celebrates the vibrant and thriving literature scene in Leeds. Local writers, performers and artists will showcase their talents.

First Direct Arena

There is lots going on at the arena this month! George Ezra is performing on the 8th of March. Also the BAFTA award winning BBC One programme, Blue Planet II, arrives at the arena on the 19th. You can see the mysteries of the planet’s oceans and wildlife live in concert. Disney on Ice is also at the arena in March, which will be fun for all the family!

Cocktails in the city

The UK’s leading cocktail festival arrives to Leeds this weekend. Leeds Town Hall will be hosting the event on the 1st and 2nd of March. 16 of the city’s finest bars will compete to be crowned the best bar. You will be able to try new cocktails and will be taken on a taste journey.

Which one will you be attending?

Landlord’s tips for success

Communication

Landlords should ensure they are consistent with communication with their tenant/s or Letting Agent. If the tenant of a private landlord has a problem they should be able to contact the landlord easily so that the problem doesn’t worsen and it can be resolved. Ensure tenants have all the correct contact details as they will feel more at ease when they know how to get in touch with their private Landlord. If the Landlord is using a Letting Agent, they should ensure they have regular communication with them so that every party is kept up to date during the tenancy.

Maintenance

Tenants may face maintenance issues when renting a property. In this situation the Landlord should be willing to help repair anything that has been raised by the tenant, within reason. This will maintain a positive relationship between the tenant and Landlord.

Respect privacy

Private Landlords often inspect their properties, however Landlords shouldn’t bother tenants all the time whilst they are living in their property. If a private Landlord wants to visit the property, they should liaise with the tenant when is best. Tenants don’t want to be hassled by their Landlords and will respect them more if they let them know ahead of time when they plan to visit the property.

Be professional

Landlords should present themselves professionally to the tenant by ensuring the tenant is moving into a clean, tidy and well-presented new home. They should keep the property in good shape with fresh paint and carpeting, stay up to date on repairs and lawn maintenance, handle noise complaints and respect the tenant’s privacy.

What content would you like to see in our blogs?

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Top 5 instagram pictures

We like to post lots of photos from in and around Leeds onto our Instagram page. The photos range from properties, local amenities and events. This week we are looking at our 5 favourite Instagram posts from our page!
#5 Water Taxi’s

In May 2017 we got a great shot of the water taxi’s passing one another on the River Aire. One on its way to Granary Wharf and the other heading towards Clarence Dock. They’re a great way to travel around the city!

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#4 Dock Street

A deserted Dock Street with Bridgewater Place far in the background. With nobody around it was the perfect time to take a snap!

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#3 Candle House

On a trip to Granary Wharf we took this picture of Candle House. It’s a very tall building with a communal roof terrace which gives panoramic views of the city! The blue sky definitely adds to the beauty of this snap.

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#2 River Aire

Who doesn’t love a shot of the River Aire? It’s always an Instagram worthy picture when the sun is setting and the buildings reflect perfectly onto the water! We have lots of photos of the River Aire on our Instagram page.

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#1 Bridgewater Place

Blue skies over Leeds as we took a trip to the roof terrace of Candle House. A great shot of Bridgewater Place standing tall compared to the other buildings. Candle House gives an excellent view of the city.

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Which one’s your favourite?

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Round up of February events

The first month of 2019 is finally over but the year is only just beginning! We’ve picked a selection of events happening in North Leeds during February to keep you occupied….
Sunny Bank Mills

If you’re a lover of Vintage, you should head down to Sunny Bank Mills on the 9th of February for their Vintage Furniture and Home Fair. You’re bound to find some old gems amongst everything there.

Hyde Park Book Club

If you want to challenge your friends to some old classic board games then Hyde Park Book Club is the perfect place. They have over 330 board games for you to choose from including classics and more modern games. Enjoy old favourites or learn something new!

Ice Cube

The popular ice skating rink has returned to Millennium Square. You have until the 24th February to get your skates on for the day! Not only is there an ice rink but also winter themed attractions such as the Ice Jet and the Glacier Run Simulator.

Brudenell

There are plenty of gigs to see throughout February at the Brudenell Social Club. They have artists ranging from rock to jazz to pop, you are bound to find someone you want to go see. Submotion Orchestra, Polyphia and Toya are amongst those performing this month.

X Factor Live Tour

The X-factor live tour arrives at Leeds First Direct Arena on the 16th of February. You’ll get to see performances from 8 artists who competed on the previous series of the show including the winner, Dalton Harris.

Will you be going to any of these?

Morgan’s volunteer at Mencap

Morgans volunteer at local charity for the third year running

A couple of weeks ago the Morgans City Living team spent a day volunteering at local charity, Leeds MENCAP. The aim was to help maintain and improve the facilities for the children and adults who use The Vinery Centre in East End Park. Leeds MENCAP (http://www.leedsmencap.org.uk/) provide services and activities to improve the lives of children and adults with a learning disability along with their families and carers.

On the day the team were divided into separate groups and allocated specific jobs which ranged from cleaning several activity rooms, chairs, tables, external and internal soft play areas, repainting the reception area, creating new displays and gardening to make the outdoor areas more pleasant.

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Our MD, Jonathan Morgan says we believe that charity begins at home and that we have a duty to do all we can to support the less fortunate in Leeds. Each year we offer our employees volunteering and fundraising opportunities to help make a positive change. The whole team were totally enthusiastic and committed to completing all their jobs and to the highest standard.

Cath Lee, Chief Executive of Leeds MENCAP adds “Morgans volunteers are fantastic. Leeds Mencap couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. Volunteers enable us to do more and bring a diverse mix of skills and experience which enriches what we can offer. Their enthusiasm and energy is always a boost – we can never thank them enough”.

Morgans City Living have supported a number of charities within the Leeds community for many years, including Leeds MENCAP, The Market Place and St George’s Crypt. Our MD is a Director of St George’s Independent Living and The Old Fire Station at Gipton and a Trustee of Leeds Community Foundation, which contributed to the construction of The Vinery Centre for Leeds MENCAP with a significant grant.

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Mental Health Pub Quiz

The first “Mental Health Pub Quiz” was a success and raised over £25,000 on Monday the 21st of January for local charities Leeds Mind and The Market Place.

Our MD, Jonathan Morgan that founded the event with Paula Dillon, partner at Womble Bond Dickinson and Richard Lewis, formerly of Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS) says we were in no doubt that the event would generate huge interest and we are delighted to have reached full capacity of 250 people for the night. According to MIND, 1 in 4 people are currently suffering from depression or anxiety and over 11% of the NHS budget is spent on mental health. We recognise that this has significant implications for Leeds and we want to do all we can to support those who are struggling by raising awareness.

The quiz was held at The Old Bar in Leeds University Union on what is known as ‘Blue Monday.’ Gary Hetherington, Chief Executive of Leeds Rhinos was our quiz-master and he managed to keep the room in order. Folk and jazz music kept our guests entertained as Mambo Jambo performed for everybody. There were some wonderful prizes for our guests to win such as a Pork Pie for 12, a box of Monster Munch and a box at The Arena.

We are delighted to announce that our winner was Fore Consulting and joint second place went to Walker Morris and TCS.

All profits will be shared equally between local mental health charities, Leeds Mind and The Market Place.

Leeds Mind (http://www.leedsmind.org.uk/) promotes positive Mental Health and well-being. It offers services such as counselling, group therapy, social support, peer support, housing support, and suicide bereavement support.

The money raised for Leeds Mind can be put towards a number of things such as the following:

  • £10 can fund a place on group counselling sessions
  • £30 could fund an hour of Counselling
  • £5 could fund a place in a group ‘wellbeing session’
  • £500 could fund a volunteer’s expenses for a year
  • £15,000 pays for 1-2-1 key working support for a year
  • £1.50 could pay for ingredients to take part in our peer support cooking group

The Market Place offers space, time and information to young people to help them feel safe and secure in their lives and to feel good about themselves. https://www.themarketplaceleeds.org.uk/

Checklist for moving house

Moving house can be a stressful time for everyone, that’s why we’ve created a checklist for when you move to make life a little easier.
Confirm date

You should always confirm the date with the seller or Letting Agent. When you know the official date you can plan when you’re going to sort everything such as packing, arranging transport and changing your address as mentioned below, to ensure that you have plenty of time to do this.

Make a list

Your Agent will provide an inventory for you of what should be in your new home, it’s good to make sure you check this list. If the property is missing items that you may require then you are able to plan to get them beforehand if you don’t already own them.

Change of address

You need to ensure everyone knows that your address is changing so you should make a list of who you need to contact. You also need to notify your service providers and anyone who deals with your utility bills so that they can send important letters to your new address.

Transport

If you have a lot of furniture to move you need to think about how you’re going to get it from one place to another. There are lots of removal companies or you could ask friends and family to help. It’s best to organise this in advance so you are all set for your move in date.

New area

If you’re moving to an unfamiliar area you could ask your Agent to give you information in regards to what amenities are nearby and gain an idea of how far they are from your new home.

Are you ready to move?

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