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Belgrave Street Feast @ Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds

The Belgrave Street Feast was held at one of my current favourite haunts Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen on Saturday. I was gutted to miss the first event last year so was glad to see a second and was definitely going to be seeing what foodie goodness would be on offer!!


A number of well known, local street food heroes were selling their wares and showcasing great flavours from different cuisines.

Fish& – Andrew worked his magic selling out with his fantastic mussels dish! Freshly steamed Scottish mussels, cooked with the Fish& twist of chilli, parsley and Brooklyn Brewery lager. Simply yummy, you can’t go wrong with delicate mussels, rich flavours and a fresh bread bowl making the perfect vehicle for soaking up the cooking liquor! There was also a fantastic looking Chilli corn chowder which went down well too!

Mussels cooked in a Brooklyn Beer Broth
Mussels cooked in a Brooklyn Beer Broth

Dough Boys Pizza – regular twitter and blog followers may know what an ardent fan I am of Ben, his team and their consistently yummy pizza!! My friend and his daughter feasted on three ‘slices’ (quarter of a pizza each): Sausage fest, Screaming goat and Into the Woods – all for less than £4!!! You’d be foolish not to get a half price slice 12-7pm, seven days a week!!!

Dough Boys Pizza, half priced slices!
Dough Boys Pizza, half priced slices!

Fu-Schnikens – Ben from Dough Boys makes these wonderful Taiwanese Bao called Gua Bao. These little gems have already found fame and love in London, courtesy of Bao London and Yum Bun, so Ben has brought his take to Leeds. They are steamed buns filled with hoisin, crushed cashew nuts, sesame seed, palm sugar, picked carrot and mooli, then topped with either:

  • braised pork belly
  • glazed portobello mushroom
  • crispy panko breadcrumb chicken

My name was all over the MEAT being the hungry carnivore I am. You must know by now how much I LOVE juicy pork belly with a passion, and katsu chicken – chicken deep fried in honeyed Japanese panko breadcrumbs. OH MY!!!!!! It’s a good thing I don’t know how to make the buns, because I’d be making these all the time!!! The  additional condiments are JUST RIGHT (ahhh Goldilocks strikes again!), with crunch, sweet, sour and fluffy buns. Writing about them doesn’t do it justice, you just got to eat one, or two in my case!

Ben at the Fu-Schickens street food stand serving Taiwanese Guo Bao!!
Ben at the Fu-Schnikens street food stand serving Taiwanese Gua Bao!!

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Bundobust – a collaboration between much-loved Prashad, the Indian vegetarian restaurant now based in Drighlington and The Sparrow pub from Bradford, serving fantastic Indian street food.


Pav Bhaji - an original Mumbai street food dish
Pav Bhaji – an original Mumbai street food dish

I sampled the Pav Bhaji which was really tasty, with a good kick of heat from the spicing and lovely fresh flavours from the herbs, red onion and tomato. They are soon to open Bundobust on Mill Hill, in Leeds city centre, I’m sure they will make a great addition to the Leeds food scene!

Patty Smiths Burgers:  They like to support local businesses and source all of our ingredients locally, with that in mind they suppliers include Sykes Farm from Wetherby, Leeds based RK Harris & Sons and finally Fosters Bakery from Barnsley. I didn’t eat one on Saturday, but I did a few days earlier and I have to say it’s a great burger!!! The beef patty was cooked just pink in the middle and has a cheese sauce which was inspired! I hate it when you have cheese that’s still solid on the sides, a cracking Chipotle mayo and lovely fresh pickle, lettuce and tomato to go with it!! A soft brioche bun to hold it all together too, a WIN WIN I say!!

Patty Smith's burgers - The 'Dirty burger'
Patty Smith’s burgers – The ‘Dirty burger’

Last but buy no means least, I couldn’t come to the Street Feast without having something from Noisette BakehouseI hope you can tell from my photos that every single thing she bakes looks soooo delicious, and it tastes just as good, if not better!!


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I had my slice of baked heaven with an espresso from Laynes, who were on hand to provide people with great coffee. What a perfect way to end my afternoon at Belgrave Street Feast!!!

Espresso with rhubarb and quince tart.
Espresso with rhubarb and quince tart.

Here’s to the next instalment!

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
1-1a Cross Belgrave Street
0113 2346160

Inaugural Cupping event @ North Star Micro Roasters, Leeds

Of all the non-alcoholic beverages I drink coffee isn’t really one of them, I may order a caffè latte (which maybe a bit lame to coffee connoisseurs), but in general I drink it very rarely. On Thursday afternoon I’d received a message on Twitter from North Star Micro Roasters, a Leeds based company who’s primary ethos is to produce coffee from ethically sourced Arabica beans.

IMG_4636They are based on Meanwood Road in close proximity to other Leeds Independents Leeds Bread Co-op and Ridgeside Brewery, and had very kindly invited me to their Inaugural Cupping event, I had no idea what a cupping event was, but I was really intrigued so drove down that evening. As soon as I walked in I saw sacks of their coffee beans stood next to their roaster called Roxanne – a 5KG Toper and a whole host of people from local businesses, friends and family.



DSC_0444Within the first five minutes I had spoken to two people involved in this new venture, born in April this year. Being pretty much a coffee virgin, with virtually zero knowledge about coffee I was quickly involved in a conversation about how each stage of the process was performed from picking the perfect coffee beans to roasting them to perfection, culminating in a coffee which possessed a consistency of flavour with each batch of beans. I had no idea it was so technical and being a science teacher by day, found it quite scientific. 

They have a range of single origin coffees for pour over and two house espresso blends – Czar Street Seasonal Espresso and Dark Arches Espresso. Part of their work at the roastery will be dedicated to collaborating with businesses in order to create bespoke blends unique to their individual tastes. 

What was also great to hear was their interest and commitment to the people who work on the land and do all the growing, picking and processing. North Star are working with Harrogate based Falcon Speciality Green Coffee Importers and both share the same ethos of sustainability, where fair prices are paid to farmers for coffee, the land is used in a way that respects the environment and the continuous improvement of coffee flavour profiles are all at the heart of their business. In turn this will hopefully build relationships that will last and prosper, allowing farmers to continually re-invest. All of North Star coffee is fully traceable, fully certified internationally or audited by Falcon trained social auditors, which ensures that the land where our coffee is grown and the people who grow it are treated with respect.

For the inaugural cupping we saw Roxanne, the 5kg Toper in its element roasting a batch for the evening and during this the profile of the beans was being monitored in terms of the beans temperature to ensure a consistent flavour profile for each batch.



Mike Riley from Falcon Speciality Green Importers, who’d previously work for Taylors of Harrogate for 25 years as Head of Coffee introduced the cupping event and showed an infectious passion for his craft, he spoke lyrically about each coffee that would be tasted, its origin and flavour notes. For the next hour or so people were invited to taste away, comparing coffee from different areas be it Nicaragua, Columbia, Ethiopia and Rwanda to name a few. Coffee was also being used on the La Marcocco Linea espresso machine by expert Barista Ellis Hall, this would also be available for training at the roastery as part of their service to customers.

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DSC_0465There was a great buzz to the whole event and it showed that maybe I’m missing out here and should give coffee a try. One of the best things about the Leeds food and drink scene currently is the collaboration and support between independent ventures, on the night they had drafted in food from neighbour Leeds Bread Coop, pizza from Dough Boys and tamales from El Topo. Drinks were supplied by another neighbour Ridgeside Brewery.

Leeds Coop bread
Leeds Co-op bread
Cherry and chocolate tamales from El Topo
Cherry and chocolate tamales from El Topo


It was a great evening showcasing coffees from another Leeds independent business. I think I left with a feeling that was evident from the start, that this team at North Star really show an innate passion for the humble coffee bean and this I’m sure can only be a wonderful thing. Leeds is certainly lucky to have them. I’d really like to visit them again in the near future and give coffee, which I hadn’t really given a chance before, a proper try. If it’s through a local, independent venture like this, which encourages me to enjoy this beverage then all the better for it!!!

North Star Micro Roasters
Unit 27
Penraevon Industrial Est.
Jackson Road
Meanwood Road

Friday night Fish& and Dough Boys @ Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, Leeds

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen had its long awaited opening on Wednesday night in Leeds Northern Quarter, I’d heard on the old Twitter grapevine that as well as bringing great music to Leeds, this new music haven would also be serving great food in their new kitchen. With the team from Northern StrEats sprinkling their magic on this new venture, the Leeds renowned Fish& would be their opening gambit serving their fish and chips with a twist . Pizza would also be served from new street food brand Dough Boys with their hand stretched pizzas.

The Northern Quarter already has some great bars and eateries, such as North Bar, Sandinista, It Bar, Fuji Hiro and Sela Bar amongst a whole host of others, but with Belgrave Music Hall opening it brings a whole new vibrancy to the cultural scene in Leeds. Us Leeds folk certainly are being spoilt for choice!!!


Over three floors the philosophy behind the place is not just to bring great music to Leeds, but also fantastic street food, craft beers, cocktails, art and film and with the lure of the rooftop terrace, it has virtually all my favourite things in one place. You can find it next door to favourite Sandinista and in the past the building has had many different names and uses, all of which have unfortunately failed, but I’m really hoping this one sticks.

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The venture has been fronted by Ash Kollakowski and Simon Stevens, well known for organising Beacons Festival, as well as other gigs in and around Leeds. They seem to have all bases covered with this new multi-faceted venue, for me the best thing is the food and drinks. I’d gone to check it out, needing to head into town for a number of different things – hair cut, Leeds Town Hall for the preview of Leeds International Film Festival and Light Night all in the city centre. I wanted to have a little peek at Belgrave too so I could try out the food, I really needed it after a long week at work.

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As Northern StrEats and Dough Boys are providing the sustenance and I wanted to try some pizza, served whole or by the slice, what was also great to see that they have gluten free and vegan options amongst their repertoire, encouraging news for the other half!!

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Baa No More - Middle eastern spiced lamb, pecorino, baby red chard, pine nuts pomegranate
Baa No More – Middle eastern spiced lamb, pecorino, baby red chard, pine nuts and pomegranate

When I arrived the Slice Bar was in full flow, with pizza were being made and cooked in front of my eyes. I couldn’t help myself and sampled a couple of different pizzas, I tried a ‘slice’, a generous quarter of a pizza each of the Into the Woods and Baa No More, both REALLY didn’t last very long at all, and even though I’d gone there Billy no mates, I have a sneaky feeling I would’ve been completely ignorant even with company, and just stuffed my face rather than utter a single word to anyone until after I’d finished. Both tasted fantastic with a lovely thin base and very tasty toppings, out of the two my favourite was the Baa No More with its delicious Middle Eastern flavours – spiced lamb, pomegranate and pine nuts. LOVED IT!!! If that wasn’t music to ears then there’s the added bonus of HALF priced pizza slices 4-7pm everyday, so a complete bargain for £2.90!!! I was too early for Fish& goodies, but I did get my fill went I had some of their fried delights at Millennium Square instead!!!

Belgrave’s yummy street food is served canteen style 4pm till late Monday – Thursday and 12pm – late Friday – Sunday.
Pop down, you’ll be really happy you did!!!

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
1-1A Cross Belgrave Street
0113 234 6160

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