This pearl of a restaurant, obscured by the shadow of the grand Leeds Town Hall opposite, can easily be lost if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This is a great shame, as it is easily one of the most charming eateries in the city, offering a wide range of delicious dishes for a variety of specialised diets.
From the outside, it looks like somebody’s home. A large black door with a scuffed brass letter box and matching number make you feel as though you’re about to break into a private abode, but as soon as you step inside it’s like a cabinet of wonders, the Mary Poppins bag of the Leeds dinning world. It’s much larger that than it seems from the street and can easily accommodate for three larger parties as well as smaller ones. The decor is homely and plush, water is served in vintage decanters and all crockery and china are individual pieces hand picked by the staff from various charity shops across Leeds.
The food is particularly rustic and moreish, with a fantastic array of menus including a whole veggie/vegan menu as well as a gluten free one. Rarely does one find good, homely dishes like broccoli and blue cheese pie with all the trimmings in a restaurant that doesn’t cater solely to vegetarians, but 2 Oxford Place go out of their way to ensure that everyone has a choice. There is also a mouth-watering dessert menu including a Madagascan Vanilla Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Warm Chocolate Brownie and more, all served with an option of cream, custard, or ice cream.
As well as perfect evening menus, they offer a variety of afternoon teas, breakfast and brunch. 2 Oxford Place is literally perfect for any meal of the day and I dare you to find a better place to spend your 23rd birthday (Psst, there isn’t one. I had mine there and it was the bee’s knees).
2 Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX | Tel: 0113 234 1294 | open Tues-Sat 11:30am-10pm, closed Sun-Mon