The Calls, Leeds (2006)

The Calls, one of the most charming streets in Leeds, represents a call back to the origins of the city's working past as it runs parallel to the river Aire, which once was the arterial life force of the city. It has now taken on a life-force of a completely different nature in the form of characterful and bespoke eateries and bars. These still respect the waterside heritage, with each of the venues located in what used to be thriving warehouses. This old part of the city now offers food and drink seekers something quite different to the norm.

Calls Grill - Modern British

A chic brick- and art-lined converted warehouse, now a steadfast merchant of quality that centres on grilled meat dishes but strays into Mediterranean territory too. Calls Grill offers sophistication with simplicity and a rawness of interior decor that provides for a great dining experience with a fresh vitality about it.

Reclaim - Hip Bar.

A small bar with much character, utilising reclaimed wooden cable cores for tables. The bar is actually part of Calls Grill which is situated upstairs and accessed on the street side, whereas this is riverside and benefits from an open area to sit outside, peering over into the river while your burger is barbecued in the summer months, with heaters if they're needed.

Aire - Excellent Bar Food

A spacious, low, brick-vaulted bar that does really good bar food and a great Ploughman's Lunch, especially worthy of your custom in the summer months when you can eat and quaff off the very pleasant riverside balcony. Decent selection of beer too. Plasma screen satellite TV and billiard table. Oh and some live music too -- you'd be crazy to pass this place up.

Livebait - Seafood

One of the best seafood venues in the region. It should be as it specialises in it. Very pleasant interior too with a decent small bar at one end and a light flooded atrium at t'other. Takes on a nice sophisticated ambience at night, nicely lit and the ubiquitous (for Call Lane) brick interior.

Brasserie Forty 4 - Modern European

Brasserie Forty 4 is a delightful little restaurant with lots of character, set in a converted grain warehouse on the riverside. Actually part of the equally delightful boutique hotel that is 42 The Calls. Cuisine is a blend of Modern British, French and Mediterranean. Well worth a jaunt in this characterful and atmospheric part of town which just gets better year on year.

Fact File

Parking:
Pay and display on Call Lane and it's offshoots or use the multi-story car-park on nearby York Street near the bus and coach station.

Cash:
Corner of Boar Lane and Briggate, alternatively far end of the bus station or several banks offer cashpoints on Vicar Lane and Briggate.

Taxi:
Streamline (0113) 244 3322. Blue Line (0113) 245 6456

Bar:
The small and characterful Reclaim or the larger and wooden-balconied Aire.

Pub:
The Palace, a real gem of a pub serving real ale. Nice old place with wooden floors. Just by the Leeds Parish Church at the far end of The Calls.

Nightclub:
Mission. House music. Far end of The Calls

Shopping:
The Corn Exchange offers bespoke shops for novelty shopping and plenty of fashion choices, with several eateries, bars and cafes too under its massive, light and airy domed roof.

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