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Arts Launches New Menu Following the Appointment of Renowned Leeds Chef
With Simon Turner taking over as Head Chef from a four-year tenure at The Reliance, Arts (formally Arts Cafe) is maintaining its existing commitment to a British bistro-style menu, but bringing provenance and quality to the table as priorities.
Casual dining takes priority at lunchtime, including Sandwiches, Salads and delicious Plates (like the Mediterranean Plate, featuring Arts’ Merguez sausage or halloumi, bulgur wheat, labneh, harissa, dukkah and flatbread), and the Set Lunch Menu offers two courses for a very reasonable £15, 3 courses for £19.
Dinner offers A la Carte and Set Menu options, offering two courses for £17 and three for £21. The A la Carte menu includes starters such as Queen Scallops, Avocado, Quinoa and Tiger’s Milk, or Crispy Pig’s Cheek Croquette, Beetroot & Smoked Apple. Mains include Gloucester Old Spot Pork Ribeye, Hispi Cabbage, Summer Savoury & Peach, and Confit Duck, Bermondsey Sobrasada, Peas & Baby Gem.
There are plenty of exciting vegetarian and vegan options throughout the menu, too – the priority here is fabulous flavour, with respect for local sourcing and quality, whatever the ingredient
Simon Turner, Head Chef: “I don’t so much want to change Arts, in fact, I’d just like to evolve Arts, with the ethics of trying to use seasonal, sustainable and local produce to recreate global cuisine with an emphasis on flavour and quality.”
Arts (formally Arts Cafe) stalwart went under new ownership in 2019, the first time in 24 years. Now simply named “Arts”, is located amidst the city centre hustle and bustle of Call Lane and promises to become the neighbourhood restaurant for the city centre.
One of Leeds’ original independent cafe bars, Arts Cafe opened in September 1994. Since then, Arts has maintained its reputation as one of Leeds’ favourite eateries. Built on great tasting food cooked using the finest, freshest local produce – alongside a great wine list and beer selection.
Arts’ USP? Their walls are bedecked in artworks by local up-and-coming artists, which change regularly and sit with their relaxed atmosphere. A perfect lunchtime spot, evening meal, Sunday roast and in 2019 will be host to regular events.
Arts Leeds Opening Times and Address
Monday – Friday: 12 pm – 10 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
Arts, 42 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 6DT