Home to award-winning art and sculpture, the world’s first nature reserve and of course, the National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield has much to offer tourists and definitely deserves a place on your itinerary, should you be exploring Yorkshire anytime in the future. When planning a day out, it’s often a good idea to check out the restaurant choices before you go. If you’re looking for restaurants in Wakefield then you’ve come to the right place!
When it comes to dining out in West Yorkshire, Leeds might be your first point of call but you may be surprised to learn that the cathedral city of Wakefield could easily give Leeds a run for its money when it comes to eating out. To give you an idea of just what the restaurant scene there has to offer, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular restaurants in Wakefield. There really is something for everyone…
5 of the best restaurants in Wakefield…
Capri at The Vine
82 Leeds Road, Wakefield WF1 2QF
Capri at The Vine is an Italian restaurant and bar on Wakefield’s Leeds Road boasting two 2nd floor outdoor terraces. This popular venue opened its doors in 2016 and was the second of its kind to be opened by the Capri family.
The restaurant seats an impressive 300 diners and serves authentic Italian cuisine made with the finest of ingredients. As with most Italian restaurants, the menu at Capri is quite extensive and features many traditional favourites such as Bruschetta, Spaghetti Carbonara and Risotto Al Funghi.
For those who love the flavours of Italy but like to break away from the usual offerings when dining out, the menu at Capri is bursting with options. Their Care D’agnello is a locally sourced, herb-crusted rack of lamb served with a mint and red wine jus – a Yorkshire favourite with an Italian twist. For fans of fish and seafood, there’s a delightful array of delicately yet perfectly dishes including Ravioli Seabass and their Pesce Lune Meuniere – Pan-fried Dover sole in beurre noisette and a lemon and caper sauce.
Starters are priced from £5.25 (Soup of the Day) at Capri and main courses range from £8.80 (Pizza Margherita) to £27.80 (Fillet Steak).
1-3 Wood Street, Wakefield WF1 2EL
Situated in a former bank, Qubana is a Cuban and Spanish tapas restaurant and bar with beautiful interiors and a big personality. With a spacious and charismatic restaurant, an underground bar, a gorgeous rooftop terrace and a quirky underground private dining experience available, this place has plenty to offer.
At Qubana, they base their menus around seasonal locally sourced produce so their menus change regularly but there is always a superb selection of authentic tapas dishes and delicious mains to choose from. Their menu consistently boasts a vast array of flavoursome starter/tapas options with dishes currently including tasty delights such as Chorizo Lollipops, Beef Tartare, Empanada, Pan-fried Halloumi plus many more.
They always have a great number of meat, fish and vegetarian main courses which are all very reasonably priced. For an authentic Galician flavour, opt for something from their fantastic grill menu which includes meat sourced from Yorkshire butchers cooked in a traditional Galician way on their charcoal grill.
Prices for tapas dishes at Qubana start at £4 (Patatas Bravas) and main courses begin at just £10 (Qubana Ensalada). The dishes on their grill range are priced from £12 (Butterflied Chicken Breast) to £25 (Galician Meat Platter).
3 – 9 Cross Square, Wakefield WF11PQ
Situated in the centre of Wakefield, just a short distance from Wakefield Cathedral is Tết Restaurant. This popular, contemporary eatery serves authentic Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, expertly prepared by their Head Chef.
Tết most certainly has one of the most beautifully decorated dining rooms in Wakefield, providing the perfect backdrop for those celebration group photos and Insta-worthy selfies.
Their main menu is a mouthwatering list of traditional Thai, Vietnamese favourites such as Chicken Satay, Green Curry and Pad Thai but it also features a delightful selection of signature dishes, carefully created by the talented Tết team. They cater for most dietary requirements and all the dishes on their menu can be made to your preferred heat intensity.
Starters and small laces begin at £6,95 ( Vegetable Spring Roll) and go up to £10.50 (Wild Soft-Shell Crab). Mains are priced b between £8.95 ( Papaya Salad) and £19.95 (Yorkshire Lamb Cutlets).
Looking for a restaurant in Wakefield at lunchtime? On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays Tết offer a tapas lunch and you can enjoy 3 dishes for just £9.50.
All in all, it’s a superb central restaurant serving a vast array of delicious, aromatic dishes in a sophisticated setting.
The Grill Pit
40 Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1JY
Located inside the Counting House in Wakefield you’ll find a fun and funky casual dining restaurant called The Grill Pit. This place is immensely popular with locals and when you see their menu you’ll understand why. Ideal for family meals and celebrations with friends, they serve up their own version of fast food and calorific comfort food favourites.
If you’re a meat-lover then you’re in for a real treat. Their menu includes Dr Pepper Pulled Pork, Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket, Gourmet Burgers, Jumbo Chicken Wings, Meaty Ribs, numerous kebabs, baguettes and nachos plus their own version of the North East favourite – the Parmo. Although their epic menu is targeted towards carnivores, they also offer some excellent veggie dishes including their “Filthy Jackfruit Burger” and a Grilled Halloumi Kebab.
If you can’t decide what to choose, then perhaps order a selection of their tapas dishes or opt for one of their loaded platters to get a taste of a few restaurant favourites. Their All American Platter, for example, includes chicken strips, BBQ wings, a pulled pork slider, a corndog, mac n cheese, twister fries and purple slaw for just £18. Yum yum!
Prices for starters/ tapas at The Grill Pit range from £5 (Mozzarella Sticks) to £7 (Salt and Pepper Chicken). Mains cost from £10 (Classic Burger) to £20 (Pig Out Platter). Be sure to save room for dessert as their dessert menu includes some sensational sweet treats like Biscoff Sticky Toffee Pudding and Fairground Doughnuts.
12 Bullring, Wakefield WF1 1HA
Okay, so the restaurant scene in Wakefield covers a wonderful variety of cuisines from around the world and we’ve included Italian, Cuban, Thai and American restaurants in this article. However, Wakefield is also home to some great restaurants which don’t focus on one particular cuisine but ofer a small menu of creative dishes designed to highlight some of the region’s excellent produce.
Iris is one such restaurant serving a selection of globally inspired, thoughtfully concocted dishes and they do it phenomenally well. The British brasserie boasts sleek and contemporary interiors and bases its menu around top-quality locally sourced ingredients – some of which the chefs forage for themselves.
As their menu is very much dependent on the produce available to the creative chefs each season, it changes regularly. Currently, starters on their menu include Smoked Haddock Scotch Egg (£8), Whitby Crab Thermidor (£8.50) and Crispy Korean Duck Salad (£8). Mains include Grilled Monkfish (£24) served with an Indonesian curry sauce, Pork Belly with apple and vanilla puree and Lambchetta – new season lamb stuffed with sausage and herbs, served with courgette and pea puree. For a special treat, order their Fruits de Mer (£65) which is a glorious seafood platter of two, piled high with prawns, mussels, clams, crab, oysters and scallops served with dressings and straw fries.
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