Whether you want to cut the cost of eating out, or you just prefer bringing a bottle of your favourite wine when you dine out, BYOB restaurants are having a resurgence. No longer just a staple of your local curry house, you’ll now find a range of high-end restaurants
inviting you to bring your own bottle of wine for a small corkage fee. Here are five of the best restaurants in Leeds that allow you to bring your own alcohol – just make sure you plan in a visit to Tall Boys Beer Market
or Latitude Wine
The Swine That Dines
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
If you’re looking to impress a date or book a table for a special occasion, The Swine That Dines offers an intriguing alternative to the traditional fine dining restaurants scattered around Leeds. Open just three nights a week for their supper club, the menu changes on a monthly basis with a special all-vegetarian offering on the first weekend of every month. Expect beautifully presented small plates that are designed to be shared, to allow diners to sample as much as possible. The BYOB policy is a welcome bonus that allows you to allocate more money for trying different dishes.
Thai Aroy Dee
Restaurant, Thai, $$$
One of Leeds’s most beloved Thai restaurants, Thai Aroy Dee offers a huge menu filled with traditional Thai dishes, such as Thai green curry and delicious Pad Thai. We recommend going as a group, so that you can sample their diverse range of starters and soups. They don’t have a licence to serve alcohol but do have a range of cold drinks on offer, and invite their diners to bring their own bottles for a small corkage fee.
Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
Located in the bustling Chapel Allerton suburb, Sami’s specialises in tantalising Moroccan cuisine with a wide variety of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes on their extensive menu. It’s technically a takeaway, but there’re a couple of tables if you decide to dine in for an informal yet delicious eating experience. Pop to the local off-licence on the way to pick up a bottle of wine or a couple of beers to enjoy with your food.
Roots and Fruits
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
Think vegetarian food is boring? You clearly haven’t eaten at Roots and Fruits, the popular vegetarian and vegan café tucked away in the Grand Arcade. Offering a diverse menu that covers everything from all-day breakfasts, to the nutritional ‘whole bowl’, to their popular jerk jackfruit, there’s something here even for the most hardened meat eaters. They don’t serve alcohol, but you can bring your own bottle for a small corkage fee.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
This cosy and traditional Italian restaurant just off Woodhouse Lane is known for its delicious food and welcoming staff. Choose from a selection of pizza, pasta and main courses, safe in the knowledge that bringing your own bottle of wine will significantly reduce the bill, allowing you to add on extras such as delicious garlic bread. Perhaps spend the money that you would have splashed out on alcohol on one of their tempting desserts?