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Leeds is ‘UK’s new food capital’

Leeds is ‘UK’s new food capital’

Diners in the north of England are no longer limited when it comes to eating out, but can enjoy as much choice as those living in London, according to a new report.

Writing in Olive magazine - which recently released its 2014 Cool List of the country's hippest restaurants - food journalist Tony Naylor suggests that Leeds may be the UK's new 'food capital', with Manchester and Liverpool following closely behind.

He said the country's food and drink industry has pulled away from the gravity of London and has created a new northern reputation for itself along what he calls the M62 Corridor.

Mr Naylor wrote: "Time was a northerner had to head to London to experience food's cutting edge … Now, the capital's hip outfits are heading north, while after last year's headline-grabbing openings at Manchester House and the French, the hits just keep on coming."

One significant opening that has led Mr Naylor to hail the north's food scene is that of Meat Liquor, which will be coming to Leeds following success in the capital later this year.

Not only has this shift provided northerners with a greater choice of quality dining experiences, it has also created a significant number of new jobs in the catering and food manufacturing industries.

Editor of the magazine Christine Hayes added it is encouraging to see entrepreneurs setting out on new ventures following the recession, creating new jobs and an increasingly eclectic dining scene.

Other new trends identified by the Cool List in the food and drink sector include the rise of see-through kitchens and venues that provide both late-night music and unique eating experiences.

With regard to beverages, cider is becoming an increasingly popular choice, with bars reflecting this through the variety of drinks they have on offer.  

However, Mr Naylor said the public is falling out of love with American-style burgers and dining spaces cluttered with plants, suggesting that businesses employing these features may not do so well over the coming months.

 

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