Fine dining on the River Aire

Dine on ‘rhubarb hoisin’ and ‘hand-massaged octopus’ at an unusual restaurant in Leeds

Man behind the Curtain

Abi Whyte

Posted on 03/07/2019

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The River Aire was once so polluted it couldn’t sustain any wildlife whatsoever. What a transformation, then, to see it clean and sparkling once more as it flows through the city of Leeds, flanked by Victorian stonework and brickwork and a bustling towpath!

A couple of hours’ walking along the river and seeing the city’s sights is sure to get the stomach rumbling, so why not satisfy your hunger in style at Shears Yard, a popular eatery right next to the Aire. Formerly a canvas and rope works, inside you’ll find contemporary decor complete with exposed brick walls, poured concrete floors and filament light bulbs. On the menu, highlights include cod’s tongue scampi, truffle linguini and corn-fed poussin.

Or, for a gastronomic experience you’ll never forget, head inland from the river to The Man Behind the Curtain, a Michelin-starred restaurant below the department store Flannels on Vicars Lane. Once there you can peruse a menu including such startling delights as ‘Myagi Oyster Strawberry Kimchi’, ‘Rhubarb Hoisin’ and ‘Hand-Massaged Octopus’.

Headed by Michael O’Hare, renowned for his “logic-defying” food and rockstar hair, The Man Behind the Curtain is a restaurant everyone has to try at least once, to have their minds (and taste buds) blown.

Plan your next day out on the River Aire and find out more about The Man Behind the Curtain

Bex Walton