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5.3 /6 Excellent 109 Reviews

Cheerful Chilli

Otley Vegetarian ££ +100
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About Cheerful Chilli

If you’re heading between Leeds and Otley on East Chevin Road you’re in for a treat if you stop by Cheerful Chilli, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant and tea rooms right by Otley Chevin Forest Park. The dishes that this friendly restaurant presents are drawn from all over the world, but you can expect each to be made from homegrown vegetables, locally-produced food and Fairtrade products. Set inside a beautiful old Yorkshire farmhouse, the space is also ideal for weddings and celebrations in the adjacent Chilli Barn private venue.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 18:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 18:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 18:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 18:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 16:00, 19:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
Cheerful Chilli, 1 East Chevin Road, LS21 3DD Leeds

Further Information

With its warm decor and friendly service, Glasgow’s Ember Restaurant feels like a home away from home, and this relaxing vibe combined with the menu packed full of Mediterranean favourites keeps hungry Glaswegians coming back to its location in the city centre again and again. From German schnitzel to French confit duck, plus an array of Italian pastas and pizzas and market-fresh seafood, Ember Restaurant’s menu caters to all tastes.

We recommend beginning with the chilli tiger prawns before moving on to the signature dish: Ember Sticks (flame-grilled skewers of meat and fish served on a skillet with a tangy tomato sauce, vegetables and a side of chips, rice or mashed potato). Finish it all off with some creme brulee, or for an extra decadent treat go for the chef’s fondue (fresh strawberries, banana, chopped waffles and marshmallow with a Belgian chocolate dipping sauce). Situated on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow’s city centre, a trip to Ember Restaurant is an ideal way to end a day spent shopping in the city, or to fuel up before hitting the nearby pubs and clubs.


109 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 109 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 08:58

A great night, fabulous selection of food on the banquet meal of which 6 of us shared. The food just kept on coming. 2 lovely waitress who explained what each dish was. Great night

1 review so far 6
14.06.2017 11:51

This was a meal for four people, two visitors from Devon and two locals.We had good food in a friendly environment and our visitors were very impressed.

1 review so far 6
29.05.2017 20:57

Great food, location and staff - can't ask for more. Thursday evening meal - sat outside in the sun. I had the curry, friend had a pizza.

2 reviews so far 6
28.05.2017 09:37

Fantastic vegetarian banquet, need four people to have this, beware huge portions but can ask for leftovers boxed to go! Great food, atmosphere, friendly staff. Highly recommended. Love this place

2 reviews so far 4
14.01.2017 12:05

We've been visiting the Cheerful Chilli on and off for 20 years or so seeing it grow from its (very) humble beginnings to present day and with consistently good food and value throughout. This visit however was not one of the best experiences we've had. First of all the option to take alcohol is now banned as there have a licence to sell so the attraction to that was a good selling point for a very reasonable night out. Second the food quality on this occasion was not quite on it. My partner loves the blue cheese burger they have produced for many years to find it has been removed from the menu. Costs of making it was the reason given. Great shame, she would have happily paid what it takes to make it profitable. There's nothing quite like it anywhere else. The echilladas chosen as the replacement were also not of the quality experienced in previous times. Apparently they ran out of cheddar cheese so replaced it with mozzarella which was tasteless. The Kerala curry I had was particularly good however so recommend that to anyone. All in all the Cheerful Chilli still represents a quirky, reasonably priced night out, even factoring in the wine and 3 courses with coffee it comes in cheaper than most other restaurants we visit so I am being harsh with this review. Everything goes around I find so maybe this is the Chilli's little dip in form. Get it back guys, you deserve more than what I've said in this review. I want to be back!

1 review so far 6
08.06.2016 22:44

This was our first visit to The Cheerful Chilli and this will not be our last. With a drive of 45 minutes you really do hope the food is going to be good. Well it was excellent. We had 3 starters, 3 mains with a shared jerk halloumi salad and 3 puddings (One was my favorite was cheesecake). In addition 4 glasses of wine and water. The price was £70. All the food was fresh, vibrant, colourful and obviously homemade. With anything home made there is that expected wait, which there was. Nothing crazy but you should be forewarned. The wait is worth it. How come this has been running for 18 years and I have just found out about it. Now my favourite vegetarian place to go.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2016 16:26

Just moved into the area !!! Really enjoyed this cute little please , although not so little as it is full of dining areas. Staff were so friendly and just generally nice people . Food was .... Ermmm AMAZING !! Everything I ordered was presented well and looked as though time had been spent on it . Puddings were to die for !! I had deep fried goats cheese , aubergine feta spinach bake thingy and raspberry cheesecake!!! Mmmm !!! Defo going again , have to anyway as I want to work through the menu !!!! Oh and did I say that ..... It's AMAZING !!! You really need to go !!!! See ya soon folks !!

1 review so far 5
23.07.2016 08:52

Three of us had a first time visit on a lovely warm July evening. Delightfully quirky seating area to have a drink outside before going in to eat. We had a delicious sharing platter of mezze followed by the baked aubergine. That was a bit overloaded with tomato, couldn't taste the aubergine and courgette, but still very good. Too full for pudding we had two scoops of super ice cream, would like the recipe for that. The bottle of Chilean Sauvignon was good and excellent value as was the whole meal. All brought to us by friendly staff, we will be back. Jan and Brian Dower

1 review so far 5
12.05.2017 10:49

Lovely staff. Beautiful place and fantastic tomato soup and bread, really delicious. Slight criticism that my friend's potato skins really weren't skins- they were potato wedges which was confusing and the salad dressing was too hot for me, but that's my fault I should have asked them not to use it. And it's a small space so it was a bit noisy until some of the other diners finished.

2 reviews so far 5
27.03.2017 11:28

If you want great vegetarian food at a good price in a warm, informal atmosphere try the Cheerful Chilli. Food is fabulous, staff are friendly, service is good - a little chilly actually though!

1 review so far 5
07.04.2016 07:14

Excellent food but service seemed sporadic and music was rather loud and not to my taste. However, glad I had booked as the Cheerful Chilli was surprisingly packed out for a mid-week evening.

1 review so far 5
04.03.2017 09:41

The food was fantastic, I ate far too much and enjoyed it all. The venue is really nice and the experience felt really relaxed. The only mark against was at the end, it took a long time to get the bill and we ended up going to the counter to pay. I'd still be delighted to go back, I'm sure I will, and soon.

3 reviews so far 6
01.08.2016 07:42

So many tasty dishes to choose from! Recommend the banquet so you get to try as many as possible. The pudding platter was delicious. Service was good, we were a party of 8. A few cushions or more comfortable seating is only thing which could have improved the evening. Would definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 21:15

Love the Cheerful Chilli. Really lovely meal in gorgeous setting. Great, friendly, efficient staff. Couldn't do fault it. Thanks so much. We will be back soon!

9 reviews so far 6
15.03.2017 10:56

Very busy for a Tuesday night; glad we booked. Great meal as usual. Forget 'boring vegetarian'. The menu has such marvellous dishes that it's difficult to choose. The dahl was divine; just right for a cold evening, & the addition of walnuts to the tagliatelli was inspired. Will be returning soon.

9 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 10:39

As usual, the atmosphere was warm & friendly, even lanterns ushering us inside from the garden. The food was brilliant. My Goat's Cheese mild & soft, someone's Sweet corn patties deliciously crisp, not to mention the caramel/salt ice cream to die for, Altogether an excellent meal; we shall be back asap!

1 review so far 5
26.06.2016 07:45

We had a nice time at the cheerful chili restaurant yesterday. It is situated in the middle of nowhere, but worth the drive. It is one of the nicest vegetarian restaurants I know. Yesterday the food was good and the service nice and fast. The visit before we tried the 'tasters' buffet (with a bit of everything), which was even better.

2 reviews so far 4
07.02.2016 22:21

We had booked an early table because we had had a full day on our workshop. Food was good but service really really slow, over 2 hours spent there for a main course and a dessert, too long. Our group had lots to share, so we filled the time, but we got really hungry waiting and very tired by the end of the meal, which spoiled the experience.

1 review so far 4
14.10.2016 16:56

The food was very nice and we'll presented however it was a very wet and cold evening and we felt cold at our table throughout the meal. Going outside after our meal the path was flooded and the car park was a mud bath. I know the weather is not under their control but better heating and more outside lighting would make me more likely to return.

1 review so far 6
31.07.2016 09:51

Vegetarian food at its best in a beautiful setting. All food is freshly prepared so if you are in a hurry this is not the place for you, but well worth the wait if you have all evening to enjoy a delicious meal.

1 review so far 6
07.06.2016 17:38

The cheerful chilli is never a let down. We've been going on and off since it first opened all those years ago. The service and food is second to non. The atmosphere is relaxed and the price is exceptional value for money.

1 review so far 4
15.02.2017 17:43

The evening started with the restaurant not being able to find our booking made through Quandoo despite me having the confirmation email on my phone. Things looked up after that: the food was plentiful, piping hot and very tasty. Service was a little slow, but I could cope with this as our meals were obviously prepared fresh and the restaurant was very busy

1 review so far 6
01.10.2016 09:38

A lovely location, the food was delicious, lots of choice , would definitely recommend the banquet for 4 or more diners. Staff helpful and friendly , a thoroughly enjoyable evening. A perfect spot to get married or celebrate a special event.

1 review so far 6
18.01.2017 09:01

Fantastic food and very good service 10 /10 the organic beer was good the prices were very reasonable bill came to £79 for 3 starters 3 mains 1 side 2 puds and 5 drinks I will definitely be going back

2 reviews so far 5
26.01.2017 14:23

A beautiful slightly quirky restaurant with lovely veggie food on the slopes of Otley chevin. Really enjoyed the place and the food. Only two little let-downs were the background music which was too 'erratic' for eating ambience... and unfortunately a large hair in my wife's curry! Otherwise PERFECT!

1 review so far 5
31.07.2016 08:48

The food is always delicious and even though the service is a little slow at least you know this is for a reason......because the food is all freshly prepared. Our party had a shared mezze starter, followed by chimichangas and pizza! They are also licensed now 👍👍

1 review so far 6
28.02.2016 19:12

Wonderful meal for our family of 4, including a fussy 10yr old and sullen teen. Lovely atmosphere and prompt friendly service. Great tasting and generous portions. Wide choice for all us. HUGE desserts to finish. We'll definitely be back.

1 review so far 5
19.11.2016 13:00

Excellent as always. Good and ample food which is tasty and varied. The banquet is a must. Friendly staff and happy to cater for lactose intolerance members of our party. Only down side seemed to be no lactose fee deserts but pretty full by then anyway!

1 review so far 5
15.04.2016 09:11

Standard of food very good, portions generous, lots of choice which made it difficult for me to pick what to go with. More cheese free options for vegans and/or gluten free options would be good though to cater for a wider range of dietary requirements.

1 review so far 5
08.04.2016 09:00

The food was great all round, well presented and I wasn't disappointed by the taste, very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sometimes a little slow with the service but not a bad thing as allowed time between courses. Thoroughly recommend it and I'll be going back.

1 review so far 4
15.06.2016 09:54

It's a small but popular venue, as such there is a considerable amount of waiting time involved. I suggest getting a starter to keep you occupied. It get hot upstairs for some but I was as comfortable as could be in the foldable chair. The food was very good and I am a passionate meat eater!

1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 08:29

staff were great, service was brilliant and the food was outstanding, extremely tasty and satisfying and when the bill came I was expecting a much higher cost because of the quality, very impressed will be visiting again!

1 review so far 3
12.11.2016 08:47

The food was lovely. But it was really cold in the restaurant. The outside door kept being left open so you never got chance to get warm. Had to sit with large scarves wrapped as blankets. The toilets look a bit tired with things like the bolt hanging off and in need of attention. Disappointing really as have been a number of times before. Might choose somewhere else next year for our birthday celebration.

7 reviews so far 6
31.03.2017 20:35

Just had a really enjoyable evening. I'm becoming such a regular that the staff are remembering me...😬 I like that even the wine is vegetarian. The timing between courses is good. I always get there early.......

1 review so far 6
07.12.2016 17:04

As always great food and friendly staff Ihighly recommend this restaurant We had the buffet option which is really varied and very tasty. Myself and friends left the restaurant feeling very happy and very very full

1 review so far 5
24.02.2016 10:53

Cheerful is a good word to describe this place. An intimate, family or larger group dining experience can be provided. It's relaxed and friendly with attentive staff and a good range of tasty, well presented food of homely style served in generous portions.

1 review so far 5
12.05.2016 11:59

Friendly service. Very nice veggie food. Especially enjoyed the antipasti. Portion sizes are large so best to be hungry, especially if you want to have room for dessert. Location excellent - have a walk on the Chevin first to work up an appetite

1 review so far 6
05.08.2016 11:39

Love this place! We had a fantastic meal with great food and really friendly service. I have no problem recommending Cheerful Chili, but it was busy on a midweek night so book to avoid disappointment!

1 review so far 6
13.02.2016 10:52

Great environment. good food (selection, taste, presentation and quality - the wine is very good as well!), pleasant and willing staff and very good value. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening out and will be going again.

1 review so far 6
18.08.2016 10:33

Beautiful setting, lovely varied food, great ambience even with a large party. One of the best vegetarian menus around for a large party all who have different tastes. Also impressed by their Function building.

1 review so far 6
10.02.2016 09:04

It was a cold night & it was a bit chilly in there but the food is delicious we soon warmed up with the hearty food inside us. Great menu was difficult to choose

1 review so far 5
30.09.2016 07:22

Quaint and cosy with a relaxed atmosphere, though would have liked a cushion on the wooden chair. Interesting menu and starters were particularly good. Excellent choice of very reasonably priced wine. Staff very friendly and helpful. Will definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
03.08.2016 13:53

Excellent veggie food that's tasty for non veggies. Big portion sizes and reasonable prices too. It's handy for walks at Otley Chevin and does both snacks for lunchtimes and main meals for evenings.

2 reviews so far 6
05.10.2016 14:20

What a lovely experience - relaxing atmosphere, friendly service and fabulous vegetarian food. So happy we were able to get a table - at short notice and with 3 clicks on the internet!

1 review so far 3
09.09.2016 09:30

We were very surprised to be seated next to a window that had dead insect on the window cill and a cobweb. The table had lavender seeds on it from an old table display. Service was very slow and a drink order of Gin & Tonic was presented premixed no ice or Lime. Food was good but we would not recommend or go back

1 review so far 6
24.06.2016 18:25

Went here to celebrate my daughter's birthday and we enjoyed a tasty meal in lovely surroundings. The service was good and we had a great evening. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

1 review so far 5
27.06.2016 07:07

Brilliant food, great service, good price, nice atmosphere. What more could you want? We would certainly go there again. If you are a meat eater, don't be put off by the "vegetarian" label - you would never know.

1 review so far 6
29.06.2016 08:56

Great place. Food, atmosphere, service and value for money all excellent. Would recommend without hesitation. Great to take our daughter to a place where she can eat everything on the menu

1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 14:09

A lovely setting, great food and served with a smile. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will be recommending the venue to friends. hope to make a return visit very soon.

1 review so far 6
02.07.2016 22:36

I've been many times to cheerful chilli & the food & service never fails to amaze me. I would highly recommend it. It's such an unusual place too..but I love it.