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Cheerful Chilli

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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 Times

Open today - Opens at 6:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Cheerful Chilli
1 East Chevin Road, Otley
Leeds LS21 3DD

Menu Highlights



Freshly made seasonal soup

Served with freshly made

Caramelised red onion and goat’s cheese tart

Served on a bed of green

Mezze Platter

A big plate of freshly cooked tasty starters to share. Falafel; hummus; parsnip crisps; grilled haloumi

Small Plates

Freshly cooked potato chips


Garlic bread


Potatos bravas




Roasted vegetables marinated in a spicy citrus dressing served with refried beans, fresh tomato salsa


3 Tacos served with chillied vegetables, refried beans, tomato salsa, soured cream


Feta cheese, spinach and mint in filo pastry. Served with beetroot relish and fresh green
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More about Cheerful Chilli, Leeds

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.

178 Cheerful Chilli Reviews

178 Reviews
Value for money:Great value
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Very good
Rachel G.2 days ago · 0 reviews

Super tasty food, did not miss the meat at all. Great table service, relaxed atmosphere. Location is perfect for couples and family alike, as a you can walk on the chevrin either side of your meal and take in the scenery.Will definitely be going back there.

Anne G.5 days ago · 0 reviews

really lovely food, good service and friendly. huge portions, great value for 💰

yasmin m.15 days ago · 0 reviews

Great vegan food which is well presented, very tasty and generous portions even for the hungriest person! It's great to have a good vegan choice. If there was one thing I'd love to see it would be a wider range of gluten free vegan options too.

Maurice S.19 days ago · 0 reviews

Everything was excellent; terrific food at very reasonable prices. Lovely staff and location. Really enjoyable. All in the party felt the same way and all intend to return. Great.

Michael D.a year ago · 0 reviews

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!

Roy E.2 years ago · 0 reviews

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.

Linda J.8 months ago · 0 reviews

Three of us went to the Cheerful Chilli on 30 August 2017 and were very disappointed. We had been last year and loved it. We had booked and when we arrived we were taken upstairs. The guy who showed us to our table mumbled something about Indian buffet and touched what we thought was a menu but it was a list of drinks. At least twenty minutes passed and we had to shout out at a waitress who had finally come up to bring some food to another table. She tried to ignore us but some people at another table told her we were trying to get her attention. We asked for a menu and she said "the food will just arrive - there is no menu". After another twenty minutes we were brought a large plate of food.. The food was nice but mostly cold . It was a lot of food. He then brought three large bowls of curry, rice and salads. We had no idea that there was no longer a menu. Nothing was explained and we were give far too much food - which although was nice was spoiled by the amount. When we paid we were shocked to discover that we were charged £20 each for food. You need to sort this out and explain the system when people arrive. In addition the service seemed non existent. We did not want to eat this ridiculous amount of food and or paid this much. However we would have rather have paid £20 each for the amount of food we wanted and had chosen. We left a lot of food which is not a good feeling.

Craig S.8 months ago · 0 reviews

Personally loved it but some may find the surroundings a little uncomfortable, with a few creepy crawlies knocking around, but as you are in the middle of the countryside these things are to be expected. Only a small place which I had been meaning to visit previously but had never found the time, I went with my vegetarian daughter and both of us really enjoyed it. We had the chilli potato skins for starters, these came covered in delicious guacamole, for main I had the Kerala curry, a creamy curry contains chickpeas and courgettes again this was fantastic, the portion size was good as well , I couldn't finish the dinner never mind entertain a pudding. Being a meat eater it is easy to overlook these type of places , but I'll definitely be returning soon, my daughter wants to work through the menu.

John H.9 months ago · 0 reviews

Great cosy vegetarian restaurant on Otley Chevin, handy for superb views and walks. Interesting tasty and spicy menu, plus offered my wife a vegan pizza special which was not listed on the menu--Mary chose extremely well! Staff very attentive and helpful and welcoming. Extremely busy for a Tuesday evening resulted in the service being rather slow which might not suit everyone. Cheerful Chilli opens as a tea room Saturday and Sunday only, also well worth a visit as cakes and puddings yummy.

Jane S.2 years ago · 0 reviews

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 !!

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