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5.5 /6 Wonderful 47 Reviews

Howards Bistro

Pudsey European, British £££ +100
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About Howards Bistro

The dining scene in Leeds continues to go from strength to strength, and one of the major strings in the city’s culinary bow is the quality of the local ingredients available to the chefs of Yorkshire. One such British restaurant in Leeds is Howards Bistro on Richardshaw Lane in Pudsey, where they have a menu filled with favourites from fish & chips to beef stew and cottage pie. Throw a fair few international classics into the mix – chicken Kiev, vegetable tagine, goats’ cheese bruschetta – and an extensive drinks selection, from local ales to cocktails and soft drinks. Pay them a visit by taking the train from Leeds to New Pudsey station before making the short trip over to Howards Bistro – just remember to book a table before you arrive, as they can get quite packed from time to time and it pays to be prepared.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 21:30
  • Thursday 17:30 - 21:30
  • Friday 17:30 - 21:30
  • Saturday 17:30 - 21:30
  • Sunday 13:00 - 20:00
Howards Bistro, 163 Richardshaw Lane, LS28 6AA Leeds

Further Information

As the Leeds restaurant scene grows and grows, the reputation of the city as a dining destination blossoms with it, and one of the main reasons behind this renaissance is the continuance of new openings all over. One such entrant into the competitive restaurant market is Howards Bistro in Pudsey, where they are bringing the best of British to Richardshaw Lane. You can enjoy a menu steeped in Yorkshire tradition: from a Scotch duck egg, wrapped in locally-sourced sausage meat to start, Yorkshire belly pork served with bubble and squeak to follow and Kirkstall Pale Ale to wash the whole lot down. It’s more Yorkshire than Alan Bennett and Geoffrey Boycott spending no money at a forced rhubard farm.

Of course, the fare on offer at Howards Bistro is not confined to God’s Own County. There are specialities to devor from the world over, and to that end, let us present an alternative, globetrotters menu that can be enjoyed. Starting in France, we can pick up some duck liver and port pate or deep-fried Camembert to commence, and a suivre, we can go to Ukraine for a chicken Kiev, Morocco for a vegetable tagine with couscous and flaked almonds or Italy for a chicken, pesto and mozzarella burger. Even the drinks are suitably internationalist, from German beer – Veltins pilsner – to American ale, in the form of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Book a table today to enjoy the best of British and international cuisine at Howards Bistro on Richardshaw Lane for one of the best bistros in Pudsey, if not the whole of Leeds.


47 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 47 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
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3 reviews so far 6
13.09.2017 11:40

Second time at Howard's bistro for Sunday lunch. Just as amazing as the first time. Amazing meats, loads of fantastically cooked veg and a huge pile of Yorkshire pudding. Best place in Leeds for Sunday lunch.

3 reviews so far 6
03.09.2017 18:09

Amazing meal. Eleven different vegetables, choice of five different meats. The biggest pail of Yorkshire pudding ever and boat fills of gravy. Quite simply the best Sunday lunch ever!!

1 review so far 6
17.08.2017 21:38

We have been to the restaurant several times now. On every occasion we have found the food excellent and the service friendly and considerate. I would heartily recommend.

1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 15:20

Meal was lovely well cooked and hot with plenty of gravy staff was present very good all round Will definitely recommend to all my friends and family.

1 review so far 4
09.10.2016 10:52

As a new restaurant I would want to give it the benefit it of any doubt, I think improvement is required and I'm sure it will do so. It took 45 mins from walking in to getting our first course which was a little too long in my opinion and left us feeling slightly unappreciated. The food was good and the restaurant was busy which made for a decent atmosphere although this was slightly soured by the table which felt they had to complain in an over the top slightly inebriated manor rather than a more polite taking aside. Would I go back? I would give it a few months to pick up its game a little but will most probably return.

4 reviews so far 4
29.08.2017 18:52

Food was good, it would just be nice if they could be more specific about extras they put in ie peas which was put in my dish. Service was ok, waitresses quite forgetful, but it seemed like the usual front of house who is mentioned in other reviews wasn't there. Place lacked a bit of atmosphere for a Friday night. I didn't have any massive issues as such, the food was nice, it was just that the whole experience was only 'ok'.

1 review so far 6
31.12.2016 23:29

Lovely restaurant, we had the specials for starter, the tandoori chicken being particularly good. The chef excellently cooked my steak blue (and I'm a fuss pot about steak). It's such an improvement from those in the location beforehand and we will be back regularly.

1 review so far 5
09.10.2016 08:24

Very pleasant atmosphere. Service was very good. Meal was very enjoyable. We will certainly be returning. Only critisism which we discussed with them was the lack of custard with a berry crumble dessert, it wasnt forgotten, they just didnt serve it with custard or cream. It needed something. Otherwise a good meal!

1 review so far 5
22.12.2016 08:21

Staff couldn't do enough, cosy atmosphere, really good hearty food. Perhaps a slightly more expansive menu would be welcome but it's on just opened so I guess that may come in time? I will definitely be returning though, and recommending to friends, I think it will quickly become a local favourite.

1 review so far 5
03.02.2017 05:31

We went as a party of 7 including three children. Scott the waiter was excellent and looked after the kids brilliantly. The food is best described as very good British pub food. It would benefit from having a kids menu, they did cater for the kids but no official menu.

1 review so far 5
28.05.2017 08:44

Service was really good and always with a smile. Menu very limited which i like but the specials menu had another 6 or 7 options. Food was ok, nothing special, I didn't think wow to any of it , it was just a nice meal out with family.

1 review so far 5
23.03.2017 09:59

Food and service was great, but they had a large group in before us so half the blackboard menu was not available, also the wine was very expensive we ate out the following day at a restaurant in central leeds and the wine was a lot cheaper.

1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 20:12

Lovely atmosphere, great food and the staff are brilliant. It has improved massively on its previous incarnation as an Italian restaurant, and benefits greatly from the management of Howard and Gina, both of whom are well regarded locally.

2 reviews so far 6
03.05.2017 06:59

Our first visit to Howard's Bistro on Saturday and it was just excellent. The food, drink, staff and atmosphere are all to be recommended. We shall certainly return and more than happy to spread the word.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 14:24

Brilliant Sunday lunch, home cooked food, great friendly service. Faultless. A hidden gem in the Pudsey area. Has a good size menu. Food is served piping hot in generous portions. Will be back.

1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 19:24

A family run bistro We had a fantastic Sunday lunch and a very yummy desert, excellent service , would reccomend to all ages, this was our second visit and will be returning

1 review so far 5
27.08.2017 11:48

Vey good food and attentive staff Ordered starters and main -Cod loin was delicious as was the Sea Bream, even squeezed in a dessert. Great value and will be going back to try more on the menu !!

1 review so far 6
17.06.2017 22:06

the food was lovely and the portions plentiful , lovely service . they cracked a bottle when the found out it was our 45th wedding anniversary . will go again .

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 22:37

Would highly recommend this Bistro, high quality food and super friendly service. Warm and friendly atmosphere. And a good different range of alcoholic beverages. Cant wait to go again.

2 reviews so far 6
05.03.2017 15:20

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, very friendly and helpfully waitress ! Normal menu choice, with large selection of chalkboard specials. Food was lovely and very good portions. You won't be disappointed!