Monday, December 01, 2008

7 Places to Find Foodie Presents

Mon 01 Dec 2008

In the run up to Christmas I thought I'd intersperse some gift idea lists amongst the usual posts. Today, we start off gently with a few places in Leeds (and across the country) where you should be able to find gifts for food loving friends.

1. Harvey Nichols (Briggate, city centre). Yes, obvious, but it is a bit of a one stop shop. The fourth floor food market might not be huge but you'll be able to tick off an array of gifts, from biscuits, to cook books and wine. And if you need to recover, the bar's handy. Harvey Nicks also has stores in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol and Dublin. And you can order hampers on line.

2. Peter Maturi (Vicar Lane, city centre). My favourite shop in Leeds! Extreme cookware on the ground floor and interiors on the second: you'd be hard pressed not to find a gift for a serious cook in this place. Online shopping is now (dangerously) available. Also in Manchester.

3. Salt's Deli (Swinegate, city centre). As well as hampers for friends you'll find a good array of cheese, wines and other artisan foods.

4. Latitude Wine (The Calls, city centre). If you're looking for a good selection of wines (across all price points), as well as an impressive collection of spirits, drop in to Latitude, put together a case and, if you've spent over £30, delivery is free within Leeds. At the moment, the shop is running themed tastings on Thursday nights from 6 - 8pm. This Thursday, they're pairing poultry with Pinot Noir ...

5. Salvo's Salumeria (Otley Road, Headingley). Plenty of goodies like biscotti, quince paste and cakes can be found here. If you know someone who loves Italian food you need to head to Headingley. There are also themed meals throughout the year, if you want to spoil yourself.

6. TK Maxx (Headrow, city centre). Sounds ridiculous? Not at all. If you don't have a particular gift in mind, browsing at TK Maxx (in the big new store on the Headrow) can yield all sorts of food-oriented gifts. I've picked up everything from cookbooks to Le Creuset. All you need is a bit of patience!

7. Beer Ritz (Weetwood Lane, Far Headingley). If you're shopping for a beer lover Beer Ritz should be able to supply you with plenty of different beers (and often the matching glass!) to keep his or her Christmas interesting. You'll also find wines and spirits - but it's really all about the beer.

Finally, in the run up to Christmas it will be worth checking out the various farmers' markets: the main one is held at the city centre's Kirkgate markets on the first and third Sunday of the month (so head along this Sunday!). The Headingley farmers' market will be held on Saturday 13 December outside Trio on North Lane. And the Chapel Allerton farmers' market Saturday 20 December at the Oakwood Clock.

If I've missed your favourite supplier - let us all know!
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Blogger Katie said...

Some great tips here. I agree with you on TK Maxx, I have had some cracking finds in there, they often do really good quality baking pans and casserole dishes really cheaply.

Id also recommend Bon Bons in Thorntons arcade for the novelty chocolates!

10:08 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

I knew I'd forget somewhere ... but your mention of BonBons makes me think of Charbonnel & Walker (County Arcade, Victoria Quarter - very pricey!) and that makes me wonder if I can create a list of places to buy chocolates in Leeds ... research necessary of course!

9:33 pm  
Blogger Katie said...

I have a round up of some places from chocolate week (the research was tough)but since then Hotel Chocolate has opened up in Albion Place as well as Anthonys new chocolate shop in the corn x. Yummy!

9:40 pm  

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