JLife discovers why Chapel Allerton continues to thrive – as well as what’s in store for the hotspot.
Chapel Allerton, located between LS17 and the city centre, is a rarity; despite being injected by parts of city life, the village is not only continuing to survive, but prosper.
The charming suburb comprises fashionable boutiques, a vibrant bar scene, and award-winning restaurants – whether you want to sample a selection of Thai, Mexican, Greek, Italian or Indian delicacies, Chapel Allerton can cater to your needs.
Perhaps most significantly, the area is acknowledged for its ability to capture the interest of both young and new alike. Ensuring this ethos has led to the establishment of cara – an independent, non-profit making, social community group run by local residents which encourages greater social interaction within the local community, as well as aiming to raise funds for local causes, and enabling members to benefit from a range of discounts in shops, restaurants, and clubs.
Local children will once again be entertained this bank holiday on 5th April in that between 1.30pm to 4.30pm, the volunteer-run group will be holding their annual mini Funday in Chapel Allerton Primary School on Harrogate Road, complete with arts and crafts, cake and jewellery stalls, and face painting. Parents will also be entertained, and can have a stroll around the stalls, which include local Rugrats Rugby, Baby Band, Sweet Pizza, Hungry Hedgehog cafe from Meanwood Urban Farm, and many more.
Dani, cara committee member, commented: “As a mum myself I’m really pleased that we’re able to provide this event for local children and their parents. It’s a really fun afternoon and a great chance to catch up with other families.”
And to ease any weather-related worries, the event will be taking place inside the school halls; providing a safe, dry environment for the children to play in for the afternoon.
Catering more for the opposite end of the age spectrum, cara are also hosting a Spring Online event which will provide computer users the chance to be taught, for free, how to use computers, laptops, tablets, social media – whatever technological areas they wish to improve on. All tutors will be local volunteers, providing their assistance at the School of Philosophy, from 11am to 4pm on 18th April.
Additionally, cara will soon launch this year’s Chapel Allerton Community Awards 2015, with 10 titles including Young Achiever, Best Neighbour, and Best Place to Eat. They will be seeking nominations from members of the public and the winners will be announced at the annual Chapel Allerton Big Lunch street party on 7th June, on Regent Street.
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One of a Kind
From savvy shops and delicious restaurants to expert suppliers, Chapel Allerton continues to lead the way.
Eyewear Opticians, located at 63 Harrogate Road, is pleased to offer a full eye care service, including sight tests, contact lens suitability tests, and refractive surgery options. The company can also provide customers with a complete pair of single vision spectacles for £66. Why not combine this with a pair of prescription sunglasses for an additional £45?
Margot & Miller
Since opening in 2010, Margot & Miller has gained a reputation for adding a personal touch, bringing a bespoke interior design service to customers’ homes. The offerings include made-to-measure curtains, blinds, upholstery and more. The friendly team will help you select the perfect colour palette and furnishings, and will make the design process stress-free and within budget.
Since April 2002, Sukhothai has nestled on Regent Street in the heart of Chapel Allerton, like an old friend, who, no matter what, is always there when you need them.
Much like an old friend, Sukhothai has evolved and grown, not just to other sites around Leeds, but also to its current status as one of the most well-known and well-respected restaurants in Leeds.
Sukhothai stands out by way of giving its customers a consistently excellent Thai dining experience – with a vibrant atmosphere, gracious service, beautiful decor and, of course, the best that the wonderfully flavoured world of Thai cuisine has to offer, all residing somewhere on its amazing 200+ dish Г la carte menu and the various chef’s specials dishes.
But, perhaps, just as important as all the above, is the consistency of the team and their total dedication to the Sukhothai ethos. Restaurant manager, Pat, is one of the most recognisable faces in Chapel Allerton and a long-time friend and compatriot of restaurant owner Ban Kaewkraikhot – together they are quite the Thai ‘dream team’!
The sum of Sukhothai’s parts combine into an irresistible formula that is undeniably now more than just a part of the furniture on the ever-popular Chapel Allerton restaurant scene.
The ZipYard prides itself on quality, speed of service and competitive pricing. The fully trained staff provide free consultation for alterations and repairs for all garments. Fitting rooms are available and no appointment is required. A one-hour express service is at hand for hems, zips and other minor repairs. The ZipYard also provides a full bridal service.