It’s no secret we love a good coffee, so when it comes to business meetings we like to make the most of our beautiful Yorkshire surroundings and heritage. If you’re travelling to West Yorkshire for work or play, or you need an impressive spot to meet a client, check out our favourites and let us know what you think!
Top of the list because I love this place, for so many reasons. The village of Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the neat, uniformed, Yorkshire stone terraces, once home to the mill workers, all lead to the imposing but perfectly formed former workhouse that is Salts Mill. Now home of David Hockney’s collections, arty boutiques and outdoorsy shops the mill also has three very appealing dining options. Now, just to note, Saltaire itself is worth a visit for the vintage haunts, independent designer craft shops, coffee spots and stunning park, but as you gather I could talk about this place all day. So, for a business meeting I’d recommend Café Into The Opera. Salts Diner is the main restaurant and is fun, colourful and genuinely tasty (pizzas recommended) but noisy due to the open plan layout right in the centre of the mill. Climb a little further and you’ll find the slightly more formal Café Into the Opera, for a nice coffee and light bites, all under one of Hockney’s impressive, original murals.
So inevitably your business meetings in West Yorkshire may take you to Leeds – and there are many a gourmet coffee spot in the city, but if we’re taking heritage beauty, the Corn Exchange should be your stop. Central and close to the train station, this stand-out building is a great meeting place. I’d recommend heading to the Humpit. Vegan and veggies are well and truly caterer for here, as are the health conscious. But this place is trendy with a street-food vibe and is placed in probably my favourite building in the city – just look up.
I remember discovering Bradford Cathedral by mistake, while wandering on a lunch break back when I was working a contract in the city. Surrounded by a mixture of tall mill buildings and new developments it adds to the absolute diversity of the city’s buildings and culture, but is like a peaceful haven in the city centre as you wander into the pretty grounds. Right next to the cathedral in the modern Kala Sangam Arts centre you’ll find FoodWorks. Foodworks is a social enterprise providing training for people with learning disabilities and the lunch menu is a delicious with a distinct Yorkshire theme.
Skipton is a pretty, bustling market town and at the head of the market-lined main street sits Skipton Castle. Walk along from the train station towards the castle and you’ll hit Filmore and Union on the cobbled high street. Fast becoming a Yorkshire foodie favourite, with new branches opening all over the region – this is a daytime spot for those who know good food, with an emphasis on healthy, clean eating.
Friends of Ham is also becoming a popular Yorkshire meeting place. The original Leeds restaurant recently expanded, and an Ilkley branch popped up last year. Safe to say, they won’t stop at two. Fantastic for meetings as you can order a mezze-style lot of dishes to pick on as you go. It’s a little quirky and great quality. The Ilkley venue looks small but there’s plenty of nooks and crannies and even an outdoor space at the back. Ilkley is an impressive, lifestyle town, a mini Harrogate if you like – you’ll find boutiques and gourmet eateries, even a Betty’s.