If you are planning a night out, theatre or shopping trip in Leeds then why not indulge yourself with an overnight hotel stay or better still why not dine and stay?

There’s lot of great hotels in Leeds but for its central, yet quiet location and the fact its only a very short walk to anywhere in the city centre, Jurys Inn certainly fits the bill.

Tucked away in Kendell Street, Brewery Wharfe near the riverside and the Tetley site there’s plenty of parking and its easy to get to if you decide to take the train or any other form of public transport.








As soon as you enter through the doors the large marbled reception hall with its sofas and modern décor is a welcoming sight – its also very cool in hot weather and with nearby lifts it’s perfect if you have luggage no long drags with your suitcase.

Our room was an Executive Room on the eleventh floor. For a city centre hotel it was spacious and there was a workspace and two comfy chairs, a spacious bathroom with lots of lighting round the mirrors for getting glammed up. I loved the birds eye view from the window and had fun picking out the various rooftops of the city’s buildings.

Being an Executive Room it had its perks. We had some excellent quality toiletries and fluffy bath robes and our fridge contained complimentary soft drinks, water and chocolate bars.

The hotel has  a 24 hour room service menu with salads, pizzas, sandwiches and sweets but the biggest bonus is that the restaurant menu is available for room service between 12-10pm.

The good thing about Jury’s is all the amenities are spaced out so well on the ground floor. There’s work spaces, lots of sitting areas and a large bar that is very well planned seating wise.

We decided to make a night of it and eat in The Kitchen – Jury’s restaurant.

It’s a spacious and airy place with floor to ceiling windows which are adorned with crystal blinds and light curtains. The Kitchen gets full marks for its eclectic modes of seating. The other big bonus is the staff they couldn’t be more welcoming or efficient if they tried in the evenings.

As a regular traveller I know how sometimes it is both uncomfortable and embarrassing to be seated in the centre or near the centre of a busy restaurant. But this restaurant has the answer – a long wall seating area with small tables for one or two down one side – sheer bliss as they even have a good view of the rest of the restaurant.











There are the usual tables but for anyone who wants privacy or a romantic ambience there is also high backed booth seating – what more could you want?

For starters the choice was amazing. My partner decided to give the homemade Nachos a go. These came with Monterey Jack cheese, topped with guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos and salsa. The portion was enormous, the Nachos were hot and crispy. Each of the accompaniments had a taste of its own. “These are the best Nachos I have ever tasted. It is a meal in itself”, declared my world-travelling partner.

I opted for the roasted potato skins which were more than generously filled with mature cheddar and chives. The skins were hot and the outer very crispy as they should be and the vintage mature cheddar gave a real kick to the dish. There was also a generous watercress salad as part of the dish with a very palatable dressing.

For main course my partner ordered a sirloin steak. The meat was tender and succulent and cooked to his taste and our server recommended the garlic sauce to accompany the meat. The  thick cut chips were hot, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside and the vine tomatoes added some colour to the dish.

I chose the Buttermilk Southern-fried chicken fillet burger foregoing the bun for a salad – or served naked as they call it . My green salad was not just a token salad but a real selection served with a dressing on the side.  I did, however, indulge myself in the thick cut chips seeing how quickly, my partner not a chip lover, had scoffed his lot they were delicious.

When it came to sweet I read what was on the menu ‘too good not to’. I decided to indulge myself in a homemade crumble – and that’s exactly how it tasted. My heaven on a plate came hot with a lovely thick homemade custard just like mum used to make. The apple used was fresh and the crumble top crispy but that custard just made it complete.

After our meal we had to walk off all that food and after a  few minutes walk we found a delightful riverside bar for a nightcap before we walked back to our hotel long after the sun had gone down.

For hotel and restaurant reservations call 0113 2838800

Jurys Inn Leeds,Kendell Street, Leeds.  Email: uknorth@jurysinns.com.


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