Living in Leeds & it’s Best Beer Gardens

Living in Leeds & it’s Best Beer Gardens

IMG_0317A unique one bedroom apartment in the buzzing city centre of Leeds, across the road from the Trinity Centre, within a beautiful listed building full of character and history.

Property

The spacious living area makes the most of open-plan living, with a bright and airy feel due to the large, original windows and high ceilings. The space has laminate flooring making for easy cleaning, and has plenty of room for a sofa, table and chairs to enjoy sit down meals. The living area leads into the kitchen which has an integrated oven/hob, washer/dryer and fridge, providing everything you need in one convenient space.

IMG_0336The double bedroom also has large windows creating a bright space, with laminate flooring and plenty of room for storage. The modern bathroom includes a white three-piece suite with shower over bath, as well as mirror over the sink and a plug for shavers. A separate hallway leads into the three rooms of the apartment, which are already fitted with blinds/curtains, and its first floor location provides easy access.

Location

This apartment is ideally located right in the heart of Leeds city centre just off Boar Lane, with shops, bars and restaurants right on your door stop, and is across the road from the new Trinity Centre, and just two minutes down the road from the train station. This Leeds3apartment if perfect for those who want to be right in the centre of all the action in this amazing city; you’ll never be short of things to do! Leeds is packed with great shops from high street names to designer brands to unique vintage stores, and the restaurant scene caters for every possible taste, alongside a multitude of swanky bars, traditional pubs and epic nightclubs.

This apartment is perfect for those working in Leeds city centre, but also provides an easy commute to surrounding towns and cities, with the train station just a two minute walk round the corner, and regular bus services from Boar Lane or the nearby bus station. This also means in the very unlikely case you run out of things to do in Leeds or just want to explore, you can discover the surrounding suburbs and other great Yorkshire cities. Despite being a hugely popular city, you can still find great budget shops, restaurants and bars that won’t break the bank!

Best beer gardens in Leeds

Since it is National Beer Day on 15th June, we’ve found the best beer gardens in Leeds where you can enjoy a relaxing, cold drink on a summer’s day (if summer ever arrives) just a short work from this apartment!Beer garden2

Headrow House – Sister bar to the Belgrave Music Hall, this establishment has a second floor roof terrace and the third floor Kennedy Meadows overlooking the Victoria Quarter. Outside there’s loads of seating, a bar and even a kitchen where you can line your stomach with some great food. The connecting bar Redondo Beach has a pint-sized cocktail menu if you want something a little different. Beer garden3

Slate NQ – This newly relaunched bar has not one, not two, but three beer gardens, providing plenty of space even on busy days, that you can even rent out for your private party. The selection of beers served is constantly changes, as they bring in well-known breweries and hidden gems, alongside wines, spirits and cocktails.

Beer garden4Roland’s – You’ll never believe you’re on Call Lane once you’re inside this little gem; jam-packed with character, from the old brick walls to the fresh flowers on the tables. They offer a host of lagers and ales alongside a carefully curated cocktail list and just about any spirit-mixer combo you could desire. If you want to fill your belly, you have to try Roland’s frizzas; an indulgent deep fried pizza. Beer garden5

Lamb & Flag – One of the best beer gardens in Leeds, with an impressive space featuring seating downstairs and up on the sun terrace, which has an amazing view of Leeds Minster. They offer a mighty fine selection on the bar, with their own brews alongside a host of others, and a well stocked liquor shelf as well as surprisingly expansive wine range.

Beer garden6A Nation of Shopkeepers – An old favourite, with tables in the sun and under their colourful canopy, with the whole place lit up by coloured bulbs and fairy lights at night. They always have a good selection of beers on tap, whether you’re an ale or a lager drinker, and they’ve been known to mix the abundance of spirits behind the bar into the odd cocktail. Food comes in the form of Ruby Jean’s Burgers, which are perfect beer garden fodder.

Beer garden7Angelica – If you’re after cocktails, wine and sophistication, this is the place to be. Make the most of their rooftop terrace on sunny days with a view of the city centre, comfy chairs and greenery, and continue into the evening under the warmth of the heat lamps. Their summer cocktail menu has been specially designed to cut your time at the bar and give you more time in the sun, and if you’re peckish, don’t forget the raw bar – a perfect light bite on a summer’s day.

Budgeting & Saving Money for Renters

Budgeting & Saving Money for Renters

It can be difficult to save money and stick to a budget whilst still having a social life, especially when you rent! But there are little things you can do that will help you cut back on your spending and even get some savings behind you!

Budgeting

Budgeting is key to managing your finances. Work out all of your monthly outgoings like bills and rent, but also your phone bill, gym membership, hair cuts, everything! This will help you work out how much money you can save each month, and also where you can make some possible cutbacks.

Having a savings account is essential for saving; it’s much easier than keeping all your money in your main bank account. Online banking is another must as it helps you to track your money so quickly and easily. Also, treat your savings like a bill; when you’ve worked out your disposable income, you can see how much you are able to save each month, then make it like a bill and set up a standing order to your savings account every month. Doing this for the start of your pay month will make saving easier too, as you won’t be tempted to spend it!

However, you can still treat yourself a little when you’re saving; if you restrict yourself too much you’ll end up getting fed up and having a massive blow out! So wait until the end of the pay month (not the start!) and see how much money you have left to get yourself a little something.

Saving tips

  • If you can help it, avoid having a car for a while; they are a massive expense and public transport is so much cheaper, or walk for free!
  • Shop around and look for discounts to get the best deals, and get free loyalty cards for places you shop in a lot
  • Eating out can be pretty expensive, so why not have nights in instead, and cook with your friends instead of going out
  • Be energy smart and cut down your water use, only use heating/air con when you absolutely need it, and make sure you switch off lights and appliances when not in use!
  • Have a shopping list and go just once a week for everything to avoid making extra unnecessary purchases
  • Also plan your meals for the week to reduce cost and waste, and homemade meals are a lot cheaper and nicer than ready meals
  • Some own brand products are not great, but quite a lot are actually pretty much the same, and half the price
  • Try vegetarian meals a couple of times a week to save money on buying meat which can be expensive
  • Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still grow veg and herbs in pots yourself! Read our no garden blog
  • Recycle and upcycle used items with a little DIY and crafts
  • Buy reusable items such as cloths instead of kitchen roll, and water bottles instead if plastic ones you throw away
  • Look for second hand items on eBay and Gumtree to save money, and charity shops in posher ends of town actually have some great designer items for a fraction of the original price
  • Use smaller amounts of cleaning and beauty products; you usually don’t need as much as it says on the bottle
  • Only re-purchase items when you have totally used up the old ones, we bet you have a drawer full of half used products!
  • Take time to think before actually buying something; half of the time you’ll realise you don’t need/want it as much as you thought!

Village living in Sutton-In-Craven, Keighley

Village living in Sutton-In-Craven, Keighley

An amazing two-bedroom duplex apartment, located at the award-winning Spinningfields development in the stunning village of Sutton-in-Craven, situated in Aire Valley between Keighley and Skipton.

Property

First floor:  This incredible apartment embraces open-plan living, wFlat 16 Spinningfields (1)ith an entrance hall leading into a large lounge and kitchen, with plenty of space for a dining table. A separate W.C is located in the entrance hall, and an airing cupboard provides extra storage space opposite the kitchen. The lounge area has a beautiful feature window with great views, as well as a fitted carpet for a cosy feel. The modern kitchen boasts white high gloss units and sleek black worktops, and includes fully integrated appliances with an oven/hob and extractor, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher. The open-plan layout creates a bright, open space that is luxurious and relaxing.

9Spinningfields-printGround floor: In this duplex apartment, a staircase leads down on the ground floor to two spacious double bedrooms, both with large windows, skylights on the ceiling and original beams giving the rooms plenty of character. There is also a brilliant crash space on the ground floor, which can be used as a dressing room, office space, spare room or anything you want! The large bathroom is fully-tiled, including a unique shelving area, shower cubicle and generous bath. This apartment also has allocated parking, making it ideal for commuters.

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Location

This fantastic apartment is situated within a stunning award-winning development in Sutton-In-Craven, located in the heart of Aire Valley, with Skipton to the north-west and Keighley to the south-east. Other surrounding villages Sutton in Cinclude Silsden, Steeton, Cross Hills, Cononley and Eastburn. Sutton-In-Craven is ideal if you love the peace and quiet of rural living, with traditional pubs the Black Bull Inn and the Kings Arms Inn both just around the corner. There is also a lovely green space just across the road from this development, which the Sutton Beck runs through. There are also a number of great schools in the area, as well as independent shops and convenience stores.

Sutton-In-Craven is not far from nearby towns and cities, with Leeds just an hour drive away, Bradford 40 minutes, and Skipton and Keighley both just 15 minutes Sutton in C4away. The development has allocated parking, but there is also a great bus route with a stop across the road, and train stations in Cononley and Steeton. Sutton-In-Craven is also surrounded by beautiful countryside and nature, with the Yorkshire Dales just north of Skipton, adjacent to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Forest of Bowland AONB to the west. And if you fancy going further afield for a day out or weekend break, both Blackpool and the Lake District are only an 80 minute drive away!

What to do

Sutton-In-Craven may be a small village, but it has a great community sprit and is a perfect place for families. There’s a range of wellbeing activities for all ages held in the village. For adults there are:

  • Fitness class, Mondays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • CobraFIT, Mondays 9:30-10:30am & Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • BalletFIT Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • Pilates, Wednesdays 10-11am @ Village Hall
  • Circuits, Mondays 7-7:45pm @ South Craven School
  • Cheer Fitness (6:30pm) & Street Fitness (7:30pm) Mondays, @ South Craven School for 16+

And for children there are dance classes at the South Craven School on Saturdays, a Rugby Club for 8-11 year olds, and readers’ activity days at the Cross Hills library for 9-11 year olds on May 14th and June 25th. If you have some spare time, you can also volunteer at the library for any role, with an open day being held on June 11th.

The village is also the location of Lund’s Tower which is great for a family stroll with stunning views, especially if you climb up the tSutton in C3ower where you can see for miles! The nearby village of Cross Hills has some great pubs and eateries including Zolsha and The Old White Bear, and is home to the Naylor’s Brewery. A 15 minute drive will take you to Keighley, where you will find historical attractions such as Cliffe Castle Park & Museum, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, and the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Venture up towards Skipton for incredible walks around the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale, or make the journey to Leeds for amazing shops and Sutton in C5restaurants. Sutton-In-Craven is a great central location that gives you access to some of the best cities and countryside in the country!