Roundhay Park & Oakwood

We’re getting very spoiled at the moment with this lovely weather, but seen as it’s here we may as well take advantage of it. This weekend I went to one of my favourite local spots – Roundhay Park – for a wander in the sunshine and a bite to eat.

Just 15 minutes by bus from Leeds city centre, the park is a great place to go for a stroll, picnic, or to check out the latest spring/summer events. The park was busy and bustling this Sunday as the Martin House dragon boat race was taking place – it was lovely to see so many people coming together for a great cause, and say a quick hello to others out walking in the sunshine.

The flowers in the park are really coming to life now that spring has sprung. There’s lovely little bits of pink and purple dotted among the trees, so I of course got a few snaps on the way round. The best ones are round the back of the mansion, which is always good to have a wander past on a weekend to see if you can spot a wedding taking place! There wasn’t one happening on this particular day but I’m sure I’ll come across one over the summer.

If you’ve decided against a picnic and are on the hunt for some food, The Roundhay Fox right by the main gates is a brilliant place to stop off. The menu is full of British classics and their Sunday roast is spectacular! If you fancy something a little lighter, Oakwood is just a few minutes walk down the road and there’s a whole host of independent cafes and eateries to choose from.

We stopped off at Jamesons, a lovely little cafe that specialises in afternoon tea. If you don’t want the full works, you can opt for a simple sandwich and salad, but just be sure to save room for one of their amazing (and generous!) slices of cake. They also do a cake tapas (6 different flavours), but as there was just the two of us we thought this might be overkill! I had a lovely tuna sandwich on brown and Rich opted for chicken salad on white – both were really tasty and we grabbed a couple of their ‘posh pop’ drinks to go with them.

The bus stop was just over the road but as there was a little wait we used our time wisely and stopped off for a couple of drinks just up the road at Preston, which is one of North Bar’s sites. There’s plenty of outdoor seating at the front so it’s definitely one to pop on your list for a sunny day.

   

 

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