We trekked up north for 3 days to finally experience the penguin feeding that I gave Sam for his Christmas present. The feeding was at Harewood House, in between Harrogate and Leeds, and we chose to stay in Leeds as there was ‘more going on’, as my parents put it.

Well, I’m very glad we did!

Where we stayed

My parents were lovely and gave us money towards a hotel and we treated ourselves to a stay at the Hilton.

Normally we just stay in a Travelodge or Premier Inn, and I have to say that the Hilton really was no different inside our room than those two. But the interior of the hotel was lovely, and the breakfast was lush! They had pancakes!

It was also very central and in a perfect location for us to walk anywhere within the city.

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Where we ate/drank

Our first stop on the Friday was just behind our hotel at a place called the Candlebar (the huge tower) for a swift pint. Let me just start by saying that Leeds has amazing beer, loads of local brews, lots of variety and great tasting!

After Candlebar we went to Archie’s Bar and Kitchen for more beer and a very tasty stonebaked pizza. We went here with my Auntie and cousins and had a fab time!


On the Saturday we went to a Brew Dog a little way out of the city, it was called BrewDog North Street and it was pretty darn awesome. 3 words… beer and shuffleboard.

So as it was a Brew Dog there was plenty of beer to choose from, and I had this really fruity tasting beer called Elvis Juice which was divine! And then for the second night running we had stone baked pizza, I think this was one my fav.

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And what made this Brew Dog even more special, as I mentioned above, it has shuffleboard, yes shuffleboard. And vintage arcades.

I won shuffleboard (the beer helped) and Sam won arcades. 1-1.


Where we went

Friday was just beer and pizza (which I’m totally not complaining about) and then watching 2 episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race in our hotel bed. We know how to live.

Saturday was jam packed! We started off our day by strolling to the Corn Exchange to browse in its selection of wonderful vintage shops and boutiques. First we popped into a shop called The Great Yorkshire Shop  and picked up some gorgeous smelling dark hot chocolate and an A4 print of cute illustrations of the tourist spots in Leeds. Then we went to THE BEST SHOP EVER called Giant Kitten where I bought a duck print dress…yes, that’s right. (oh, I love ducks)

The till was also made out of lego…


After that we went to the Royal Armouries Museum which was really cool and free! Don’t you just love a freebie. Then we drove up to Harewood House to do what Sam had been waiting 4 months for…to feed penguins! Hungry little fellas they were!

That was an awesome experience, and the look on Sam’s face was priceless. I would definitely recommend going, with the feeding ticket you also get to look around the ground floor of the house, which is stunning, and the grounds are to die for. They have acres of beautiful scenery and various owls/birds to look at.

Sunday we spent the afternoon at my aunties for a top notch Sunday lunch!

I love Leeds!

It’s one of my new favourite places. I had such an amazing time exploring the city, discovering little shops, walking by the canal and sampling the great food and beer.

And there is still so much more to explore – definitely going to book a trip back!