Updated: August 2019
Are you looking for the best places to eat in Wakefield? – Then you’ve come to the right place. Wakefield is both Helen and my home town. We’ve lived here all our lives, and seen restaurants come and go. As a result, we’ve put together this list of our favourite places to eat in the city, to help you find somewhere to fulfil the needs of your tastebuds on your next visit to the city.
Lakeside Cafe Newmillerdam
Newmillerdam is a great local nature reserve popular with birdwatchers, foresters and walkers alike. Where Barnsley Road and Hill Road meet you’ll find the public toilets and the ever popular Lakeside Cafe.
The cafe is open daily until 4pm and serves an extensive range of foods and drinks (including wine and beer on tap). Helen opted for the ham and cheese panini while I opted for the chicken and avocado sandwich – both of which come with a choice of fries or salad.
The Lakeside Cafe is one of our top places to eat in Wakefield due to it’s lovely and quaint with amazing attention to detail, set back from the dam border. It makes for the perfect spot to meet friends or recover from a long walk.
There is a car park adjacent to Lakeside Cafe in Wakefield, however, it does cost to park here (prices at the time of publishing are highlighted in the image below). Finally, the cafe is dog-friendly, dogs are welcome inside and outside of the cafe so don’t be put off from visiting if you’re with your four-legged friends!
Marmalade on the Square
When I thought about places to eat in Wakefield I thought about lunch, and in our opinion of the best places for lunch in the city centre is Marmalade on the Square. The café opened a couple of years ago now and has gone on to be a cross between in vintage / chic store and a café.
Despite being over two floors Marmalade on the Square is only small. So it can seem like there’s a little too much going on depending on the time of year you visit and how busy the store is.
To learn more about Marmalade on the Square in Wakefield we’d suggest checking out their website.
I can confidently say that one of the very best places to eat in Wakefield is Qubana. The restaurant recently moved into the old Barclays bank and has spent a vast amount of money to create an incredible dining atmosphere. Qubana is a mix of the Latin flair of Cuba mixed with honest flavours of Spain’, creating amazing combinations. The menu serves up a variety of dishes as well as tapas, cocktails and a little something for the kids.
We are a big fan of Qubana as we often like to get the tapas plates between a few of us, you can pick as many as you like and if you still have room order more. The recent move means there is plenty of space to eat and even enjoy the live entertainment.
To learn more about Qubana in Wakefield including the opening times, menu and current offers visit their website.
Castle Pub Wakefield
A recent addition to our favourite places to eat in Wakefield is the Castle Pub. If you’re looking for pub food in Wakefield then this place ticks all the boxes and more. The building has existed for almost 200 years and has some of the most blissful surroundings, including Sandal Castle just over the road.
We dined here on my brother’s birthday, the food was divine, and the prices incredibly reasonable. Unfortunately, what seemed to let the place down was the staff or lack of. I’ve been in the industry myself so I’m not blaming the guy who served us, after all, he seemed to be serving the entire pub. So, multiplying him by two or three might be a good idea in the future.
For opening times, contact information and a look at the full menu we suggest visiting The Castle Pub website.
Capri On The Vine
Capri on the vine is a recent addition to Wakefield and has quickly made it to the top of many peoples list of places to eat in Wakefield. We live around the corner from this particular branch and on a weekend guests struggle to park in one of more than 50 car parking spaces – that goes to show just how popular this place is!
Capri on the Vine is split over two floors. The bottom floor is more a bar style and has an amazing rustic feel. The second floor is the premier restaurant, it’s dressed in the highest quality interior products and features an outdoor balcony – ideal if you’re looking to eat outside on a sunny day.
To view the menu, opening times, book a table or order online for delivery we suggest checking out the Capri on the Vine website.
Iris has been the firm favourite for many when we speak about the best places to eat in Wakefield. The restaurant opened in 2012 and is different from any other style of restaurant you’ll find in this city. It’s more like a boutique of British brasserie style seasonal foods from local suppliers. For that very reason, the menu is always adapting and changing with the suppliers and the seasons which helps keep things really fresh!
However, just because it seems rather posh doesn’t mean you’re going to get one of those tiny portions on a plate. Instead, the servings are a more than ample and the food is simply divine.
To book online, view the menu or current special offers we suggest visiting the Iris website.
The Supper Club
A new addition to our list of the best places to eat in Wakefield is the Supper Club. Open during the day, and late into the evening The Supper Club is a youthful example of bar food, with a speciality in pizza. While also providing a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including an extensive cocktail menu.
We had the pleasure of eating here over lunch mid-week and was not disappointed! In fact, it was one of the best pizzas we’ve ever had! That includes pizzas we had during our time in Italy. My only criticism would be the drinks, we both opted for a Coke and the quality (handheld dispenser style) didn’t seem the best, I assume many other guests probably don’t notice (or care) when mixing it with a range of spirits but having it on its own with food, I did.
If you’re looking to learn more about The Supper Club, view the drinks or food menu, check opening times and more we suggest doing so on The Supper Club Facebook page.
The Royal Spice
If you’re looking for a place to eat in Wakefield that’s affordable then check out The Royal Spice. Formally a pub, The Royal Spice is now a wonderful Indian Resturant. Situated just outside of Wakefield city centre. Although they also have another branch in Barnsley. Helen and I have eaten here on a number occasion (and also had takeout from here too) so it simply had to be on our list of places to eat in Wakefield.
If you’re looking for a bit of a bargain, then it’s well worth visiting The Royal Spice in Wakefield on a Sunday. As from 2pm to 9pm they have a Sunday buffet. For just £8.50 (and children up to 12 for just £5) you’re able to eat as much as you like from the three starters, five main courses (plus rice and naan bread) on offer.
To learn more about The Royal Spice, view the menu or current offers we suggest checking out their website.
As far as I am aware this is the only place to offer Tapanyaki in Wakefield. Having something so excited and unique does come at a price. So this is by no means one of the cheapest places to eat in Wakefield. However, and in the past a meal for two here as costing us as much as £60 (without alcohol).
Situated at the bottom of Wakefield City Centre, parking is available at a cost behind the restaurant near the Wilkinsons store just off the roundabout. While I did mention that Hokkaido isn’t the cheapest place to eat, it’s still a whole lot of fun. The foods fantastic, and this place is often booked up in advance on evenings and weekends.
If you’re looking to learn more about the Hokkaido restaurant in Wakefield then we suggest checking out their Facebook page.
Blacker Hall Farm
Situated a mile from Junction 39 of the M1 is Blacker Hall Farm. This place is so much more than just a farm shop and boasts an amazing restaurant/cafe that serves amazing quality produce.
Whether you’re looking for one of the best places to eat in Wakefield for a full English breakfast or afternoon tea, this place has you covered. While the parking is more than ample. It’s very popular, try and avoid weekends to really enjoy visiting this place. If it’s sunny, there’s often a number of tables set up outside within a courtyard area surrounded by local independent gift shops and florists.
Blacker Hall Farm has an extensive website. If you’re looking to learn more about the farm, upcoming events, as well as the current café menu we suggest checking online.
Silkwood Farm Resturant
While we’re on the subject of farms, that reminds me to share one of the other great places to eat in Wakefield. Silkwood Farm Resturant. Situated between Alverthorpe and Lupset, and just one mile from Junction 40 of the M1 this place is truly unique.
Despite the name, Silkwood Farm doesn’t have a farm attached. Instead, it’s done in a barn style and features traditional English food such as the full English Breakfast and the Sunday Dinner.
However, there’s one real reason I really come to Silkwood Farm and that’s for the cakes. Available to eat in or take out just one slice is enough to feed a family of four! The only problem you’ll have here is choosing which cake to have…
Silkwood Farm is part of Farmhouse Inns who have an extensive website for menu information, opening times and more.
Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill
The newest establishment to feature on this list of places to eat in Wakefield is Estabulo. Here you’ll find the chefs honour the traditional method of Brazilian cooking Gaúchos’. This involves taking the most flavoursome cuts of meat, skewering them and cooking them slowly on open flames.
Estabulo is unique in the sense that it’s an all you can eat buffet brought directly to your table straight from the grill. With a large selection of meats on offer, it provides you with the perfect opportunity to try something completely new in a small quantity to find out if you like it.
The interior of Estabulo is simply breathtaking. It’s been finished to the highest standard with spacious tables and wonderful decor you’ll be very comfortable dining here.
Being in the city centre there’s no real parking directly outside of Estabulo, however, there’s plenty of different spots within a 2-minute walking distance, including the main carpark at Wakefield Westgate train station.
The Yorkshire Deli
The Yorkshire Deli is a recent addition to Wakefield and is one that has really been a welcome change. The deli has been very popular since opening and can be quite busy during the lunch hours. The food is made fresh and is a great dining experience. The staff are also very welcoming, warm and helpful which is great to see as it immediately makes you want to go back.
We booked a table for a birthday lunch on our visit and were given ample space even with the cafe being quite small. We ordered our food at the counter along with our drinks and everything else was brought to us. We ordered a buger and upgraded our chips from regular to the speciality ones with extra toppings such as cheese, bacon and sweet potato.
As always we’d love to know if there’s somewhere you eat in Wakefield that we’ve forgotten to mention – let us know down in the comments below. In the meantime check out some of the other Wakefield and Yorkshire based content on the blog including;