Filled with character, like the gorgeous willow tree and historic buildings at the heart of the village, Chapel Allerton is a beautiful place to live. The small suburban area located just two miles northeast of Leeds city centre was once a stop along Harrogate Road. No longer bypassed by travellers, the vibrant village, often referred to as the “Notting Hill of the north,” attracts young professionals and families with its green spaces, trendy shops and beautiful array of Victorian terraces, detached houses and modern flats.
THINGS TO DO
Despite urbanisation, Chapel Allerton has retained much of its old-world charm. The village centre along Harrogate Road is the main gathering spot and encompasses an array of pubs, restaurants and bars. Gledhow Valley is the largest gardening plot in Leeds and boasts rich soil that yields a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. The village also has a running club and a lawn tennis and squash club as well as a swimming pool for recreational use. The area’s annual end-of-summer festival is not to be missed!
EATING & DRINKING
The Regent, a favourite pub among locals and visitors, has undergone little change since the 18th century. The building that houses the Nag’s Head, has also stood the test of time. Built along Harrogate Road, it has been quenching the thirsts of locals for years and even features a special window that was used to service customers on horseback. There’s also a mixture of restaurants and cafes that range from Greek and Italian to Moroccan and Thai as as well as chain restaurants like Pizza Hut, Caffe Nero and Greggs.
The well-established village centre is situated along Stainbeck Lane and Harrogate Road. The centre includes a Co-Op supermarket, a post office, banks, art galleries and several restaurants and bars. Shopping for everyday goods is made easy and quick with the help of Somerfields, Homebase, Tesco Express and the larger Tesco. Meanwhile, trendy boutiques like Casablanca, Coco Loco and Amanda’s boast an array of designer clothes, jewellery and hand-made gifts. Armadillos is a spectacular toy shop that is sure to delight kids.
While there are many schools in the surrounding area of Leeds, the Chapel Allerton Primary School is the only local school in the village and is considered the heart of the community. Schools in the surrounding area include:
- Chapel Allerton Primary School
- Saint Matthews Church of England Primary School
- Allerton High School
The main thoroughfare through Chapel Allerton is Harrogate Road. While it is still used, the development of the A61 Scott Hall Road expedited travel to Harrogate and bypasses Chapel Allerton altogether. The Leeds Outer Ring Road links Chapel Allerton to Leeds city centre and Harrogate. First Leeds buses service the area, the nearest train station is in Headingley and Leeds Bradford International Airport is less than half an hour away.
Surrounded by the lush Gledhow Valley, Chapel Allerton has long been considered the perfect rural paradise. Its roots can be traced to the Kirkstall Abbey period when Monks travelled the surrounding land. However, much of Chapel Allerton’s past and present stems from Harrogate Road which served as a major thoroughfare for travel from Leeds to Moortown and Harrogate. The turnpike’s influence on the area is exhibited in the village’s local pubs, restaurants and homes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Chapel Allerton has served as the site of several television shows including “The Beiderbecke Tapes” and “The Beiderbecke Connection”, “Fat Friends” and “Sirens.”