The Leeds ‘urban oasis’ brimming with community offering a ‘taste of village life’ in the city

Chapel Allerton has been singled out by the Sunday Times as one of the country’s top “urban oases”.

The trendy suburb of inner Leeds was featured in the newspaper’s piece on ‘The 50 Best Villages in the UK, which included a connected article looking at the best inner-city suburbs.

The paper said that it had chosen the best places within cities that “offer at least a few of the qualities of village life”.

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On the Leeds suburb, they wrote: “Chapel Allerton in Leeds has a full hand of local shops and a community that really cares about its environment – just look at the trees, wild flowers and inspirational street art that have sprung up thanks to CA Spaces, a dedicated consumer group mostly run by mums juggling work and child care.”

The hugely popular suburb is home to a great selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants including The Woods, Pinche Pinche, The Mustard Pot and George & Joseph Cheesemongers.

Shopping wise, the suburb is home to the only independent bookshop dedicated to children’s books in The Little Bookshop and also includes Angels gift shop, which sells beautiful jewellery made lovingly by local artists.

The Woods, Chapel Allerton

The artistic essence of the area is augmented by the numerous art spaces and there is the annual week-long Chapel Allerton Arts Festival where there is live music, events and stall at the end of the summer.

In The Sunday Times’ article of the best 50 villages in the UK, the village of Thorner just outside of Leeds was chosen as one to make the list.

It was the only one from West Yorkshire to make the cut and was chosen for its quaint feel and other stand out factors.

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They wrote: “This properly old-fashioned village may look rural, but it’s so close to Leeds that you can almost touch the ring road.

“Happily you can’t hear the traffic – or smell it – the aromas are all woodsmoke in winter, freshly mown grass in summer and sheep all year round.

“St Peter’s Church looms over the wide main street, once used for markets and now home to a GP and a useful set of amenities including the Fox, a friendly pub with a Monday night quiz, the Post Box deli with its Secret Garden cafe, as well as an Indian restaurant and visiting fish and chip van.”

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