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This is the first blog of the series researching places to live in Leeds.
The aim of these blogs is to provide an unbiased view on areas of Leeds highlighting some facts and features about living in those areas. If you would like further more specific information on any area then contact me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I began my research in Roundhay as it is one of the largest postcode areas in Leeds, home to the biggest park in Leeds and an area I visit regularly on a weekend.
In the 2011 census Roundhay recorded a population of 22,546. The postcode district is LS8 and dialling code is 0113.
The main high street through Roundhay is called Street Lane. Street Lane has numerous bars / pubs, restaurants, take aways, and coffee shops, some chain and some independent. There is a nice mix. You will also find a Sainsbury’s local, a Co-op, and a Texaco petrol station for your every day needs. The closest major supermarket is the 24 hour Tesco on Roundhay Road.
Roundhay has a private Hospital, Spire Hospital located on Jackson Avenue in Roundhay. The closest NHS hospitals are the LGI (Leeds General Infirmary) in Leeds City Centre (approx. 4 miles / 15 minute drive) and St James’ in Harehills (approx. 2.5miles / 10 minute drive).
There are a variety of houses in Roundhay not one consistent style or price. Those which surround the park are mainly large detached or semi-detached houses. Houses behind Street Lane are mainly Terraced houses and the further away from Street Lane you travel there are semi-detached houses. Along the side of Street Lane there are also flats.
The average house in Roundhay (LS8) sells for: £210,515 with the average value for Terraced houses in this area being £116,817 and Semi-detached £230,521. By comparison Roundhay is considered to be an expensive place to live in Leeds as its average house price comfortably exceeds the average house price in Leeds which is £187,021.00. House prices have increased by 5.04% in Roundhay in the last 12 months according to Zoopla estimates.
Roundhay Park is one of the main features of living in Roundhay. It is a hive of activity with many organised sports clubs basing themselves there, including football, rowing and tennis just to name a few. There is something suitable for all age ranges. There is a lake which you can walk around in approximately 40 – 50 minutes. A lakeside café where you can stop for a cuppa and a piece of cake after you have had a walk. Sandwiches range from £5.00 upwards, and it is typically around £2.20 for a latte. They have a selection of hot meals on offer, and provide a specific children’s’ menu with hot and cold food. High chairs are readily available, and there is baby change facilities. I have found the staff inside the café very accommodating. On a weekend the café can get quite busy so if you are heading there with a group of mums (or dads) and children who are highchair / pushchair age then it may be better to avoid the café and take a picnic instead.
Outside the café by the children’s play area there is always an ice cream van! Come rain or shine Ice Cream remains popular.
The children’s play area by the cafe is pretty big and diverse. There is plenty of space around the outside of the activities to run around, along with benches for parents to take a well-earned rest but still keep a watchful eye on their little ones. There is space to park buggies around the outside of the area too. There is a bigger play area plus skate ramps closer to Soldiers field (across from Lidgett Park Lane) for older children.
The Mansion has a café called ‘ The Garden Room Café Restaurant’ it’s at the top of Roundhay park. You can get to it via the Street Lane entrance (near the Roundhay Fox pub) Across the road from tropical world (free for under 5’s). Here you can get tea and scones, afternoon tea and a lovely selection of food. This is more of a restaurant setting, with afternoon tea at approximately £15.00 per person. You can book tables at the garden room café restaurant. Dogs are not allowed into the restaurant, but you can sit outside with them, and the restaurant provide bowls of water for them.
Pubs / Restaurants
Roundhay has numerous pubs, bars and restaurants to visit either during the day or on an evening. I have highlighted some below from my personal experience but have a look on Trip Advisor for the full list.
The Roundhay Fox is a Vintage Inn, so you can guarantee a good Sunday dinner, it is a nice pub to sit outside on a summers evening, but it does get very busy in summer. There is a Stew and Oyster bar on Roundhay Road which have a quiz on most nights during the week. Banyan (formerly Napa) on Street Lane suits people of all ages they are accommodating with large groups and children, it is often best to book on a weekend. San Carlo Flying pizza is also a firm favourite with locals for special occasions.
Pizza Express and also Eco Pizza which are a bit further up Street Lane, these are great for Children.
Deer Park (nice in winter as there are fires dotted around) and The Thomas Osborne are pubs located on Street Lane close to all other amenities.
Cafés / Other
There are plenty of cafes to choose from in Roundhay, whether you want to pop in and grab a coffee and sausage sandwich, or sit and watch the world go by with some delicatessen snacks, there is something for everyone. Roundhay is also continually developing, there is a new café called Sylva which is being built by Oakwood Clock. Stories and Jameson’s are cafe’s in Oakwood too. Starbucks on Street Lane, Café 71 on Street Lane, and Hayley & Clifford a café and delicatessen on Street Lane – lovely coffee and sausage sandwiches. This list is not exhaustive, but these are ones I have been in and enjoyed.
Ruby is a nice local shop selling high quality fruit and veg.
There are other shops such as a jewellers, called Share, and multiple florists, estate agents, banks, charity and clothes shops. These can be found along the high street on Street Lane of on Roundhay Road in Oakwood.
Roundhay has a good reputation for having high quality schools. The ones listed below have rated 75 or higher out of 100 in Ofsted reports. (My sources are http://www.findmyschool.co.uk and http://www.findthebestschool.co.uk) Roundhay School is rated the number one secondary school in Leeds.
Nursery & Pre School: Leeds Montessori Nursery and Pre-School, Nursery at Talbot Primary School, and 22 Street Lane.
Primary Schools: Kerr Mackie Primary School, Moor Allerton Hall Primary School, Roundhay St John C of E Primary School, Roundhay School (Primary Campus), Talbot Primary School.
Secondary Schools: Allerton Grange School, Roundhay School.
Rightmove is good for outlining which houses lie within catchment areas for schools too.
Things to do
Check out this website to find out what is on in Roundhay.
- Oakwood Farmers Market – Third Saturday of every month by the Oakwood clock
- Bonfire night – Roundhay Park has the biggest bonfire in Leeds, dates TBC each year by Leeds City Council.
- Peter Rabbit pottery in Oakwood, just down from Oakwood clock. This is perfect to create Christmas, Easter or birthday pottery gifts. I went with my son who is currently 20 months old, and he loved painting.
There is also a board on the entrance to the Park (on Soldiers field near Oakwood clock) and that should tell you about up and coming events, albeit a bit covered by trees!
I hope that gives you a bit of an overview on what Roundhay has to offer! Roundhay has many positive features, pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants and good schools, which is why the average house price here is higher than the overall house price average for Leeds..
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I am currently researching Rothwell for part two in this series looking at Areas of Leeds.
Research has been conducted searching online databases such as Wikipedia, Zoopla and Rightmove. All other research and views are based on personal experience when visiting these locations.