2nd March 2016
Chapel Allerton is situated approximately 2 miles north of Leeds city centre and is known locally as Chapel A, Chap A, or The Village – the latter being something which residents are very proud about.
The area’s hub is centred around a triangular piece of land on which stands an imposing willow tree, which was planted around 30 years. For many residents Chapel Allerton is all about the willow tree and period housing, but there’s a lot more to the area too. With its plethora of bars and restaurants, pubs and traditional shops, Chapel Allerton is a popular destination for non residents as much as it is for the people who live there. Unlike many archetypal English villages, however, there’s a butchers, fishmongers, grocers, a post office, a library, and several banks all nestled in the centre, with restaurants serving Italian, Mexican, Indian, Moroccan and traditional English pub grub (to name but a few) touting for your business alongside. Artisan shops selling gifts and greeting cards are a real success story in Chapel Allerton and are probably a testament to how sought after the area still is by families and young professionals.
August Bank Holiday sees the arrival of Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, with local bands playing all weekend and stalls selling food from local restaurants, such as Sukhothai. There’s face painting & roundabout rides for the kids too. The event is organised by Chapel Allerton Residents Associations (CARA) and is a real community effort.
Chapel Allerton is noted as a Conservation Area, for the character and historical interest of its buildings, notably Allerton Hall and Clough House, parts of which date back to 1653. In 1979 the property was converted into a pub, which now trades as The Mustard Pot – a very popular destination in the summer months due to its south facing beer garden. The landlord there even puts on her own mini festival, called MustardStock, in late July. Elsewhere there is a vibrant mix of Victorian & Edwardian housing (back to backs, semi’s and detached villas), Grade 2 listed stone terraces, traditional 1930’s brick semi’s and modern developments of apartments – some of which are just a stone’s throw from the centre.
With several highly regarded primary schools in the area, and easy access to/from the City Centre, Chapel Allerton is incredibly popular with young families. And with so many restaurants, bars and pubs within just a short walk inevitably the area appeals to young professionals too.