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Situated on the sixth floor of the Trinity Leeds shopping and leisure complex, one floor above its sibling Crafthouse, this northern venture from the London-based D&D group is a cool, cosmopolitan venue serving a roster of international favourites in a gleaming modernist setting. Known for its serious cocktails, made by a team of skilled mixologists, the venue also boasts a wraparound terrace – highly sought-after during warmer months – which offers incredible penthouse views over the bustling city below.

Pork rillettes, cured salmon with beetroot puree, and white onion soups get things rolling on the all-day menu, while mains range from steak-frites to Yorkshire pork cheeks with squash, mash and charred broccoli; truffle orzo; and fruits de mer. Sustainable fish from British waters is simply grilled or steamed, and there are sandwiches and ‘eggs all day’ for those looking for something a little lighter.

Crowd-pleasing desserts might bring crème brûlée, bannoffee pie or spiced sticky toffee pudding, though those with a sweet tooth ought to check out Angelica’s afternoon tea offering, which features treats such as Mont Blanc mousse, a Ferrero Rocher macaron and the option for free-flowing fizz. Weekend brunch, while not bottomless, is a boon for the shopping crowds, while the bar is a draw for office workers, visitors and groups celebrating special occasions. The impressive pewter bar specialises in exciting new brands, including a lengthy list of gins and rums among the usual beers, wines and spirits.

Cocktails are the thing to try here, though. Whether you go for a classic blend or something a little more daring – perhaps a ‘Bittersweet Romance’ comprising Amara Montenegro liqueur, Havana Especial rum, honey, and a special blend of Angelica Bar bitters, or else a ‘Sunny Side Up’ made with tequila, Cointreau, pineapple, orange juice, lime juice, almond syrup and egg white – you’re sure to be impressed.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Bars, International
Cool, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Brunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Celebrations, Dates
Food Hygiene Rating


Angelica is a restaurant and bar on the 6th floor of Trinity Leeds, where its central location, vibrant atmosphere and range of comforting food and innovative cocktails have made it a hit with locals. Angelica's sleek interiors - polished wood floors, chic furnishings, flowers galore and a striking circular metal bar - mean it is simultaneously relaxed and glamorous, suiting all sorts of occasions from celebration dinners to casual catch-ups with friends. The restaurant also boasts a fantastic wrap-around terrace, with cracking views of Leeds city centre.

The a la carte menu at Angelica is compact but perfectly formed, with an assortments of snacks, starters, mains and desserts on offer, as well as a section for meat and fish that has come straight off the charcoal grill. Kick off your meal with olives, rapeseed oil focaccia, and Lindisfarne oysters, before trying an elegant lobster salad with saffron aioli, cod with sea herbs and braised leeks, and poached salmon ballotine with grapes and cucumber relish. 

In the dessert front, Angelica serves up a sweet list of crowd-pleasers, including favourites like banoffee choux bun with banana diplomat and chocolate creme patissiere, whipped vanilla rice pudding with strawberry compote, and a classic sticky toffee pudding with pouring cream. Alongside the a la carte, Angelica also offers dedicated children's menu and a bar snack menu, as well as serving afternoon tea. 

Just as important is Angelica's drinks offering, which innovative signature cocktails are the star of the show. As well as making a classic cocktail of your choosing, in-house mixologists have created some creative new cocktail ideas exclusive to Angelica, including The Yorkshire Triangle (rhubarb gin, apple syrup, lemon juice, Champagne), the Heart & Soul (cognac, amaretto, cherry syrup, pear juice, acidified cherry jam), and the Secret Garden (violet liqueur, vodka, lavender syrup, lemon juice, aquafaba). 

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Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW

0113 897 0099 0113 897 0099


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-21:30
Tue 12:00-21:30
Wed 12:00-21:30
Thu 12:00-21:30
Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun 12:00-17:00


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2 Reviews 

Simon S

16 January 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Really enjoyed the setting and the food. 

Rich M

22 June 2013  
Food & Drink 3
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 2.5
Angelica - Rooftop tapas in Leeds
There are now three rooftop restaurants in Leeds… That's right. Three… Turn up looking for the declining North and you'll miss it for the Gucci swinging models navigating staircases with their micro skirts. Obviously that's not entirely true. The great cities of the North of England are decidedly less great than they have been in recent years and the less fashionable ones (sorry Hull and Bradford) are genuinely, sadly moribund in places, with threadbare tatters swinging where once a city centre was. Leeds is at least putting on a show for visitors, particularly those that arrive into its great arched train station. Turn right and you'll pass the thankfully shuttered Majestyks Nitespot (sic, sic and thrice sic) once home to trashy, fighty footballers and the effluvia that worshipped them, now ‘undergoing redevelopment’. Turn left and you've got delightful bar and charcuterie, The Friends of Ham where once there was only a tanning salon next door to the mighty fine Brewery Tap, itself once a grotty, soulless pre-commute waiting room serving booze, now a trendy little microbrewery and home to the delightful Leodis Lager. And to top it off, there's a shiny new shopping centre with (whisper it oh incredulous Southerners) an Urban Outfitters, Armani and a Victoria's Secret. Truly the Northmen have arrived, the poor sods. Sat atop this slightly monstrous consumer trifle like a smug cherry are two floors of D&D (formerly Conran) restaurants, the only city to be so graced with a brace other than the capital. Packed at 8pm on a Thursday, already a regular hit with the locals it would seem… As you'd expect from their heritage, the room is an head turner. Sure, it's blowing a force 8 gale when we arrive but there's still a hardy few taking in the views over the redbrick roof tops of the city. There had been a hollow laugh from the GM when I'd tried to book for the terrace, “that won't be a problem, but we'll save you somewhere inside as well shall we, see how the weather goes”, a canny lass… After eventually navigating a bizarre set of lifts and elevators, we walk out into the open plan atrium, its centre point a beautiful circular zinc bar packed with choppy haired mixologists. It's almost so pretty that you miss the raw bar at the back of the room. The decor is undeniably classy and understatedly mid-Century modern. With deep felt covered easy chairs, it's comfortable too, unlike the volume of the music, ear-bleed easy listening makes for a shouty experience, not a problem for the raucous groups of affluent professionals crowding the place dressed for a ‘big night out’. The menu raises a smile. There was a time when the concept of Yorkshire tapas would have suggested nothing as exotic as a bag each of salt'n'vinegar and prawn cocktail (the king of crisp) with an accompanying salted peanut or two – at first glance the menu of sharing bites at Angelica is at first a thoroughly refined departure from those dark days. We go for four or five, each arriving as they are ready. Other than a handful of items from the raw bar it's difficult to rustle up a coherent meal here. Snacks and nibbles aren't a problem in somewhere seemingly so set for a drinking crowd, but they're currently a restaurant too and it's hard to know whether they're trying to be Arthur or Martha. The best thing that arrives on the table is a hearty salad of Swaledale blue, walnut, (tinned) pear and chicory. There's a Sichuan beef dish served in that slightly cringey 90's way on a few leaves of lollo rosso. It's tasty enough, but the only flavour is the overpowering iron tang of ground Sichuan peppercorns and served on a chilly plate it's entirely lacking in any sort of heat. Triple cooked chips were nice enough but the accompanying ‘day fish’ goujons were straight out of the Berni Inn cookbook. At £12.50 it's priced to be a solo main and four small, overcooked bits of fish don't cut the tartare sauce in a Northern town. None of it is cheap mind, we spent £50 before touching the weighty drinks menu, and why for God's sake do they charge £2.50 for a ‘bread basket’?! Management aren't stupid enough to charge for bread at the D&D London restaurants, even at Coq D'Argent, home of the £1000 Coq au vin… Desserts and drinks are more successful, a shared plate of mini ‘seaside donuts’ is obviously destined to become a house special, the hot sugared treats elegantly presented and ripe for dunking in the accompanying chocolate and vanilla sauce. It's a fun conceit even if it doesn't add anything to global gastronomy. Full credit for a decent range of Yorkshire bottled beers and some quite excellent cocktails. Given the success of Antony Flynn, the Leeds version of Rick Stein, over recent years, the people of Leeds are ready enough for a few more decent premium bistros, but on this showing Angelica isn't one of them. A lazy meandering menu with no sense of place colliding with a cocktail bar that goes straight to the top of the city's list. I'd be tempted to cull the kitchen and focus on the booze.
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