My North Leeds Life - Liam Clarke, general manager of Gusto Restaurant & Bar in Cookridge.

PUBLISHED: 19:03 14 July 2013 | UPDATED: 19:03 14 July 2013

Liam Clarke, General Manager at Gusto Restaurant & Bar  in Cookridge

Liam Clarke, General Manager at Gusto Restaurant & Bar in Cookridge


‘We really feel like part of the Cookridge community because we’re not on the high street but in a residential area completely surrounded by houses. This makes us a residents’ place to eat – we see the same families week in, week out – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

‘People seem to enjoy their nights out in Cookridge. We cater for plenty of young professionals, but we also warmly welcome the younger generation of diners who come in with their families.

‘This is the first restaurant I’ve run that’s not in the city centre. Diners in the city can be pretty unforgiving and, occasionally, downright rude, but they couldn’t be more different here. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. I’m originally from South Leeds, but I think Cookridge is lovely and the people are lovely too.

‘It’s a real community and it’s only right that we get involved and do our bit. We run a book club, are heavily involved in Cookridge in Bloom and host family fun days. We also run pizza-making sessions for local schoolchildren, who get to design, cook and eat their own creations on us.’

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