Friday, 6 May 2016

How to Celebrate Spring in Leeds and Make the Most of Your Sunny Getaway by the River Aire

Here it is - springtime! Sun, warmth and going out with no woolly coat on are the three indicators that spring has finally arrived – and that there is a life outside, different to wrapping up in a blanket, sat by the fireplace. Exciting, right? If just like us, you’ve spent the entire winter waiting for this moment, you’ve come to the right place.

What you need during this sunnier period is a getaway to celebrate the closest thing we’ve had to summer for months. So why not head to beautiful Leeds? The Northern city has everything you’re seeking and more –get ready to discover it all.

Now, get rid of that slightly sad, winter mood and welcome this mild season by exploring the outdoors activities and venues Leeds offers you. From beer gardens to trendy rooftop bars and picturesque stops along the River Aire, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable spring stay in Yorkshire… We’re listing our best tips for you to make the most of your trip! Follow our guide and get ready to join the cool kids of Leeds…

Start With an Al Fresco Breakfast

When waking up to springtime in Leeds, you won’t want to waste a minute of those sunrays piercing the clouds. Jump into whatever clothes you find first in your suitcase and head to Moments Café for a typical English breakfast out on the terrace. If the weather is typically UN-English, you’ll have the joy of a traditional British start but with the weather of our continental neighbours! Enjoy the restaurant’s tasty meals on elegant, trendy wooden tables whilst soaking up the much-awaited sun on your skin.
Once your beans, sausage and bacon are polished off, it’s time to start wandering the streets and open spaces of Leeds. The best way to do it, whilst enjoy a bit of nature, is to follow the Leeds & Liverpool canal which passes by the city centre and goes further out into the countryside. It is mostly paved and easy to walk on, whether there’s just two of you or you’re visiting with children and a buggy. You’ll have outstanding views on the town’s old, red brick buildings depicting the architectural style of the region. You’ll walk under century-old bridges built from stone and ornate with blue and red fencing. On the way, you can stop at the Calls Landing bar for a well-deserved beer and snack.
Boasting an ideal location on the river, Calls Landing offers an outstanding array of craft ales, delicious stews and fresh oysters. The colourful interiors are arranged with vintage furniture, mixing wooden tables, leather sofas and brightly coloured 70s-style chairs. On the walls, old postcards and school maps add to the retro feel. Head to the balcony for a secluded meal,  sitting on a bench facing the river with someone you love. We advise you to try the Lamb Hot Pot, slowly cooked with carrots, bacon, mushrooms and new potatoes in a red wine, minted gravy. Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds.

End With Drinks on a Rooftop

After an afternoon enjoying the sun and warmer temperatures, whilst looking at the barges pass along the Aire, it’s time for a last stop before getting back to the hotel. Angelica’s bar is located in the centre of Leeds, on Boar lane. The simplistic interiors are illuminated by vast windows, candles and is finished with a modern style of furniture.
Relax on the white sofas of the rooftop terrace and enjoy a potent cocktail whilst admiring the city from above. It’s hard to choose from the extensive cocktail list but favourites include:  Beyond the Sky, a fresh lemon, cranberry and Amaretto cocktail, and the Angelica House Punch for a true taste of pre-summer whilst watching the sun set over the Northern city. If you’re hungry after your busy day, the restaurant offers a delicious menu, served until 10pm. Order confit of Gressingham duck leg or langoustines and café de Paris butter sauce for a great end to your trip… you’ll beback at 42 The Calls within a 5 minute stroll through Leeds’ most lively district…

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Musical 'The Girls' to Premiere in Leeds

There’s an air of excitement around Leeds Grand Theatre and the reason involves the Women’s Institute, well-placed sunflowers and well-meaning nudity. Its impressive 19th century surroundings will be hosting the world premiere of Tim Firth and Gary Barlow’s musical The Girls on the 14th of November, followed by a four week run before heading over to The Lowry in Salford. Based on the famous film and play Calendar Girls that drew inspiration from a true story, this is set to offer a heart-warming and laugh-out-loud evening out… and we can’t wait to attend!

For those who don’t know the story behind Calendar Girls and now The Girls, it began in 1998 in Cracoe village in the Yorkshire Dales, when a group of 11 women aged between 45 and 65 undressed for a calendar to raise money for leukaemia and lymphoma research. Tricia Stewart suggested the idea to Rylstone Women’s Institute following her friend’s husband’s treatment of and subsequent death from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the same year, and the calendar was made with the help of local artist Terry Logan.

The aim was to raise £5,000, dedicate the calendar to the friend’s husband John Baker and interest was expected to pass after three weeks. However, it gained media hype and became a huge success; selling 88,000 copies in the UK that year and 240,000 copies in America the year after… and was even presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace! To date, the calendar’s success has raised nearly £4 million and has inspired a book, play, film and now a musical too.

Olivier Award winner Tim Firth is behind both the screen and stage play, and has worked alongside long-standing friend Gary Barlow to compose an array of songs including ‘Yes, I’ve Had a little Work Done’, ‘Sunflower, What Age Expects’ and ‘Yorkshire’ for the musical. Having won six Ivor Novello Awards and written 14 number one singles, we can’t wait to hear what we’re sure will be Gary’s latest toe-tapping hits, all of which will be performed by a multi award-winning cast.

Actresses playing starring roles will include soprano singer Claire Moore, who is known for having played the leading role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, winner of two Olivier Awards Joanna Riding and Harriet Thorpe, who alongside being nominated for the 2012 Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, is also an ambassador for ‘Walk the Walk’ breast cancer charity. While actors will include one half of sixties folk duo Chad & Jeremy and grandson of the 7th Duke of Wellington, Jeremy Clyde, alongside newcomers including Josh Benson and Ben Hunter.

We've been eagerly following the flurry of press around the musical and counting down the days until launch night. Covering village life, the events that led to the calendar and the effects it had on not only those involved but also their surroundings families, we think The Girls will provide an emotional, entertaining and ultimately inspiring evening out during a visit to Leeds. With tickets available for between £10 and £45, and the venue only a ten minute stroll from our hotel, we can’t wait to experience this new adaptation of such a wonderful story. We recommend booking as soon as possible if you’re planning on attending as tickets are selling out fast… and if you’d like to combine your visit with a four-stay at our boutique hotel, we have an array of offers and packages ideal for winter breaks here

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Rugby World Cup is Coming to Leeds

Rugby evokes passion in Yorkshire. The county is historically known for spearheading the split from rugby football union and developing rugby league, while the wealth of local talent has meant 1 in 7 England rugby union players now hail from its cities, towns and villages. An invitation to host two Rugby World Cup matches was therefore music to the (cauliflower) ears of Leeds and set in motion the planning for a whole host of celebrations throughout the city. From the chance to chat to sporting legends, to club demonstrations and even theatre productions, find out what’s on offer at three of the city’s leading destinations this September and start planning your rugby retreat to Leeds.

Elland Road

Despite its football ties, Elland Road Stadium actually has roots in rugby. Upon opening in 1897, the ground was solely used to host rugby league matches for both Holbeck Rugby Club and Leeds Woodville, changing hands to Leeds City FC in 1904 and then to Leeds United in 1919. Combine the fact that it hosted a rugby union match between South Africa and England North in November 1992, its renowned, feisty atmosphere and 37,914 capacity, and it’s easy to see why the venue has been chosen for both the Italy vs Canada game on the 26th of September and Scotland vs USA on the 27th. Kick-off is at 2.30pm on both days, leaving plenty of time to enjoy a Full Yorkshire Breakfast and explore the city’s many attractions before heading to the stadium, just a 6 minute drive from our 4-star stay


The 22,000 capacity Headingley Carnegie Stadium holds a special place in the hearts of fans as the only stadium in the world in which union, league and cricket games are played. The rugby stadium was built by the team now known as the Leeds Rhinos in 1889, it hosted the first ever Challenge Cup final in 1897 and its first international rugby league match in 1908. With such a rich history, the ‘home of Leeds Rugby’ is a must-see for any visiting fan and will be offering special edition heritage tours led by dual-code legends, Sir Ian McGeechan and John Bentley. Expect behind-the-scenes insight, a look into the stadium’s history and sporting highlights, and an exclusive Q and A lunch post-tour on the 24th and 25th.

Millennium Square

Missed out on a ticket at Elland Road? There’s no need to panic as 4,000 rugby fans will be descending on Leeds’ Millennium Square to celebrate every day throughout the tournament. Named the ‘Fanzone’, it'll offer the chance to watch matches on the big screen, sample a delicious bite to eat from local street food vendors and a enjoy a variety of family friendly activities. ‘This Girl Can’ and the first mixed ability contact Rugby Union team, the Bumbles will be on-hand to inspire and inform, while local clubs will offer demonstrations. Kids will be encouraged to practise tackling on inflatables, while local creative producers, Dep Arts will be putting on two productions, one delving into rugby’s world history and the other celebrating teamwork using 300 volunteers.  

From the opening ceremony on the 18th of September, to the moment the winning team lifts the gleaming Webb Ellis Cup, we’re expecting an electrifying air of excitement throughout our city. Combining the original features of a historic corn mill and contemporary facilities, we offer a charming getaway with feather duvets, outstanding views over the Aire and an honesty bar in the heart of the city. Find our latest offers and packages here for a luxurious stay during the Rugby World Cup 2015. 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas at 42...

The Christmas countdown has begun and with it, party season is officially under way! We love nothing more than entertaining here at 42 and have already begun to serve our delicious Christmas Private Dining menus to eager guests.

Chicken liver parfait, turkey roulade and Christmas cake pops are a few of the many courses that have been created by our very talented chef and kitchen team so far this month…and there are plenty more orders coming in! As anyone who’s ever chosen from the 12 varieties of Lishman's of Ilkey sausages we offer as part of a hearty Yorkshire breakfast will know, we take great pride in showcasing the finest local produce to visitors…try the tempting Yorkshire cheeseboard with menu option two and you’ll soon see why!

Our favourite festive dining course? It has to be the trio of desserts, which we just had to taste test of course! Mini Mont Blancs combine sweetened chestnuts topped with a tower of whipped cream, while the chocolate brownie Santa hat will ensure those with a sweet tooth will feel completely indulged. The pièce de résistance? The candy cane panna cotta! Yum!

While we can accommodate up to 30 guests for dinner in The River Room, if you’re planning a larger gathering we offer elegant cocktail events for up to 50 guests in The Fletland Suite. Our mixologists have been trying festive inspired recipes to come up with our very own 42 Christmas cocktail. Sip from the suite’s private balcony, take in beautiful views over the River Aire and let our team ensure you have a truly stylish celebration!

We’re still taking bookings for last minute Christmas parties, with prices starting at only £20pp – find out more here or call 0113 244 0099 to book now.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Tour De France Fever has Arrived at 42

The Tour De France countdown is well and truly underway at 42 The Calls. Anticipation is growing in Leeds and we can’t wait to join the crowds at the start line on Saturday the 5th of July, which luckily for us is only a short 15 minute walk away from where we’re standing.

We anticipate the celebratory atmosphere to continue throughout the afternoon and into the night in true Yorkshire style! We’ve already been enjoying the cycling inspired events Yorkshire Festival 2014 has offered and are looking forward to so many more. The Cyclism exhibition at Leeds Gallery launched earlier this month with an array of graphic design prints, illustrations, photography, jerseys, custom built bikes… and even delicious bicycle biscuits. With a ‘Bike’ writing competition, a play written in homage to local born world pursuit champion Beryl Burton and even an ‘edible’ bike ride in neighbouring York, stopping at sites of local growing initiatives for veg and herbs, there’s definitely an event for all enthusiasts!

On the big day itself, you can get a little closer to the action by heading down to the start line to see the teams signing in…as the perfect photo opportunity, we might even sneak in a selfie with Froome! It’s no secret that the earlier you arrive to an event of this scale, the better the view, however, even if our soft feather duvets and luxurious cotton bed sheets keep you enraptured a little longer than hoped, there’s no need to panic with a mere seven minute walk from the hotel to the City Centre Loop, which is only half a mile from the starting point.

 Cheers of excitement will be echoing throughout the route in Leeds, however, we recommend The Headrow as the destination for the unmatchable exhilaration of feeling the wheels rush by, seeing the rainbow of jerseys and knowing you were there for the start of the world’s most watched annual sporting event. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a relaxing Tour De France experience Scott Hall playing fields will be hosting a family friendly hub close by to the route, with a large screen ensuring unrivalled views alongside stage entertainment, children-friendly activities from British Cycling Go Ride and local cuisine - all only an 11 minute drive away.

 Much like the teams…however, to a lesser degree, we’ll be stocking up our energy reserves to ensure we can last the distance and wave off our favourite cyclists in what will be an unmissable atmosphere, followed by a day of celebration. From 8am, Team 42 will be sampling seasonal sausages from Lishman’s of Ilkley as part of a full, hearty Yorkshire breakfast and a cup of coffee or two, before the short walk and long wait that’ll be worth every minute.

 We can’t wait to see who’ll be wearing the yellow jersey by the end of the first day…

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Private Christmas Parties and Dinners at 42...

Last weekend we hosted out very first private Christmas party of the season, and what an event it was! The guests were the winners of our competition on Twitter, and we were so excited to welcome them. There was a feeling of excitement in the air, as all of us were keen to share the menu our culinary team have been working on for months now.

Needless to say, the party was a roaring success with many compliments paid to the food, drink and general atmosphere. This party, like the others we have scheduled, took place in the private River Room, which looks over the Aire and is especially pretty at night.

We’ve been getting well into the Christmas spirit and have decided to add a few little extras to our private parties. All of those who attend will now get a glass of warm, comforting mulled wine or some Prosecco to start things off. We’re also offering an overnight stay in one of our luxury rooms for the organiser, which we imagine might come in handy if you’re planning to celebrate with quite a lot of bubbly!

There are still a few spots left, so if you haven’t planned your Christmas party yet, you are in luck. Call us on:0113 244 0099 and we can start to plan your party for you.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Christmas Tree is Coming!

We’re all getting very excited here as we anticipate the arrival of our Christmas tree, which will be going up on Tuesday. We really can’t wait for it to be here, because for us, it means the season to be jolly has well and truly began. The tree will definitely be filled with decorations, as we are all very keen to put our own stamp on it. Our Christmas team will also be decking the halls and filling each and every corner with tinsel, holly and festive spirit.

We feel like a mum on Christmas day, because we’ve been in and out of the kitchen trying out the food that will be going on to the Christmas menus all week. So, as you might imagine, we’re all really looking forward to our first guests coming and trying it for themselves. We’ve got to recommend the jam jar strawberry sundae – which we must admit, we’ve been “testing” quite extensively!

On Sunday, the winner of our Twitter competition will be here with nine of his friends to try out the private Christmas menu. We hope they like it!

That’s all from us for now – but if you fancy a chat, please leave a comment here, we’d love to hear from you.