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Forde, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Forde

4.7
4.7
564 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Horsforth born, locally renowned, Matt Healy of MasterChef: The Professionals is coming home to Horsforth!

Matt put his own stamp on the Leeds restaurant scene with his now renowned ‘food to swear by’ brand, forging an outstanding reputation for its British cooking; earning a 2020 Michelin Plate and a spot in The Good Food Guide.

Two-Michelin-starred judge of MasterChef Marcus Wareing famously described Matt’s sauces as “some of the best he had ever tasted”.

Jay Rayner said in his review published in the Guardian “Bloody hell, that’s good” on tasting Matt’s food; only he didn’t say “Bloody” and he didn’t say “hell”.

Matt has had the pleasure of working alongside some of the hospitality industry’s finest, some of whom will form part of the Forde team; bringing first class service to Horsforth.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–20:00
  • Phone number
    0113 210 0659
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Matt Healy
  • Area
    Leeds
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    The 50 and 50A bus drops at the bottom of Town Street and we are situated centrally between Horsforth and Kirkstall forge train stations.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 564 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Yorkshire

    British

  • West Yorkshire

    Best Overall

  • West Yorkshire

    Best Food

  • West Yorkshire

    Best Service

  • West Yorkshire

    Best Ambience

  • West Yorkshire

    Best Value

  • West Yorkshire

    Innovative

  • West Yorkshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • West Yorkshire

    Great for fine wines

564 Reviews
  1. Lizabet

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully cooked small plates, very special place

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  2. ClaireW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent restaurant. The food was outstanding and the staff were fantastic. Highly recommended.

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  3. HellsBells

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was superb. Will definitely revisit!

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  4. ClaQ

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Wednesday evening at Forde. Intimate with a good atmosphere. Great service and food as always.

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  5. Bami

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely warm welcome and attentive service. Food very tasty, in particular, roast beef was delicious. Offer of £25 for Sunday dinner with starter or sweet is good value. Tables a little cramped with legroom limited due to awkward table legs. Toilet a little damp and close to customers

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  6. JohnB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Sunday lunch served by very friendly & attentive staff. We came as a table of 6 & the food came piping hot from such a small kitchen!!! We ordered the Sunday Roast & it was very tasty. Our granddaughter especially enjoyed the roast carrots ! Prompt and friendly service enhanced our lunch experience. Thanks to all

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  7. Natasha

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend, the food (Sunday Roast) was fantastic and service absolutely brilliant. We will definitely be back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    From arrival to departure, a perfect and an all round enjoyable dining experience.

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  9. JennyL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal - we opted for the LS18 meal deal and we were massively impressed! The food was delicious (beef cheeks especially!) The staff were super attentive and made our visit very special. Wonderful all round!

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  10. KimL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter and I had an excellent evening at Forde. I would highly recommend.

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  11. Zmc500

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as usual. Our server (the younger waiter) was very polite and attentive.

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  12. Samurott

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and service but very overpriced. £16 for two tiny pieces of monkfish isn't good value. £8 for not even half a courgette (which costs 40p) is a joke.

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  13. MatthewKerrywood

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As per our previous visits, the food and service were amazing. We love it as usual!

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  14. MillyS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited for the first time to try the January offer that was on. I was so happy with the whole experience. Loved the vibe of the restraunt. The waiter was so helpful with recommendations. I am gluten free and the whole menu could be made gluten free and tasted unbelievable. The food was so so nice! I can’t wait to visit again!

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  15. SibyJ

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    "I had been wanting to visit FoRde for a long time, and finally, I got the chance for lunch yesterday. I can't recommend it enough! The cocktails were fresh and fruity, and we tried the cheese board, prawns, chicken, and fish – all freshly cooked and tasted heavenly. It was a great experience overall. Thank you for providing such a delightful dining experience!"

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  16. Tommo

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first visit to Forde and the waitress was extremely helpful and very pleasant explaining about the small plates experience. We had a lovely lunch and cannot wait to go there again.

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  17. KarenR

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic restaurant with amazing food. Absolutely fabulous.

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  18. JulietH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, great service - would definitely come again!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fantastic, the baked Camembert platter and Monkfish were our favourites. The staff couldn’t be more helpful or friendly, they gave some great advice on dishes and drinks and were very pleasant.

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  20. SarahC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely visit, will be back again!

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  21. JasonP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Sunday lunch was good. All round for the meats, veggies and Yorkshire pudding. We sat late afternoon and a few dishes had run out, but substituted. The Sunday menu typically has a choice of three starters / desserts, on this occasion we opted not to have a starter from the remaining choices. A similar run on beer choice too. Book early!

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  22. Valerie

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Service first class with staff who were genuinely enthusiastic about the food. First visit and definitely will be returning. Highly recommend.

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  23. MeghanA

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and lovely service. One of my favourite local restaurants.

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  24. LeanneL

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A meal experience with a range of small plates delivered as they were cooked, absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to go again!

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  25. JulianC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. A welcome difference from other offerings in the area. Very attentive and informative service. Nice atmosphere and busy for a Wednesday after the new year. We will be back.

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  26. jeanjan

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat on the left hand side at a small table and it was fine but we did change around I sat on the bench seat at first and my husband on a chair opposite. I was so much higher than him it wasn't comfortable so we swapped seats then at first I felt like a parent at parents night but everything else was so good after a glass of wine I forgot about it

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  27. RitaT

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked with a voucher given to us as a gift for my Husbands 70th birthday. Really looking forward to attend as we both love tapas with a nice bottle of wine. Usually it is a lovely steady enjoyable time taking one/2 courses at a time when WE were ready. This is not the case with you. We had to have each course when YOU were ready and did feel somewhat rushed. Service was OK. We ordered the wine and never shown the bottle it was just poured out and had to ask on occasion to be refilled. We did notice that it was done differently on the next table. The food we chose was lovely.

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  28. EmmaK

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic and the team looked after us brilliantly.

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  29. FairDo

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I went here for the 1st time recently with high expectations and it pains me to write such a bad review so my apologies. I hope it is received as constructive guidance which is my intention. The starters were OK, tho nothing exceptional and the main Sunday Roast's were luke warm so cold towards the end of the meal. I was given a roast potato with black spots clearly visible and I would ask the chef to please in future taste the vegetarian option which was described as a a porcini mushroom nut roast. I could not taste any mushroom, porcini or otherwise and the 2 greyish slabs that were on my plate were dry and unappetising. I feel sure that a Michelin star chef should know exactly what is being sent out, both in quality and taste. The veg was confusing as we thought our meals included cauliflower cheese but didn't. The wine was good but if you remove it to put it in an ice bucket please be attentive, I ate most of my main without a glass of wine and eventually went to get it myself. My partner was also disgruntled at paying £6 for a can of beer - this does seem excessive. I hope the above is regarded as positive feedback and in the hope that your business will grow in time. We prefer to support local businesses which is why we chose to have our Christmas meal there, sadly it was extremely disappointing which needed to be brought to your attention. However, Good luck in the future.

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  30. JohnJ

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Tables for 2 far too close together. Had the 3 for £30 offer (3 plates plus a glass of wine) which sounds ok. Meats well cooked however needed more of the accompaniments to lift it (otherwise a bit bland). Mentioned this to 2 waiters to no change. Tables far too small to hold bread, wine, glasses and plates and food. Bill with bread (nothing special at £5.50) and a bottle of average wine £93, which makes it on the face of it a cheap midweek treat into quite expensive. Could be so much more if the plates where more balanced and came with better bread etc. Same feedback gave in week 1 of opening.

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  31. LaylaP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious small plates of food. Great service. we had the lunchtime festive special of 3 small plates plus a glass of wine for £30pp. The hassleback potatoes and “small cabbages” were a highlight.

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  32. KarenM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience, like Sunday lunch at home , get plenty to eat, staff very attentive, nice small venue and un fussy menu . The drinks were a great choice too. Great cocktails and quality wines and beers.

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  33. MichaelM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Sunday lunch of perfect roast beef & chicken, roasties, yorkie and veg and worth every penny!

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  34. ChrisB

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went on Saturday with friends. Friendly, attentive staff. Good value for money. Menu is varied but lots of familiar dishes. Highlights were Camembert, chorizo, pigs in blankets and pigs cheeks. Highly recommended as an introduction to small plate dining.

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  35. WilliamM

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favourite restaurant in Horsforth and one of the best in Leeds!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything but especially the food was excellent. Will definitely be going again.

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  37. Tasteful

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Sunday roast. Everything was delicious, we will definitely return.

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  38. DavidB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit ordered too much food but will return and order less plates would recommend to friends

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  39. Hatt

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great mains/small plates - absolutely divine and so worth it. Slightly disappointed by the dessert but would still definitely recommend to a friend!

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  40. Matt

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and brilliant restaurant, one of the best in Leeds

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FAQs

Forde is rated 4.7 stars by 564 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Forde

7 Town St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS18 5LJ

Additional information

  • Area
    Leeds
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–20:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    The 50 and 50A bus drops at the bottom of Town Street and we are situated centrally between Horsforth and Kirkstall forge train stations.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Matt Healy
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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