Welcome to The Lakeside Café, nestled on the edge of Waterloo Lake in Roundhay Park, Leeds.

We are delighted to announce that we will be re opening on Monday 13th July. Since the Government’s announcement we have been busy behind the scenes ensuring that all safety measures are in place ready to re-open our doors. At the heart of everything is the health and safety of our customers and our team, with this in mind we are making some changes to our offering and operation to reasure you all. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and we are really looking forward to welcoming you all back. More details to follow in due course. The Lakeside Team.

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Situated on the banks of Waterloo Lake, the café is a venue of sheer delight, offering some wonderful scenery and idealistic surroundings. Throughout the day the Lakeside is a fully functioning café, with a variety of different options on offer, including a breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and children’s menu. In the evening it can be transformed into a unique private dining venue with the flexibility to create a layout to suit your particular requirements, for 20 to 150 people. We offer a comprehensive range of menus and a fully stocked bar making The Lakeside a perfect location to host your special event.

The café has recently undergone a major interior refurbishment, pictures of the new style can be seen in the “New Interior” section.


From Monday 2nd November 2020, through the winter.

  • Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 5pm

We are open everyday except Christmas Day.

Waterloo Lake

A Comprehensive Daily Menu

We offer you a wide choice of food, from Breakfast up until 11:30am through to Afternoon Snacks, until 5:00pm everyday.

Daily Menu

Weddings and Private Dining

Whilst we are a fully functioning stylish café during the daytime, we transform ourselves into a friendly and relaxing, but vibrant evening venue with the flexibility to create a layout to suit your particular requirements for 20 to 200 people.

Private Dining

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Things to Do

Waterloo Lake

Constructed by soldiers who had returned from the Napoleonic wars and thus named after the Battle of Waterloo. They were unemployed, so Thomas Nicholson provided work and income to landscape a former quarry.

Canal Gardens

There are three main parts to Canal Gardens, a grassed area of mature trees (which are decorated with lights around Christmas), flower gardens along a rectangular lake 350 feet (107 m) by 34 feet (10 m) which resembles part of a canal, dating from 1833, and a walled garden built c. 1816 as a vegetable garden for the Mansion House which contains a collection of roses, and provides the entrance to Tropical World. The Canal Gardens are to the west of the main area of the park, separated from it by Prince's Avenue.

The Arena

In 1894, it was converted into a sports arena with cycle track, providing work for unemployed people in Leeds. It is overlooked by a mound known as Hill 60, which was so named to commemorate Leeds soldiers who died in First World War battles around Hill 60 near Ypres. It can hold over 100,000 people.

alhambra garden

Monet & Alhambra Gardens

This is a pathway leading to the Alhambra garden, based on the gardens planted by the French Impressionist 'Monet' at Giverny in France, this new garden was added to the park by Leeds Leisure Services Department gardeners and landscapers in Summer 1999.

Barrans Drinking Fountain

The domed roof drinking fountain, built in the classical corinthian style to designs by Thomas Ambler, architect, of number 9 Park Place. It was the gift of clothing manufacturer and former Mayor of Leeds, John Barran M.P, who was instrumental in acquiring Roundhay Park for the town in 1871. The opening ceremony for the fountain was held on 3rd April 1882. The design for the fountain was chosen to compliment the mansion building and the stone was quarried at Park Spring Quarry at Hough Top, Bramley.

Castle Folly

A folly built in 1811 by local master builder George Nettleton to give the appearance of a castle gate. It originally had a wooden roof and an upper room, and was used as a summerhouse, a sewing room for the Nicholson girls, and for social functions such as dinners.

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