Rosie’s Diner, Kirkstall

What should you do when you have a Friday morning off work and nowhere to rush off to? 


Breakfast. And while you’re at it, you may as well do it properly with local, American-style diner Rosie’s.

I’ve been to Rosie’s before, on the recommendation of a friend who used to go for a midnight treat when craving something sweet. The Diner was previously 24 hours, sadly- I presume due to lack of patrons in the early hours- this is no longer the case, although you can grab something naughtily satisfying between 9am and midnight, which we think is ample time.

I’ve not yet had the pleasure of dinner at Rosie’s (we’ve stopped in for just dessert on a number of occasions) and today we had breakfast- an evening meal is definitely on the to-try list, especially as I know that my brother has been so we can compare notes.

The staff are friendly and enthusiastic, no matter what time of day it is. They’re well turned out and serve you like they want to be there- something that is often not the case elsewhere and is impressive. Sometimes someone asking you how you’re going to spend the rest of your day or asking how your week is so far means a lot and this local business has a personable attitude towards it’s customers. 

I ordered the honey and banana topped pancakes which were heavenly (although I couldn’t finish the whole lot) and my girlfriend had the American Breakfast (which is effectively a huge full English). The eggs are free range and the meat locally sourced and it looked delicious. We washed it all down with orange juice but I highly recommend the milkshakes to accompany your meal (or instead of a dessert). Be warned, though. They are huge and extemely sweet so it might be worth asking for 2 straws and going halves.


This Diner is quirky and relaxed and the background tunes- rock and roll from the fifties and sixties makes this a fun restaurant for a treat. There’s not much by way of healthy options thanks to the very nature of this cuisine but it’s certainly worthwhile to save your treats and ditch the diet.
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