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Pickles & Potter; a potted history

Lorna Potter

Lorna is a chef by training - With over 25 years experience working around London, South East Asia and Leeds - and passionate about fresh food and good cooking. Though a southerner by birth, on a weekend trip to Leeds she fell in love with a Yorkshire man (and therefore Yorkshire!) and has been smitten with Leeds, its people and the wonderful bounty of its fresh food ever since.

It didn’t take Lorna long to realise that what the good people of Leeds lacked was an independent Deli/Café slap bang in the middle of the action where they could feed their bellies, nourish their souls and chew the (proverbial!) fat – so in 2004 Pickles & Potter was born.

Aiming to offer a wide range of homemade goodies from cakes to salads to amazing sandwiches in a homely, friendly atmosphere with good banter and much laughter, Pickles & Potter soon became the place to stock up on healthy grub. The word spread fast and the Deli won best sandwich shop in Leeds at The Metro Awards in 2008 and the Beef Favourite sandwich was voted best sandwich in Leeds by readers of the Leeds Guide in the same year.

Lorna and her team expanded the shop in the Queens Arcade in 2007 by moving to a bigger unit so we could fit in more seats and people could sit in for a proper lunch, afternoon snack or even breakfast.


Pickles & Potter’s suppliers

A delicious Pickles and Potter sandwich

Lorna loves fresh food that has travelled as little as possible so she works with a wide variety of Yorkshire suppliers to deliver her and her team the best raw materials she can find. However, even she admits defeat sometimes and if she can’t make something in-house she’ll find the best local crafts-person to help her out.

Some of our suppliers include:

  • Fruit and veg from and from “Dave from t’ market” who has a stall at fabulous Kirkgate.
  • More from D.A.D Ltd fruit and veg from the very local Kirkgate Market. 
  • Meats and sausages from traditional butcher Richard Setchfield in Roundhay
  • Luscious red onion marmalade for our award winning beef favourite sandwich from Elizabeth Smedley in Melmerby (we use too much to make it ourselves!)
  • Great cheeses from the family cheesemongers Cryer & Stott in Castleford
  • Free-range eggs from Sue and her “Happy Hens” at Southwood Farm in Thirlby.
  • Milk and other dairy things from David Madely’s family diary in Yorkshire
  • Beautiful locally made crisps from Pipers crisps

People say:

  • "The menu is alive with some of the best produce Yorkshire has to offer."
    Andrew Shanahan - G2, the Guardian, 25th Feb 2008

  • “…it also has the most amazing chocolate brownie”

  • “There's also a number of house-favourite sandwiches available, as well as brownies, tiffins and a wide range of juices and smoothies – and not only that, all the ingredients are locally sourced, making Pickles and Potter an ethical lunchtime treat”.
    Yorkshire Evening Post – Little Oliver - 18.06.09

  • “The best sarnie in town: the beef special at Pickles & Porter, constructed by Holly” – see photo on
    Benji Lanyado via twitter 19 February 2010 14:39:32 as part of a Guardian TwitTrip to Leeds

  • “Where possible, everything is done in-house, from home roasting all meats to making their own chutney. Where they can't do something, making bread, say, they ask an expert, in this case Leeds-based French baker, Thierry Dumouchel, to do it for them.”
    Tony Naylor - “Ten best budget restaurants in Leeds” – the Guardian, 2nd July 2009

  • “Fabulous deli and sandwich shop run by the vivacious Lorna Potter, which was recently voted Best Sandwich Shop in Leeds by readers of the Leeds Guide.”

  • "Verdict... I defy anyone to find a posher sandwich in Leeds outside Harvey Nicks!" – posted by Katie on Tuesday 10th June 2008

  • “Choose from a superb assortment of homemade sandwiches and light meals created using fresh and wholesome produce sourced from local areas.”