How to enjoy the health benefits of Mediterranean cuisine in Yorkshire


Doused in sunshine and carpeted in olives groves, lemon trees and vineyards, the Mediterranean is home to a wealth of natural ingredients, designed to make some truly delicious and healthy cuisine. In fact, tucking into the tasty dishes of the likes of Spain, France, Italy and Greece, has to be one of the biggest pleasures of voyaging to our Mediterranean neighbours. Adding to the appeal of Mediterranean cuisine is the fact it’s so darn healthy!

A typical Mediterranean diet is brimming with salad, vegetables, fruit, garlic, beans and cereal products, such as wholegrain pasta and bread, as well as lots of fish, white meat and some dairy produce.

As Victoria Taylor, a senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, writes for the BBC:

“It’s the combination of all these elements that seems to bring health benefits, but one of the key aspects is the inclusion of healthy fats.”

Research shows that consuming the traditional Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of developing a number of life-threatening conditions, including high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.

The great news is that, thanks to Weetwood Hall’s Convive restaurant, you can enjoy the deliciously healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet without having to leave Yorkshire.

Our newly-opened Convive restaurant takes inspiration from the healthy, flavoursome dishes the Mediterranean is world-renowned for.

From authentic tapas for sharing that provide a mouth-watering taste of sunny Spain, to a broad selection of top-notch risottos, pastas, and pizzas, resonant of a restaurant in Rome. Convive’s exceptional menu offers authentic, delicious, and healthy dishes from across the whole of the Mediterranean. All the food served at Convive is made from fresh produce, much of which is locally-sourced.

Convive’s bustling kitchen is led by its incredibly talented head chef, Francis. Having lived in Spain for two years, cooking for locals and tourists in family-owned restaurants, Francis has experience working in genuine Spanish kitchens, cooking authentic tapas and other Spanish dishes.

Francis has also been head chef at a number of leading Italian and Mediterranean restaurants in Yorkshire. We have to admit, Francis’ signature dish, the Iberico pulled pork cheek burger, is proving successful amongst Convive’s diners!

Convive’s head chef said it’s the freshness and simplicity of Mediterranean cooking that he loves the most.

Alfresco wining and dining

In true Mediterranean style, Convive offers the option of dining alfresco, enjoying top-quality cuisine in the fresh air. Visitors can opt to book a table on Convive’s heated terrace with a retractable roof, and enjoy eating authentic Meditarrean food on a warm summer’s evening.

Family-friendly dining

The people of the Mediterranean take cooking and eating extremely seriously and dining is a true family affair, with the whole family gathering around the table to enjoy a prolonged and leisurely meal.

In true Mediterranean spirit, Convive is a family-orientated restaurant, whose friendly and attentive staff will do their best to make the whole family feel at home.

If you enjoy eating fresh food infused with garlic and olive oil, brimming with health and flavour, in a friendly and vibrant atmosphere, visit our child-friendly restaurant in Headingley. Convive is the perfect venue for celebrating birthday parties and other special occasions and enjoying child-friendly dining out in Leeds.

With the weather warming up, now’s the time to make the most of our outdoor terrace and tucking into deliciously healthy Mediterranean cuisine and a glass of equally as mouth-watering wine under the stars of the evening sky.

You can book at table to wine and dine at our family-friendly restaurant in Headingley here. Or why not take advantage of our Dine and Unwind offer? When you stay at Weetwood Hall on our Dine and Unwind break you can enjoy a relaxing meal and taste the Mediterranean in our Convive Restaurant. And that’s not all, you can also make the most of complimentary access to nearby David Lloyd Club or Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness. Our Dine and Unwind offer starts from £46.25 per person, per night.

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