Come and dine in at Olive Tree Headingley.
Established in 1982, The Olive Tree family owned restaurants have grown over the years and there are now two in West Leeds. The restaurants are run day to day by the husband and wife team George and Vasoulla, while George busies himself in the kitchen over seeing his talented team of chefs; Vasoulla takes care of the front-of-house team and helps them maintain their exceedingly high standards.
The couple are Greek Cypriot born but consider themselves very much to be adopted Yorkshire folk, they moved to West Yorkshire over 35 years ago and raised their two children here, Vicki and Solos. Solos is now involved with the business and is quickly learning all the skills necessary to run and develop a group of quality minded restaurants.
George is a self-taught chef and recognises his mother-in-law as one of his most important influences. He holds her philosophy of ‘real ingredients cooked by real people’ very close to his heart and believes we should go back to the way our grandmothers cooked, using only the best ingredients each season has to offer and cooked in an honest wholesome manner.
George has developed his talent over many years cooking for his many regular customers, friends and of course family, a bit like a really good Kleftiko – which happens to be one of George’s specialities.
The dynamic combination of talents has propelled the restaurants into the media spotlight and helped them receive many excellent reviews and awards right from the start. Most recently the readers of Let’s Eat Leeds magazine voted The Olive Tree as ‘The Best Mediterranean Restaurant 2005/6’.
Once again after many years The Olive Tree was featured in the latest Which?, Good Food Guide, the AA restaruant guide, Relais Routiers and has received high acclaim from the Egon Ronay Guide.
The press have taken great interest with AA Gill of The Sunday Times pronouncing that The Olive Tree was in the top four Greek restaurants in the country, great reviews have also come from Robert Cockroft of The Yorkshire Post, plus the Telegraph, the Argus and Yorkshire Life. George has also appeared on television promoting and teaching about Greek food inclusing BBC 2’s ‘Food and Drink’ show three times, ITV’s ‘This Morning’, Yorkshire Television, Cyprus Television and most recently cooking on Sky.
For the last 2 1/2 years George has provided ‘The Recipe of the Day’ on London Greek Radio, he has also broadcast on Radio Aire, Radio Leeds and Pulse Radio. He has also presented a cookery demonstration on the Sky ‘Good Food Live Show’
Whenever George and Vasoulla are promoting or cooking Greek food they are always striving for the best results from the best ingredients. Good publicity seems to stick to them like great Baklava (another of George’s specialties!), we hope you see why!
Live from one of my parent's restaurants The Olive Tree Greek Restaurant
Our customers have been requesting our award winning Greek cuisine for corporate and private events and we are pleased to announce our outside catering service, available in and around Leeds.
The team of chefs and service staff responsible for the Olive Tree restaurants will bring the same high standard that our customers have come to expect to your event.
If you would like to hold your event at The Olive Tree, we have a number of private rooms for parties from 10 to 50 people which are available free of charge. We can also supply wines and other beverages.
We would be happy to create the perfect catered event to suit your needs, including a tailor made menu. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information or would like to discuss any requirements that you may have.
Are you looking for a fantastic private venue for your function or event?
Our private dining function room is open 7 days a week, with capacity for up to 50 people and a private bar for the party.
We can work with you to design a bespoke menu and decorate the function room to your tastes.
Perfect for weddings and big family parties!
Get in touch with us for further information, or to make an enquiry.
Monday to Friday
12.00 – 2.00pm
6.00pm – late
12.00 - late
All day from 12.00pm
The Olive Tree Headingley
74-76 Otley Road
0113 274 8282