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5 New Openings You Might Have Missed

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Trust us, you don't want to miss these new arrivals.

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It’s hard to keep up with all the marvellous new openings in Leeds, so we’ve put together a handy list for you to tick off…

When it comes to eating or going out in Leeds, you’re not short of cool bars and quality restaurants. But if you love to try the newest and coolest additions to the city, maybe it’s time to check out one of these wonderful new arrivals. From pizzerias to cafes, cocktail joints to karaoke bars, you’ve got exciting times ahead of you.

Dough House

Dough House

Dough House is the new pizzeria and cocktail joint from the people behind LIVIN’Italy. Bring your friends, because their pizzas are a staggering 20 inches, designed for sharing, unless you’re brave. You can choose from 20 different toppings, like the Indiavolata, a mix of ‘nduja, salami spianata and black olives. If you’re feeling indecisive, you can get half and half with two toppings on one pizza. Wash it down with their extensive cocktail menu which covers Italian classics, Amaro-based creations and boozy shakes.

Dough House, Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.



Prime Studios have branched out with a new cafe-cum-gallery on Kirkstall Road. Tired with lack of food and drink options nearby, they’ve opened their own eatery where you can tuck into homemade beans on toast or mac ’n’ cheese. Wash it down with a cup of coffee from local roasters Maude and Pump ’n’ Grind or get something a little stronger from their bar. It has a secret too, in the form of a 3,000 square foot event space which will host exhibitions, gigs and film screenings.

Archive, 94 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1HD.


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Iroko is the new cafe-bar from the people behind The Domino Club. It’s got something of a split personality. Head in during the day and you’ll find a laid-back cafe perfect for breakfast and brunch with North Star coffee and low-alcohol cocktails to wash down the food. Then at 4.30pm, it transforms into a buzzing cocktail bar as the sliding wall reveals a heaving back bar. Treat yourself to craft beer, creative cocktails or a weekly cost-price wine – you can even enjoy table service.

Iroko, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.


Loop is a graffiti-clad bar with a few surprises in store. You can sup local craft beers and classic cocktails, but there’s more to this underground bar than just drinks – you can play beer and prosecco pong or why not book into one of their six private karaoke booths? They come with the latest technology, including a tablet loaded with over 100,000 songs. Queue them up and assign them to your singer. Thirsty? You can order drinks directly to your booth, so there’s no interruption to your anthems.

Loop, 9 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.


OWT Leeds

Credit: Jeremy Kelly

Esther Miglio and James Simpson opened OWT to showcase the wonderful produce you can find at Kirkgate Market. This humble little cafe is the new go-to at lunchtimes as they whip up a delicious menu that changes weekly depending on the ingredients they can find from nearby. That means every trip is a chance to try something new, like the Herby Pork Stew with greens and mash or the Arancini with pesto and coleslaw.

OWT, Leeds Kirkgate Market, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.