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6 Must-try Openings Coming Soon to Leeds

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

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Franco Manca

From gastropubs to cocktail bars, find out what’s coming soon to Leeds…

Barely a week goes by without a new bar or restaurant opening in Leeds, so it’ll come as no surprise that we’ve got six more to tell you about. Recently announced and soon to open their doors, they’ll all bring something different to our already vibrant food and drink scene. So what would you like to hear about first – the two new pizza joints or Matt Healy’s latest opening?

The Beehive

Matt Healy

Matt Healy already has two restaurants in Leeds, both with very different concepts, and now he’s set to add a third to his mini-empire. He’s taking over The Beehive in Thorner to create a modern gastropub that serves classic dishes with his signature twist. This will be much more of a community hub than his existing ventures, so imagine a well-to-do local where you can get a decent pint and a tasty feed.

The Beehive at Thorner will reopen later this summer.

Franco Manca Pizza

Franco Manca

The masters of sourdough pizza, Franco Manca Pizza, are coming to Leeds. Their story begins as you’d expect, with a single, family-run pizzeria in Brixton Market, but they now have restaurants all over the UK – and Leeds is next, so you can look forward to slow-rising sourdough pizzas, made fresh and smothered in handpicked seasonal ingredients. It’s cheap too, prices start from a fiver – and you can even pick up your pizza to take away.

Franco Manca will open later in 2019.

Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road

Just two doors down from Belgrave Music Hall, Tobacco Road will take over a prime piece of real estate to create a new drinks-led bar that takes its cue from the southern states of America. They’re currently at work transforming the venue into a haven of brick, steel and wood, within which you can enjoy original cocktails and American craft beers. Anyone for a Hickory Smoked Old Fashioned?

Tobacco Road will open on 5 Cross Belgrave Street on 14th June 2019.

Our Place


Ever heard of Boomchikkaboom? It’s a family-focused events company that runs baby raves, workshops, cinema screenings, festivals and messy play all over Yorkshire. But they’ve now found a space of their own in Chapeltown and they’re going to turn it into an amazing community space with a family-friendly cafe. Not only will it become the new home of Boomchikkaboom, but they’re also opening it up to the creative community to use for rehearsals, performances and celebrations.

Our Place will open in Chapeltown this summer.

The Vinyl Whistle

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If you’re into your records, you’ve probably heard of The Vinyl Whistle. It’s an online record store run by Premier League referee Jon Moss, a self-confessed vinyl junkie with an ever-growing record collection. But now, after years of success online, he’s moving into a bricks and mortar shop in Headingley. Inside his new digs, you’ll be able to rifle through his extensive collection to pick up new and second-hand vinyl from every genre.

The Vinyl Whistle will open on Otley Road this summer.

Pizza Loco

Pizza Loco

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Oakwood is in for a treat as Pizza Loco prepares to open a new restaurant in the Leeds suburb. Regulars on the city’s street food circuit, they opened up their first permanent venue in Bradford at the back end of last year, but it didn’t take them long to find their second home. Once open, they’ll serve up a menu of proper wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas. They have their own secret dough recipe, which is smothered in crushed San Marzano tomatoes and toppings like Yorkshire ham, portobello mushroom and basil.

Pizza Loco will open in Oakwood later this year.