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6 New Openings Coming Soon to Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Look out for these new arrivals opening in Leeds.


From rooftop bars to American barbecue joints, these five new openings are all coming to Leeds.

Another week, another set of new openings for to get excited about. There’s an Italian favourite from the suburbs making its way into the city centre, a brand new cafe from a city-based micro-roaster and a Manchester smokehouse making its way across the Pennines. That’s just the beginning though, so find out what else is in the pipeline for Leeds…

North Star

North Star

Credit: Sara Teresa

North Star made waves as the first micro-roaster in the city. They’re now based at Leeds Dock, where you can pick up their delicious beans, but they have big plans for the future. They’re opening an adjoining cafe and general store this summer, dishing up a seasonal breakfast and lunch menu alongside their amazing coffees. That’s not all – they’re working with the folk at Noisette Bakehouse to open an onsite bakery too.

North Star will open at Leeds Dock this summer.

Tinello by Amici


Amici is something of a Leeds legend – its authentic Italian cuisine makes Alwoodley a must visit. Now, however, they’re taking over one of the empty units at the new Central Square development with new restaurant Tinello, showing off their unparalleled attention to detail with a menu of Italian classics that will take you from pasta to pizza. It’ll go down a storm with one of their famous cocktails.

Tinello by Amici will open at Central Square this summer.

The Lock

DoubleTree by Hilton, The Lock

Credit: Roger Moody

The City Cafe at DoubleTree by Hilton is no more – it’s being replaced by The Lock. They’ve given the old bar and restaurant a complete makeover that has a more rustic, welcoming feel, with exposed brickwork, industrial light fittings, big art murals and sleek leather sofas. You can nip in for a relaxed afternoon tea, or tuck into something more substantial with a menu of modern European dishes. The food is topped off with a bar that serves up wine, local beer and cocktails.

The Lock will open at DoubleTree by Hilton in June.

Smokehouse and Cellar

Smokehouse and Cellar Manchester

Credit: Smokehouse and Cellar

Smokehouse and Cellar opened in Manchester’s hip Spinningfield area last August, but they’re already expanding. As well as looking at Liverpool and Newcastle, they’re about to make their entrance into Leeds at an as-yet-unconfirmed home (rumour has it they’ve been to see Leeds Corn Exchange). Smokehouse and Cellar serves up American barbecue goodness, from baby back ribs to wood-fired nachos. We can’t wait to put away a mug full of chilli, washed down with craft beer, cocktails or alcoholic smoothies.

Smokehouse and Cellar will open in Corn Exchange in 2017.



There’s a lot going on in Holbeck right now and one of the things you should be excited about is the arrival of Taste. It’s a brand new cafe and sandwich shop opening up in the former Pickled Pepper in Saw Mill Yard. You’ll have to wait until mid-June, as they’ve just taken over their new home and they’re giving it quite a facelift, but once it’s done you can expect quality local produce whipped up into tasty sandwiches, salads and hot dishes to eat in or takeaway, with proper coffee to boot.

Taste will open on Water Lane in Holbeck in June 2017.

The Potting Shed Bar and Secret Garden

The Potting Shed

After successful venues in Bingley and Beverley, The Potting Shed is opening a landmark new bar on the rooftop of Trinity Leeds. It will feature three distinct but connected bars, with The Potting Shed itself alongside The Secret Garden and The Orchard with space for as many as 700 people. Accessed from Bond Street, you’ll rise to the top of Trinity where each bar will have its own retro feel. They’ll all serve food, alongside wine, cocktails and craft beer. The cherry on top will no doubt be the huge rooftop terrace with skyline views.

The Potting Shed Bar and Secret Garden will open at Trinity Leeds in 2017.