Vintage clothes, real ale and pan-Asian small plates – they’re all coming to Leeds in the next few months.
Crikey, these new arrivals are an eclectic bunch. You can try a cool new cocktail joint on Call Lane, shop to your heart’s content at a five-floor vintage shop and sup beer at one of the city’s most popular breweries. But that’s just the beginning, so if you want to know what’s coming soon to Leeds over the next couple of months, keep reading because we’ve got the low down.
Big changes are coming to Blue Rinse. They’re moving their current store across the street to the old Crown Fisheries. It will be transformed into a 5-storey emporium of vintage and up-cycled clothing, just like the one they have now, leaving their current store free for something totally new. They’re going to create a treasure trove of cheap and cheerful retro finds, so you can pick up a bargain from a bygone era.
Blue Rinse will be open at 14 Call Lane in 2019.
Power, Corruption & Lies
Norman’s only closed in April, but its successor will open before the year is out. Power, Corruption & Lies is a new venue from the folk behind Oporto, Neon Cactus and Jake’s. Once open, they’ll serve a menu of pan-Asian street food, like Massaman Spiced Crab and Chicken Karaage, alongside craft beer and creative cocktails from the 40-foot statement bar. When night comes around, they’ll have DJs spinning a soundtrack of disco anthems, old and new.
Power, Corruption & Lies opens at 36 Call Lane in November 2019.
Shimlasexpress is one of Yorkshire’s oldest curry houses. The Shimla’s opened their first restaurant in Bradford in 1977, but they now have three more in Keighley, Sheffield and Dewsbury. They all use their secret family recipes, but they’ve turned traditional dining on its head with a new DIY approach. First you pick your main, then you pair it with naan, pitta or rice, before adding a choice of salad toppings and sauces. They have everything from chicken donner to fish masala, falafel and boti tikka, so you’re sure to find something you like.
Shimlasexpress will open in Leeds in 2020.
Kirkstall Brewery Tap Room
It’s one of the most popular breweries in Yorkshire, and soon, you’ll be able to try Kirkstall’s beers just yards from where they’re made. Part of their Kirkstall Road headquarters is being transformed into a brewery tap. Once complete, it will have exposed brickwork, floor-to-ceiling wood panels and big vintage beer signs. The bar will stock their most famous beers, including Three Swords, Kirkstall Pale and Dissolution IPA, as well as rare small-batch creations you won’t find anywhere else.
Kirkstall Tap will open at Kirkstall Brewery, 100 Kirkstall Road in 2020.
It was 2017 when we first told you that Leon was going to open in Leeds, and they sure have kept us waiting, but it’s finally happening. The London favourite will take over the former WH Smith’s in Leeds Train Station by the end of 2019. Leon is a popular pitstop that’s earned a big reputation for its healthy fast food inspired by classic Mediterranean cooking. You can start your morning with porridge pots or breakfast muffins before you feast on salads, wraps and burgers later in the day.
Leon will open in Leeds Train Station in December 2019.