From secret beer gardens to kids’ climbing walls, you need to know about the latest set of new openings coming to Leeds…
That’s right, we’ve got six more openings to tell you about and they’re pretty gosh darned exciting. You’ve got a suburban tapas favourite coming into the city, a new Italian restaurant from a renowned Leeds chef and a brand new bar on Call Lane that might just be Cuckoo. And that’s not all, there’s a new climbing centre on the way and this one’s just for kids – it’s going to make the school holiday a big adventure. And there’s more where that came from…
Something’s happening on Call Lane and it’s a little, well, Cuckoo. The former Black Swan venue has been taken over by the folk behind Call Lane Social, Verve and Mean-Eyed Cat Bar – and it’s set to reopen as Cuckoo. It’s all about escapism, so expect the unexpected. The bar will be full of local ales, craft beer and spirits, with an extensive cocktail menu full of classics and new creations. They’ll also serve stone baked pizzas, which are free between 5pm and 9pm, and if you walk through to their little potting shed, you’ll come out to a secret rooftop beer garden.
Cuckoo opens at 37 Call Lane on Friday 24th November 2017.
Dough Bistro will soon be no more, but don’t worry – executive chef Luke Downing is staying put. Vice & Virtue’s sister venue is getting a refit and a brand new concept after a decade, and it will be re-opening as Aperitivo this November. It’s going to be a relaxed Italian and Mediterranean-inspired eatery, with a fine dining twist. Downing has worked with head chef Laura MacLeod to create a menu of stone-baked pizzas, hand cured meats and Italian small plates like truffle arancini. They’ve also got a fresh cocktail menu and an extensive wine list.
Aperitivo opens at 293 Spen Lane, West Park on Friday 17th November 2017.
On the back of three successful restaurants in Ilkley, Boston Spa and Horsforth, award-winning Spanish tapas bar La Casita is coming to Leeds city centre this November. They’ve taken over one of the archway units on Granary Wharf and you’ll soon be able to enjoy their traditional Andalusian tapas, with dishes like sliced Galician octopus with sweet tomato and lime dressing. You won’t go thirsty either – the bar has everything from local gins to Spanish craft ales.
La Casita will open at Granary Wharf on Friday 17th November 2017.
Clip ’n Climb
There’s a new climbing centre on the way in the New Year, but this one is just for kids. They’re set to take over an old storage warehouse in Holbeck, turning it into a state-of-the-art climbing and activity centre. The main area will feature 35 climbing lines and the kids will be able to climb for an hour after a 30 minute briefing. It will also have a mezzanine area, which will be the perfect place for grown ups to go, with a seating, viewing area and a cafe.
Clip ’n Climb will open on Brown Lane East, Holbeck in 2018.
The Ticket Office
There’ll soon be a new bar to try in Ilkley. The Ticket Office is ideal whether you’re about to get on the train or you’re just getting off. It’s the second venue from the people behind Everybody’s in Guiseley and it promises fine wines and classic cocktails, with a twist like the rhubarb and ginger negroni. They’re also putting together a small menu of modern European dishes and sharing platters, so skip the trolley service and grab a bite before you hit the Moors.
The Ticket Office opens at Station Plaza, Ilkley on Friday 1st December 2017.
Hero Wellbeing is a brand new gym experience that’s opening in Leeds in 2018. They do things differently at Hero, going all in for a more personal approach that’s tailored to you. Instead of aimlessly moving from one piece of equipment to the next, they use cutting edge technology to help you find the best workouts for you. Every kick, punch and skip is measured through bio-tracking, so you know what your body is responding to and they even offer tailored diets, using the expertise from the people who supply Team GB, England Rugby and Anthony Joshua.
Hero Wellbeing opens in Leeds city centre in early 2018.