If you haven’t checked out these new openings yet, it’s time to pay them a visit stat.
There have been loads of cool new openings in Leeds over the past couple of months, so these 7 just might have flown under your radar. It’s time to give them some love, so round up your mates and get exploring. You can tuck into tasty street food at a Mexican eatery, bust a move at a disco-loving cocktail bar and get your meat-sweats on at a brand new steakhouse.
Mad Frans is a new all-day cafe-bar on Wellington Place. It’s a modern venue, with floor-to-ceiling windows, high tables and a lush green living wall. Head to the bar and you’ll find craft beer chilling in the fridge and a menu of creative cocktails. Gary Pickles heads up the kitchen – he’s a local Leeds chef who’s worked with famous names like Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White. He’s created a simple menu full of local produce, with British classics like steak pie alongside more adventurous bites like curried falafel.
Mad Frans, 6 Wellington Place, Whitehall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4EQ.
Moose Coffee has already taken Liverpool and Manchester by storm and now they’ve taken over the old Costa in Bond Court. They’ve turned it into a cosy cafe inspired by New York diners and North American breakfast culture. You can look forward to an indulgent all-day brunch menu, so get ready for loaded pancake stacks, waffles drenched in syrup and all-day breakfasts. You can scoff your meal with a Moose Coffee (it’s their own espresso blend) or go all-out with an ice-cream milkshake.
Moose Coffee, Bond Court, Wine Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JZ.
Sabroso Street started as a street food pop-up, but now they’ve got a permanent home in Farsley. It’s a friendly, relaxed eatery that serves darn tasty Mexican street food with refreshing craft beers. They have a tapas-style small plates menu, so bring your mates and share a couple of dishes like lime chicken tacos and pork gorditas. You can also tuck into larger plates like pulled pork burritos or chicken mole, a Mexican classic that smothers tender chicken in a sweet ’n’ spicy sauce.
Sabroso Street, 10 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LD.
The Bankers Cat
The Bankers Cat is the first Thornbridge Brewery pub in West Yorkshire, opening on Boar Lane at the end of 2019. It’s a modern pub, but maintains a classic feel with a dark-wood bar, ornate chandeliers and Victorian-inspired stained-glass windows. They have eight beers on tap, including Thornbridge’s Astryd, Jaipur IPA and Lord Marples as well as ever-changing guest brews. Prefer spirits? They also offer a fantastic selection of gins from distilleries around the globe.
The Banker’s Cat, 29 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DA.
Power, Corruption & Lies
Power, Corruption & Lies is a disco-obsessed cocktail bar that serves up delectable pan-Asian food and drink. It’s an undeniably cool venue with a 40-foot statement bar and a glittering disco ball. Their bartenders serve up sake, Japanese craft beers and inventive cocktails like the Fuhai Fizz, a refreshing combination of Grey Goose La Poire, chamomile syrup, supasawa and prosecco. Tuck into small plates like dim sum and katsu bao buns, before dancing the evening away as live DJs play a groovy disco soundtrack.
Power, Corruption & Lies, 36 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Things have got a whole lot more meaty in Oakwood after the opening of Chophaus. It’s taken over the eye-catching Cafe Sylva building and transformed it into a sleek steakhouse with hanging vines, dark leather chairs and floor-to-ceiling windows. Melt-in-the-mouth meat is the order of the day here. They use locally sourced beef for their steaks and the cuts change on a weekly basis. You can also feast on mains like lamb rump, braised duck leg and wild bass. Wash it all down with a glass of wine or a craft beer.
Chophaus, Louis House, Princes Avenue, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2FA.
Fleur Cafe has only been open for a couple of months, but it’s already become one of the most Instagrammable spots in Leeds. The doorway is decorated with a garland of flowers and once you step inside, even more purple wisterias hang from the ceiling and cascade down the pastel pink walls. You can tuck into brunch classics or go for an indulgent afternoon tea in the day. They then switch to a refined a la carte menu in the evening, which features Mediterranean-inspired dishes like harissa-baked cod and chicken brochette.
Fleur Cafe, 8 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.Cover image credit: George Harrison