Cosy Club will be serving up nostalgia and eccentricity in equal measure in their new digs on the ground floor of the Pinnacle building, right in the heart of Leeds…
It’s been a long time coming. Rumours that Cosy Club was taking over the old Next Clearance store on Albion Street first started circulating at the back end of 2016. They were hoping to open early in 2017, but it’s taken nearly a year to transform the venue from its previous incarnation as a shop into its new role as a rather extravagant restaurant and bar.
The company was first started by three friends in 2002. Jake Bishop, Alex Riley and Dave Reed loved working in bars and restaurants as much as they loved going to them, so they decided to do their own. They started a bar called Lounges in Bristol. It was an intimate lounge bar, with an unusual decor, and it went down a storm – so they opened more. But when they started thinking bigger, and we’re talking mansion-sized proportions, they decided they’d outgrown the lounge bar concept – so they created a new brand, and thus, Cosy Club was born.
So what can you expect? Well, you might be surprised to hear that it’s not really very cosy at all. “Expect to see very opulent light fittings that wouldn’t look out of place on the Titanic, as well gorgeous, interesting fabrics and a real mixture of colours and textures,” Amber Wood, Managing Director of Cosy Club told us, “Expect to see a really impressive bar area where we serve all our great cocktails, that will really be quite a wow factor in the bar, and then in the restaurant, it will be a mixture of very opulent and quite quirky furniture to enjoy your food.”
That brings us neatly onto the food. They’re open from brunch, through lunch and on to dinner, so you can pop by at pretty much any time of day. Get there from 10am for a mix of sweet and savoury dishes. You can keep it simple with toast, marmalade and jam for £1.95 or a nice Gloucester Old Spot Sausage Sandwich for £4.25. But if you want something a little more extravagant, try How The Other Half Brunch – for £12.50 you can tuck into lobster tail, creamed scrambled eggs, fire-roasted tomatoes and spinach on toasted Puccia bread. Brunch is served until 5pm, so you really don’t have to get up early for this one.
Lunchtime brings sarnies, if you fancy something light. They’re eclectic, like the decor. The Ploughman’s Toastie sits side-by-side with a Pulled Pork Panini and a Tandoori Chicken Sandwich. But you can also hit the main menu, which runs all day and promises everything from British classics to burgers and tapas.
Want an insider tip? No problem. “The Major General,” Amber suggested. “That is a burger patty, but it’s also got a mac and cheese fritter in it, which is kind of unusual, and then there’s streaky bacon, melted cheese, balsamic onions and all the general trimmings for a burger. That would be what I would have on a Saturday afternoon ready for a big night out.”
And she’s got more, “The Moroccan Tabbouleh is great when you want something a bit more healthy. That’s grilled aubergine, with tomatoes, green beans and a spiced tomato sauce with sultana and herb tabbouleh, yoghurt and pomegranate seeds. Then my last one would be more of like a treat night dish, so maybe a Friday night out with your friends, and that is roasted chicken breast, dressed with mozzarella, balsamic tomatoes and pesto, wrapped in smoked bacon and served with wood roasted peppers, parmesan potatoes and balsamic dressing.”
Whatever you choose, you can couple it with your favourite craft beers. They’ve got a hoppy, floral IPA from Goose Island for £4.45 and a fruity pale ale from Magic Rock for £4.50, among others. Prefer spirits? Try Bathtub Gin, a cask-aged small batch gin made using the old-fashioned ‘cold compounding’ distilling method, or Sipsmith Sipping Vodka, sibling to their more famous gins, which is distilled in copper.
They do cocktails too (or mocktails, if you’re forgoing the booze). Although there are a few classics on the menu, think Bloody Marys and Piña Coladas, the real focus here is on new twists – which is why you’ll probably want to try something a little bit different, like the Vanilla Espresso Martini. They mix their own cold brew syrup with Tia Maria and chocolate bitters to give you a delicious pick-me-up for £7.75.
Cosy Club is a quirky, over the top venue with a menu that ticks just about every box going. They’ve got vegan and gluten-free covered, they’ve got a whole menu for the kids, they’ll give you a caffeine boost or fix you up a cocktail before you hit the town – it’s an everyman kind of place, with an eccentric but welcoming vibe and it’s right in the centre of the city. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA.