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New to Leeds: Residence 74

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

Cookridge has a new cafe!

Residence 74

Artisan wood-fired coffee, loaded pancakes and cocktails galore – check out Residence 74.

The latest addition to Cookridge is a cool day-to-night venue with oodles of personality. Residence 74 is the work of Salar Eftekhary and Hasnain Bashir, two locals who wanted to create a friendly neighbourhood cafe where locals could hang out, catch up with friends and enjoy a delicious feed. The result is everything they, and the community, could have wanted.

Residence 74

Residence 74 has all the earmarks of a cool modern cafe. The exposed brick walls are adorned with industrial light fittings, neon signs and wood shelves lined with plants. But that’s just the beginning. Chesterfield sofas offer a cosy place to catch up over coffee, while leather seats, polished tables and deep green booths make sit down dining a possibility. And trust us, you’ll want to eat, the only question is whether you’ll do it here or out on the decking.

They may not have been open for long, but their brunches have already earned legendary status – and it’s easy to see why, after all, their menu was developed in collaboration with award-winning chef James Key. You can get a loaded Full English made with locally sourced ingredients – think bacon, sausage and egg, alongside mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, black pudding, baked beans and toasted sourdough from Leeds Bread Co-op.

Residence 74

They’ve got your sweet tooth covered too with brioche French toast and American pancakes smothered in caramelised banana and homemade berry compote. But if you want something a little bit different, try the Residence Omelette. They’ve turned this classic dish on its head by adding Harissa pesto, roasted vegetables and cheese.

Later in the day, the menu transforms into an eclectic evening offering. From healthy salads to classic burgers, contemporary pastas and juicy steaks, there’s something for everyone here. They source their ingredients locally wherever they can – all their fish comes from Tarbett’s in Chapel Allerton and all their vegetables come from Neil’s in Sheepscar.

Residence 74

Their coffee comes from a little further afield, but with good reasons. They’ve teamed up with UE Coffee Roasters to serve a proper wood-fired brew smooth enough to drink without sugar, even if you’d normally add a spoonful or two. That sits on a menu of handpicked teas and beverages, including Jeeves & Jericho Tea – anyone for Mojito Mint?

If you’re after something a little stronger, their statement geometric bar is loaded with liquor, ready to mix up their signature cocktails. You can have a classic Espresso Martini or treat yourself to The Lady Resident, a heady mix of Slingsby Rhubarb Gin, rhubarb liqueur, lemon and egg white. Driving? Try something from their small, but ever-so-creative mocktail menu – The Seedlip Fizz is made with ginger ale and the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit.

Residence 74 is exactly what Cookridge needed, a new neighbourhood cafe-bar that will take locals from day to night, and it’s already proving very popular indeed.

Residence 74, 74 Otley Old Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 6LQ.