White Cloth Gallery has been transformed into The Brew Society, a cool cafe-bar with its own digital events space.
It’s been two years since White Cloth Gallery closed down, but its old Aire Street home has finally been taken over. The Brew Society is an intimate cafe by day and a cool bar by night, but its origins are slightly unusual. It’s the result of a unique collaboration with Hippo Digital and Richard Park, the owner of Harrogate’s No. 35 Coffee Shop and The Little Ale House.
“Hippo Digital created ‘Hippo Campus’, an event space for the digital community in Leeds city centre,” Richard told us. “They asked us to bring our passion for coffee, beer and atmosphere to a space that sits neatly in front of the Campus. And so The Brew Society was born. The Brew Society offers an atmospheric spot that’s serious about speciality drinks.”
Inside, local art adorns the rich blue walls, which are interspersed with exposed brickwork and bold metal columns. There are bookshelves full of leather-bound novels, candle-lit mahogany tables and even an outdoor area where they grow their own hops.
They hope to eventually turn their harvest into their own beer, but for now, you’ll have to try one of the hand-picked brews at the bar. They have 13 rotating lines, four cask and nine keg, as well as a permanent German lager. The taps will feature a host of great Northern breweries, like Wilde Child, Northern Monk, Cloudwater and Brew York.
They’ve also got an extensive wine list, which they’ve curated with the help of acclaimed Harrogate specialists Ake & Humphris. Their top tip? Try the Taumata New Zealand Sauvignon, which you can enjoy by the glass or the bottle. You can also try a cocktail or two, with a small, well-balanced menu of classic concoctions that changes on a regular basis.
But it’s not just booze. They’ve paid the same attention to their hot drinks. Richard’s brought his coffee expertise and his top barista Nuno from No.35 to work closely with Leeds’ own North Star coffee. Their current brew is the Burundi, which they serve as a V60 pour over that really brings out the fig, chocolate and blackberry notes. Prefer a cuppa? They have an endless selection of whole and loose leaf tea courtesy of Storm Tea.
And to eat? There are freshly-baked pastries made in-house each day, as well as an array of handmade sandwiches, made using Leeds Bread Co-op loaves. But you can also look forward to exciting additions to the menu in coming months, as they plan to introduce bacon butties and granola pots alongside loaded toasties and speciality cheese boards.
The Brew Society offers the best of both worlds. A relaxing cafe during the day and a cool bar in the evening. Plus, it’s right by the train station – after-work drinks, anyone?
The Brew Society, 26 Aire Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4HT. It’s open 7am to 10pm Monday to Wednesday, 7am to 11pm Thursday and Friday and 9am to 11pm on Saturday.