A pop-up restaurant reserved exclusively for members of a secret club – where do we sign up?
King Street Social is something of an enigma. It’s a social club, a pop-up restaurant and a supper club, all rolled into one – and they’re not ruling anything out for the future. They might dabble in theatre, do the odd brand launch or come up with something entirely new – but one thing’s for sure, whatever they do, they’ll always create a totally immersive experience, in a unique setting.
It’s not so much a new concept, as an evolution of one that’s been incredibly successful. Founder Andy York is already a big name in the city – he’s one of the people behind popular Leeds supper club, The Noise of Strangers, but he wanted to take it to the next level, and thus, King Street Social was born. They’ll be popping up in a series of unusual and unique venues around the city, and no two events will be the same.
Leeds was the obvious choice for his new venture, as Andy explained, “I chose Leeds because of its ever-expanding enthusiasm for food and fine dining – something that’s really gained momentum in the last few years. There is so much undiscovered or under-the-radar talent when it comes to food up here and I want to shine a light on the chefs and creatives that are making this city such an exciting place to live at the moment. The people of Leeds are also really open and receptive to trying new things, it felt like the perfect place to establish King Street Social.”
There’s an air of mystery around King Street Social and that only adds to its appeal. You can’t even get tickets to their events until you become a member, not that it’s difficult, you just sign up on their website – but it’s more than that. They’re keeping the details under wraps, so you never really know what you’re signing up for.
Their first event, for example, is listed simply as ‘Anton Piotrowski’. The MasterChef Professionals champion and Michelin Starred chef is coming to Leeds for a two-night stint, but while they may have given you a glimpse into the man himself, they’ve kept the menu secret – until now that is, because we got our hands on it.
He’ll be serving up a 6-course menu with some seriously unusual combinations, all made with locally-sourced ingredients and modern techniques. You can try smoked eel with soya, Pink Lady, honey and asparagus, as well as Cajun goat loin with ewe’s yogurt and blow-torched lettuce – and that’s just a glimpse of what’s on offer at the first of their unusual destinations, which this time will be Laynes Espresso on New Station Street.
The food is the main focus of King Street Social, but there’s a social element to it too, as Andy told us, “Once people have joined they can set up a profile with a photo and a link to one of their social media accounts. The idea being members can find other people who share their love of unique experiences.”
King Street Social will launch on Friday 4th August and Saturday 6th August 2017. Their first event is sold out, but you can still get tickets to the second – of course, you’ll have to become a member first.