A restaurant and wine bar in the city centre, three cafes and two suburban bars – here’s the lowdown on the new arrivals planning their Leeds launches.
If you love coffee, think of yourself as a foodie or are a fan of beer or wine, this latest batch of soon-to-open bars, cafes and restaurants in Leeds is not to be missed. There’s a landmark restaurant opening under the Grand Theatre, the arrival of an acclaimed wine bar and a trio of openings from familiar favourites – that’s just the start! Take a look and start planning your first visits.
The folk behind The Brunswick are heading out into the Leeds suburbs this summer. They’ve taken over a former dry cleaners in the heart of Oakwood to open The Melbourne. The name is a nod to a local brewery of old, but the future of this bar promises a fine selection of craft beer, from an assortment of Leeds favourites and guest breweries, alongside a menu of tasty treats.
The Melbourne opens in Oakwood in summer 2022.
There’s a new artisan coffee shop and roastery opening on Kirkstall Road this June. Inspired by Sydney’s cafe culture after owner Jake Gilmour spent time living there, he’s returned to Leeds to bring a taste of that home. You can look forward to their ethically-sourced, speciality coffee which you’ll be able to pair with Volcano’s New York-style cookies and homemade sandwiches.
Kulture Coffee is opening on 380 Kirkstall Road on Saturday 11th June 2022.
East of Arcadia
Times are a-changin’ for East of Arcadia – this Meanwood mainstay has been sold to the owners of Whitelock’s and The Turk’s Head. They’re keeping the pub open until August in its current guise, when it will close for an extensive refurbishment before reopening in September under a new name. Get ready for great real ales and a menu of pub grub classics made using local produce.
East of Arcadia will relaunch on Stonegate Road, Meanwood, in September 2022.
If you’ve mooched around Meanwood in the recent years, you may have visited Humbl’s cafe on wheels. It’s gone down so well, they’re now opening a permanent home in a former florists on Monk Bridge Road. You can look forward to a cup of their own roasted coffee or Yorkshire tea, the perfect brew while devouring savoury pastries and home-baked sweet treats.
Humbl opens on Monk Bridge Road, Meanwood in summer 2022.
Martinez Wines Bar
Martinez Wines have been selling fine vino since 1979 and have since opened bars in the cellars of their Ilkley and Bingley shops – now they’re heading to Leeds city centre. They’ve planning to turn the former Bagel Nash in Thornton’s Arcade into the city’s newest wine bar, where you’ll be able to scoop up hand-picked bottles of plonk to enjoy in or take home, complete with tapas.
Martinez Wines Bar will open in Thornton’s Arcade later in 2022.
Opera North will complete its £18 million redevelopment programme this July with the opening of Kino, a 100-cover, three-floor restaurant that sits below the Howard Assembly Room. They’re working with local suppliers and producers like George & Joseph, Latitude Wines, Lishman’s of Ilkley and Bluebird Bakery to create an ever-evolving menu that starts with charcuterie boards.
Kino opens below Howard Assembly Room on New Briggate on Wednesday 6th July 2022.
Black Sheep Coffee
They’ve got coffee shops all over the UK, France and The Philippines, now Black Sheep are bringing their coffee to Bond Street in Leeds city centre. They’re in the middle of transforming the old Caffe Nero into their new home, from which they’ll serve the world’s first speciality grade robusta beans in brews to go and bags to take home, complete with cakes and sandwiches.
Black Sheep Coffee is opening on Bond Court later in 2022.