We’re just two weeks into 2018 and we’ve already got a list 10 new openings coming soon to Leeds…
Last year, we counted 86 new openings in Leeds – and we kicked off the year with a list of 21 that were set to open in 2018. But that list is already out of date, because now we’ve got another 10 to add. From fried chicken to adventure golf and a new Northern Forest, you might be surprised by the new additions coming our way.
The Lost & Found
Victorian-inspired bar and restaurant The Lost and Found has been a big success on Greek Street. So much so, that they’re opening a second bar in the city centre. The new venue will takeover The Leeds Club on Albion Place, but this one will be dedicated to Professor Benedict Pike. Expect creative cocktails and a menu of treats cooked up on their new Josper Grill. The venue will be something to behold – there’s a bar, a restaurant, a private boardroom and a secret den, all kitted out with luxurious furniture and decadent fittings.
The Lost & Found will open in the former Leeds Club on Albion Place in February 2018.
This one’s a little bit different. Jungle Rumble brings golf indoors for both families and grown ups to enjoy. They’re famed for their adventure golf centres, which you’ll find in Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool and now Leeds. They’ve taken on Propaganda’s Attic venue at The Cube and they’re going to transform it, with two distinctly different courses. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to a series of mini golf challenges in a unique setting. They’re also putting in arcade games, air hockey and pool tables – and there’s a bar where you can toast your victories or drown your sorrows.
Jungle Rumble will open at The Cube, Albion Street in 2018.
The Meanwood Brewery
Calling all beers lovers! Meanwood will soon have its very own microbrewpub. ‘What in the world is that?’ we hear you cry. Well it’s essentially a brewery and taproom, but they want it to feel more like a micropub – a small, welcoming space where you can catch up with friends over a beer. It’s been a long time coming, brothers Barry and Graeme Phillips have been planning it for years, it’s a natural next step from their current home brew set-up. The brewery will be home to a full brewing kit, eight fermenters and a malt store, which you’ll be able to try in the taproom next door. If all goes to plan, they’ll be a new beer on the taps every week.
The Meanwood Brewery will open at 8a Stonegate Road in 2018.
Yard & Coop
Yard & Coop will add Leeds to their fried chicken empire later this year. They’ve already got popular restaurants in Manchester and Liverpool, but soon you’ll be able to build your own feast, right here in Leeds. First choose your main – you can get breast, boneless thigh, drumsticks or halloumi nuggets. Then add your sauce, with everything from Bourbon BBQ to Blue Cheese. Couple it with chips, smothered in homemade chicken gravy, chip shop curry or cheese sauce. If you’d rather get a ready-made meal, they do burgers, wings, kebabs and more.
Yard & Coop will launch on Deliveroo in February 2018, before opening in the city centre later in 2018.
There’s a new independent bistro and wine bar coming to Ilkley. It’s the creation of award-winning chef Matthew Broadley, former Head Chef of The Devonshire Arms, The Wheatley Arms and The Black Hat. Expect a down-to-earth restaurant where the food is of the highest quality, with a focus on local produce and classic British dishes. It’s not just a restaurant though, they’ll also have a bar stocked with handpicked labels from around the world.
Broadley’s Bistro will open at 1 The Moors Centre, South Hawksworth Street in Ilkley in early 2018.
Wolfox Coffee Roast House
You might remember SIX opening last year. Well they’ll soon have neighbours, because the long-awaited coffee roasters is ready to open. Wolfox Coffee Roast House is a separate business, but will share part of the same venue. They’ll roast their own beans fresh every day, so they can offer one of the cleanest, purest coffees in the city. You’ll be able to nip in and try one of their special brews with a slice of cake – or pick up a bag of their freshly roasted coffee to enjoy at home.
Wolfox Coffee Roast House will open at 68 Wellington Street at the end of January 2018.
That’s right – plans are afoot to bring Aussie-themed bar Walkabout back to Leeds. The old one was torn down to build the unfinished Hilton Hotel on Cookridge Street, but the new one is just around the corner. Stonegate Pubs have bought the brand and want to transform the current Yates on Woodhouse Lane into an old favourite. You can expect Walkabout to offer up what they always have – Aussie-themed food, great value drinks and all the live sport you could want. Welcome back, old friend.
Walkabout will open on Woodhouse Lane in 2018.
There’s a new wine bar opening in Leeds city centre this February. The Arch will open under the railway arches on Neville Street, just a stone’s throw away from Granary Wharf. They’ll be serving a handpicked menu of wines, with a little something for everyone, whether you want white, red or rosé. There’s an Australian merlot, a Californian Pinot Grigio or a Chilean Rosé, as well as two different kinds of prosecco and two champagnes. That’s not all – you’ll also be able to nip in for a bite to eat at lunch, with soup, pies, chilli and mac & cheese on the menu alongside a meat and cheese platter.
The Arch will open on Neville Street in February 2018.
Coffee on the Crescent
Hyde Park Corner is about to get a cool new addition as Coffee on the Crescent prepares to open. It’s the creation of former professional cricketer, Tim Linley, who’s returned to his hometown with big plans. He’s enlisted North Star to provide the beans and he’s sourcing cakes and sandwiches from local producers. That’s not all – Tim’s determined to turn Coffee on the Crescent into a hub for the community. He’ll be giving away wall space to local artists, so they can exhibit their work, and welcoming in local musicians and authors too.
Coffee on the Crescent will open at 2 The Crescent, Hyde Park Corner in 2018.
The Northern Forest
Yorkshire’s about to get a whole lot greener as plans have been announced for a new Northern Forest. Over the next 25 years, 50 million trees will be planted across the North of England, stretching from Liverpool to Hull. They’ll create five regional forests, including The White Rose Forest, which will be planted in the Leeds City Region. It will help boost flood defences and combat the effects of climate change by locking up 8 million tonnes of carbon. But that’s not all, the new forest will also provide a boost to the local economy of up to £2.2 billion GVA through tourism, recreation and biomass.
The Northern Forest will be planted over the next 25 years.