There are already 16 new openings lined up for 2020 – and we’ve rounded them all up in one place.
Barely a week goes by without a new opening in Leeds and 2020 will be no different. The year hasn’t even begun yet and we’ve already got a list of 16 places that will open their doors in the next 12 months. From the imminent arrival of Doh’hut’s to Rudy’s impending trip across the Pennines, it’s an exciting time to live in Leeds, so find out what you’ve got to look forward to in 2020.
Mowgli Street Food
Love Indian street food? You’ll need to pay a visit to Mowgli Street Food when it opens on Boar Lane in 2020. Off the back of hugely popular venues in Liverpool and Manchester, they’re now coming across the Pennines with a menu of Indian small plates that will leave you salivating. Think Goan fish curry, gunpowder chicken and Himalayan cheese toast, with dedicated menus for those of you who are gluten-free or vegan.
Mowgli Street Food is opening in Leeds in early 2020.
Planet Ice will finally open in the first quarter of 2020, no really, this time it will. It’s been a tumultuous project, as years of delays, takeovers and a collapsed roof conspired to knock back the opening date, but now the 1,800 capacity venue by Elland Road is almost ready. You can expect general freestyle skating sessions, alongside classes, ice hockey and dance events. The rink will have its own bar and restaurant too.
Planet Ice will open on Elland Road in early 2020.
Hampton by Hilton
Hampton is the mid-priced chain of hotels from the Hilton group and they’re converting the former British Gas site on Bridge Street into a new hotel. The 14-storey hotel is just around the corner from the new and improved Leeds Playhouse. It will house 121 bedrooms available from around £50 per night, as well as a brand new bar and restaurant, which will be open to the public.
Hampton by Hilton will open on Bridge Street in January 2020.
Kirkstall Brewery Tap Room
You’ll soon be able to sup Kirkstall Brewery beers yards from where they’re made as they prepare to open up their new Tap Room. They’re converting part of their Kirkstall Road headquarters into a cool bar, full of exposed brickwork, floor-to-ceiling wood panels and big vintage beer signs. They’ll serve all their favourites, from Three Swords to Dissolution IPA, alongside small-batch brews you won’t find anywhere else.
Kirkstall Tap will open at Kirkstall Brewery, 100 Kirkstall Road in 2020.
Founded in Bradford in 1977, Shimlasexpress is one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Yorkshire. They’ve expanded into Keighley, Dewsbury, Sheffield and now Leeds with their counter-style curry houses, which let you get any combination of curry, carbs and condiments on-the-go. First you pick your main, then you pair it with naan, rice or pitta, before adding salads and sauces. Whether you go for fish masala, falafel or chicken donner, you’re sure to find something you like.
Shimlasexpress will open in Leeds in 2020.
Leeds Studios is a major new film and TV studio complex that’s opening in the former Polestar Petty warehouses on Whitehall Road. The new studio represents a £1.6 million investment in the local film and tv industry, proving that Channel 4’s arrival has already given the media industry a massive boost. They’re currently building six state-of-the-art facilities across 70,000 square foot – it’s going to more than double the amount of studios currently open in the city.
Leeds Studios opens on Whitehall Road in Summer 2020.
Local legends Doh’hut are famous for their wonderfully indulgent donuts. They’ve wowed the hungry masses in Trinity Kitchen and at various street food markets over the past few years. From January, you’ll be able to get these sweet little morsels seven days a week from their first permanent cafe on Trevelyan Square. From Raspberry Jam to Chocolate Nutella Ganache and Crème Patisserie, all their favourites will be on offer, as well as a slew of new flavours.
Doh’hut opens on Trevelyan Square in January 2020.
Leeds Art Hostel
Leeds Art Hostel was a huge success when it was opened on Kirkgate in 2016, but when developers moved in, East Street Arts had to move out. Luckily, they’ve found the perfect new space on Mabgate, and Leeds City Council have already approved their plans, so it’s on track to open in 2020. Their new hostel will sit just around the corner from East Street Arts’ Patrick Studios HQ and will allow them to offer even more affordable temporary accommodation for artists and performers visiting the city.
Leeds Art Hostel re-opens on Mabgate in early 2020.
House of Fu
House of Fu have spent the past few years perfecting their steaming bowls of Japanese ramen at pop-ups, supper clubs and street food markets across the city. Now they’re opening their first permanent home on Briggate and it’s inspired by izikayas (Japanese pubs). Once it opens, you’ll be able to tuck into everything from Vegetarian Double Soup to dumplings. They even have plans for three small karaoke rooms in the basement.
House of Fu will open in Leeds city centre in early 2020.
The Charles Henry Roe
You can’t go wrong with a good ol’ fashioned Wetherspoon’s and there’s a new one coming to Cross Gates in March. It’s been a long wait, but The Charles Henry Roe, named after a local coachbuilders, is sure to be worth it. They’re in the midst of transforming the old doctors’ surgery into a modern pub. Once finished, it will have a huge bar at the front and plenty of tables at the rear. Outside, the beer garden will have space for up to 70 people.
The Charles Henry Roe will open on Austhorpe Road, Cross Gates on Tuesday 3rd March 2020.
Rudy’s is one of the best-loved pizzerias in Manchester and it’s crossing the Pennines in 2020. They’re bringing their acclaimed Neapolitan pizza our way, which you can enjoy in a rustic, laid-back restaurant. They make the dough fresh on site every day – it takes 24 hours to double ferment, but just 60 seconds to cook. The toppings are deliciously creative – try the Ancozzese, a white pizza topped with chilli flakes, smoked mozzarella, Tuscan sausage and friarelli.
Rudy’s will open in Leeds city centre in early 2020.
Wagon House Bistro
Details are still up in the air for this one, but Elite Bistros are planning to make their move to Leeds in the next 12 months. The group is owned and run by renowned chef Gary Usher who has made waves in the industry by serving quality British food in unusual settings. That’s the plan here too, as Usher is set to take over the Grade-II listed Lifting Tower at Wellington Place. The new Wagon House Bistro will be as renowned for its location as its food.
Wagon House Bistro aims to open in Tower Square, Wellington Place in 2020.
The old Shooters and Smokin’ Bar complex has been taken over by Flight Club. Their darts bar concept has won them an army of fans on both sides of the Atlantic and now it’s coming to Leeds. They’ll have dart boards in every corner and you don’t have to be a pro to play because they’ve made it easy for everyone to take part – think fast-paced multiplayer games, modern dart technology and an instant scoring system. It’s not just darts though – you can enjoy craft beer, cocktails, burgers and sharing plates.
Flight Club is opening at 123 The Headrow in 2020.
Leeds Gin School & Distillery
If you love gin, you won’t mind going back to school in 2020. Hotham’s Gin are coming over from Hull to open the Leeds Gin School on Eastgate. You’ll don an apron as you learn about the history of the spirit and the different methods of distillation from their experts, before you get to grips with making your very own bottle, using a selection of over 100 different botanicals. It will also have a shop where you can buy any of their gins to go.
Leeds Gin School and Distillery will open on Eastgate in early 2020.
There’s another crazy golf bar coming to Leeds in 2020. The controversial Ghetto Golf is taking over an old warehouse off Kirkstall Road and it’s going to be strictly adults-only. That’s because they take a no holds barred approach to their golf course – in other cities, they’ve been themed around sex shops, The Jeremy Kyle Show and The Exorcist. While you play, you can work your way through a menu of equally bonkers cocktails from the graffiti-covered bar.
Ghetto Golf will open at Falcon House in 2020.
Senshi Street Food
If you like Japanese food, get ready to try a new sushi joint in 2020. Senshi Street Food will take over a corner of Hoist House in Wellington Place to offer a menu of Oriental favourites. You can look forward to donburi rice bowls filled with short rib beef, fries loaded with Korean toppings and a vegan take on katsu curry, not to mention their fiery chicken wings, which just might blow your head off.
Senshi Street Food opens in Wellington Place in January 2020.