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21 New Openings Coming to Leeds in 2018

· Joseph Sheerin · New & Coming Soon

Keep your eyes peeled for these new additions to Leeds.

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There are already 21 new openings lined up for 2018 – and we’ve rounded them all up in one place.

Barely a week goes by without a new opening in Leeds and 2018 will be no different. The year hasn’t even begun yet and we’ve already got a list of 21 places that are planning to open their doors in the next 12 months. From the imminent arrival of The Ivy to The Potting Shed’s new rooftop bar at the top of Trinity Leeds, it’s an exciting time to live in the city. But it’s not just bars and restaurants, you know…

Absurd Bird

Absurd Bird

Absurd Bird is set to open its first Northern restaurant in Leeds in 2018. It’s all about comfort food here, but they take their inspiration from the American South, so expect their own secret recipe fried chicken. You can get it in burgers, wraps, dirty buns, sliders or on its own. It’s not just food though, they’ll have all your favourite craft beers to wash it down, as well as their Asburd cocktails and even Moonshine.

Absurd Bird will open in Leeds in 2018.

Merrion Street Sky Bar

Merrion Street Sky Bar

Finally, the old Mayaimi club is going to be transformed into the city’s newest sky bar. On the ground floor, you’ll find a modern bar and restaurant space, but if you venture upstairs, the first floor will hold a gig venue and the next two floors up will be turned into offices. The crowning glory is right at the top, where their rooftop extension will create the 2,830 square foot sky bar.

Merrion Street Sky Bar will open in 2018.

Mowgli Street Food

Mowgli Street Food

After opening hugely successful restaurants in Manchester and Liverpool, Mowgli Street Food will arrive at Trinity Leeds with its menu of Indian small plates. You can enjoy a bowl of Goan fish curry before tucking into Mowgli sticky wings and treacle tamarind fries. And if you’re vegan or gluten-free, you’ve got hefty dedicated menus to choose from.

Mowgli Street Food will open in Trinity Leeds in summer 2018.

Leeds Postal Service

Craft beer bottles

Lazy Lounge haven’t gone too far away for their new sister venue – it’s right next door. They’ve taken the keys for the former health centre, which they’re going to turn into Leeds Postal Service. The name comes from the old Royal Mail House that West Point stands on, and it’s going to be the city’s newest craft beer hangout. You can try a slew of local beers – or pick up a bottle to take home, because they’ll also have their own off-licence selling beer, wine and spirits.

Leeds Postal Service will open at West Point in early 2018.

Brownhill & Co.

Little Leeds Beer House

The folk behind Little Leeds Beer House are adding a second venue to their offering, with a new shop in Leeds city centre. Brownhill & Co promises more of the same. You can pick up amazing beers from across the world – but that’s not all. They’ll also have their very own tasting room, where they’ll hold special events with breweries from all over the UK – this is your chance to meet the brewers face-to-face and find out how they make their beer straight from the horse’s mouth.

Brownhill & Co. will open in Leeds city centre in 2018.

Pancho’s Burritos

Fajitas, Mexican food

Pancho’s Burritos have been planning their move to Leeds for a while, but you can finally tuck into their Mexican street food dishes in early 2018. They’ve got a spot on Albion Street, just by Slaters Menswear. Their burritos come loaded with everything from chilli con carne to picante lamb, as well as veggies and their own homemade sauces. But that’s not all they do. You can also tuck into tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas, with rare tequila and 25 Mexican craft beers.

Pancho’s Burritos will open at 79 Albion Street in early 2018.


Leon Restaurants

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When you’re in London, Leon is everywhere, but they’re intent on making Leeds one of their new destinations in 2018. It’s a popular takeaway pitstop, with a menu inspired by classic Mediterranean cooking that’s as healthy as it is delicious. It’s an all day eatery, so you can start the day with porridge pots or a breakfast muffin before you move onto their wraps, salads and power pots for lunch.

Leon will open in Leeds by the end of 2018.

Tinello by Amici


Amici is a suburban restaurant that’s earned a massive reputation over the years, and they’re finally making their way into the city centre at the start of 2018. They’re currently kitting out a unit in Central Square. Tinello by Amici will offer a menu of quality Italian dishes that goes way beyond the usual pizzas and pastas.

Tinello by Amici will open at Central Square in January 2018.

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed is set to become the city’s newest rooftop bar when it opens at the top of Trinity Leeds. It’s their biggest venue yet, bringing together three distinct but connected bars. The main one is of course The Potting Shed, and it will connect to The Secret Garden and The Orchard – each will have its own distinct decor and atmosphere. In total, it will hold up to 700 people, with a rooftop terrace that offers views across the city.

The Potting Shed Bar and Secret Garden will open at Trinity Leeds in spring 2018.

The Wesley Hotel

The Wesley Hotel

2018 will see Oxford Place Methodist Church transformed into a hotel. It’s owned by The Wesley Hotel, a Methodist company who’ve done similar projects in London and Rome. They’re converting the current space into a 70-bedroom complex with a new restaurant, an outdoor terrace and conference facilities. All profits will go back to the church itself.

The Wesley Hotel will open at the Oxford Place Methodist Church in October 2018.

Flying Tiger

They were planning to open by the end of 2017, but we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer. Flying Tiger has found a city centre space, which will be home to their mini Ikea-esque store, but it’s not quite ready. They do more lifestyle and homeware items here, with a creative, carefree and value for money approach. Grab a basket and fill it up with everything from kids’ toys and confectionery to kitchenware, tools and vinyl records.

Flying Tiger will open in Leeds city centre in 2018.

Fat Hippo

The Fat Hippo

After a trial run in Trinity Kitchen in 2016, Newcastle favourites Fat Hippo have set sights set on Leeds and 2018 will be the year when we can finally say ‘haway the hippo’. The burger joint is famed for its juicy stacks of meat and they do things a little differently. Alongside your standard toppings you can get the likes of the Peanut Butter and Jelly, which is exactly what it sounds like, or the Born Slippy, which is topped with pulled pork ribs, cheese, jalapeños and chilli jam.

Fat Hippo will open in Leeds in spring 2018.



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Chilango will finally make their mark in Leeds in the New Year. They’ve got one of the new units in the former Next on Bond Street and it’s going to be the place to go for Mexican eats. It’s only their second venue outside London, so you’ll soon be one of the few Northerners who can tuck into their jam-packed burritos. They also do tacos, salads, super nachos and nudos, with fillings inspired not just by Mexico, but by Mexican communities around the world.

Chilango will open on Bond Street in early 2018.

Hero Wellbeing


If you’re looking for a new gym, you might want to check out Hero Wellbeing when it opens in early 2018. They do things a little bit differently here. It’s a more personal approach – your workouts are tailored to you and they use technology to impressive effect. They measure every kick, punch and skip using bio-tracking, so you know how your body responds and they can even help you organise your diet using the same experts who work with Team GB, England Rugby and Anthony Joshua.

Hero Wellbeing will open in Leeds city centre in early 2018.

Smokehouse & Cellar

Smokehouse and Cellar Manchester

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It looks like another Manchester favourite could be making their way across the Pennines. Smokehouse and Cellar have been looking at venues in Leeds and rumour has it that they’ve found the perfect one – the long-empty basement of Leeds Corn Exchange. It’s a proper American barbecue, with everything from baby back ribs to tender beef brisket, which you can wash down with craft beer, cocktails and smoothies.

Smokehouse and Cellar will open in the Corn Exchange in 2018.


Mojito cocktail

The bottom of Lower Briggate is the area of choice for the city’s newest gay bar. Gigolos was meant to open earlier in 2017, but they’ve had to wait a few extra months to get the bar finished. They’ve taken over a former beauty parlour, just by the Cosmopolitan Hotel, and they’re transforming it into a cool bar. It’ll be a cocktail lounge by day and buzzing party venue by night.

Gigolos will open on Lower Briggate in early 2018.

Clip ’n Climb

Holbeck will be home to a brand new climbing centre in the New Year, and this one will be fun for all the family. Clip ’n Climb will transform an old storage warehouse into a state-of-the-art climbing and activity centre. The main space will have 35 climbing lines, which you can make the most of with an hour’s session after a 30-minute briefing. If you just want to watch the kids at work, you can take a pew in their mezzanine, which has a cafe and a viewing area.

Clip ’n Climb will open on Brown Lane East, Holbeck in early 2018.

Indian Tiffin Room

Indian Tiffin Room

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Another Manchester mainstay, Indian Tiffin Room is headed east over the Pennines at the start of the year. Work is going on right now in the old Wagamama unit on Park Row, which is about to become the latest Indian street food restaurant to arrive in Leeds. Their menu covers all the different cuisines of India with dishes like masala dosa, Kerala fish curry and lamb Kashmiri. Look out for their thalis too, which they describe as mini buffets on a plate.

Indian Tiffin Room will open at 31-32 Park Row in January 2018.

Ask Italian

Ask Italian

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It’s been a while, but Ask Italian is finally back in Leeds. After their Headingley home shut a few years back, they’ve got plans to move into the city centre in 2018. As the name suggests, it’s all about the Italian food here. From the sea bass al forno to the beef and gorgonzola pizza, they have a wide-ranging menu and there’s plenty of Italian wine and beer to wash it down.

Ask Italian will open in Leeds in summer 2018.

The Moveable Feast

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The Moveable Feast is coming to Leeds in 2018. It’s done extremely well in Manchester and now has plans to cross the Pennines to help raise money for Action Against Hunger, a charity who work to end child malnutrition worldwide. They’ll host the Supper Club Safari, a culinary tour of Leeds – every stop will bring you a new course, from starters to dessert, and you’ll get a glass of wine with each too. The cost of your seat at the table goes to the charity.

The Moveable Feast will open in Leeds in early 2018.

The Ivy

The Ivy

The Ivy will be the big opening of 2018. They’ve confirmed plans to open a brand new restaurant in Leeds city centre and will be taking over the former Nicholas Deakins unit in the Victoria Quarter. Expect an all-day restaurant, serving up modern British classics alongside a few Ivy-inspired favourites, all in a relaxed venue that looks the part. It’s going to be worth the wait.

The Ivy will open in Leeds in early 2018.