From the arrival of a British institution to the launch of a restaurant in a Grade-II listed building, check out the new additions coming soon to Leeds.
Ready for the lowdown on the new arrivals that will soon open in Leeds? Then, it’s your lucky day, as there are six to tell you about. There’s a second bar from a suburban favourite, a brand new city centre art gallery and a possible expansion for The British Library. But that’s just the start, so find out what else is on the way.
The Headingley Greengrocer
R.K. Harris greengrocers has served Headingley since 1972, but it’s now closed as the owners enter retirement. The Headingley Development Trust, a group of local residents and small businesses, has bought the business to ensure the area continues to have an independent source of fruit and vegetables. It will be renamed as The Headingley Greengrocer and get a stylish makeover before it reopens later in 2019 to provide a supply of fresh and locally sourced produce, using minimum plastic in line with the HDT’s Zero Carbon Headingley Project.
The Headingley Greengrocer will open at 50 North Lane in 2019.
The British Library North
The British Library already has a strong presence in Leeds – they have reading rooms in Boston Spa, where they store the UK’s national newspaper collection, and they’re set to invest £250,000 in improvements. But that’s not all. They’re also exploring the possibility of opening British Library North, a new site that will cement its place in the North of England. Their 50th anniversary lines up with our Leeds 2023 celebrations, so you can expect an extensive culture and learning programme in the run-up to the festival and the new opening.
The British Library North aims to open in Leeds by 2023.
Wagon House Bistro>
Elite Bistros are set to move into Leeds next year. The group, owned and run by renowned chef Gary Usher, has made huge waves in the food and drink industry. They have a reputation for serving quality British grub in unusual venues – and that will certainly be the case in Leeds, as Usher has revealed plans to take over the Grade-II listed Lifting Tower in the heart of Wellington Place, which will be known as the Wagon House Bistro.
Wagon House Bistro aims to open in Tower Square, Wellington Place by 2020.
If you love digging for old school gems and one-off finds, there’s an exciting new opening on the horizon in the heart of Hyde Park. Vintage Boutique will be a cool-as-heck vintage shop where you can dig through a treasure trove of incredible finds from days gone by. Expect everything from retro clothes to unusual antiques, classic furniture and rare collectables.
Vintage Boutique will open in Hyde Park in Summer 2020.
Tobias is already a popular bar in Rothwell, but it’s now spreading its wings. They’re opening a second venue, this time in the heart of Oakwood. You can expect a warm, welcoming venue with exposed brickwork and an old school bar. And they’ll be serving an extensive selection of craft beer, local gins, premium spirits and hand-picked wine, as well as hosting regular live music and comedy nights.
Tobias will open at 647 Roundhay Road, Oakwood in Spring 2019.
There’s a brand new art gallery opening in Leeds Kirkgate Market. Cole’s Gallery is the work of artist and painter Joss Cole. As well as showcasing his own work, Cole’s new space will provide an independent outlet for new and established artists from Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. If you like what you see, you’ll can buy it to take home.
Cole’s Gallery will open at Unit 16, Kirkgate Market in Spring 2019.Cover image Credit: Contakt Photography