Seven new arrivals are winging their way to Leeds and we have the lowdown…
It’s been six weeks since our last update, and now we have a bumper list of new additions ready to make their mark in Leeds. From a late night LGBT+ friendly cafe to an ice skating rink, a vintage video game arcade and an underground street food joint, there’s loads to look forward to. So go on, find out more…
It’s been three years in the making, but Leeds’ new ice skating rink finally has an opening date. After years of delays, a takeover and a storm damaged roof, Planet Ice on Elland Road will throw open its doors in January 2019. The 1,800 capacity venue will offer general freestyle skating sessions, as well as classes, ice hockey and dancing events. You can even host your birthday parties there if you want to, and if you get peckish there will be a bar and restaurant too.
Planet Ice will open on Elland Road in late January 2019.
Flamingos Coffee House
Leeds is about to get its first late-night LGBT+ friendly cafe when Flamingos Coffee House opens in Central Arcade this autumn. It will be an alcohol-free safe space that’s open 7 days (and nights) a week, so you can catch up over a North Star coffee. They’re serving food too, with salads, sandwiches and cakes made locally. And if you’re a local LGBT+ community group, they have a free meeting space you can use.
Flamingos Coffee House will open in Central Arcade in Autumn 2018.
Assembly Underground is the new name for PopCity – they’re breathing new life into the old Carpe Diem by turning it into an underground treasure trove of craft beer, cocktails and street food. The venue is currently being refurbished to reveal original features that will add to the character of the place. Once inside, you’ll find a bar run by Hebden Bridge’s Vocation Brewery and street food stalls from Falafel Guys, Slap & Pickle and Jah Jyot Punjabi.
Assembly Underground will open in the former Leeds School Board building on Calverley Street in Winter 2018.
Nomadic Beers Tap Room
Nomadic Beers is a local success story. It started with a small brew kit in the basement of The Fox and Newt pub as Katie Marriott and Ross Nicholson perfected beers like the Pale, Strider and Bandit. Now, they’ve got big plans – they’re moving into a new brewing facility to the north of the city centre in Sheepscar. It’s currently being fitted out with a brand new brewing kit, so they can brew more beers, more often – and they’re opening up their brewery for a monthly tap room with their own brews, guest beers and street food.
Nomadic Beers Tap Room will open on Sheepscar Street South in Winter 2018.
Vintage video game wonderland Arcade Club has already made its mark in their hometown of Bury, and now it’s coming to Leeds. They’ve put in plans for a new vintage video game and amusement arcade in the old Star and Garter pub in Kirkstall. It will be home to old school games from the 1970s to the 1990s on over 100 different machines, as well as a cafe, bar and retail area.
Arcade Club will open in the old Star and Garter pub in early 2019.
Manjit’s Kitchen is a local treasure that serves up wonderful Punjabi street food in Kirkgate Market and at events across the city. But now owner Manjit Kaur wants to open a permanent eatery, to cook up a storm in the evenings too. She’s started a Kickstarter to raise the funds she needs to make the dream become a reality next year – can you help her hit £40,000? There’s rewards in it for you, no matter what you pledge.
Manjit’s Kitchen hopes to open a permanent restaurant in Leeds city centre in 2019.
Pizzaluxe was one of the original vendors in Trinity Kitchen when it opened in 2013. They left their old home in 2017, which is now Absurd Bird, but they’ve found new digs. They’ve taken over the former Oh You Pretty Things champagne bar, so you can get their tasty Italian pizzas once again. Will you go for a classic like the Hawaii, with its mix of chunky ham and grilled pineapple? Or will it be something different like the Lardo, a combo of bacon, brie and baby spinach?
Pizzaluxe will open in Trinity Kitchen in October 2018.