Believe it or not, there have been loads of new openings in 2020, so many, in fact, that you might have missed a few…
2020 has been quite a year, but that hasn’t stopped these businesses from opening their doors. There’s everything from vegan kebab shops to brewery taps, vintage stores and ice rinks. But that’s just the start, so without further ado, let us introduce you to the new openings you need to check out – when it’s safe to do so, of course!
Döner Summer have brought their 100% vegan döner kebabs to Call Lane. They’ve transformed the former Slocken into a shrine for meat-free junk food. Their signature is the Berlin Döner which promises spiced seitan döner topped with pickled cabbage, lettuce, carrots, tomato, dill pickles, scotch bonnet hot sauce and pink aioli in a Berlin-themed pide or wrap. Their vegan ‘chick’n’ shawarma is just as good – and keep an eye out for their seasonal specials too.
Döner Summer, 10-12 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.
Kirkstall Brewery Tap & Kitchen
Kirkstall Brewery’s much-loved beers don’t come fresher than this. Their new brewery is part warehouse-style taproom and part proper British pub. Take a seat surrounded by old brewery memorabilia as you decide on your beer. You can get all Kirkstall’s classics, from Virtuous IPA on keg to Three Swords on cask, as well as one-off creations made mere yards away. They also serve guest brews from across Yorkshire, alongside Romagna and Naples-style pizza.
Kirkstall Brewery Tap & Kitchen, Kirkstall Brewery, 100 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1HJ.
Straightforward, no-nonsense donuts await at Doh’hut. They get up at 5.30am to make soft, doughy balls of joy in their in-house bakery. There are five kinds to choose from, starting with their trademark sugar donut. Prefer yours filled? Go for Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry Jam, Crème Patisserie or their ever-changing special. Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, they’re delicious in their own right, but you can also add your own sauces and toppings.
Doh’hut, 2 Trevelyan Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6ED.
Mowgli Street Food
Mowgli’s reputation precedes them. They’re famous for their delicious Indian street food – and now you can get it in Leeds. Their new Boar Lane restaurant is the latest addition to their growing network that already includes Manchester and Liverpool. It’s a stylish affair, with fairy lights in every direction, but the food is better. Think Goan fish curry, gunpowder chicken and Mowgli lamb keema, alongside Himalayan cheese toast and the Mowgli chip butty.
Mowgli Street Food, 32 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DA.
It’s finally here! After years of one step forwards, two steps back, Leeds now has its very own ice skating rink. Planet Ice offers one of the best ice skating experiences around. You can enjoy laid-back public skating sessions or polish up your skating skills on one of their courses. They run tailored ice hockey lessons too, which makes sense as they’re the home venue for the Leeds Chiefs, the city’s semi-pro ice-hockey team.
Planet Ice, Planet Ice, Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 0EY.
One of the most popular pizzerias to come out of Manchester in recent years, Rudy’s has made its way across the Pennines and settled in Leeds. They make their dough fresh every day. It’s double fermented for 24 hours, then cooked for just 60 seconds to give their signature Neapolitan pizzas that famous crisp base. You can get classics like Margherita and Salame or go wild with the Ancozzese, a white tomato-less pizza with chilli flakes, smoked mozzarella, Tuscan sausage, friarielli and olive oil.
Rudy’s Pizza, 2 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
Leeds Gin School & Distillery
Hotham’s Gin School is an award-winning distillery from Hull. They’ve made their way to Leeds to open the city’s first dedicated Gin School. Their specially-tailored sessions will teach you about the history of the spirit and all the different methods of distillation, before you make your own bottle of gin with a choice of over 100 different botanicals. They also have a distillery bar where you can try their whole range of spirits, alongside Yorkshire beers and ciders.
Leeds Gin School & Distillery, 9-11 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7LY.
If you love American diner grub, head to Frankster’s. They’ve opened two restaurants in Leeds this year, one at Cardigan Fields and one in the Merrion Centre. You can start the day with fry-ups and stacked pancakes or pop by later to try their gourmet burgers made with 100% Angus beef. Keep it simple with cheese and ketchup or go all out with crispy fried chicken, cheese, red onions, jalapeños and three different sauces.
Frankster’s, Merrion Centre, 92 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG & Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.
Farrands Bar & Restaurant
Fine wines, signature cocktails and small plates – that’s what you’ll find at Farrands. It’s an independent bar and restaurant in the heart of the city. Elegantly decorated across two floors, it’s refined but not exclusive, with a focus on shared dining. Kick things off with drinks before choosing a few small plates to share. From the crispy duck tacos to spicy crab rolls, beef strip loin and king prawns in white wine, you’re in for a treat.
Farrands Bar & Restaurant, 18 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
Bento Street Food & Izakaya
Bento Street Food is a new bar and restaurant from the folk behind Senbon Sakura. It’s inspired by izakayas, informal bars that serve traditional Japanese food. You can look forward to dishes like chicken yakitori skewers, handmade gyozas and steaming bowls of ramen. Pair them with one of 80 different kinds of alcohol, specially imported from Japan. From IPAs to gin, whisky and sake, you won’t find many of them anywhere else in Leeds.
Bento Street Food & Izakaya, 10 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Lambert’s Bar & Cookhouse
G&G Inns have lots of bars across the North, but Lambert’s Bar & Cookhouse is their first in Leeds. It’s taken over the former Maverick’s in Horsforth with a rustic, pub-style decor. Expect an eclectic menu of pub classics, from the Cookhouse beef burger to the roast belly pork, fish finger sandwich and aubergine tagine. On the bar, they have local cask ales on hand-pulls, alongside a vast array of spirits, wines and classic cocktails.
Lambert’s Bar & Cookhouse, 62 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4AP.
Casa Peri Peri
Estabulo on St Peter’s Place has become Casa Peri Peri. They’ve given the underground restaurant a colourful makeover in keeping with its new role as the home of Afro-Portuguese cuisine in Leeds. As you’d expect, peri peri chicken is at the heart of the menu – you can get it whole, as wings, off the bone or in a burger, just choose your spice level. Fancy something different? They also do salads and beef burgers. Wash your chicken down with wine, cider or beer.
Casa Peri Peri, St Peter’s Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AQ.
Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen
The old Kith & Kin in Chapel Allerton has been taken over by Black Sheep Brewery. It’s their first taproom in Leeds and they’ve given it a classic Yorkshire feel. They have more Black Sheep beers than anywhere else in Leeds with 8 cask pumps and 12 keg lines – keep an eye out for guest beers from other breweries too, or you can enjoy hand-picked wines and creative cocktails. Hungry? Their menu of pub classics, from burgers to steaks, is a dream.
Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen, 16-18 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.
Cow is one of the biggest names in UK vintage, and a decade on from opening their first shop in Manchester, they’ve launched a new one in Leeds. It’s a treasure trove of pre-loved goodies, with plenty of big brands whose threads have stood the test of time – we’re talking The North Face, Calvin Klein and Levi’s. They have it all, for both men and women, across two floors, as well as one-offs from their Rework and Edit collections, up-cycled by their in-house designers.
Cow Vintage, 82 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7JH.
The UK’s first ever Puttstars mini-golf centre has opened at The Springs. The £2.5 million venue is home to three 9-hole golf courses, each with a different theme – Zig Zag, Slingshot and Pin Ball. Your score is tallied up electronically as you move from hole to hole. It’s completely family-friendly, so you can bring the whole gang, and they have more than just the golf, with a retro American diner and games arcade to keep you busy after your round.
Puttstars, The Springs, Century Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8GB.
The arrival of Coach Gym in Leeds has been a few years in the making, and although they were ready to open just as the first lockdown hit, they didn’t get to open their doors until the summer. It was worth the wait, though – it’s a boutique fitness studio with over 200 pieces of high-end equipment. But what sets them apart is the fact that membership gives you access to more than 200 Coach Classes, led by experts in state-of-the-art studios.
Coach Gym, 385 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2EZ.
Salade has arrived in the Merrion Centre. They serve healthy food on-the-go, with a DIY menu that lets you make your lunch your own. Head to the counter, choose your salad base, your protein and your dressings, then checkout. They have all manner of delicious options for you, so you can whip up a chicken Caesar salad, dig into a pulled beef salad or keep it veggie-friendly with a loaded falafel salad. Just add drinks and you’re good to go.
Salade, Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.
Clean Bees EcoShop
Clean Bees is an established cleaning company in Leeds, but they’ve expanded this year by opening a new eco-refill shop in the heart of Farsley. Their aim is to provide low cost and low waste refill shopping, so you can get all your essential bits and bobs, while doing your bit for the environment. You can get everything from laundry detergents to cleaning products, homemade shampoo bars and a whole host of dried foods, all without the excess packaging.
Clean Bees EcoShop, 28 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LD.
That Salon Place
A new hair salon has opened in Leeds Corn Exchange this year. I Love Lucie and Hair by Leah Luchia have teamed up to create their own salon space in the city centre. They’re specialists in vintage cuts and styles, which makes this the perfect place to go if you want to rock a cool-as-heck throwback look from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Don’t worry if you just want your usual do – they’re more than happy to do classic cuts and colours too.
That Salon Place, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
You can make your next shop plastic-free with a trip to Zero Muda in Horsforth. They have a huge selection of organic dried foods, with everything from North Star coffee to basmati rice. There are oils, vinegars and even re-fillable bottles of wine. Want fresh food? They have baked goods courtesy of Leeds Bread Coop and a partnership with Kirkstall Valley Farm to sell seasonal veg boxes. Better yet, they channel their profits into local school and environmental projects.
Zero Muda, 85 New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4QD.
Amity Brew Co.
Russ Clarke has worked for BrewDog, North Brewing Co and Beer Hawk, but in 2020, he saw an opportunity to finally go it alone. He started Amity Brew Co, a new craft brewery at Sunny Bank Mills that specialises in classic beer styles. Their core range features a Helles Lager, an IPA and an Extra Special Bitter, which you can order online or at their 2,500 square foot brewpub, which is home to a wall of keg lines for their own brews and guest breweries.
Amity Brew Co., Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
Warrior Works is a boutique yoga studio that’s opened in Margaret House in Roundhay. It’s the brainchild of lawyer-turned-yogi, Cat Tanham, and offers a host of classes focussed on helping you build core strength and overall fitness. They run everything from beginners yoga to HIIT fusion, hot yoga and sculpt sessions – their programme has been designed to offer something for everyone, no matter what yoga experience you have. They even do a hip-hop yoga class.
Warrior Works, Margaret House, 75 Devonshire Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1EP.
Catch Seafood has opened not one, but two new restaurants in Leeds this year – one in Headingley and one in Moortown. They’ve taken over two old fish and chip shops and turned them into nautical-themed eateries, where you can get more than just a quality cod and chips. From classics like moules marinière to signature dishes like roast monkfish and aubergine curry, it’s the place to visit if you want to tuck into the finest seafood, from environmentally-friendly UK ports.
Catch Seafood, 9 Weetwood Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5LT & 391 Street Lane, Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 6HQ.
The owners of much-loved Cafe 164, Ellie and Matthew Andrews have expanded into the suburbs with a new cafe in Headingley. They’ve brought their wares out of the city centre to make it easier for folk working from home to grab a tasty bite to eat. You can get a cup of locally sourced coffee, paired with their freshly made sandwiches. Watch the bread being made in the open kitchen while you wait for your sweet potato satay or halloumi and pesto sandwich.
164 Headingley, 103 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3PX.
Ji the Chicken Shop
Ji the Chicken Shop has eateries all over the south, but they’ve opened their first Northern venue in Leeds and it’s the city’s first Taiwanese street food restaurant. They use traditional Taiwanese frying techniques to make their trademark fried chicken, crispy octopus, lotus root chips and crispy tofu. You can pair your food with authentic Taiwanese milk tea, which comes in all kinds of exotic flavours, from caramel to Japanese matcha.
Ji the Chicken Shop, 25-27 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
Arts Cafe has closed and in its place stands a new Jamaican restaurant. Stephen Tyldsley, the owner of If Coffee Bar, has teamed up with his brother-in-law, Oral Blackford to open Jam Rock. They serve authentic Caribbean street food, made using Blackford’s own family recipes. From jerk chicken to curry goat, escovitch fish and three bean ital stew, the menu is full of classic dishes, done well. Wash them down with bottomless rum punch.
Jam Rock, 42 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
The third BrewDog bar in Leeds has opened this year, this time in Headingley. They’ve teamed up with the good folk at Red’s True BBQ to expand the LS6 restaurant. It now has a specialist craft beer bar, filled with BrewDog’s famous brews, which you can pair with Red’s famous American smokehouse meats. From Punk IPA to Elvis Juice, Dead Pony Club and Hazy Jane, they’re all there, along with one-offs and collaborations you can only get from BrewDog.
BrewDog Headingley, 6A Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AA.
The Funky Indian
The Funky Indian has taken over Alternatively Vegan in Stanningley and turned it into something entirely new. It’s a sports bar meets Indian restaurant concept. You can watch the game on their HD screens while you enjoy a craft beer at the bar or dinner in the restaurant. You can get traditional curries and sides alongside their signature naan bread pizzas, which do of course, come topped with tasty combinations like chicken tikka and chilli paneer.
The Funky Indian, 116 Richardshaw Lane, Stanningley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 6BN.
Anton Welburn and Emily Youell have stepped away from Wapentake but they haven’t left the bar business for good – they’ve taken over the famed Oscar’s Bar in Morley Bottoms. It still has everything you loved about Oscar’s, with a firm focus on craft beer, but they’ve brought that Yorkshire twist we loved so much about Wapentake to their new home. Expect local brews, spirits and coffee, served with a friendly Yorkshire smile.
Oscar’s, 2A Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 9DG.
Hampton by Hilton
Hilton added a new Leeds hotel to their portfolio in 2020 – Hampton has been in the works for a good few years now, but the conversion of the former British Gas site is now complete. This mid-priced hotel is another attractive place for tourists and workers to stay in the heart of Leeds city centre. It’s home to 121 bedrooms just around the corner from Leeds Playhouse, and also has its very own bar and restaurant, which is open to the general public.
Hampton by Hilton, 1 Gower Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7BP.
The Burger Priest
The Burger Priest has opened its first ever Northern restaurant in Leeds. Their eighth restaurant is a 1,800 square foot behemoth at The Springs retail park. That’s a lot of room for a lot of burgers. They’re best known for their fully traceable Aberdeen Angus beef patties – try the High Priest, which sees two burgers topped with melted cheese, sautéed veg, Priest’s burger sauce and a fried egg. Wash them down with craft beer or milkshakes.
The Burger Priest, Unit 11, The Springs, Thorpe Park Approach, Leeds LS15 8GG.
Son of a Bun
Pudsey’s got a new go-to burger joint and it’s an absolute must-try. Son of a Bun takes no prisoners with its sky-high stacks of chicken or beef. They serve a host of classics, from the Bacon DBL Cheese Burger to the Chicken & Hash Tower, but keep an eye out for their specials too – the Short Rib Wrap is a sticky-fingered joy, and come Sunday, you can try their Foot-Long Roast Baguette. Wash it down with a cream soda and you’ll be well and truly full.
Son of a Bun, The Brewery Cafe, 63 Robin Ln, Pudsey LS28 8AA.
This new restaurant near Millennium Square is bringing a much-needed taste of South Korea to Leeds. You may be familiar with some of the dishes on the menu, there’s Korean fried chicken and bibimbap salads, but there’s plenty of new flavours to discover. They serve classics, like kimchi pancakes, Korean rice rolls and baby octopus in spicy sauce. Pair your favourites with milk tea, soju and Cass lager for a proper Choessi Ajeossi experience.
Choessi Ajeossi, 6A Great George St, Leeds LS1 3DW.
After years of searching for the right Leeds venue, Archie’s has finally found it – Trinity Kitchen. Now you can finally see what all the fuss in Liverpool and Manchester has been about. They’ve got all kinds of burgers, including a medley of gourmet options like The Breakfast Club (a handmade beef burger with bacon, hash browns, a grilled egg and BBQ sauce, served in a waffle sandwich). Not your thing? They do wings, nachos and hot dogs too.
Archie’s, Trinity Kitchen, 27 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5ER.
North Studio is a new boutique wellness hub in the heart of Roundhay. It offers a range of immersive class-based workouts, holistic therapies and massage treatments, as well as a space for like-minded people to socialise in North Leeds. Their expert instructors lead you carefully through all their classes in a series of state-of-the-art studios, with the aim of helping you train your body and mind. They also have a cafe on-site, with coffee, smoothies and juices on offer.
North Studio, Roman Terrace, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2DG.
The Bookish Type
The Bookish Type is an independent queer bookshop that was formed in 2019, but moved into its first high street shop earlier this year. It’s a safe space for local book lovers to buy literature, attend book talks and discover new authors. They stock a diverse range of queer literature, including novels, memoirs, non-fiction, graphic novels, young adult books and children’s stories. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Owners Ray and Nicola will help you source it.
The Bookish Type, 58 Merrion Centre (upstairs), Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.
Massage Addict is a new clinic at Sunny Bank Mills. Owners Dan Cawley and Heather Davies relocated from France earlier this year as a result of Covid-19 and decided to set up shop in Leeds. They specialise in sports and holistic massage, but also listen to your individual needs to help you get back on track by setting up a rehab programme tailored to you. From hot stones to relaxation, aromatherapy and even pregnancy sessions, they have something for everyone.
Massage Addict, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
The former DOC Bar on Wellington Street has reopened as Rebound Social. It’s a cool city centre joint with graffitied walls, industrial-chic furniture and a killer soundtrack of classic indie tunes. The bar is well stocked with craft beers, global lagers and premium spirits, which they whizz up into a tempting selection of creative cocktails. Hungry? You can choose from a menu of classic Italian pizzas, from the Milano to the Diavola, or indulge in their bottomless brunch.
Rebound Social, 27 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4EA.
Toys, toys and more toys! That’s what awaits at Hamley’s – the world’s most famous toy shop has arrived in Trinity Leeds and it might just be the perfect place to treat the kids to the toys of their dreams. From their famous cuddly Hamley’s bears to flying drones, giant bubbles and radio controlled vehicles, gift shopping just got a lot easier. At the weekend, they have special performers and actors in store to help bring their magical world to life.
Hamley’s, 30 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HX.
The city’s first paella eatery has opened in Kirkgate Market. Bomba specialises in this classic Spanish staple and you can get it four ways. The Valencia comes loaded with chicken, green beans, butter beans, artichokes and peppers, while the Mixta throws prawns into the mix. There’s the Seafood option or you can grab the Vegan, which is full of roasted vegetables. Fancy a few extras? They even do tapas plates, like patatas bravas, croquetas and albondigas.
Bomba Paella, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.