Leeds is a vibrant city which attracts tonnes of new businesses! See a rundown of some of the latest hotspots here.
The Pack Horse
After closing to undertake a £300,000 refurbishment, The Pack Horse on Woodhouse Lane is back serving customers once more. Inside the traditional exterior you’ll find a modern and relaxed interior, and even a live events venue fittingly called The Upstairs due to its location. Among the refurb additions is an outdoor bar and beer garden perfect for the spring and summer afternoons.
Already a firm favourite in Chapel Allerton and the city centre, Rudy’s Pizza is branching out to Otley Road. Known for its Neapolitan-style pizza and 24-hour double fermented crusts. The Tarantina pizza is a popular choice, featuring San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, anchovies, capers, kalamata olives, parmesan, and olive oil.
Despite the closure of his Park Row restaurant last year, Gino D’Acampo’s brand is making its way back to Leeds, this time opening its doors inside the Marriott. The celebrity chef’s restaurant is known for authentic Italian cuisine, with menu highlights including wild mushroom risotto and rigatoni arrabbiata.
Residence Bar & Kitchen
This popular café bar has recently opened a brand-new location in Headingley. This is an all-day locations, with breakfast and brunch options including All of the usual suspects, as well as a vegan full English and the ever popular avocado toast. Heading into evening you can expect a Greek- inspired menu, serving gyros, chicken souvlaki, and grilled halloumi, as well as more traditional pub fare such as burgers.
Absolute Body Solutions
Good news for fitness fanatics! A brand-new gym has opened its doors in Leeds city centre. With a focus on personal training, the brand was founded in a garden shed 10 years ago by Connor O’Brien. Looking at the polished interior of the new gym, it’s difficult to picture the origins of the business. The gym offers six- and 16-week transformation programmes for those who really want to hit their goals.
The fashion brand of Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher has made its way to Leeds, with a brand-new shop in Victoria Gate. The brand is named after the song Pretty Green by The Jam, as was established by Liam Gallagher in 2009. Inside you’ll find streetwear that delivers on the shop’s promise of “simple, classic clothing with a modern twist”.
Have you heard of a sando? A Japanese take on the British classic: the sandwich. (Did you know that sandwiches were popularised by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who created the snack as a way to take meals without having to leave the table when playing cards?) A sando is a sandwich made with light and fluffy milk bread, and often containing a katsu interior, which is exactly what you’ll find at new street food vendor Shokupan. Another popular side dish worth checking out are the spicy furikake fries, complete with sweet glaze.
TADA is a new casual yet elegant Japanese restaurant and bar located in the heart of Headingley. Upstairs, the restaurant takes inspiration from the vibrant Japanese dining scene – serving ramen and yakitori skewers and a host of trendy cocktails, sakes, and Japanese whiskeys in a more traditional sit- down restaurant, while downstairs sushi fans can tuck in to their favourite nigiri or sashimi.