New to Leeds 2017: A-Z guide

Merry Christmas!

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

Our favourites for N & O below…

Neighbourhood
A big hit with the celebs of Manchester and Liverpool, and the only nod outside of London in GQ Food & Drink Awards’ Best Bar category, Neighbourhood opened on Greek Street in October and has become the place to be seen.  It’s another New York inspired ‘vibrant dining’ restaurant and bar, with all the opulence of Manhattan and the edginess of Brooklyn.

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North Star café

A joint venture between one of Leeds’ most loved coffee businesses, North Star, and Noisette’s Bake House, who you’ll have seen on the street food circuit via their Madeline Express van. It’s down at Leeds Dock, and shuns avocado on toast for more American style bakes and ‘Toast Tapas’.

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One Kirkstall Forge
First a modern train station, now a major office building. It’s all happening at Kirkstall Forge, and this One project is part of a huge development at the site, which will bring more than 1,000 homes and 400,000 square foot of retail, leisure and office space to Leeds. Due to open by the end of 2017.

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Check out tomorrow’s blog for our suggestions for P & Q…

New to Leeds 2017: A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

Here’s our top picks for L & M!

Laynes Espresso

The coffee shop favourite has doubled in size at its New Station Street premises, moving into the old hair salon next door. The Guardian named it one of the Top 50 Brunches in the UK.

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Marco’s New York Italian

Leeds-born Marco Pierre White returned to his home city to open one of his classic restaurants in the Merrion Centre, serving Italian classics alongside Big Apple favourites. It’s taken the ground floor space of a new Ibis Styles hotel.

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Milo

The legendary local dive bar Milo on Call Lane is back with a bang after being closed for a face lift. Live music, great beers, late licence and lots of Aerosmith on the jukebox. It’s more rock n roll than ever.

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Manahatta Greek Street

The second site from Leeds cocktail bar and casual dining restaurant Manahatta opened on Greek Street earlier this year, and with it launched Leeds’ first cocktail delivery service with Deliveroo.

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New to Leeds 2017: A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

Give us your suggestions for J & K!

Move for Jumbo Records

Leeds’ longest serving record shop has moved – it’s swapped St John’s shopping centre for Merrion Centre, to a bigger space where you can have a coffee and listen live in-store performances from artists.

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The Kitty Café

A cat cuddle with your morning coffee is now possible, thanks to The Kitty Café opening on Kirkgate. The cat-themed café is home to 35 rescue cats that customers can pet.  The best early Christmas present ever for Leeds?

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Kirkstall Forge
There’s a contemporary urban village developing in Kirkstall Valley, and it’s looking promising.  The completed bit is the fancy new railway station, which whizzes commuters to Leeds in a few minutes, Bradford in 15 and Manchester in under an hour.

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King Street Social

An exclusive members-only club where you can enjoy private pop-up restaurants to intriguing theatrical performances. It’s all about the mystery, so we won’t say much more (because we don’t know!).

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Kronos Coffee
A new breed of coffee shop – one where you don’t pay by cup, but rather the amount of time you spend in there. It’s on Great George Street, which is becoming a real hub of interesting independents.

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What do you think will feature on L & M!?

New to Leeds 2017: A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

What is missing from this list?

Ham & Friends

A new concept from the guys behind the ever popular Friends of Ham on New Station Street, its sister venue is a deli shop-cum-bar that has the added bonus of a refrigerated cheese room and over 200 wines available to buy.

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Harvey Nichols Bottle Room

A new luxurious space on the Fourth Floor, where you can browse old classics and learn about new favourite wines and beers. Also available for private hire.

 

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Home

Not your actual home – instead, Leeds’ newest fine dining restaurant from Liz Cottam (Masterchef) and Mark Owens (Box Tree, La Gavroche) on Kirkgate, in a former dance hall. Recently got a rave review in Sunday Times for its imaginative 10-course tasting menu. Our advice? Book ahead!

 

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Howl Bar

Like punk / goth / rock music? This alternative music venue opposite Travelodge on Vicar Lane is making a name for itself – mainly for staying open until 5am on weekends!

 

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Hyper Reality Experience

The new games venture from Tick Tock Unlock is a UK first. Now open in Trinity, you can actually step into a new world with the UK’s first virtual reality-powered game experience. Try it! You might not want to step out.

 

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Issho
Issho is the Japanese rooftop restaurant on top of Victoria Gate, the first in D&D London’s Michelin star-studded portfolio. Diners can sit and watch chefs prepare their food to order. Now doing brunch!

 

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We’ll be posting our top picks for J & K tomorrow!

 

New to Leeds 2017: A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

Let us know any others for F & G!

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Festivals

Loads of them, but the newest on the block was Leeds International Festival, a nine day cultural extravaganza featuring 35 events and 327 acts and speakers.

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Fettle Café

Another inde to open on Great George Street, this is a scandi-inspired haven where the cool interiors are as tasty as the food and drink. It also turns into a fine dining restaurant by night, on occasions. Worth the walk out.

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Gabbar

Not another new Indian street food eatery, we hear you cry. This one opened next to The Social in October, serving up vegan and vegetarian dishes from every corner of India. And OF COURSE there’s a craft beer menu.

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Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant
Another TV chef to land in Leeds (along with Marco Pierre White), his chic Park Row restaurant serves the usual Italian dishes, but the best bit: there’s a dedicated aperitivo and prosecco bar.

Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s instalment!

 

Christmas jumper day at Morgans

As we did last year, we’ve decided to take part in the national Christmas Jumper day, to support Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London.

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As we did last year, we’ve decided to take part in the national Christmas Jumper day, to support Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London. Caring Together is a Neighbourhood Network scheme operating primarily in a culturally diverse inner-city area of Leeds. Their aim is to combat isolation and disadvantage among older people, by working to empower individuals and groups within the areas of Woodhouse and Little London, to become more involved as valued members of their communities.

 

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The charity provides support and activities for older people living in the area and operates on a membership basis with full participation of local people from involvement on Management Committee through to decision-making in how the various social and therapeutic groups operate.

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New to Leeds 2017: Your A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

What do you think is missing from D and E?

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Doghouse Bar and Record Store
The new sister bar to 212 Café opened on Kirkgate this summer, selling a huge collection of dance and hip-hop vinyl, as well as indie artists and designers putting on monthly pop-up shops and exhibitions.

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The Dakota Hotel
A new £20m hotel has opened in the old stacker car park of Bond Court. 10 storeys of 90 deluxe rooms.

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The Domino Club
A new jazz bar from the owners of Call Lane favourite Roland’s, that you have to access through a barbers in Grand Arcade.  Drink creative cocktails in the dark whilst you sit back and listen to live jazz, funk, soul and blues.

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East 59th

Bringing a bit of hipster New York to the rooftop of Victoria Gate, East 59th is a bar based around the central-Manhattan namesake known for its chic, trendy cocktail bars and proximity to 5th Avenue.

Keep an eye out for F and G tomorrow!

New to Leeds 2017: Your A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

Here’s C…can you think of any more?

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Leeds’ first 100% vegan café opened in The Old Red Bus Station on Vicar Lane earlier in the year, and the ever-growing vegan community of Leeds and beyond love it. Vegan or not, the inventive food makes it well worth a visit.

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In 1967, Leeds Carnival was the first of its kind in Europe to feature all three essential Caribbean carnival elements of masquerade, music and a parade. This year marked its 50th anniversary and was the biggest and best yet.

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It’s the new Sandinista – Chida Cantina is a pretty similar vibe to what it was before, without the Spanish bit; more focused on being a relaxed Mexican eatery with good drinks and atmosphere, just with a new look. The kitchen is run by Mexican street food stars, The Holy Mountain, so it’s a good place to eat tacos and drink tequila, basically.

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Billed as a ‘home from home’, the Cosy Club bars are known for their colourful interiors and all-day menus, spanning brunch, sandwiches, burgers, tapas and comfort food classics.

Find out what was our highlight of 2017 for D tomorrow!

New to Leeds in 2017: Your A-Z guide

You might have noticed, Leeds has been a bit busy in 2017. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve found it hard to keep up with all the new places and spaces that have opened in the city centre this year.

From fancy restaurants and bars, to shops, hotels, events and just general ‘stuff’ happening in our amazing city, we’ve come up with a handy A-Z guide to the new additions that have made Leeds such a great place to be in 2017.

They are specific to this year only, and mainly in or around the city centre – otherwise this would be a really, really long list. We’ll probably, definitely have missed some – so let us know!

Here’s A and B…can you think of any more?

Art, art and more art

Leeds Art Gallery reopened in October after a huge refurb. It’s a brighter experience, after re-discovering a secret barrel-vaulted glazed ceiling during the renovations. There’s also new exhibition spaces and artwork looking back over 130 years.

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The Bluebird Bakery

Adding to Kirkgate Market, Bluebird opened in February and its ‘real bread’ (renowned in its York and Malton branches), made using a long-fermentation method and local ingredients, is a hit with us Leeds folk. There’s cakes, pastries and savouries too.

 

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Bengal Brasserie
The very first Bengal Brasserie in Leeds city centre opened on Merrion Way in spring, just over the road from First Direct Arena – which makes it the perfect before or after gig venue for a delicious Indian and Bengali curry.

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Keep a look out each day for the next instalments…

 

Morgans Christmas Party

As the end of the year approaches, what better way to kick off the celebrations than a Morgans Christmas party!?

Following on from the past 13 years, our Christmas party was held at Harvey Nichols fourth floor restaurant, with 100+ guests, including our full team and our long-standing clients to celebrate another great year at Morgans.

The Morgans team gathered slightly earlier this year to introduce a new end-of-year company awards scheme between the entire team. Categories included Biggest Smile, Perfect Attendance, Colleague of the Year, Team of the Year and the Director’s Award, all paired with a Harvey Nichol’s bottle of champagne and a Morgans medal!

Once the awards were given out we enjoyed the company of our guests, the canapés and drinks provided by Harvey Nichols and a Christmas carol singalong.