Summer in Leeds is essentially busy season for new openings, menu changes and roof terrace parties. I feel like I’ve hardly seen the inside of my flat in weeks and can’t remember the last time I cooked dinner at home (totally not a bad thing), so I’ve pulled together a round up of the best bits of what’s been going on in Leeds lately…
Roxy Lanes turned 3
What is essentially a Leeds institution, Roxy Lanes turned three in style, with endless pizza, cocktails and me being dreadful at bowling (no barriers = I hit about three pins in the entire game). I’m a big fan of Lanes and Roxy Ballroom for shaking up your night out (who doesn’t love beer pong, bowling and mini golf?) and if you want to do something a little different for date night, they’re both great places to go.
Issho and East 59th opened
The people behind Crafthouse and Angelica (two of my favourite spots in Leeds) have well and truly expanded. Popping up in the upper floors of Victoria Gate, Issho has brought haute cuisine Japanese food that Leeds has been calling out for and East 59th has delivered an unbelievably cool NY vibe, with food that’s worth shouting about and a seriously dreamy roof terrace.
Noisette Bakery & North Star Coffee launched
After what seems like a lifetime, Noisette Bakery and North Star have finally opened up their double act coffee bar and roastery in Leeds Dock. The home baked goods are to die for (those cheese scones give me life) and it’s a great little alternative to the usual brunch spots in the city. There’s a total artisan pantry vibe going on, with small-batch produce available to buy and take home. Plus they sell Northern Bloc ice cream, which is always a winner.
Ox Club have changed the brunch menu
When I first heard the news, I’ll admit, I feared the change. But thankfully, the best dishes on Ox Club’s brunch menu have been saved. You can still find the unbelievable Korean Fried Chicken and Steak with Cheddar Eggs, alongside some tweaks to the French Toast dish and new plates like their Red Eye Benedict with coffee glazed ham and bacon hollandaise.
If Coffee Bar arrived
The most adorable addition to Call Lane, If Coffee Bar has pitched up where graze used to be and is full of delightful baked goods and Scandi interiors. The decor from You May Knot had me swooning and it’s beyond Instagrammable, with marble counters and mini succulents.
Have you been to any new openings lately?
A faux-ginger, gin drinking, digital marketing gal with a thing for food styling. That was basically my old Tinder bio... Living in Leeds, I'm forever heading out for dinner, buying too many clothes, spending 50% of my money on ubers and, as of now, putting my stamp on my new apartment!