YOU can bet your bottom dollar that almost everyone reading this will have set foot in a Leeds Brewery bar at some point.
The company owns several sites across the city, including (wait for it) The White Swan off Briggate; The Midnight Bell in Holbeck; Brewery Tap near Leeds Train Station and Crowd of Favours near Kirkgate.
But now they’re taking on a new project – and a big one at that. A Grade-II listed building on Church Row in the city centre will be transformed into a Leeds Brewery pub, complete with a courtyard area at the back offering impressive views of Leeds Minster.
The 19th century building was a pub in its heyday before becoming offices and was then unoccupied for some time, falling into a state of disrepair.
Director of Leeds Brewery Sam Moss spoke to City Buzz about the project, and said it’s been a lot of hard work but the venue has ‘bags of character’.
He said: “It’s in a prominent site in an area of town that’s getting better and better.
“The courtyard area looks onto the fantastic windows of the Mister – it’s a view that hasn’t been seen for the last 30 years.”
The new pub will be set across two floors and will stock Leeds Brewery beers (obviously) and serve freshly cooked food based on traditional pub classics.
With Shears Yard and tapas restaurant Ambiente just around the corner, this could become a buzzing little area of town.
There’s not an opening date for the restaurant yet, but watch this space – we’ll give you all the details as soon as we get it.