Fat Hippo Leeds: Quirky burger chain opens restaurant on Otley Run route in Headingley

A popular burger chain is opening its first restaurant in Leeds, bringing its signature patties, loaded fries and quirky flavours to Headingley.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 4:45 pm

Fat Hippo's seventh restaurant will open in Otley Road on Friday, initially for takeaway orders.

It hopes to become a "burger pit stop" on the infamous Otley Run pub crawl route once Covid-19 restrictions are eased, bringing "the good kind of gluttony" to the student suburb.

The independent chain was founded in the North East in 2010 and has opened sites in Sheffield and Nottingham.

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Fat Hippo will open its first Leeds restaurant on Friday

The Leeds menu includes Fat Hippo's signature beef and boneless buttermilk chicken patties, as well as quirky flavours like the PB&J - a beef burger topped with peanut butter and bacon jam.

There are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options available, as well as a kids menu.

Customers can pre-order from Fat Hippo up to seven days in advance using the restaurant’s Click and Collect service, which is now live.

The restaurant will later launch on Deliveroo, delivering its hearty grub across the city.

The PB&J - a beef burger topped with peanut butter and bacon jam

Fat Hippo founder Michael Phillips said: “After a successful stint in Trinity Kitchen and a staycation at Leeds Festival with our Fleet, it was only a matter of time before the Hippo came to Headingley.

“The people of Leeds have always been so welcoming and have made it known over the years on our social channels that they want a Fat Hippo set up here.

"Our new location on Otley Road is the perfect place to finally bring ‘the good kind of gluttony’ to Leeds permanently”.

Fat Hippo's operations manager Michael Johnson, added: “It’s been an incredible ride over the last ten years feeding the ever-growing herd of burger lovers and now it’s time to add the best burger pit stop to the infamous Otley Run."

The restaurant will open for dine-in, with table bookings available on its website, once lockdown restrictions have lifted.

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