Opening date for Headingley Wetherspoons The Golden Beam revealed

Wetherspoons has revealed when its new Headingley pub The Golden Beam will open.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 11:58 am
Updated Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:01 pm

The company has spent £3.2 million developing the outlet, on the site of the former Elinor Lupton Centre, in Headingley Lane.

The Golden Beam's opening will see 70 new jobs created.

It will open for the first time on Tuesday, June 8.

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The Elinor Lupton Centre in August 2020 (photo: Google).

The Golden Beam will be open from 8am until 11pm, Sunday to Thursday, and 8am until 11.30pm, Friday and Saturday.

Food will be served throughout the day, from opening until 10.30pm every day.

There is also an outdoor terrace, with seating screened from the road, at the front of the building.

Manager Chris Donaghue said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to the Headingley community.”

The building, which has been empty since 2010 when the former Leeds Girls’ High School vacated it, was bought by the company in 2014.

But the move has been controversial with some residents, who have long battled against the development.

The pub is named after a painting by Leeds artist John Atkins Grimshaw

Regarded as one of the greatest painters of the Victorian era, he was famous for his moonlit and colourful urban landscapes.

‘A Golden Beam’ depicts a grand house and a leafy suburban lane, in the last of the evening light.

The grade II-listed building was originally designed for the First Church of Christ Scientist by local architect William Peel Scofield, as a Sunday school and was finally completed in 1934.

Just over 50 years later, the building was purchased by Leeds Girls High School, when it was renamed the Elinor Lupton Centre, until the school left it in 2010.

The pub has retained the original auditorium as the main ground floor bar area and the existing church organ façade has been re-purposed as a feature fireplace.

It will be open for family dining, with children, accompanied by an adult, welcome in the pub up until 9pm throughout the week.

The pub will be wheelchair accessible, with lift access to the first-floor dining area and a specially adapted toilet for people with disabilities.