The Scribbling Mill Leeds: New Wetherspoons pub at White Rose Shopping Centre celebrates opening day

A new Wetherspoons pub is welcoming its first customers as the doors are opened on the latest addition to the White Rose Shopping Centre.
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The Scribbling Mill is celebrating its official opening at 9am on Tuesday October 11 after the pub chain spent £950,000 redeveloping the former Chiquito restaurant at the shopping centre in south Leeds.

Based on a classic Victorian pub, it has suspended feature ceiling rafts and roses, warm panelling details and a glazed tile back bar. There is a ground floor customer area as well as a beer garden.

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Its name is inspired by the history of the area, which was once famous for its textile industry. Local heritage site Crank Mill, a Grade II listed building dating back to 1790, was the country’s first steam-powered woollen mill. It was a ‘scribbling mill’, where wool was combed and prepared for spinning.

The Scribbling Mill is celebrating its opening day. Picture: Simon HulmeThe Scribbling Mill is celebrating its opening day. Picture: Simon Hulme
The Scribbling Mill is celebrating its opening day. Picture: Simon Hulme

Steven Foster, centre director at White Rose Shopping Centre, has previously welcomed the arrival of the pub chain and the 50 new jobs that it is creating. It follows other new arrivals announced this year including The Works and The Rethink Food Academy.

The Scribbling Mill will be open Sunday to Thursday, 8am-midnight, and Friday to Saturday, 8am-1am. Food will be available from opening until 11pm every day.

The venue is located in The Village, the centre’s outdoor leisure area. It is wheelchair accessible and has an adapted toilet for people with disabilities.

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Pub manager Laura Haith said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into The Scribbling Mill and we are confident that the pub will be a great addition to the local community and social scene.”