City Buzz: Exclusive look at new restaurant Bill’s in Leeds city centre

Bill's restaurant at Albion Place, Leeds. Pics: James Hardisty.
Bill's restaurant at Albion Place, Leeds. Pics: James Hardisty.
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With new and exciting venues popping all the time, we’re pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to places to fill our faces in Leeds.

As soon as a unit becomes available, it seems like someone is sniffing around to see if they can be the latest name to capitalise on the city’s restaurant boom.

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And sure enough, another big name is set to enter the fray, with all-day eatery and brunch favourite Bill’s opening its new restaurant on Monday, September 21.

But City Buzz got an exclusive look around the venue yesterday.

The new venture adds to Bill’s impressive list of around 65 locations, and will open at 1, Albion Place, creating around 40 jobs.

Taking over the former Law Society building, the restaurant will be open all day, from breakfast through to dinner and cocktails.

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The 106-cover venue is split over two floors, and there’s additional space for 42 diners outside for those who are wanting to make the most of the sunshine, or brave the typical Yorkshire weather.

Breakfast options include blueberry and buttermilk pancakes, eggs benedict and more, and the main menu includes hamburgers, ribs, sandwiches and salads.

It might be worth saving room for dessert though, as the lemon meringue pie cheesecake in a glass and warm chocolate brownie sound too good to refuse.

If you want a taste of Bill’s at home, the restaurant’s got that covered too.

Inside, the shelves are packed with food and drink products for customers to buy, from jams and teas to truffles and chocolate bars.

Bill Collison, founder of Bill’s, said: “We’re really excited to open a site in Leeds and look forward to welcoming people to enjoy our food, drink and lovely products.

“We’ll have plenty of seating inside and out, including large sharing tables, booths and leather sofas, so shoppers from the Victoria Quarter arcades can put their feet up and relax with us.”

Bill’s isn’t the first eatery to set up shop in the area, and follows in the footsteps of Byron Burger, which took over the old La Senza shop on the corner of Albion Place and Lands Lane last year (read our latest Byron review here).

The eatery has proved particularly popular since its arrival, as has burger joint MeatLiquor just a stone’s throw away.

Health food offering Itsu is soon to join them, opening at the former Barratts shoe shop on Commercial Street later this year (more information here).

It seems this little area of the city centre is starting to carve a niche for itself as a new foodie destination, with Pizza Express, the New Conservatory and Pret a Manger nearby too.

And restaurants aren’t the only ones seeing potential in the area.

Down on Albion Street, fashion retailer and jewellery store Oliver Bonas is looking to take over the former Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe (read more here).

A brand new Sainsbury’s recently opened on the corner too, so there’s been a fair bit of investment in the buildings of late.

There are still a few empty units though, with Berry’s jewellery store on Albion Street available, although we doubt it will be on the market for long.

With the arrival of Bill’s it’s sure to attract more people and business to the area, so just watch this space.

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