North Leeds: Allot of excitement at new ‘super local’ bar

Lauren Gill, GM at Kith & Kin and Tony Reap, allotment owner.
Lauren Gill, GM at Kith & Kin and Tony Reap, allotment owner.
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A new bar is reaping the rewards of a ground-breaking approach to gastronomy.

Kith and Kin, on Stainbeck Lane in Chapel Allerton, opens tonight with a menu containing ingredients grown just around the corner.

The bar – formerly Zed bar – has teamed up with Chapel Allerton Allotments and Gardens Association to harvest fruit and vegetables for its food and drink.

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Bosses claim it is the first venue of its type in the country to be using what it calls “super locally sourced” ingredients.

Bar manager Lauren Gill said: “Other places say they use locally sourced produce, but that can mean using stuff that’s miles away.

“Having done some research we think we’re the only place around that’s using super local produce that’s grown literally seconds from our doorstep.”

Among the first items on the menu to be made with produce from the allotment will be apple martinis and courgette soup.

And, although the growers won’t be paid for what they provide, the bar – whose name comes from an archaic term for “friends and family” – is promising to let them dine for free.

Miss Gill added: “A lot of things used to be done by trading one thing for another and that’s kind of what we’re doing.

“Our concept is about being a home from home.

“We want to have a real sense of community.”

With that in mind, the bar is also supporting Inkwell Arts, a mental health charity based on Potternewton Lane in Chapel 
Allerton.

It has bought some artwork made by clients of the charity and is also selling a special ‘Inkwell burger’, with 25p from every one bought going into the charity’s coffers.

Charity founder Boris Cruse said: “The money is nice, 
but it’s really important for us as a third sector organisation to work with private businesses for awareness raising as much as anything.

“Their support for us, and the local community, has been incredibly well received.”

The bar, which has used reclaimed wood for its refit, will also display photographs of inspirational local heroes nominated by the public.

Six-year-old Llyall Cookward, who has battled serious 
health issues since birth, and Gill Speight, who was nominated for going above and beyond 
the call of duty for her customers at the nearby Angels gift 
shop, are the first faces on 
the wall.

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