City Buzz: Tapas and gin bar opens in Leeds

The basement gin bar at Pintura, Leeds. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
The basement gin bar at Pintura, Leeds. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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A new tapas restaurant and gin bar has launched in Leeds, so City Buzz popped by to see what the fuss was all about.

Pintura, which means ‘work of art’, is nestled just off Commercial Street and offers Basque-inspired food.

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It’s also one of the few places in town that has a dedicated gin bar in the basement, featuring over 30 varieties (plus cocktails, of course).

The venue is set across three floors and its decor is simple and understated with a hint of traditional Spanish features.

The food isn’t too pricy either, with dishes starting at £3 each, such as salted cod, Iberico ham and pig’s cheek.

It’s run by the people behind Cielo Blanco, Oporto and Jake’s Bar and it’s clear they know what they’re doing.

Head chef Greg Lewis also used to work at The Hummingbird in Chapel Alerton and spent months researching Basque food and culture, so you’re in the hands of professionals.

Chef Greg said: “The talk at the dinner table in Donostia revolves around what’s for lunch the next day and I hope to evoke that same sort of emotion when Leeds diners visit Pintura.”

Pintura offers something a little bit different and exciting, and opens to the public tomorrow – with 50 per cent off all weekend for customers who have booked a table.

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