Gallery: Sneak peek of Leeds’ new gourmet pie restaurant

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A NEW gourmet pie restaurant opens in Leeds this week – and the YEP had a sneak peek before the launch.

Family-run company Pieminister is opening its biggest venue yet at the former Oxfam shop on Duncan Street, opposite the Corn Exchange.

Pieminister in Leeds city centre. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Pieminister in Leeds city centre. Pic: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

The Bristol-based business snapped up the site last year and has spent the past three months stripping away the floor, walls and ceilings to reveal the original brickwork.

Owner Jon Simon told the YEP this 10th venue was his biggest challenge yet.

“It has been far and away our most ambitious,” Jon explains.

“This restaurant is three times bigger than anything we have done before, and it’s certainly been three times more expensive!

“The others are small coffee shop types but this is a whole different experience, moving into the fast, casual dining territory...with cocktails!”

The restaurant is set over two floors and includes a quirky indoor ‘shed’ dining area.

It will serve 15 different pies as well as hot pots, salads and ice cream pies.

The drinks menu includes classic cocktails, sours and specials, wine, prosecco and a comprehensive ale, lager and cider list.

The restaurant officially opens on Monday, May 11, but if you pop down there this week you might be able to snap up a pie for half price.

With Five Guys opening next door soon, and Red’s True BBQ over the road, this area of town could become a new dining destination.