New independent pub opens in Leeds city centre

Drinkers have raised a glass with the opening of a new independent pub in Leeds city centre.

Sunday, 15th December 2019, 11:00 am
Brothers Geoff and Nick Thornton at Hoist House.

Hoist House at Wellington Place will serve carefully sourced local ales, craft beers and lagers, plus an extensive non-alcoholic drink offering.

And it will be launching its dining offering in early 2020 with Little Bao Boy set up serve up a delicious selection of Asian street food.

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Owner Geoff Thornton has lived and worked in Leeds for over 20 years. He brings a wealth with experience having owned some of the best independent venues in the city, including Buca di Pizza, Epernay, The Pour House and Atlas.

He said: “My latest venture is all about going back to the heart of what a pub offers its community - a great selection of drinks, tasty bites to enjoy with friends and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

"We’ve set out the venue to put the bar at the heart of the space, surrounded by occasional furniture, comfortable sofas and, when the warmer weather returns, an outside seating area.”

Wellington Place is a sustainable business community being built in the heart of Leeds.

Paul Pavia, head of development at MEPC, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming Hoist House as the newest retailer to Wellington Place. We’ve had a fantastic few years of retailer openings with Mad Frans, Sainsburys and Caffe Nero, plus we’ve seen the continued success of Veeno, Sociable Folk and The Good Luck Club.

"Collectively, these are helping Wellington Place to become a go-to destination for fantastic food and drink in the heart of Leeds Business District. We wish the team at Hoist House every success in the opening this week and we’re looking forward to seeing the venue become an integral part of the ever-growing community here at Wellington Place.”