There’s many people in Leeds counting down the days until the pubs and bars reopen on Saturday, July 4 but not every venue will be back in business on that date.
The easing of coronavirus lockdown measures and the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants is seen as an essential boost to the hospitality sector. While, it is certainly likely to satisfy many of you out there absolutely gagging for a pint also.
We’ve already given you a taste of what to expect, with regards to social distancing measures at bars and restaurants in Leeds when they reopen.
Now, we’re turning our attention to those establishments in the city not reopening on July 4, the reasons why and when you can expect to visit again.
First up, The Griffin, in Boar Lane, will be back in business from Monday, July 6. This is because chain Greene King won’t be starting to reopen their boozers until that date.
Greene King plans to run a phased reopening of its 1,700 branches, with 1,294 – over two thirds of its portfolio – opening on that date. So, it is worth noting before you plan to visit any other Leeds Greene King venues.
A post on The Griffin’s Facebook page states: “We have been working really hard to make sure that you can enjoy the pub safely when we reopen and we will be encouraging you to make a booking before you visit.”
This is true of many pubs, bars and restaurants in Leeds as part of their Covid-19 prevention measures. So, it is worth checking if any of your favourite venues require a booking before visiting.
At this moment, The Pack Horse, in Briggate, hasn’t announced the date it will be open again. A post on their Facebook page states: “We won’t be joining some openings on July 4, sadly.
“As much as we are missing you all and our team is chomping at the bit to get going again, we still have some time to go yet. When we do open we will be welcoming you all back with open arms.”
We’ll keep you posted when we find out more about the Pack Horse’s return.
Ossett Brewery & SALT Beer Factory will be overseeing a phased return of their venues. The first of their reopenings will be on Saturday, July 4 with Yorkshire venues The Fox in York, Ossett Brewery Taproom, in Ossett, and Salt Bar & Kitchen, in Saltaire back on that date.
Leeds venue Archie’s Bar & Kitchen in Granary Wharf and three others across Yorkshire will be back on Thursday, July 9. Other reopening will then subsequently follow in July.
A post on Ossett Brewery & SALT Beer Factory’s Facebook page states: “We will plan to open the remainder of our sites over the next couple of weeks putting into practice what we have learned from our early openings.
“We couldn’t be more excited to open up our doors again and finally welcome back our loyal and thirsty customers.”
Revolucion de Cuba appears to be unlikely to open in Leeds on that first weekend. The national chain has said it was only opening its Manchester and Derby bars initially, and that won’t be until Monday, July 6. That’s a similar story for revolution too.
It is an interesting situation for a lot of bars that become clubs later in the evenings. Most of these on Merrion Street will be back from Saturday, July 4 but then, for instance, somewhere like The Domino Club, based in The Grand Arcade, will be closed for the foreseeable.
A post on their Facebook page states: “Unfortunately, as we are a club, and a live music venue, we are not allowed to open yet.
“We’re doing our best to have this reviewed. We won’t open without our live music, so bear with us, and you’ll be the first to hear any new once it comes in.”
You’ll be able to keep up with all the latest news about the return of pubs, bars and restaurants in Leeds by visiting our Best in Leeds homepage. We’d also reiterate that your return to your favourite haunt will likely be different because of the social distancing measures put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
We’ll continue to bring you news of how the hospitality sector in Leeds continues to get back to some degree of normality.