North Brewing Co to open its first city centre taproom

By Nikkie Sutton

- Last updated on GMT

Official recognition: North Brewing Co and its pub arm North Bar have received many accolades recently
Official recognition: North Brewing Co and its pub arm North Bar have received many accolades recently
Award-winning business North Brewing Co will be opening its first city centre taproom in its hometown of Leeds this winter (November).

The new venue, which will be called North Brewing Co taproom, will be on the corner of Swinegate and Sovereign Street, just a five-minute walk from Leeds train station.

It will aim to showcases the best from North Brewing Co alongside other British and international craft beers.

The 12,000sq ft site will also include a food option, in the shape of street food business Little Bao Boy.

North Brewing Co, the brewery arm of multiple operator North Bar, which won Best Beer Pub at this year’s John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards, has doubled its capacity and is focusing on getting its beer to more people nationally and across the globe.

North Brewing Co Taproom will be open seven days a week, offering freshly brewed Darkwood’s Coffee and breakfast bao (Chinese steamed bread roll with meat or veggie filling).

Plenty of choice

Drinkers will have 24 taps to choose from alongside a range of gin and tonics, wines and cocktails. The fridges will also be stocked with the most recent collaborations and classic beers to drink in or take away at a discounted price.

The taproom will also be the first to launch the latest new brews from North Brewing Co, packaged just the day before and will host monthly tap takeovers from fellow craft breweries.

The Morning Advertiser ​first reported that North Brewing Co would be opening a taproom in Leeds​ earlier this year (March).

Co-founder and director of North Brewing Co John Gyngell said he hoped the Leeds city centre venue was the first of a few North Brewing taprooms.

He also touched on the possibility of opening North Bar venues outside of Leeds and said the company was looking at York and Bradford.

Gyngell said: “We cannot wait to have a North Brewing Co taproom open seven days a week.

“Our opening hours at our current brewery tap (in Sheepscar, Leeds) are restricted by it being a working brewery so this new space gives us a real scope to introduce new people to our beers.”

Taproom food

When it comes to the taproom’s food offering, Asian street food vendor Little Bao Boy serves fresh food with a western and contemporary twist.

Little Bao Boy founder and director Jamie Ooi said: “Working with North Brewing Co in its new city centre taproom is a fantastic opportunity for us.

“They have championed us from day one, inviting us to trade at their Eat North street food fair, hold pop-ups in their bar and catering private functions at the brewery. Our baos are freshly steamed, home-made fluffy buns, filled with a variety of savoury and sweet flavours.

“Having a full-time outlet is going to give us the space to develop new dishes and we can’t wait to get cooking with some North Brewing Co beers.”

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