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New owners at Holbeck Urban Village’s Engine House

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The Grade II listed Engine House, part of Igloo’s Holbeck Urban Village development, is under new ownership; adding a café and patisserie to the wealth of established independent restaurants and bars in the area.

The new offering is the brainchild of head chef Marcos Silva, 43, originally from Brazil who has more than 20 years’ experience working as a chef in a number of high profile restaurants and his business partner and pastry chef, Evelyn Ferguson, 29.

Establishments Marcos previously worked in included The Victory Service Club in Marble Arch and Le Cafe du Marche in Barbican. Evelyn moved to the UK in 2013, having trained at the renowned Chefs Training & Innovation Academy in South Africa. 

The two met whilst working at French-themed tea room, Le Chalet, in Leeds, and decided the time was right in both of their careers to take the next step and launch their own business.

The new Engine House Café menus offer a range of breakfast and lunch delicacies, from freshly baked pastries and desserts made on site every morning, to light bites and more substantial hot lunches.

Marcos said: “It’s the first time there’s ever been a patisserie here and this – teamed with the rich fusion of flavours and dishes on our lunch and breakfast menus brings something new to the area.

“This corner of the city is home to hundreds of workers and residents, meaning we have a constant flow of customers right on our doorstep.”

“Having worked in the restaurant scene in the Leeds, we were already aware of some of the other fantastic independents located here – from long-established David Street Café, to some of the city’s most renowned eateries including the Foundry Wine Bar and the Cross Keys – and we’re delighted to be a part of this fabulous culinary culture which has made this place a foodie hotspot in the city.”

The Engine House Café and Patisserie is the latest incarnation of the historical building which, alongside the Round Foundry and Marshall’s Mill developments, once played a pivotal role in the history of Leeds, as engineer Matthew Murray helped create one of the world’s first specialist engineering foundries.

Honor Massarella, director at Igloo, said: “We originally encouraged Leeds’s independent food and drink sector to take root in Holbeck Urban Village when we took over as landlord of the development in 2003.

“The eateries and watering holes now offer a relaxed, inspiring escape from the mediocrity of many metropolitan business districts, and we welcome Marcos and Evelyn as a fabulous new foodie addition to the area.”

Engine House - Marcos Silva and Evelyn Ferguson  Credit Roger Moody
Marcos Silva and Evelyn Ferguson. Picture by Roger Moody

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