New indie restaurant Bird and Beast joins Leeds’ dining scene

An innovative, brand-new restaurant concept – which proudly places premium local chicken centre stage on its menu – aims to rule the roost in Leeds’ dynamic dining scene.

Located in the heart of Leeds City Centre on Central Road, ‘Bird and Beast’ has been launched this week by top Yorkshire chef, Simon Shaw, chef/proprietor of the award-winning “El Gato Negro” restaurant in Ripponden, West Yorkshire creating 20 local hospitality jobs.

Focusing on delivering excellent quality food at superb prices to Leeds diners, the stylish 4,000 Square Foot independent restaurant marks the chef’s welcome return to Leeds.

Simon who has over 35 years’ experience in the catering industry was executive chef at Harvey Nichols Leeds before relocating to London to become head chef at their prestigious Fifth Floor restaurant in Knightsbridge.

He returned north to establish the acclaimed “El Gato Negro”, which was recently awarded one of only three prestigious Michelin “Bib Gourmand” in the whole of Yorkshire.

All Bird and Beast’s produce is supplied by Sykes House Farms, in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, where they raise the finest free-range chicken to exacting standards.

The hip restaurant with open rotisserie kitchen caters for up to 100 diners also includes a private dining room which seats 18.

Bird and Beast’s Yorkshire-born creative director Simon Shaw said:

“I’m delighted to be opening a new restaurant in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

“‘Bird and Beast’ is a wonderfully simple concept where we aim to deliver simply wonderful chicken to Leeds diners.

“We’ve taken the popular British staple of chicken and chips and elevated it to the next level.

Its high quality flavour without any fuss – we cater for everyone and since opening the feedback from Leeds diners has been fantastic.

“It’s in a great location in the heart bar scene, just a stone’s throw away from popular Call Lane and bars such as The Maven and Outlaw’s Yacht Club.

“We’ve just started work on adding our own signature to this buzzing Leeds scene with our own adjoining bar, ‘Bird and Beats’ set to launch this Autumn.”

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