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Leeds Institution Restaurant Bar & Grill (RBG) has long provided an impressive setting to enjoy food and drink in the heart of the city. Its prime location in the historic Old Post Office building opposite the city’s bustling train station makes it perfect for entertaining clients or indulging in post-work drinks with friends.

On the 20th of August, the iconic venue is set to return bigger, better, and bolder, having undergone a complete makeover to date. The £2 million revamp to the interior, terrace and kitchen will see RBG completely transformed into a space that’s not just visually stunning but designed to entertain.

The grand new entrance offers visitors an impressive first impression of the makeover and a taste of things to come. The project itself has accrued over 10,000 hours of labour and involved an unprecedented number of raw materials.

Space and light

No less than 16.5 tonnes of fine Italian marble were imported to create the ornate marble floor, which is perfectly complemented by two slabs of honey onyx marble used to sculpt the feature bar.

Three tonnes of solid deep walnut were used to create the wooden panelling throughout the restaurant, whilst the beautiful olive-green leather banquettes were created using 160 premium leather hydes. The new open-plan layout has created more space and light within the venue, which is peppered with wishbone lighting throughout.

Inspired by the grandeur of internationally renowned spaces such as New York’s Grand Central Station, the relaunched RBG will provide an ever-more impressive setting to enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner, as well as being the perfect space to host private events.

To make full use of the venue's wealth of new features, RBG will be able to host a diverse selection of events unlike anything else offered in the city. Amazing steaks, innovative cocktails, and flawless service set the perfect tone for all occasions.

The Butchers Table

RBG has always had a reputation for commitment to quality when it comes to cooking, however, the installation of an esteemed Southbend Steakhouse Grill will allow the brand to take its steak offering to the next level. The Southbend Grill is synonymous with perfection when it comes to grilling steaks, with unparalleled evenness of cooking every time.

RBG has also prioritised its focus on ageing, sourcing, and cutting its steaks to perfection. Relationships with suppliers across the British Isles, Australia, and Argentina ensure they serve up steaks from a selection of fantastic breeds such as the Belted Galloway and the Black Angus, and a 35-day dry-ageing process ensures that depth of flavour is locked in.

Beyond steaks, the relaunched RBG is about classic and seasonally inspired British cooking. But if you want to invest in an even more special experience, RBG will be offering ‘‘The Butcher’s Table’, which is the ultimate event for steak lovers.

Aimed at groups of 6-8, the experience will be centred around the prime cuts of beef cooked on the Southbend Grill and offers two set menus, with prices starting at £60pp. You will be in the hands of a dedicated server for the evening, ensuring each group enjoys maximum interaction with the Head Chef. The Butchers Table can be tailored to meet the needs of guests, with additional extras such as wine flight packages available. It is guaranteed to be an experience to remember.

Vibrant Al Fresco drinking and dining

This year’s renovations will also see one of RBG’s biggest assets - the city’s largest and most vibrant Al fresco dining and drinking areas - revamped too. Sprawling out into City Square, it’s the place to see and be seen during Leeds’ sunny summer months.

Weekend entertainment has also been updated to include DJs from 6 pm till late on Friday and Saturday evening to keep the party going. An all-new bottomless brunch will be coming to the city on re-opening.

Andrew Garton, CEO at Restaurant Bar & Grill said:

‘’I am delighted to be opening our doors once again, following the refurbishment. We’ve had an over whelming response since we announced the redesign with bookings flying in. Leeds has quickly become the flagship of our Restaurant Bar and Grill restaurants, and we can’t wait to welcome guests back this month, especially with our new roster of entertainment and events bringing at touch of theatre to guests dining experience.”

A mouth-watering new street food line-up has arrived at Trinity Kitchen, where hungry shoppers can tuck into a delicious range of dishes from Alley Cats Leeds, The Cheesy Chip Shop, Luigi Street Food, Dog Almighty and Yoi Fried Chicken.

The five new arrivals are now available to try at Trinity Kitchen for the next eight weeks, setting up shop within a converted VW Camper Van, a Citroen H van, a horse trailer, shipping container, and a J7 van.

If you’re after big, bold American flavours, Alley Cats Leeds is for you – serving up American-inspired burgers, fries and sides.

Meanwhile, cheese fans can get their fix at the Cheesy Chip Shop. Brought to you by the team behind the Cheesy Living Co. deli in Leeds city centre, the menu includes an array of sauces, cheese and toppings, from Buffalo sauce and blue cheese to curry sauce, gouda and mango chutney. Or opt for the ‘truffle carbonara fries’ with Parmesan, Pecorino, pancetta and truffle. If that’s not enough to satisfy the biggest cheese fans, top it off with some sides including mac ‘n’ cheese bites, jalapeño poppers and halloumi fries.

Back after popular demand, Luigi Street Food Italiano is returning with its famous fried, folded calzone-style pizzas with a range of fillings, as well as cheese and tomato fried risotto balls.

Dog Almighty is also returning, dishing up a selection of artisan hot dogs and vegan dogs, all handmade in Yorkshire and loaded with a variety of homemade and home-smoked toppings and dirty fries.

Pan-Asian-inspired Yoi Fried Chicken is serving up fiery flavours with chicken baos and burgers, topped with delicious sauces such as their creamy peanut satay and Katsu curry mayo.

Josie Towning, Food and Beverage Manager at Trinity Leeds, said: “Trinity Kitchen has a fantastic mix of street food vendors, from firm favourites to brand new ventures, ensuring there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a cheese fix or an all-American lunch, we’ve got you covered this summer at Trinity Kitchen.”

The new street food vendors are trading alongside permanent eateries including Archie’s, Pho, Rola Wala, Tortilla, Pizzaluxe and Doner Shack.

Six by Nico opens its first Yorkshire restaurant on Monday 3rd July.

Six by Nico, the pioneering restaurant group renowned for its ever-evolving menu concept, is officially opening the doors to its new Leeds venue on Monday 3 July.

With over 5,000 bookings already, it’s safe to say the latest addition to Leeds’ restaurant scene has piqued the interest of foodies across Yorkshire.

Now, with only a few days to go until the grand opening, we take a look inside the eagerly-awaited restaurant.

The new restaurant is located within a beautiful Grade II listed building, at 9 East Parade, and can seat up to 72 guests. Founded by chef Nico Simeone,

Six by Nico offers diners a delicious and affordable six-course tasting menu, with the added bonus of delicious wine pairings to match.

The Leeds venue, which is the first in Yorkshire, features the second largest kitchen pass of all of Six by Nico’s restaurants – offering diners a glimpse into the intricate food preparations.

The restaurant will also feature an onsite bar, with a full bar gantry, cocktail and wine service – serving trademark drinks such as Nico’s Three Aged Cocktails.

The Leeds venue is only the third restaurant across the Six by Nico group to have a bar within the restaurant.

The tasting menu rotates every six weeks, each inspired by a different theme, destination or concept to keep customers on their toes and the offering fresh and exciting all year round.

The inaugural menu at the Leeds restaurant will be Six by Nico’s iconic menu, The Chippie– a fun and unexpected twist on chip shop classics, with courses such as Chips & Cheese, Scampi, Steak Pie, Fish Supper, Smoked Sausage, and Deep Fried Mars Bar.

The six-course tasting menu is priced at £39 per person, with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine pairing for an additional £30.

Diners can also opt to add on themed snacks at £7.50 per person, and an aperitif at £8.50 per person, for the ultimate tasting experience.

Six by Nico accommodates all dietary needs by providing a full vegetarian menu for each new menu concept. Customers can even switch courses from the meat menu to the vegetarian one if they prefer. Other diets and allergens can also be accommodated upon request, ensuring that no one is left out.

Bookings can now be made on the Six by Nico website. Follow @sixbynicoleeds on Instagram for all the latest updates!

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