COVID-19 in Leeds: Coming together to support small businesses

by Meg Fairgray

The city of Leeds, like a lot of others, is made up of so many wonderful indie restaurants and bars. The situation right now has made it a lot harder for some of these places to continue with ‘business as usual’, which means we are seeing temporary closures everywhere.

  • We wanted to share some of our favourite Leeds businesses who are doing some great things amid the chaos. And maybe encourage some of you lot to support them throughout this time.

  • Doh’hut
    A brand new and already loved doughnut spot and cafe that opened its doors on the 6th January. With it quickly becoming a place for Leeds locals to drop in on their lunch (and then for their second, maybe third doughnut of the day) it would be sad to see this cafe close their doors.
    Their plan for this time is to deliver packages of deli food. Think, fruit, vegetables. doughnuts and even pasta and meats that come from small, local businesses as well!

    Photo credit: Doh’hut Instagram

  • Brudenell Social Club
    Without argument, the best place for live music in Leeds, it’s the Brudenell Social Club. While the ‘live music’ bit isn’t possible right now, gaffer Nath is still delivering much-needed inspiration via Spotify playlists of the best music around. You can still support through buying merch online, sharing the love and standing by your favourite indie venue.

  • IF Up North
    A personal favourite for a few us here at Thompson, with some of the best vegan treats and iced lattes around. Even though they have TEMPORARILY closed their doors, they have put a system in place that we love. If you follow their link you can buy yourself or a friend a coffee, cake or sandwich and then once this is all over, you can come and claim them! With an added free hug or a fist bump with your purchase to celebrate everything being back to normal.

    Photo credit If Up North Instagram

  • East Village
    A little speakeasy and cocktail spot in the middle of Hyde Park. A hidden gem if you’re not from the area, but it holds an important place in the hearts of all the Hyde Parkers. To satisfy the need of good tasting and original cocktails, they are creating a system to have them delivered straight to your door while you’re housebound.
    Coming soon…

  • 42nd East Bake House
    This bakery does more than your standard cookies or brownies. Think melt in your mouth Kinder Bueno cookies, an easter egg filled with cookie dough, and a brownie so big it covers your entire face. These treats are perfect for any lockdown and they deliver all over the UK. Maybe your grandparents down south need a boost or maybe you just want to treat yourself? Either way, don’t forget about this hidden treat factory while you’re at home.

  • Hyde Park Book Club
    This place has been serving up coffee and beer to students and Leeds locals alike for many years now. It is truly a holy grail spot for the residents of Hyde Park. Their reaction to the situation at the moment was to first support other Leeds venues and their staff by offering free food to hospitality workers who have lost their jobs in the past few weeks. And now they continue to spread some love by delivering beer, books and flowers throughout this time.

    Photo credit Hyde Park Book Club Facebook page

  • Pizza Loco
    This spot is an absolute Thompson staple for team lunch and office birthdays, serving up some of the best stone oven pizzas around. They have been closed but now they reopen today, ready to share their brand new delivery menu and service with their Oakwood locals and Leeds residents near and far.

  • If you can’t use these delivery services, don’t worry! A lot of your local and favourite lunch spots are offering merch, vouchers and other systems to ensure business keeps moving. And to keep the lovers of our indie scene, stocked with their dreamy food and drink!

    Leeds Indie Food have created an amazing site that shares all the spots in Leeds with updates on whether they are temporarily closed or open for deliveries.

    Give this post a share, along with telling us your favourite place and how we can help support them!

Hide comments >
comments powered by Disqus