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Take a look around the new Banyan bar and kitchen in Leeds

Owners of Arc, The Box, Kobe, Manhatta and Pit launch new bar and restaurant in Leeds City Square

The company behind a string of popular bars and restaurants across Leeds has added new string to its bow.

Banyan Bar and Kitchen, in City Square, Leeds, was launched on Saturday by Arc Inspirations, who own Headingley haunts Arc, Trio and the Box as well as the town centre's Manhatta and The Pit.

Replacing Loch Fyne in the square's striking Old Post Office building, Banyan is the fourth of its name, with other venues in York, Manchester and Harrogate.

Set over two floors, the stylish bar and restaurant offers an extensive cocktail menu, brunch, Sunday roasts and a varied menu with salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, sharing platters and more.

Private dining and small functions are catered for in The Branch, a cosy dining area offering scenic views of the square.

Al fresco dining is also on offer in the large seating area in the square, known for being a Leeds city centre suntrap.

Arc Inspirations managing directors Martin Wolstencroft and Chris Ure are well established in the city, having opened their first bar, the Arc, in Headingley in 2000.

Martin said: "It's been a massive rollercoaster over the last 15 years.

"I wanted to do something a bit more exclusive with Banyan. It's a very competitive market at the moment, it gives customers better products and better value."

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The name is inspired by the Indian banyan tree, which has roots and branches that spread into the shade, and were historically used as places for people to meet and do business.

Banyan Leeds opened its doors to the public on Saturday, and is open 10am-midnight Monday to Saturday, and 10am-11.30pm on Sunday.

Breakfasts are two for £11.95 every day until 11am, and bottles of Prosecco are £17.95 until 9pm on Fizz Fridays.



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