Banyan announces sudden closure of Ilkley site with heartfelt goodbye message

Very sad news.

“We’ve loved being part of this wonderful community and have made so many friends.”

Ilkley, just a short 30 minute train ride away from Leeds, plays host to a multitude of quaint coffee shops, independent bars and restaurants and beautiful green spaces.

But sadly, popular bar and restaurant chain Banyan has announced it will no longer be operating in the area.

Owned by Arc Inspirations, which has been running since the early 00s, Banyan Ilkley located on Brook Street had remained a staple night out stop for 6 years since it opened in 2017 in the former Wildwood unit.

The exterior of Banyan in Ilkley.
Image: Banyan Ilkley

Banyan Ilkley put out this heartfelt statement on their website to break the news of the closure…

They said: “Banyan Ilkley is now permanently closed. Thank you so much for your custom over the years, we’ve loved being part of this wonderful community and have made so many friends.”

It follows the closure of Banyan’s Horsforth site in April last year which was taken over by Kirkstall Brewery.

Customers of Banyan Ilkley will still be able to grab 2-for-1 cocktails and around-the-world inspired dishes from the other Banyan venues across the city, including City Square, Roundhay and further afield in Harrogate.

Other Arc Inspirations sites include popular ports bar BOX and late-night, New York inspired bar and restaurant Manahatta.

Another popular bar and restaurant chain, Cosy Club, is rumoured to be taking over the site although this hasn’t been fully confirmed.

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