The Owl reclaims its ‘Kirkgate Market vibes’ with new more accessible menu and family-friendly dining options

The Owl has taken flight for a new chapter in Leeds.

One of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, The Owl, is shaking things up and going back to its roots.

With a revised approach to service and collection of new menus, a brunch service will now be added, as well as a range of more affordable dining options and children will be welcomed into the restaurant for the very first time.

The Owl opened back in 2019 inside Kirkgate Market, as a hidden gastro pub that captured the hearts and attention on a national level before moving to Mustard Wharf in 2022.

The new restaurant is roughly twice the size of its previous market home, including an outdoor terrace, and has allowed more opportunity for diners to taste the outstanding menu options.

The new concept from The Owl will see still specialise in modern British cuisine, crafted using the finest Yorkshire sourced ingredients, and”care has been taken to bring back the accessibility of its Kirkstall Market incarnation, whilst ensuring the new menu is creative enough to satisfy its most discerning customers- as well as appealing to a wider audience”.

The relaxed Michelin guide listed gastropub will hve new opening hours, with a brunch menu served from 11am on weekends.

Expect a classic Full English served to the highest degree with  home cured treacle bacon, rare breed pork sausage, herbie mushrooms, scrambled eggs, butter fried, scrambled eggs, homemade brown sauce and crispy potato terrine.

Other highlights include Duck Waffle with crispy confit duck leg from Levin Farm with a malt waffle, maple and chilli sauce and fried duck egg.

Meanwhile, the lunch and dinner menus have ben revised to introduce a range of small and large plates with different price points.

Led by Co-Founder and Chef Mark Owens, the menu will feature everything from Baked Native Oyster with seasonal garnish, and Buttered Sourdough Crumpet with Whitby crab and apple, to unusual options such as the Beef and Oyster Sausage with onion marmalade and turnip puree. 

And there’s also a roast option served at the end of each week too with an ‘elevated’ menu including braised blade of beef, Rump of Yorkshire lamb and Roasted Roscoff onions.

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Elizabeth Cottam and Mark Owens. / Image: Supplied

Award winning chef and founder Elizabeth Cottam said: “We’re reclaiming our Kirkgate Market vibes with a brand-new menu that is both creative to keep our loyal customers entertained and accessible to allow everyone to spend more time with us enjoying our food. Our opening times are changing too to allow people to enjoy our brightly lit Canalside gastrobar for brunch as well as lunch and dinner.  Also, due to demand, we’re opening brunches and lunches to small children too, a first for us, which offers families that are either out for an autumnal walk down by the canal, for gorgeous sunday lunch, we’re the perfect place to start or finish a big day out.”

You can find all new menus now available at The Owl.

Where to find The Owl: Lockside, Mustard approach, Mustard Wharf, Leeds LS1 4EY

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