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An eggcellent addition - Sid’s Little Egg indie bar launches

21 September 2015
An eggcellent addition - Sid’s Little Egg indie bar launches
Having launched on Friday with craft beer on tap and a fully stocked gin bar, Sid’s Little Egg is pouring everyone’s two favourite tipples - merging two concepts together to create a classy but chilled out bar. Located on Bridge End, opposite The Adelphi, the exterior has a quaint appeal, painted egg shell blue with the name of bar in gold, bespoke lettering over the entrance. Owners Sheldon and George first met eight years ago working in the bar scene and since then have both lived in Grand Canaria where they took inspiration for their fruity gin bar. This year they decided it was finally time to take things into their own hands and begin working for themselves - and so the idea for Sid’s Little Egg was born. The curious name of the bar/cafe is influenced by George and Sheldon’s respective nicknames (I’ll leave that to your imagination but think ovoid head and Ice Age) and the whole place, including its décor, has a quirky and fun vibe to it.

Sid's Little Egg launch - Article 2 Photography by Mark Wheelwright

The gin-based offering at the bar is particularly enticing for those who love to sip on quality G&T’s with a difference. All the gins on the menu are served with the all natural Fevertree light tonic and are decanted double as standard. The gin bar includes over eight different gins (including Beefeater, Tanqueray Rangpur and Bulldog) which are all ingeniously paired with various fruits, berries and spices to compliment the gin’s particular taste and flavour. The presentation of these drinks makes them feel a bit more special than your average G&T . Served in huge, goblet-like wine glasses, filled with vibrant fruits and infused with spices including grapefruit, raspberries, orange, liquorice and cinnamon, these drinks have a biting freshness that could quench even the driest thirst.

Their extensive craft beer listing is also impressive with brews from various local breweries as well as more foreign additions. Suppliers include home-grown favourites Northern Monk, Magic Rock and Bad Seed brewing, with the Ilkley brewery’s rhubarb infused ‘Siberia’ saison and chocolate, chipotle stout ‘The Mayan’ also making an appearance. Pale ales and a German Pilsner are also available - proving Sid’s Little Egg is making a play for the hearts of Leeds’ craft beer-loving crowds.

Sid's Little Egg launch - Article 1 Photography by Mark Wheelwright

Sid’s Little Egg is a welcomed addition to the Leeds indie scene. The guys here really want to make a community space where they get to know you, and what you like to drink, while you relax in a laid back and unpretentious setting. It would be quite easy to make this your new local as its setting, just outside the well-trodden central streets, makes it a lot less hectic than similar city venues. The team behind the bar are both friendly and knowledgeable about the products they serve, making you feel both comfortable and well cared for. Plus, food service will begin in the next week with tasty treat makers Caribbean Café (of Leeds Market fame) moving into the kitchen.

Find the bar/cafe on Twitter at @sidslittleegg

Becky Peartree is our resident food writer and is in her final year at Leeds University where she studies English Literature.