Matt Healy has decided on a gastropub for his third eatery in Leeds. The Beehive in Thorner will open on 27 July – and bookings can be made from this week here.
Pub classics are the theme, although not without Matt’s take and signature style – and there are some surprises:
Chargrilled sirloin steak served with triple cooked chips and Béarnaise sauce
The Beehive’s own burger with jamón Ibérico, confit tomatoes, red onion, manchego cheese and lemon mayonnaise Moules marinière
Deep fried brie with onion jam
Chicken Kiev with Caesar salad and Caesar mayonnaise.
Whole baked seabass with pickled ginger, soy and coriander
Moroccan lamb flatbread with harissa yogurt, pickled red cabbage and soft herbs
Pork chop with spicy lentils and bitter leaves, and a vegan superfood salad.
Matt and his team at Seventh Course Ltd are enjoying the success of Matt Healy x The Foundry, in the City’s South Bank area, and Grön Kafe in Oakwood. He’s only too well aware of those who’ve helped realise his hopes: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the support that the people of Leeds have shown us every step of the way. We wouldn’t be able to push forward and see our dreams come to life without their support. We’ve already achieved a lot in a year, and that’s simply because we’re passionate about expanding and enhancing the dining scene in Leeds – whether that’s in suburbs like Thorner and Oakwood or the City Centre.”
Matt added: “We’re proud to take on such a well-known building like The Beehive and we’re looking forward to offering something new for the residents of Thorner, whilst also giving people from further afield even more reasons to explore the area. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to give The Beehive a fresh start with a new concept and a major refurbishment to create a beautiful village pub that people can enjoy with their families and friends. This is an exciting new milestone on our journey and we can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
Matt Healy x The Foundry was named Best City Centre Restaurant at the Oliver Awards, Newcomer of The Year at the Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Wards and the title of Britain’s Best Roast Dinner.
Matt, a native of Horsforth, first gained wide appeal in 2016 when he was runner-up in MasterChef: The Professionals – with two-Michelin-starred judge Marcus Wareing memorably describing one of Matt’s sauces as ‘one of the best he had ever tasted’.
So, Matt Healy – when will you open a restaurant in Horsforth? There’s always room for another one!
All photographs provided by umpf PR. Feature photograph is of Marcus Wareing popping in on Matt Healy + The Foundry.