Yard and Coop Set To Ruffle Feathers In Leeds
Yard & Coop, Leeds – New Chicken Restaurant In The City
by Steve Crabtree – @stevecrab
Leeds may be a northern powerhouse when it comes to dining out. But a truly great chicken restaurant has so far passed it by…
Hello Yard & Coop, we’ve been expecting you.
Hot on the heels of popular restaurants in Manchester and Liverpool, the Home of Buttermilk Fried Chicken is finally flying into Merrion Street. Boasting a menu packed with legendary mains, mouth-watering sides and the crème de la crème of craft beer and bespoke cocktails, Yard & Coop will take you to buttermilk chicken heaven and back. Colonel who?
Residing opposite Zaap Thai, the foxy 120-cover restaurant will boast a bad boy design as fresh as the chicken itself. The vibe will be cool. And the playlist will be quirky, with an eclectic mix of non-commercial tunes.
Lord of the wings
The Yard & Coop menu is extensive. And it truly takes the versatility of fried chicken to new levels. The build your feast menu allows you to choose your cut of meat and your sauce. There’s also the option to pimp you fries. Toppings range from homemade chicken gravy to cheese and chip shop curry sauce.
Everything is homemade from the sauces to the sides. And no chicken restaurant worth its salt can be without its secret blend of herbs and spices, and Yard & Coop’s meat is coated in no less than 13 key ingredients.
Things get creative over at the Large Plates section. Go Winner Winner with chicken breast, buttery mash, Yorkshire pud and gravy. Or feast on the Coop Kebab, which serves up buttermilk thighs on a naan bread with salad, minty buttermilk and kebab sauce.
Burger lovers will be left completely in awe and no doubt satisfied when they catch sight of the Massive Cock. Not for the faint of heart, this gargantuan mega-burger. Now on its fourth version, and measuring nearly a foot high it consists of both buttermilk fried breasts and thigh, deep fried delights, fresh toppings and lashings of sauce. Definitely one for those who like a challenge (and a giggle when they order).
“All Of The Rums And Gins”
Feasting on chicken can be thirsty work, and Yard & Coop have got all bases covered when it comes to finding your favourite poison. The cocktail menu boasts no less than 13 bespoke concoctions, which take classic tipples to new creative heights.
What’s Golden is a rum lovers dream, and blends Wray and Nephew, Mount Gay and Sailor Jerry with lime, pineapple, orange and passionfruit to create an explosive pour designed to knock your socks off. And, because everything tastes better with bacon, the Bacon Bour-Bon Jovi gives the classic Old Fashioned a porky twist that’s hard to resist.
The Gin Gin Gin menu features no less than 6 creations that put mother’s ruin into the spotlight. And beer boys (and chicks) have also got plenty to go at. Yard Pilsner, Paulaner Munich Helles Lager and Flip the Bird IPA on draught. And close to 20 bottled beers that includes Beaver Town, Delirium Tremens and Lindeman’s Kriek Cherry Beer.
Non-drinkers can choose from a selection of house pop and freshly made Luxury Shakes. Be sure to try the show-stopping Popcorn, Nutella, Oreo and Bounty flavours.
Yard & Coop was a plan hatched by two friends come business partners, who had a passion for fried chicken and a desire to give this mighty food staple the spotlight it deserves. With a wealth of hospitality experience under their belts, Carl and Laura began crafting a brand that put the staff on the same high pedestal as the food and customers. The new Leeds venue will create in excess of 30 new jobs.
Co-Founder and Director Carl Morris had this to said ahead of the launch: “Leeds is an amazing city and were extremely excited to bring the Home of Buttermilk Fried Chicken to the people of Yorkshire. We’re all about booze, chicken, good times and we can’t wait to meet everyone.’’