Revere has opened The Lost & Found Club in Leeds city centre. Mark Ludmon reports
The Lost & Found gave a kick to the cocktail scene in Birmingham when it debuted in 2012. The brand is now seeing a burst of investment from Revere, the premium arm of pub company and brewer Marston’s, with a refurbishment of the original bar, the opening of another in Clifton in Bristol in April and the launch of The Lost & Found Leeds Club in February.
With The Lost & Found established in Leeds’ Greek Street since 2016, the new site in Albion Place sets itself apart with a name that reflects its previous incarnation as The Leeds Club, a private members’ club from 1849 to 2013. Working with design specialist ConcordeBGW, Revere has restored the Grade II-listed 19th-century building, with its high ceilings and intricate cornicing, adding the brand’s signature style of a theatrical botanical hideaway with a Victoriana feel. There are antique brass touches and elegant white Carrera marble with the comfort of high-end plush velvet and leather furniture.
As in the other sites, it features a hidden bar inspired by the travels of a (fictional) botanist – in this case, Benedict Pike, a professor of chemistry. In Jumanji style, ConcordeBGW used planting to make it look like it has become overgrown while he was in South America. Planting is used throughout the venue, contributing to its colonial vibe, including a spectacular tree in the main bar and a climbing rose garden that hides the secret bar’s entrance.
With an “apothecary of flasks and bottles”, the cocktail list aims to be just as wild and wonderful. As in the first-ever bar, the menu is split into “Lost”, which are twists on classics, and “Found”, which are new creations. “Lost” drinks include the Lavender Sour with lavender-infused Absolut vodka, blossom bitters and egg white and the Storm Bronte, with Havana Club 3 Year Old rum, QuiQuiRiQui Matatlan Mezcal Espadin and San Pellegrino blood orange juice.
Among the “Found” cocktails are the Mountain Meadow, with Zubrowka vodka, Briottet Crème de Bergamote, elderflower syrup and apple juice, and the Bay of the Beast with Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Cherry Heering liqueur and amaretto, finished with cranberry juice, blackberries and raspberries. As well as classic and sparkling cocktails, there are signature drinks for each of the “professors” presiding over the group’s five bars (ahead of the sixth opening in Bristol). For Leeds Club, Professor Pike’s tipple combines coffee-infused Maker’s Mark whiskey, Antica Formula Carpano vermouth, xocolatl mole and Aztec chocolate bitters, brown sugar, orange peel and a spray of QuiQuiRiQui Matatlan, all smoked with hickory.
The professor’s travels also influenced the food menu, with flavours from around the world such as squid with Asian coleslaw and sriracha mayonnaise and, from the Josper grill, dishes including 28-day-aged steaks, seafood and a pork tomahawk in a crispy sage and onion crust. Add in afternoon tea and bottomless weekend brunches, and Leeds has found a new destination for cocktails, food and partying.
The Lost & Found Leeds Club, 3 Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6JL
Tel: 0113 493 1061
Behind the scenes
Furniture, bric-à-brac: Concorde Interiors, Revivalist
Carpets: Ege Carpets
Tiles: Original Style
Originally published in the May 2018 print edition of Bar magazine.