The new Trinity Leeds shopping centre will feature two spectacular new restaurants from venerable British restaurateurs D&D London and the designers at Conran and Partners.
The 144-cover Crafthouse will occupy the fifth floor of the complex next to the 18th-century Holy Trinity church. Its interior will pay homage to Leeds’ proud history in the textile industry, with space dividers inspired by wool looms and ceiling rafts reminiscent of fabric reams.
An open kitchen will face onto the restaurant’s dark oak interior. Specially-commissioned local artwork will feature in the lift leading up from the churchyard. Crafthouse will serve modern British food made with quality Yorkshire produce.
Meanwhile Angelica, a ‘grand café’ comprising an informal restaurant and cocktail bar on the sixth floor, will be a brighter, more open space, with a central pewter bar and light oak flooring. Its overall feel is inspired by the all-weather garden terrace that wraps around the space. The garden features lush planting designed by Nicola Lesbirel, and commands impressive views of the city and Trinity church.
Tina Norden, Associate Director at Conran and Partners, described the design concept: “We wanted our design to reflect Leeds’ past and present – both its great industrial heritage, and its status as one of the most vibrant, metropolitan cities in Europe.
“In Crafthouse, we’ve used a palette of heavy materials – oak, marble, dark leather, black ceramics and patinated zinc – to create an industrial feel. Room dividers inspired by looms nod to Leeds’ central role in the textile industry. This contrasts with Angelica, a less formal space, decorated in a palette of natural colours, chrome and light wood, and with a landscaped garden terrace sweeping around the outside.
“Leeds is a major creative hub, and we’re working with local artists and a local brand design agency to bring Crafthouse and Angelica to life.”
Both restaurants will open in late March, alongside the rest of the £350m, Land Securities-developed Trinity Leeds complex.