The new craft beer hub and independent street food experience Assembly Underground has just opened on Great George Street in Leeds, following a £2.5m investment by partners Nick Gregory and Richard Sweet. Located in the basement space of iconic, Grade II-listed former Leeds School Board building, the venue brings together a line-up of award-winning local street food vendors and craft ale purveyor Vocation Brewery, supported by a rolling programme of live events.
Vocation Brewery’s tap room offers a mighty selection of local, national and international craft beers, as well as ciders and a cracking choice of wines. Then there is the hugely popular ‘Staff Room’ speakeasy bar, which really comes into its own in the evenings.
This elegant space has been furnished almost exclusively by local contract furniture supplier Andy Thornton. We supplied the quality mahogany front and back bar that complements the industrial pared-back interior, with its exposed brickwork, concrete flooring and surface-mounted plumbing. Along the bar sit our popular Repton bar stools, in sumptuous button-back peacock leather.
In the lounge area, button-backed brown leather upholstered Chesterfields from Andy Thornton have been used in the window bays surrounded by Victorian tub chairs and traditional coffee tables. We supplied pub tables and lounge chairs as well as high poseur table and bar stools. We also provided three of our large Empire crystal chandeliers to add a touch of decadence, together with ornate gilt mirrors for the brick walls.
The diverse food offering covers just about every taste, with Slap & Pickle burgers and loaded fries, Brazilian grills by Bread & Butter Currasco BBQ, Pizza Authorities authentic Neapolitan pizzas, Middle Eastern wraps by Falafel Guys and Punjabi street food from Jan Jyot. There’s even an indie coffee shop by Underground Coffee, which does a roaring trade right through the day, from an early 8.00 am breakfast start.
With its legacy location, a beer for every taste bud and a grounding in the tried and tested craft beer/street food concept we’ve come to know and love, Assembly Underground is performing well above expectations.