New Trading Opportunities @ Kirkgate Market

Leeds’ much loved Kirkgate Market will soon show off the results of a multi-million pound refurb. Recently voted as Britain’s Favourite Market, part of its new development will include a fresh food hall where meat, fish, game and a whole host of other fresh produce will be available in one dedicated area. Its long-standing traders will still be in attendance selling their top quality produce, however there’s an opportunity for the regions speciality food producers to become part of the market and set up shop in one of the food halls spots. It could be an ideal chance for artisan producers to showcase their products to a wider audience, especially with fresh impetus from the much anticipated new opening, as well as the possibility of extra customers from the footfall that the Victoria Gate shopping centre may bring when it opens later this year. The hope is that these new traders will enhance what is already a list full of quality on the market’s roster. 

Leeds City Council is eager to introduce a diverse range of artisan and local businesses, here’s an example of the areas they are most interested in …..

Local organic or farm produce

World food; fresh, speciality, niche, supermarkets

Savouries – pies, homemade/handmade, hot and cold

Eggs, dairy, cheese


Artisan breads/bakery

Sweet things – patisserie, ice cream, handmade chocolates

Drinks – micro brewery, smoothies, shakes, bubble tea, coffee, wine

For any artisan producers/retailers interested in the possibility of being a part of Kirkgate Market, Leeds City Council are hosting two events for those who want to find out more this month:

Monday 15th February, 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Wednesday 17th February, 7.15am – 9.00am

These places are limited so should book early, or you can find out more by contacting them by phone 0113 378 1950 or email


Sunday Lunch @ The Eagle, Hoxton

Sunday morning after an all day session the day before found us sprightly and raring for Sunday lunch somewhere. None of us could really be bothered wandering too far, so The Eagle pub at the end of the road was put forward as an option. Well known in the local area, the Victorian boozer can boast having its name in the Pop Goes The Weasel nursery rhyme, and brings with it old school charm and a rough around the edges feel. 

It wasn’t busy, pretty empty in fact considering it was prime time Sunday lunch, making me think from the off that we may’ve been better going elsewhere. I found their menu a tad confusing; there were Sunday roasts, boards of charcuterie, salads and then a mix of small plates ranging from Poutine, sprats and padron peppers. This initial confusion stopped me in my tracks for a few minutes, and for a while I’d contemplated getting a selection of small plates, but thought better of it and went for a classic fish and chips. 

The aforementioned fish and chips were good; fish came with a light crisp, golden batter, and regardless of my view that chippy chips are the best, these did the job. Even the mushy peas which were more akin to crushed peas were decent, and I don’t even like them normally. Poutine was good – made with compulsory rich and creamy curds, furthermore, they hadn’t drowned the chips in a sea of gravy; always a plus in my book. The roasts themselves looked just ok, but that’s about it really. Whilst the other half heartily tucked into the meat, he gifted me the Yorkshire which I found disappointingly dry and should’ve been a lot better. The veg was just above average, the parsnips in particular looked anaemic, underdone and were hard to cut, the roast potatoes were better and slightly, just slightly made up for them. 


Overall, the place has a homely feel and I was happy with parts of the meal – the poutine and fish and chips were great, but if you’re after a Sunday roast I’m sure there are better places locally. 

The Eagle

2 Shepherdess Walk


Greater London

N1 7LB