Leeds Brewery has opened its fifth pub, after refurbishing and re-opening the White Swan in the centre of the city. The White Swan on Swan Street re-opened after a two-month refurbishment, having been closed for several years. The pub, leased from Leeds City Council, holds 340 covers across a large open room and mezzanine floor, complete with a baby grand piano. As it stands next to the refurbished Leeds City Varieties theatre, direct access to the box office and stalls has been created linking the pub to the theatre for the first time in years. “It is going really well,” said general manager James Wheater. “We haven’t done much promoting or marketing yet but will start to flyer at key times soon. We do open mic nights twice a month and are starting to get introduce some accoustic nights. Food is going really well and is very well received. “Being next to the theatre we get a lot of pre-theatre drinkers and hopefully more trade during intervals as well through our adjoined doors. It will take a bit of time to catch on. “Christmas is incredibly busy for us already and Fridays to Sundays are absolutely packed out. The beginning of the week is a bit slower but it is very inconsistent at the moment.” Meanwhile, the brewery and its flagship site the Midnight Bell, also in the city centre, featured in TV series Jamie’s Great Britain and the accompanying book. Oliver spent a day at the pub and brewery sampling the food and beer.

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