The Dockyard, the Steve Pilling-led alehouse concept, is set to launch in Leeds after securing a site in the city’s Merrion Centre.

The concept first opened in Manchester’s Media City in 2014, opening at a second location in the city centre shortly after with a third site set to open in October.

The Merrion Centre site will be The Dockyard’s first outside of Manchester.

The Leeds opening will create 20 new jobs in The Dockyard’s 5,000sq ft location.

Steve Pilling, owner of The Dockyard, said: “Merrion Way at the Merrion Centre was a clear choice for us when looking for our first location in Leeds. The exciting and diverse range of restaurants, shops and offices in addition to its proximity to lots of city centre residential and, of course, the First Direct Arena makes it a great fit for our ‘21st century local pub’ model.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming new customers to The Dockyard to get our expert advice on craft ales and beers and enjoy some top-quality food.”