Press Statement: New Store Based In Leeds City Centre

The Yorkshire Deli is opening their second delicatessen & restaurant in Leeds City Centre at the buzzing Victoria Gate, part of the Victoria Leeds estate development. 

Leeds, July 2020 – Wakefield based delicatessen and restaurant, The Yorkshire Deli are opening their second premises in the heart of Leeds city centre in the modern focus point of the Victoria Gate Development, part of the Victoria Leeds estate development this Saturday, July 4th to a soft launch. 

Amidst all the recent news, the Yorkshire Deli is not only going to be opening its second store but also hiring staff to fulfill a wide range of roles that include front of house teams as well as kitchen staff, bringing their unique take on European al fresco style dining as well as  a taste of the authentic Yorkshire food experience. 

Since their arrival on the food & drink scene in 2018, business owners Alex Lawlor & Christian Lawlor have turned their popular deli into a go-to for locals and it was recently recognised by The Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards just months after opening.  

The Yorkshire Deli, known mainly for its delicatessen offering, vibrant atmosphere and its popular take on traditional home bakes promises to bring something new and exciting to the Victoria Gate development when the store opens this weekend.  


“We’ve been working non-stop for the last couple of years to make something like the Victoria Gate development a reality for us as a business. We will stand as a true, family independent business next to some of the most recognised names on the high street.We look forward to the challenge and to welcome people to our store which really is about the true Yorkshire spirit and great food that comes with it.” said Alex Lawlor, co-owner of The Yorkshire Deli. “Not only will we bring elements of what has made The Yorkshire Deli so popular in Wakefield to our Leeds store, but we will have an array of new things to bring as well. Starting with a restaurant offering that will champion great quality local produce as well as some creative new offerings!”

The team at the Victoria Gate store will be headed up with some experienced staff including the new Operations Manager, Dean Castle. Dean was the restaurant and bar manager at Harvey Nichols (Leeds) for 7 years and opened the multiple award-winning Black Hat gastro pub in Ilkley. “It’s fantastic to be back in Leeds and working with people like Alex and Christian who are passionate about the food and drink industry. Independent businesses are able to work more effectively with our customers and we want to ensure that we produce not only amazing food but also do our bit to make it a safe and pleasant place to eat as well!” 

The Yorkshire Deli Victoria Gate development has two floors and will be operating a takeout service and open air eating areas in the main foyer whilst restrictions remain in place. 

“When we started the deli in 2018, we wanted to showcase the best of Yorkshire produce and provide a place where everyone could come for a lite bite to something more substantial.” Said Christian Lawlor, co-owner of the Yorkshire Catering Company. “Moving to Leeds city centre in the heart of this magnificent development gives us an opportunity to show what an independent family run business can do alongside high street names that we have come to admire over the years. We know it will be hard work but we also know that our team provides something very different, and we look forward to serving our famous home bakes and putting Yorkshire into the forefront of what our business is all about.” 

Furhter Information

  • The Yorkshire Deli was established in 2018, Wakefield. 
  • The Yorkshire Deli Leeds will bring between 20 – 25 new jobs to the centre. 
  • The Yorkshire Deli is the sister company to The Yorkshire Catering Company which has contracts with some of Yorkshire’s largest employers including, Leeds Building Society, Hunters Safety Solutions,  Metropolitan Police Training, South Yorkshire police, The NHS, HS2, Hunters Safety Resolutions Estate Agents and Bosch Industrial systems. 
  • The Victoria Gate Development will be headed up by Operations Manager, Dean Castle with 7 years experience at Harvey Nichols and establishing the award winning Black Hat pub in Ilkley.

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