That fabulous restaurant, HOME, is relocating next month from its present premises in Kirkgate to new ones in Brewery Wharf.

I was fortunate enough to have been invited to the launch of HOME in 2017 which was at Harewood House, the restaurant not having been quite completed, and I was amazed by the quality of the food and the ingenuity of its preparation and presentation. I am obviously not the only one as the need has now come for expansion.

I must admit that I was surprised by the original choice, that part of Kirkgate being less than salubrious, but, having spoken with Liz Cottam the Chef Patron, I was sure that she, and her co-founder Mark Owens, had done their homework and were far better informed than I, who isn’t, as to the premises potential. When I later had occasion to visit the restaurant I could see the attraction, it was beautifully decorated and appointed. Time, however, marches on and so it is onwards and upwards.

Liz Cottam indulging in a spot of HOME improvements

The new location for HOME could not be more different, its being in a modern riverside development and having a unique terrace which will be dedicated to special occasions. The kitchen will provide a source of interest as well as food, as it will be located in the centre of the dining area. A new wine room will be the home of the bottles on the enhanced menu.

Stone bass and oyster from the menu at HOME

Liz and Mark have not only been making a huge success of HOME but have opened Owl in Kirkgate Market, which is a superb gastropub. I had the great pleasure of writing an incognito review of it for my other website and attach the link here. https://the-eat-is-on.com/2020/08/05/the-owl-kirkgate-market/ They are also in the process of looking at the creation of an experimental ‘Oyster Loft’ above it.

Another recent venture of theirs is CORA, a contemporary bake house in Boston Spa which also has a dining room and wine cellar where they offer patisserie-based brunches, lunches and afternoon tea, as well as secret eight-course tasting menus on Friday and Saturday evenings. I never was any good at keeping secrets.

Should you wish to make a booking for the Kirkgate site, to either sample it before it closes or bid it farewell, there is still time to do so, please follow this link to HOME’s website https://www.homeleeds.co.uk/

I would like to wish Liz, Mark and everyone concerned with their businesses all the very best for the future, and I can’t wait to see how the next chapter of the story plays out. This is definitely a case of HOME being where the heart is!

Links to Owl and CORA

https://www.theowlleeds.co.uk/. https://www.coraleeds.co.uk/

Feature image Liz Cottam

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