Yard & Coop
Hot on the heels of popular restaurants in Manchester and Liverpool, the Home of Buttermilk Fried Chicken has finally flown into Merrion Street. Boasting a menu packed with legendary mains, mouth-watering sides and the crème de la crème of craft beer and bespoke cocktails, Yard & Coop will take you to Buttermilk chicken heaven and back.
Residing opposite Zaap Thai in the site formerly occupied by Miah’s Kitchen, the foxy 120-cover restaurant boasts a bad boy design as fresh as the chicken itself. The vibe is cool and the playlist is quirky, with an eclectic mix of non-commercial tunes.
Abbie Smith from Novo Design, who undertook the interior design work on the site, told Premier Hospitality: “With two other amazing sites already in the Yard & Coop portfolio, it was really important that we created an equally memorable venue in Leeds, ensuring the vibrant personality of the brand was at the forefront of the design decisions. The building was in pretty bad shape and the initial strip out uncovered layers upon layers of wallpaper and plaster that we have kept as a back drop to the rest of the design. It was really important that the space felt independent and unique and this was a great discovery that has enhanced the scheme and given it real authenticity.
“The pastel colours and worn material pallet act as the backdrop to eclectic, mid century furniture and lighting. The funky artwork, yellow exposed ceiling and pink staircase are all design features representative of the Yard & Coop personality. Intimate corners and nooks situated around the perimeter of the ground floor bar area are perfect for drinks with friends, with the first floor restaurant split into four quirky zones ensuring fantastic atmosphere and ambience no matter what day of the week you fancy ‘Booze, Birds + Beats’.”
At Yard & Coop, all of the chicken is sourced from just one Shropshire farm, where quality and ethics go hand-in-hand. Every single bite of chicken goes from farm to fork in just 48 hours, which includes 24-hour brining process to tenderise the meat.
Secondly, everything is homemade from the sauce to the sides. And no chicken restaurant worth its salt can be without its secret blend of herbs and spices, and Yard & Coop’s meat is coated in no less than 13 key ingredients. Creating such perfection was a lengthy process, which involved testing over 200 different crumb recipes before the perfect crumb was found. Finally, the meat is cooked in pressure fryers, which gives the chicken a hug and helps to retain moisture and flavour. The end result is a food offering so tasty, you’ll want to keep coming back for more.
Yard & Coop was a plan hatched by two friends come business partners, who had a passion for fried chicken and a desire to give this mighty food staple the spotlight it deserves. With a wealth of hospitality experience under their belts, Carl and Laura began creating a brand that put the staff on the same high pedestal as the food customers. The new Leeds venue has created in excess of 30 new jobs.
Co-Founder and Director Carl Morris said before the launch: “Leeds is an amazing city and we’re extremely excited to bring the Home of Buttermilk Fried Chicken to the people of Yorkshire. We’re all about booze, chicken and good times and we can’t wait to meet everyone.”
Abbie added: “The team at Yard & Coop are simply amazing. It has been such a privilege to work along side them to develop this scheme and bring their vibrancy, love of all things chicken and good times to life. We know it will be such a hit.”