Popping up more and more across Leeds are venues, that alongside their own purpose, welcome other businesses to come and collaborate with them.
Behind these venues are creative souls looking to bring together people, their p1assions and interest as one collective community.Endorsing and embracing, supporting other local ventures, giving the people of Leeds a space to just get together.
Introducing the Hyde Park Book Club. Having recently celebrated its second birthday – happy birthday guys – you’ll find HPBC on Headingley Lane, although you might remember this venue as that fancy dress shop between Hyde Park and Headingley.
Now, it’s a place to hang out, read books, drink coffee, appreciate beers, brunch, and be entertained by a variety of art forms.The beauty of this venue, and willingness to share and collaborate, will break down the siloes that different art forms often fall into by providing a public space.
Here you’ll find anything from bands playing their first gigs, to students showcasing their art exhibitions, authors doing book launches, a mathematician hosting a talk, poets reading their work, to DJ’s planning a rave.During the last general election, HPBC also became the home, or office, to the labour party, meanwhile, in another room, Mint Festival was having their very own type of party.
And the best bit being, is that these are just the juicy extras that HPBC offer. At the forefront of the club is their brunch and book club, where you can come in to a relaxed environment, order yourself a brunch and sit and read to your hearts content.
Amongst an impressive selection of literature, you’ll also have the pleasure of coming across their collection of Yorkshire writers such as James Oddy and Clare Fisher. To feed into the ecosystem of writers getting paid to write, the club buys from Yorkshire publishers to help catalyse and promote our literature from the North.
Fisher is more than just an author featured in the Book Club, she pioneers the monthly book club, which is open to all, and the focus is put on literary fiction by authors who are alive and linked to the North.Offering a complete vegetarian friendly menu, you’ll be able to tuck into soups, sarnies, burgers, sweet treats and smoothies. There’s a lot on offer for their intimate kitchen.
Having teamed up with the Veg Butcher, the menu is completely meat free, with the word on the street that their vegetarian meats are the best around.What caught my eye was the Book Club Brunch – avocado, spinach, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and thick slice of toast. Oh yeah. With an extra vegetarian sausage, the brunch was ready to be devoured. And devoured it was.
Light and refreshing, my plate of greens packed a nutritional punch, tasty and pleasing to the eye. The sausage was a great addition to the brunch and was in fact a really tasty vegetarian alternative.Others tucked into the Book Club Breakfast, a veggy-friendly replica of a full English plated with v-sausages, eggs, ‘shrooms and beans and toast, and the Breakfast Bagel which was served with v-sausage, spinach, avo and a fried egg.
We all cooed and ahhhed at each ohers chouice, and there were compliments all round.If a savoury brunch isn’t what you had in mind, and you would rather tuck into something sweet, the menu has plenty to choose from.
Having walked past this venue so many times previously, Hyde Park Book Club is certainly on my radar of places to visit in Leeds. Whether it’s to book’n’brunch, or a night of entertainment and music, it’s one that’s definitely worth a visit.
The Book Club’s event line-up is crammed of goodness, so if you’re interested in seeing what’s coming up, head over to their page.
I would love to know what events you like, or if you’re planning a brunching visit any time soon?
Lots of love,