Leeds City Dweller Magazine columnist Zach checks in to The New Conservatory for a relaxing evening out. He indulges in fine food and great music in one of Leeds’ best hidden gems.

The Leeds bar and restaurant scene is always changing. However, The New Conservatory on Albion Place has been a constant in Leeds for a long time. Over the last few years their bar and restaurant has under gone a lot of changes and I couldn’t wait to find out what was in store.

Zach Williamson

Zach Williamson

My plus one for the evening was my mother Lorraine and we couldn’t have picked a better evening to sample the menu, drinks and live entertainment that The New Conservatory had to offer.

It was a Thursday night and after spending the day at a product launch at Trinity Leeds, we made the short walk towards the old stone stairs of The New Conservatory. The location is easily recognisable, with a lovely outside dining area and street level entrance combining with old stone arches and tall pillars to guide you downstairs towards the bar and restaurant.

Upon entry, I instantly felt the history of the venue come alive. With an old school wooden bar, a library area and some quirky decorative gems, such as pictures of what Leeds looked like yesteryear, the decor set a great precedent for my evening.

After being seated in the raised library dining area, which has a perfect view of the whole bar, we started to inspect the menu. With a superb range of food and affordable drinks, it’s no surprise that The New Conservatory is thriving in Leeds.

As soon as we’d decided what to eat, our order was swiftly taken. I chose the BBQ Spare Ribs to start with and then the Chicken Pie to follow up with, while my mum went for the Fried Brie followed by a Caesar Salad.

Most of the dishes on the menu are the classics that have been updated with a modern twist and then cooked to perfection. There is something for everyone on the menu and the varied range of food is a credit to the chef. It’s safe to say, we well and truly polished off our food.

After our food, we started to hear the sounds of guitars being adjusted from the stage area. We’d picked a great night to come; Thursday is The New Conservatory’s open mic night. As a music lover, and a keen musician myself, I couldn’t wait to hear some live music. The New Conservatory

After the closure of many live music spots in Leeds, The New Conservatory is keeping the fire burning as it provides a platform for new artists and gives the customers some top quality entertainment at the same time!

We decided to have another class of fizz and soak up the music before saying our goodbyes and heading home, putting an end to a fantastic evening.

The New Conservatory has something about it that no other eatery, bar or venue has in Leeds. The bar is a one of a kind, combining an old fashioned feel with modern menus, service and entertainment.

If it’s after work drinks, a family meal or a night out your looking for, The New Conservatory caters for everyone. All ages would feel at home here and with screens for sport, a pool table, spacious bar area, great dining and live music each week. It is a credit to Leeds and I will be back very soon for sure.

See you about town!
Zach