A pub is to open inside Leeds Kirkgate Market for the first time in its 150 year history.

Great beer and good food will be on the menu when a new gastro pub opens inside Leeds Kirkgate Market this autumn.

The Owl will be located on Fish & Game Row in the oldest part of the ornate market building which dates back to 1875.

It represents a first in the 150-year-old history of Europe’s biggest covered market – a pub inside the market’s walls.

Northern Monk will be stocking the beer lines for The Owl – a 44-seater taproom and dining room, masterminded by HOME fine dining stars Liz Cottam and Mark Owens.

Wisdom will be the house beer  – a new beer brewed especially by Northern Monk for the Owl.

Wisdom is a five per cent Pale Ale, with a flavour profile based around the fragrant herb, lemon verbena. Developed in conjunction with Cottam, the beer is described as food friendly.

Wisdom will sit alongside five other beer lines, which will be complemented, rather unusually, by a number of fine wines – available on tap.

Russell Bisset, founder of Northern Monk, said: “At Northern Monk, we’re determined to create some of the best beer experiences in the world. That ambition has been our driving force since we were based in a cellar, back in 2013. A lot has changed for the brewery – but that same drive remains.”

Cottam, co-founder of HOME and The Owl: “I love working with Northern Monk; my team and theirs share a genuine commitment to doing things right, and we all love creating cool stuff.

“I’ve always been drawn to owning a pub, having grown up in them, but wanted to do it differently. The opportunity at Kirkgate Market, together with the collaboration, just makes so much sense to me. I know people want to support the market and local businesses, and I hope that more businesses will follow us into this great space.”

The Owl is the first of four market venues Bisset and Cottam plan to open over the next few months.

Pictured from left: Russell Bisset, founder of Northern Monk and Liz Cottam, co-founder of HOME and the Owl.

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