The Tetley Reopens

7th August 2020

Food, Drinks, Art: The Tetley re-opens

New Menu, New Head Chef and more


The Tetley are delighted to announce their reopening plans, following a period of re-design and reassessment to ensure comfortable COVID-19 safety procedures for all staff and visitors.

Friday 7th August heralds the reopening of the arts spaces within. The Tetley will be open Wednesday to Sunday on 11am – 7pm after 4 months.

The Bar & Kitchen will also fully reopen from the 7th August but will only open Wednesdays through Sundays.

Art Update:
The galleries relaunch on Friday 7th with two exhibitions – Taus Makhacheva: Hold Your Horses, and Emii Alrai: The High Dam.

Project Space Leeds, the charity behind The Tetley’s art space, were awarded Arts Council emergency funding last week. This much-needed support, drawn from a fund launched in May to combat the detrimental impact of COVID-19, will ensure The Tetley is able to continue to fulfil its vital role in the Leeds art scene, creating a platform for amazing emerging artists, presenting breathtaking free exhibitions, and helping young people in Leeds to find their creative voice.


The Tetley safety notices


Food Update:
Just before lockdown, The Tetley welcomed new Head Chef Rob Kaye. Previously Head Chef of Leeds restaurant Stockdales, Rob will be revamping the menu and adding his own personal stamp to some Tetley favourites, prioritising local, quality and seasonal produce.

Expect a honed-down menu, available across lunches and early evenings as the kitchen reopens. There will be plenty of veggie and vegan-friendly options, and of course obligatory Sunday roasts. The Tetley are also happy to launch a unique Private Dining service upon reopening. Book the historic Tetley Boardroom for private dinner parties for a truly special experience.

Look at the menu and pay for your food through your own device, and please be aware that The Tetley will be operating cash-free as a safety precaution.

During August, on the each Wednesday, The Tetley will take part in the Eat Out To Help scheme, as the they encourage people to try the new menu and welcome them back.

To Visit:
The team have been working on a range of essential safety measures to make staff and visitors safe and comfortable at all times within The Tetley. This includes booked arrival time slots for the galleries to limit footfall. You can book your visit online at

Other safety measures include a new ‘at table’ ordering system for food and drinks ordering and paying, employee initiatives to minimise staff onsite and ameliorate travel procedures, layout changes in the Bar & Kitchen, and more. For information on updated opening hours and our new safety practices, please see our website:

Tetley @ Home
The Tetley remains committed to delivering art in alternative ways for those who are shielding, or choosing not to return to public spaces and venues just yet. This includes our Virtual Tours, and our Tiny Tetley @ Home digital series of at-home activities for the smaller art lovers out there.

Bryony, Artistic Director:
“We are delighted to announce that our doors are opening once again and we look forward to welcoming everyone back. We’ve been working hard to ensure that your visit is safe and relaxed, and that you’re able to make full use of our fantastic building to accommodate social distancing throughout.

Every penny that is spent at The Tetley helps us as a charity, allowing us to support the artists of the future and finance creative development and opportunity for young people in our community. We need the support of our audiences and friends more than ever before.

You can support us by naming a ‘T’ for our display wall, or even by stopping by and having a drink or booking a meal in one of our new private dining rooms.

I’d also like to thank Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Leeds City Council, and Carlsberg UK, without whose support we simply wouldn’t have been able to reopen.

Sam, Head of Food and Beverages:
“We are very excited to welcome back the communities of Leeds to The Tetley. Our aim has been to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all, and we have definitely achieved that.

Head Chef, Rob Kaye, has worked incredibly hard on a new Daily Menu including some Tetley favourites and a host of new dishes which can be shared. We can’t wait for our visitors to try it.”

For more information about our plans for reopening, updates on our exhibitions, booking tickets and much more please, visit our website or follow us on social media.

A burger from The Tetley Bar and Kitchen