Polpo is opening its first restaurant in the north at Harvey Nichols

Polpo is set to open its first restaurant north of London at the start of 2016, within Harvey Nichols Leeds. This will be the restaurant group’s second restaurant outside of London.

In mid-February 2016, POLPO Leeds will open on the luxury store’s Fourth Floor, alongside the Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Café and popular Foodmarket. Polpo restaurants, take their inspiration from the rustic back-street wine bars of Venice and feature an array of simple but delicious small plates from the region of Veneto. The interiors reflect the gloriously faded elegance of La Serenissima and the renowned charm of the humble bacaro.

“We had had our eyes on Leeds for a while, as it’s a vibrant city with an impressive restaurant scene, so it is very exciting to be working with Harvey Nichols and the Leeds store to launch POLPO’s first restaurant in the north,” says Luke Bishop, managing director of the restaurant group, which currently operates nine sites in London and one in Brighton.

Marion Carpentier, Group Food and Hospitality Director at Harvey Nichols, adds, “We’re delighted to be bringing POLPO’s unique Venetian offering to our customers in Leeds. We’ve long been admirers of POLPO and so we’re thrilled to be working with the restaurant group.”

Signature dishes on the menu include cicheti such as fried stuffed olives, zucchini arancini and fig & prosciutto crostini (from £3). Small plates include cod cheeks with lentils & salsa verde, pizzetta with spicy pork and pickled peppers, deep fried polenta-crusted meatballs, and sliced flank steak with porcini (from £6) while the dessert list features  flourless chocolate & hazelnut cake, blackberry panna cotta and Tiramisu pot (from £5).

POLPO would not be complete without a spritz, and served with either Aperol or Campari, alongside Negronis and Bellinis. The exclusively Italian wine list begins with POLPO’s own label Garganega, Corvina and Prosecco, from £18 per bottle.


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