London-based LEON, who seem to have been dubbed (among Southerners anyway) the pioneers of the ‘naturally fast food’ phenomenon, is bringing its colourful grub to the North for the first time.
They will be opening a brand new LEON restaurant in the Intu Centre Trafford on Easter Monday (17th April.)
The brand have had such a good response from locals that they are already planning to open a second restaurant in the heart of Manchester, next to Piccadilly Station.
LEON first opened in the capital in 2004 and was awarded Best New UK Restaurant by the Observer national newspaper that year.
Only 17 more days until our doors finally open in MANCHESTER. Sign up for opening treats here https://t.co/TkWyr0NGSg
— LEON (@leonrestaurants) April 1, 2017
LEON’s mission is “to help everyone to eat and live well.” John Vincent & Henry Dimbleby, the LEON founders, decided that the best way to achieve this was to ask themselves ‘what would fast food be like in heaven?’ Since then they have opened 48 restaurants, bringing good fast food to high streets across the UK and abroad.
What’s on the Manchester menu?
Guests of LEON Trafford will have the chance to try the chain’s new Spring menu, which includes the seasonal Lamb & Rhubarb Khoresh, Hey Pesto Chicken Salad, The Mack Wrap and Sunshine Salad Pot.
Of course, LEON classics including the Moroccan Meatball Hot Box, the signature Fish Finger Wrap, and the Original Super Salad will also be available.
Our Spring menu is here. ‘Av it. pic.twitter.com/Q8b8b6aXMR
— LEON (@leonrestaurants) April 5, 2017
As well as its menu, LEON will be bringing its welfare standards to its Manchester branch; with all eggs being free range, and the milk organic. Coffee is fair trade, and cakes are supplied by Dorset bakery Honeybuns, which has been baking LEON’s gluten-free chocolate brownies and lemon ginger crunch cakes since 2004, using only natural ingredients and no refined sugar.
LEON Co-Founder John Vincent says;
“We’ve been absolutely blown away by the response from people in Manchester to the news that we’re to open in Trafford. At LEON we have always believed in serving food that tastes good and does you good, and we’re excited to finally bring it to Manchester for the first time. So, come say hello, try out our dishes and let us know what you think. We can’t wait to meet you.”
As well as offering their usual 15% discount to NHS workers and students, LEON will also be offering children who drop by over the Easter Weekend a free meal. Just sign up to the LEON club online here for more details.