New restaurant brings Spanish hospitality to Holbeck Urban Village

New restaurant ‘Bomba’ will bring some welcome Spanish sunshine to Saw Mill Yard, in the heart of the Round Foundry and Marshall’s Mill complex in Holbeck on Leeds’s South Bank, when it opens its doors today (14 January 2022). The newest venture from Joe McDermott, who set up the original Arts Café in Leeds and Ilkley Moor Vaults in Ilkley, ‘Bomba’ offers an alternative to the existing independent food and drink venues in the area.

‘Bomba’ has grown from a paella at-home delivery service during lockdown to a stall in Leeds’s famous Kirkgate Market to this new fully fledged restaurant which will open from breakfast through to lunch and dinner for eat-in, take away and delivery.

Occupying a 1,574 sq ft space with extensive terrace, the informal venue allows Joe and his team of five including chef Manuel, wife and business partner Elizabeth to develop popular elements from the market menu, from the Spanish breakfasts and churros con chocolate to the popular boccadillo sandwiches and classic tapas dishes. Paella will be made in large pans to serve individual portions at lunch and then made to order in pans for two, four or six people in the evening.

“We’d been looking for a venue that would allow us to move into evening service for a while and when we saw this space, in such a fantastic heritage area, we knew it was perfect for us.” says Joe McDermott

“Holbeck Urban Village and the Leeds South Bank is quickly becoming a bustling community with lots of new places to live and work, it feels like the place to be, atmosphere is incredibly important to us and this area has it in spades.”

McDermott has been a regular in the Yorkshire food and drink scene since setting up and running the popular Arts Café in Leeds from 1994-1999. After spending a few years running a crepe venue in London, McDermott returned to his native Yorkshire to run the Ilkley Moor Vaults, building it into a neighbourhood hot spot, before heading back to Leeds city centre to focus on street food opening a crepe stall in the market. During lockdown, McDermott started cooking and delivering paella locally; proving popular he went on to change the concept of his stall to sell the Spanish staple alongside other Spanish street food dishes.

Building on the initiative created during the pandemic and to cater to the growing residential community around Holbeck Urban Village, ‘Bomba’ will bring back their paella and tapas delivery service allowing Leeds locals to eat their speciality at home in a traditional pan, returning the pan afterwards so cutting out packaging waste.

Paul Taylor, Director at Creative Space Management who oversaw the letting, said:

“Bomba will be a great addition to the area, we already have some of the best independent pubs and cafes in Leeds here and this will complement them by adding something different, in a restaurant space already well known from previous owners including Matt Healy. This neighbourhood has attracted creative and successful people and businesses for years and with the significant investment and development around Marshalls Mill, the number of businesses and residents based here is growing all the time.”

Bomba opens at 1 Saw Mill Yard on Friday 14 January 2022.


This post is based on a press release issued on behalf of the Round Foundry estate