Black Sheep Brewery serves up a new home in Leeds for Yorkshire burger specialists, Slap & Pickle

Black Sheep Brewery has helped well known Yorkshire innovative burger business, Slap & Pickle, find a new home in Leeds at its Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen.


Slap & Pickle, which was founded in Leeds in 2018, has been without a home in the city since two of the venues it operated from closed before Christmas.


With sites in London, Manchester, Sheffield and Hebden Bridge, Slap & Pickle has built a strong following for its smash burgers, which are produced from 40-day dry-aged Swaledale beef, and its extensive menu of loaded fries.


From its new home at the Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen, Slap & Pickle will be offering both dine in and delivery options, perfectly complementing Black Sheep Brewery’s range of cask and keg beers on offer at the venue, along with its eclectic cocktail menu.


It is one of four pubs owned and operated by Black Sheep Brewery, which also includes Foley’s Tap House in central Leeds, The Three Legged Mare and The Last Drop Inn, which are both in York.


In addition, Black Sheep also has its visitors centre bar and restaurant within its brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire.


Charlene Lyons, chief executive of Black Sheep Brewery, said: “We’re really excited to welcome Slap & Pickle to the Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen.  It’s an exceptionally good fit for our business and will be popular with both loyal and new customers looking for a unique beer and burger experience.  It’s also a great example of two creative and innovative Yorkshire businesses coming together to boost Leeds amazing hospitality offering.”


James Tabor, founder and owner of Slap & Pickle, said: “We were always hopeful we’d find a suitable venue in our home city, and the Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen is the perfect home for Slap & Pickle.  We love Black Sheep Brewery; there’s lots of alignment between our two brands and a shared vision on plans for growth.


“We’re really looking forward to welcoming customers who have always supported our business in Leeds, as well as giving regulars at the Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen the best burgers, vibes and loaded fries they’ve experienced!”



For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436


Photo caption: left to right Slap & Pickle’s Adam Hulme, Ben Etherington from Black Sheep Brewery and Simon Barnes from Slap & Pickle at the Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen



Editors’ Notes:

The Black Sheep Brewery is one of British brewing’s most famous stories and has grown from humble beginnings to become a multi-award-winning company, with its beers enjoyed around the world.


Black Sheep has grown to become one of Yorkshire’s most recognised brands, with its beer distributed both nationally and internationally. Black Sheep continues to champion the county of Yorkshire and is the official brewer of the annual Tour de Yorkshire.

Based in Masham, in the heart of North Yorkshire, Black Sheep brewed its first beer in 1992 after being built up by Paul Theakston, whose family had brewed in the area for six generations.


In a world of ever-increasing bland, mass-produced beer, Paul saw an opportunity to return to what his family had done best since 1827, making real beer in the time-honoured fashion.


An old maltings building, once part of Lightfoot’s Brewery, became the Brewery’s home. This landmark building, which stands high over the banks of the Ure, had fallen into disrepair as years of neglect as a semi-redundant grainstore had taken its toll. Paul assembled a small team around him to fight the rats and build a traditional country brewery.


The Visitor Centre, at the site of the iconic brewery, has grown to become an award-winning attraction for visitors to Yorkshire, with tens of thousands of people flocking to Masham each year. In 2018, the Visitor Centre had a thorough refurbishment and offers the general public a menu of locally sourced Yorkshire food, its range of award-winning beers and tours of their iconic brewery.


In 2018, Black Sheep announced the purchase of York Brewery, which included the acquisition of four pubs in the business and key cask brands, including Guzzler and Yorkshire Terrier.


The outlets bought by Black Sheep, as part of the deal, are as follows:

  • Last Drop Inn, York
  • Mr Foley’s Tap House, Leeds
  • The Three Legged Mare, York
  • Tap and Kitchen, Leeds


The addition of York Brewery complements the strong, iconic Black Sheep brand and its existing award-winning beers and brands.


In 2018, Black Sheep also purchased the Chapel Allerton based bar, ‘Kith and Kin’ which they have since refurbished and renamed the ‘Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen’, which was officially launched on 28th February 2019.



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