*UPDATE* – 10th August 2020
Our team have now had all of their test results back and we are happy to say they were all negative for Covid 19. Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support and well wishes, you honestly can’t know how much we appreciate them!
In keeping with our desire to be as responsible as possible, and maintaining our precautionary approach, team members who have had a test will be self isolating for 14 days (from 5th August) to ensure we have allowed time for any incubation period to take effect and to re-test as necessary.
The coffee shop will re-open for takeaway drinks and bakes from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th with service run by 3 team members who were not in contact with the other bubble. The shop will then remain closed until Thursday 20th when we will open for take out coffee and bakes Thursday & Friday while the kitchen prepare to offer a dine in menu on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd, bookings are open on the website should you wish to join us from then onward.
We cannot reiterate enough how much your support matters to us in these super testing times. We have made this decision because it has truly felt like the only choice we have had available to ensure our role played in this pandemic is the right one. We are choosing to shut down any possible spread from our space and to put the health of our team and customers first.
Needless to say, we will have lost 2 weeks of trading which, in all honesty, is a bit of a shi#$er! We really cannot wait to welcome you back – in the meantime, if you have enjoyed visiting us before and feel able to do so, a positive review on Trip Advisor/Google or Facebook would go a long way to increasing our visibility once we are hopefully through the other side of all this. Keep those messages of positivity and optimism coming folks, lord knows we need em! #northstarfamily #inthistogether
*ANNOUNCEMENT* – 6th August 2020
This evening, we have found out that unfortunately one of our team members has tested positive for coronavirus. The team member in question is now self isolating at home with very mild symptoms and is in good spirits. As we are sure you can understand, this is pretty devastating for us having overcome the last few months to reopen our doors and it is tough to know what the best thing to do is.
Since reopening, we have put in place the most stringent measures to operate in a Covid secure manner. We completed relevant risk assessments to ensure our team could maintain a safe social distance, all team members have been wearing visors, our covers reduced from 60 to 24, we have had daily symptom checkers in place along with sanitiser for customer and staff use. Current government advice tells us we are not obliged to close our doors as we have been a Covid Secure work place and we don’t believe Track and Trace will want to contact those who have visited the past 7 days.
However, we have tonight taken the decision to close with immediate effect to ensure the rest of our team can be tested so we can continue operating with complete confidence that we have acted in the most responsible manner possible, prioritising the safety of our team and customers. We are sorry to say that any bookings we had for tomorrow and Saturday will be cancelled (you will be contacted). We will be calling any visitors we have had in the last 7 days merely as a precaution and encourage anyone with symptoms to be tested – we have to reiterate at this point we are not obliged to do this and have no cause for concern, we are simply trying to go the extra mile to be as responsible as possible at this point.
If all goes well we hope to be back open from Monday and hope to experience the same support you have shown us since reopening. It need not be pointed out that this is a truly disastrous thing to happen at this stage following what has been a nightmarish few months but health must come first. Thanks for reading, we will post any updates as we receive them 🙏🏻
‘The North Star Coffee Shop & General Store is an exciting addition to Leeds, one that’s going to set the bar for speciality coffee establishments – so go on, jump on the water taxi and check it out next time you need a seriously good caffeine injection.’ Ali Turner, Leeds List
Come and see what we are all about, just a short 15 minute walk from Leeds City Centre and with a multi-storey car park on site we are waiting to welcome you with the best brews in Leeds, fresh bakes from Nova Bakehouse and a seasonally updated food menu offering breakfast and brunch.
We offer two contrasting espresso options that are carefully prepared by our experienced team alongside a range of seasonal filter coffees prepared on our Marco SP9 filter brewers. Occasionally you will come across extra special micro lots that you won’t find anywhere else and have the opportunity to taste different processed coffees side by side to learn more about how this affects the resulting flavour. All of our coffees are prepared in a way to best showcase the attentive work of the farmer, if you have any requests or would like your coffee served hotter then please don’t hesitate to make our team aware of this upon ordering.
‘Watch the daily grind through giant glass doors and inhale the aromas while sampling a flat white and cake (baked fresh on-site each day), or indulge in brunch – the slow-cooked scrambled eggs on a buttery four-cheese rye scone is small yet deliciously decadent.’ Lonely Planet
‘Shining the light when it comes to great coffee in Leeds. Throw in some of the best baked goods you’ll ever taste and some great breakfast items and it’s the sort of place you’ll never want to leave.’ The Big Seven Travel
Our General Store stocks a vast array of items from inspiring manufacturers across the world. We have store cupboard essentials along with soaps and hand creams from The Soap Co and ceramic homeware from Grey Suit Clay in Sheffield sitting alongside the full range of North Star retail coffee freshly roasted each week (we can grind this on site for you to suit your preferred brew method), Storm Organic loose leaf teas and Kokoa Collection single origin hot chocolate. Absolutely every item has been carefully sourced from companies that meet our own approach with regards to quality and ethics and it is a fantastic showcase of other independent businesses.
We look forward to welcoming you soon 🙂