Located in the Electric Press development on Great George Street in the heart of Leeds, Epernay is one of few bars dedicated to an extensive range of Champagne. Epernay has been delighting visitors since it was established in 2005 as a Champagne and cocktail bar. Although the team still serve cocktails, the focus on Champagne is stronger than ever due to a recent change of ownership. It is now primarily a Champagne bar and the newly refurbished venue is the perfect place to enjoy this most celebratory of tipples.
Visitors may be surprised at the amount of exciting food on offer to accompany the superb Champagne list. An array of snacks, nibbles and sharing dishes are specially designed to be paired with any Champagne of your choosing. It’s a really exciting concept and adds something fun and different to Leeds’ already colourful food and drink scene.
If you’re visiting in the daytime, opt for the popular Epernay brunch or the delightful Epernay Apres-Midi, which can be booked between noon and 4pm every Friday to Sunday and each serve two people. The brunch comprises Emmental and cream cheese, prosciutto, pancetta, and strawberry and peach purées, which accompany freshly baked croissants and French bread. The Epernay Apres-Midi is a French twist on the traditional offering, with prosciutto and Emmental croissants, scones with clotted cream and jam, and cupcakes. Complete with half a bottle of Montaudon Brut Champagne, with which each bite is beautifully paired, both the afternoon tea and brunch sharers are only £30 for two people.
Other fantastic options include the charcuterie board and cheeseboard, which cost only £13 pounds each and are perfect for sharing. If you’re just after a light snack, why not share some nibbles such as bread and oils, root vegetable crisps, olives and smoked almonds, all at just £2.50. For cheese-lovers we would recommend the baked Camembert as well as the cheeseboard as they’re both absolutely divine. The baked Camembert offers something slightly different and is enhanced by some bread for dipping and balanced surprisingly well by a crisp glass of Champagne.