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Café bar investment at Bannatyne Health Club in Leeds

Colin MacGillivray (Bannatyne Group), Matt Prior (Leeds Rhinos) and Craig Smith (Bannatyne Group) joined by members and staff at the café bar opening

The first phase of a £1million investment at the Bannatyne Group’s recently acquired Cardigan Fields health club in Leeds has seen the addition of a new café bar.

The newly created facility will give members the chance to socialise in a relaxed environment, offering a range of food and drinks including hot beverages, smoothies, shakes, fresh orange juice, sandwiches and paninis and a wide range of children’s options. Partners include Starbucks, Lucozade, Grenade and Love Struck Smoothie.

Leeds Rhinos rugby league players joined fellow members at the official opening of the café bar, which was carried out by captain Matt Prior.

Colin MacGillivray, head of commercial at the Bannatyne Group, said: “When we acquired the site there was only a self-service coffee machine for members, so we’ve introduced a great social space and our full corporate B-fuelled menu.

“We’ve got some great brand partners as part of our offering and we’re certain that members will really enjoy the food, beverages and the ambience.”

Craig Smith, general manager at Bannatyne Cardigan Fields said: “The initial feedback from members has been really positive. It’s nice to have a buzz around the club, the space has been really busy during the day, there’s lots going on and a really nice atmosphere.”

Leeds Rhino captain Matt Prior said: “We were really excited to come down to Bannatyne’s to take part in the launch today.

“The food’s great – we can come down here to get a bite to eat and the coffee is really good too so it’s a great place to come.”

The former Virgin Active club became the 71st club in the Bannatyne portfolio when it was acquired by the Group in September 2021. It is the Group’s third club within the West Yorkshire Combined Authority area, joining Cookridge Hall and Wakefield.

Alongside the new Les Mills studio, it also offers an extensive gym floor, with state-of-the-art Technogym Skill Line equipment, as well as a luxurious pool, spa bath, sauna, and steam room.