What we're about - Arc Inspirations

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The bars, grills and kitchens of Arc Inspiration


Established in 1999 by Martin Wolstencroft and Chris Ure, Arc Inspirations opened its first bar, The Arc in Headingley, Leeds in 2000. Within four years, The Box and Trio Bar & Grill both in Headingley were launched along with Zed (now Kith & Kin) and the Hub in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. 2006 saw the launch of the first bar outside Leeds, Banyan Bar & Kitchen in Harrogate.

In October 2007, Napa Bar & Kitchen was launched in Roundhay, Leeds. May 2008 saw the opening of Kobe in Horsforth, Leeds, the company's eighth venture.

In July 2013, a second Banyan Bar & Kitchen opened in York and then a month later The Pit opened on Merrion Street in Leeds city centre. In November 2013, following the massive success of The Pit in Leeds City Centre, the Hub was rebranded as the second Pit.

2014 saw a third Pit open in Harrogate. In November 2014 Manahatta on Merrion Street in Leeds was opened, a stylish New York style bar. In October 2015 Banyan arrived at the Banyan in Manchester followed by Banyan Leeds in April 2016 in the old Post Office Building in City Square. A second Manahatta on Greek Street was then born in March 2017. In November 2017 another Banyan was opened in the historic town of Ilkley.

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Keeping it Local

Since opening our first bar in 2000 we’ve had a commitment to sourcing the best available produce and supporting the local community. We take quality very seriously and we’re lucky that Yorkshire has no shortage of outstanding suppliers who we continue to build up fantastic relationships with.

Our fruit, meat and veg are all of excellent quality and arrive directly from local, reputable suppliers. Our ice cream is from Yorvale. Their herd of dairy cows graze on lush Yorkshire grass and are only milked once a day, resulting in the finest natural and ethically sourced ingredients.

Arc Inspirations in the Community

Arc Inspirations in the Community

Over the years Arc Inspirations has been passionate about helping the local community and has worked with various charities including Guide dogs for the blind, Lineham Farm (pictured), Little Heroes, the Tsunami relief fund, Yorkshire Cancer Research, the Sue Ryder Hospice and Walking with the Wounded.

They have raised over £250,000 for these charities and are always looking for ways they can help in the community.

At the moment, they are helping to raise money for the Leeds Rhinos Foundation by donating 50p from each Kevin Sinfield burger directly to this inspirational cause who are dedicated to changing lives through sports. For every Prince’s Trust burger sold they also donate 25p to the Princes Trust Foundation who work with young people to develop their skills, confidence and motivation so that they can move into work, education or training.

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Jobs and Careers at Arc Inspirations

In Arc Inspirations, having the best teams is vital to make our businesses successful. We consider our people to be the key to our achievements, and every one of them embodies our vision and values. Our ethos is that of a family, and we select new members with great care to make sure they have a genuine desire to please our customers and excel in service. We are always seeking like-minded individuals to come and work with us and we are fanatical that each team member loves their job!

Due to the expansion of Arc Inspirations we are actively seeking managers & team members of all positions and in all departments. Click the links below to find the next chapter in your catering and hospitality career!

Management Positions

Our management teams are vital to helping us deliver the best service and experience for our guests. If you've got passion, commitment and flair and the best part of your job is inspiring & developing team members and junior managers then we want to hear from you. Apply here.

Waiting and Bar Positions

Our friendly and efficient bar and waiting staff help us maintain the superb reputation and atmosphere we're famous for. We're always on the lookout for fantastic full & part time team members who can engage with our guests and help create memorable experiences on a daily basis. Creating Memorable Experiences for our guests is why we get up in the morning, if this sounds like you then Apply here.

Chef and Kitchen Positions

If your passion for preparing high quality food is as strong as ours, our chefs and kitchen staff need experience on a busy line, a hands-on approach and the desire to deliver fresh ingredients to our guests every day! No experience? If you've got a great work ethic and personality, we'll help develop your skills with the right training and support. Apply here.

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