Our History

Leelex Ltd was founded in 2000 to take on Oporto. It’s founder Ged Feltham is still at the helm and is the company’s Managing Director. He has since been joined by Paul Lane (Operations Director) in 2002 and in 2004 by the infamous Jake Burger (Drinks Director)

As a team they have gone on to create Jake’s Bar and Still, The Angel’s Share and their first London project the Portobello Star. September 2009 saw them return to Leeds for their 5th bar, Neon Cactus

Leelex Ltd are also actively involved in Dead Young Records, a Leeds based Record label
and live music company

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Jakes Bar

Theme Restaurant & Bar Awards 2006 (North category) April 2006
Winner of ‘Best Drinks Selection’ and ‘The Knowledge’ awards.

The Independent ‘50 Best Places to Party’ November 2005
Jake’s Bar & Grill listed

The Smirnoff Penka Finest Cut Diamond Martini Challenge August 2005
Jake was the overall winner and took home 1st prize of a £10,000 diamond

Leeds Bar & Club Awards July 2005
Winner of Best New Bar

Class Awards 2006
‘Best Night Out’

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Theme Awards 2006
‘Best Drink Selection’

Northern Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner 2007

Theme Bar & Restaurant Awards 2006 (North category) 2007
Best drinks selection – winner
Best bartender –Lucy Parker

Elements 8 Rum Competition
Crowned Pina Colada King 2007

Class Awards 2007
Best Night Out winner (2nd year running)

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Bombay Sapphire Competition 2008
Jake Burger wins regional heat

Theme Awards, May 2008 – Northern heat
Winner of Best Drinks Selection and Best Bar Team (joint award)

Wyborowa Vodka Competition 2008
Taking place in Poland, one of Jake’s Bar’s best bartenders Iain Silver won this competition.

Maxxium Yearbook 07/08
Jake Burger features in this industry yearbook as one of the 65 Most Influential People in the Drinks Industry – one of only two people featured from Leeds.

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Winner of ‘Best Night Out’ at Class awards 08.
Winner of ‘Best Classic Bar’ at the Northern heat of the Theme Bar and Restaurant Awards 2007.

Portobello Star

Nominated for ‘Best New Bar’, ‘Best Night Out’ and ‘Best Cocktail Offering’ at the Class
Awards 2008

Nominated for best new bar in London by Timeout London 2009.

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Leelex is a Bar, restaurant and music company. We currently operate 5 venues between Leeds and London as well as producing our own Gin, running the Ginstitute museum and being partners in Dead Young, a record label and live music company.

Our company’s aim is to create unique venues and projects & our ambitions are simple but important... mixing great drinks, pouring cold beer, serving tasty food and always playing cracking tunes.

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