We’ve closed our doors now for the last time in 2018, re-opening on Monday January 7th so everybody can have a well-deserved week off, and we wanted to take this opportunity to have a quick recap of the previous 12 months, and look forward to some plans for 2019.

There’s been big, personal developments for the team – co-founder Marko and his partner Toni announced they were expecting the first Bundo Baby (working title: Baby Spice), Chef Maity’s wife and son were finally able to join him in England, and Leeds & Manchester managers Chris & Chris both bought new homes, meaning Botham is officially not Yorkshire’s problem any more – good luck Manchester…

While all this has been going on, the teams have managed to take Leeds and Manchester Bundo from strength to strength, starting the year off with a complete menu overhaul, and throughout the year introducing some of our most creative and ambitious specials yet, like the Hot Hara Dog, Hara Bara Kebab Sandwiches, and Pumpkin Samosas.

Collaboration and community is in our DNA at Bundobust, so we’re thrilled to have spent this year working with some of our favourite businesses – working on events with Adidas, Leeds Indie Food, Leeds Beer Week, and Manchester Foods & Drink Festival; setting up Bundobust Brewing Company with the help of Northern Monk; and doing some killer dish and menu collabs with the likes of Ox Club, Prashad, Pollen, Siop Shop, Whitelocks, and Tapped. It’s been a pleasure showcasing some of America’s finest breweries with takeovers from Other Half, Equilibrium, Bissell Brothers, and Finback, as well as natural wines from Wayward and Love and Labour.

And, not to blow our own trumpet, but our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Manchester recommended in the Michelin Guide 2019, Leeds picked up Best Street Food award at the Oliver Awards, with both are set to be featured in next year’s Lonely Planet Guides, and we’ve received notable mentions in The Guardian, The Telegraph, delicious, Olive Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller, BBC Good Food, and Waitrose Magazine. We were also thrilled to make our TV debut when the Vada Pav appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch with none other than butty legend Max Halley from Max’s Sandwich Shop.

As cliche as it sounds, we couldn’t have done any of this without you – the regulars, the people who have nipped in once on a whim, the craft beer geeks, the Indian food obsessives, militant vegans, curious meat-eaters, and everybody in-between. In 2019 we’ve got even more in store for all of you: new and exciting collaborations with more of our favourite people, the launch of Bundobust Brewing Company’s core range in February, Liverpool, our third venue, opening in March, followed swiftly by Bundobust 4, our biggest project yet incorporating (among other things) a brewing facility. Bit of exclusive gossip for you there.

Happy New Year from all of the team at Bundobust, and see you soon!

We’re looking for kitchen, bar, and front of house staff in Liverpool. If you’d like to join our growing team, send a CV and covering letter to jobs@bundobust.com with the subject Liverpool Kitchen/Bar