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Leeds’ Own: Chris Sleaford

If you venture to the end of Call Lane, you’ll find Revolución De Cuba, a fine spot for a delicious Cuban themed lunch or even possibly the venue for your Friday night.

Aside from being a fantastic venue, the bar is full of personalities. One of these is their manager Chris Sleaford, pictured above with his partner. We caught up with him just after Revolución De Cuba celebrated their first birthday to find out the secret to their success.

You’ve obviously had a long and interesting career, could you tell us a little about yourself and your role at Revolución De Cuba?

I started with the company when I came to university in Leeds, which was a while ago! I actually started as a Glass Collector at Revolution on Call Lane 12 years ago and I’ve been with the company ever since.
I’ve worked at a few venues all over the country though, I had short spells in Sheffield and Hull and most recently in York before I came back here to open Revolución De Cuba a year ago.

Was it a big decision for you to join the Revolución De Cuba team in Leeds?

I’ve lived in Leeds for 15 years and I just love the city so when the opportunity arose to come back, I took it.

What do you think Revolución De Cuba has brought to Leeds since opening?

It’s different. There’s no one else that does what we do; we’ve got great food, great drinks and that’s all combined with the live music and entertainment. We cater to a wide market of people and we offer things for the daytime and nighttime. You really do get everyone in here, from people on business meetings to people on a night out!

When you first started working for the Revolution Bars Group, what were your ambitions?

At first it was a job because I needed some money while I was at university, but once I started working I loved it. I love the company I work for and you always work with great people in this industry.

I definitely get a buzz from it, I’m not sure I could ever sit in an office and work 9-5!

What do you see for the Revolution Bars Group in the future?

The Revolution Bars Group is expanding! We’re opening another three sites by Christmas and that’s likely to increase by many more next year. It’s continuing to grow and go from success to success.

If one of our readers was wanting to follow in your footsteps, what advice would you give them?

It’s all about working hard and being great at customer service. Without a doubt, customer service is the main thing. There’s so many places in the city so if the customer focus isn’t there then you won’t survive.

What do you like to do outside of work to unwind?

I like to spend time with my family! My girlfriend and I have just had a baby; little Teddy. He’s thirteen weeks old now and he takes up most of our time. It really is amazing to start a family and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

What do you think the best thing about Leeds is?

Leeds is great to look around, there’s loads of different areas now and I think that just makes the city stronger. However, I’ve got to say Call Lane! Maybe I’m biased…

You can find Chris Sleaford at Revolución De Cuba on 64-68 Call Lane, LS1 6DT. To book, ring 0113 350 6556 or go to: www.revoluciondecuba.com/bar/leeds/

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