“ Address: 36-38 The Calls / Leeds / LS2 7EW / United Kingdom / Tel: 0113 242 5299 „
On a recent visit to Leeds we stayed in a hotel close to the city centre and once we had checked in, it being lunch time, we were keen to get something to eat. a short walk from the hotel brought us to this place which looked welcoming with chairs and tables outside and directly overlooking the river.
The restaurant/bar is inside a converted warehouse with evidence of its past being tastefully integrated into the modern and cosy decor. There is a smallish bar at the back of the room with tables and chairs dotted around and by the windows are sofas and tables. All this is in wood and chrome and dotted around the room are twinkly lights and shelves with interesting bits and pieces.
Service and menu...
We were able to chose our table and were quickly brought a menu. The place was busy but not overly so, but there was enough conversation going on so that we didn't feel as though we were in a fish bowl.
The menu is an interesting one. The main dish available is stew, and the daily specials (three of them ) are shown on the blackboard. The stews are home made using locally sourced ingredients. They are served with a dressing of greek yoghurt, toasted seeds grated cheese , wild rocket and a couple of slices of crusty bread. A large bowl of the stew, which we had is served in a large white bowl with the bread on the side. There was a vegetarian choice but I had the venison and himself had the pork. Both stews were hearty and had a good helping of thick vegetables although they were a tad short on the meat. However, for £5.50, both stews were tasty and great value. The same stews are also available as a smaller handheld stew which can be eaten in or taken out, or, the stew can be ordered as a chunk of crusty bread with the stew poured over it for £3.
Also available are oysters costing £9 for half a doze and £1.50 for a single serving. Homemade bruschetta is on the menu with a variety of toppings and this costs £3.95. One of the things i fancied tasting was the French Savoury cake served warm and with dressings such as sundried tomatoes, feta cheese olives and sweet basil - these cost £4.95.
The sweet collection includes home made sweet cakes, cupcakes and polenta cake. There is a variety of coffees and teas, and we had the tea pigs tea with biodegradable teabags- very tasty tea and interesting bags to put in your cup!
All of the dishes can also be taken out, and are slightly lower in price.
The service throughout the meal was excellent. We returned briefly on the Saturday night and while the whole place was much more lively, on both visits, the staff were friendly and professional. The drinks and food was served quickly but there was never any feeling that the staff wanted us out.
The toilets are situated inside the main room and are clean and roomy although a tad weird because on a busy night you walk straight out into other drinkers/diners!
The restaurant/bar also has quizzes and music nights so it's well worth checking what's on if you live nearby. There is also WIFI available and free newspapers so could be great for a lazy Sunday morning (there's a thought!)
When we first saw this, I thought it would be more of a traditional set up and was pleased when we got inside and the modern had been fused nicely with the conversion. The place is light and airy and has great views of the river- even though it was winter the tables and chairs were still outside and at night time it was a sbusy outside as it was inside.
The food is hearty and warming and there is just enough of it- the fact that there are only 3 types of stews didn't put us off because it meant less dithering. The bread was a perfect accompaniment, being fresh and crusty- just right for mopping up the last bits of stew.
There is a good selection of wine and beers and I think himself was quite taken with the Rudolph although I stuck to wine and y cup of tea!
Excellent service and friendly staff make this a great place to visit for a quick lunch or an evening of music and great atmosphere.
Recommended by me!!
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