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The Reliance Bar & Dining Room

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Published November 7th 2012
An Informal Pub At Heart With Fantastic Food
The Reliance, Leeds
Impressive floor to ceiling windows at The Reliance

I only review places I've really enjoyed visiting and leave other websites for the trash comments. Every so often I have the real pleasure of creating an article on somewhere really outstanding that has become a firm favourite for me. The Reliance (or Reli as it is affectionately know by it's loyal following of regulars) is definitely up there in my top places to eat.

Close to central Leeds but out of the hubbub of crazy drinking circuits, The Reliance is a lively bar and dining room bursting with personality. Run and owned by Becs and Joss, they impart their passion for food and hospitality throughout the place. The waiting and bar staff blend friendly service and efficiency with ease and the chefs know how to translate their enthusiasm for food into great meals.

The Reliance
Tuck yourself away with a coffee and the paper

The Reliance, open kitchen
Peek into the kitchen to see what delights are being created

The Reliance has real charm, with an eclectic mix of furniture, a soaring floor to ceiling window at the front and a fresh open dining room up behind the bar. Spread over several levels and spaces, a sense of intimacy is also possible. There's a very natural feel about the place as it's not been designed by a chain bar consultant. Since a recent refurbishment, there is also a private dining room available which would be ideal for an event with friends or a work Christmas party. The chefs have nothing to hide and it's a treat to be able to fully see into the busy kitchen.

The Reliance, Fish Finger sandwich
A very posh and delicious fish fingers sandwich

The Reliance, Roast Pork sandwich
Hot roast pork with apple & mustard sauce on ciabatta

Following a truly seasonal approach, the menu changes throughout the year. I last visited, when the Autumn menu had just been launched. Six hour braised ox cheek and the roast pheasant breast were both highly recommended. I was looking for a light lunch and decided to go for the fish finger sandwich. In true Reli style, this was delicious. Golden and crisp goujons of Erdinger battered fish, nestled gently in soft white bread, with fresh salad and tartare sauce.

The chefs also cure their own meat and I was lucky enough to have a sneak peak in the fridge. A Reliance charcuterie board is a must try.

The Reliance, home cured meat, chacuterie
The Reliance's own home cured charcuterie

While the food is fantastic, The Reliance is "at heart an informal pub where you're welcome to pop in for pint, a coffee or read of a paper". There is an extensive bottle and draught beer list with imaginative choices and regularly changing guest ales.

The Reliance, Draught Beer, Bottled Beer, Guest Ales
An impressive range of local and foreign beers

Sunday night is quiz night (8pm) and a lovely way to finish a weekend.
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Why? Fantastic food in a relaxed atmosphere
When: 12pm till late (check website for closing times on different days)
Phone: 0113 295 6060
Where: 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN
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I would love to try the home cured charcuterie at some point!
by Jane Street (score: 2|438) 1957 days ago
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