I am a freelance nutritionist living in Leeds City Centre. I enjoy trying new places with healthy food claims, and I give the low down on them.
Published August 30th 2012
The history of this bar dates back to 1715 when it first opened, and over the years of modernisation throughout Leeds City Centre, the pub remains true to it's roots. The old building sits just off Briggate down a small alley, and from the outside looks more like something a health professional such as myself would class a risk! But I decide not to judge a book by it's cover.
When I enter I am met by a narrow Victorian/Edwardian style room filled with leather, brass, mirrors and old tiling, along with the aroma of real ale.
It is a weekend and the menu throws a modern edge on traditional food. Yorkshire ingredients make up pies, fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding, along with gastro dishes of spiced crab with mango salsa, chicken salad with chorizo, and creme brulee.
To start, I opted for a hearty portion of seared discs of black pudding with fragments of smoky pancetta, apple crisps, a perfectly poached egg and a sprightly dressing with a little maple syrup to soften the porky edges.
Equally generous was my huge mound of good mash that came with a hunk of pork belly that I had for main course. The meat had proper tooth-breaking crackling, though could have done with an extra hour in the oven, and the gravy was over-sweetened, but these issues can be sorted. I could have snoozed on that mash, and given the size of the portions, almost needed to.
The food was extremely good value with starters averaging around £5 and none of the mains were over £12. I had to place my order at the bar, and the wine list was minimal, but the range of local beers was impressive.