Saturday, 18 August 2012

The Tapas Tree - Shipley

I bought a Groupon voucher for Tapas Tree when we still lived in East Leeds knowing that I would eventually be living in the surrounding Shipley area. I meant to go the first week we moved for a friends birthday but then never found the time. We kept promising weekend after weekend that we would go... but never remembered to make the reservation (as with most Groupon vouchers you have to book ahead to use them).

It was drawing close to the end of July and the voucher was soon to expire, we happened to walk close by to the restaurant and decided to pop in to make a booking, there was no going back or forgetting about it then - and I didn't want to waste money on yet another voucher we haven't gotten around to using. (Although the last time this happened it wasn't our fault... the restaurant kept changing their minds about availability when we called to make a reservation, and then eventually stopped answering their phone and then eventually closed.)

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Websters Fish and Chip Shop - Saltaire

A first for the blog... a review on fish and chips. I'm not sure why I haven't reviewed fish and chips before. I do like to eat them, not as frequently as I would like but that is probably a good thing, I think the last time I had fish and chips was either in Scarborough or Leeds Markets.

I love the Fish and Chip debate, it gets everyone involved as almost everyone likes to go to the chippy even it's for a battered sauasage instead. Many of us are on the constant look out for the BEST fish and chips on the planet (in the UK). But most will have their favourite chippy they will go to time and time again.

From previous conversations I have found that most people have a shared view on what the perfect fish and chips should be like. Nice crisp batter, not too soggy containing an inch of fat underneath a supposedly crispy batter. Plus chips that don't look anemic. I like my chips to be cooked god damn it! I like my fish to be fresh too, you can tell if it's poor quality and been in a freezer for months. I'm not sure if this is just me but I also don't like the skin on my fish but I can get over this, what I really hate is when it hasn't been boned...

Friday, 20 July 2012

Five Rise Locks Cafe - Bingley

The five risk locks are Bingley's most visited attraction.The Five rise locks cafe is surprisingly located on the canal at the top of the five rise locks in Bingley.

As you can see from the above picture it was one of those days where it was sunny one minute and pouring it down the next. Blue sky in the corner and big black clouds coming in from the distance.

On the right hand side you can just about see the Five Rise Locks Cafe.

It was mid afternoon and I was feeling a bit peckish, my friend and I were also planning on walking home so we needed to get something in us to spur us on and keep us going for that one hour walk home.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The Angel - Baildon

One Sunday I decided it would be quite nice to walk in to Baildon town centre in the attempt to get to know the local area better. It was one of the more pleasant Sundays where it was mostly sun instead of rain.

I had a quick look on google maps before we set off to see if there were any places we could have lunch and The Angel pub came up and had positive reviews although I didn't take care to read them...

The walk turned out to be a bit of a mission, it was up hill. Up very steep hills. Unfortunately this was not something google maps informed me of.

Once in the town centre I milled around looking at the local monuments and the local stocks. With hardly anything open I headed to The Angel.

I walked in and everyone glanced my way.... Everyone in there was about the same age or younger than me so I'd say about 18-25. Sport was on all of the TV screens, but I noted they were child friendly as a couple of girls had a baby with them.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The 1875 - Menston

The 1875 describes itself as a gastronomic journey through India. Run by the finest of men, Manjinder was born in India but moved to our great country at the tender age of 4. He did return to India later in life and it was then that he discovered that there was even more to Indian food than people in this country generally perceive (More than his mothers home cooking but I'm assured this isn't to be faulted either). His dream is to bring real, fine, truly Indian cuisine to the friendly folk of Yorkshire.

He has some good grounding in that he grew up sampling his mothers homemade cuisine every day. He has good friends in the restaurant business and he has the right attitude. I hope this man goes far and achieves all of his dreams.

You'd be forgiven for almost walking past The 1875 as you get off the train at Menston. From the platform the building looks just like any other small town railway station. However there is a hidden surprise here, turn the corner enter through a side door and climb the stairs and you're transported in to Manjinder's world.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Rib Shakk - Leeds

Please note this establishment has now closed. 

There have been so many blog posts about this place since it first opened a few months ago. I've been dying to go but always forget about it once I get in to Leeds city centre.

Finally last Saturday I got my day in rib heaven.

It was drawing towards the end of the month which always means careful spending in the run up to pay day. I was shopping (essentials only) in Leeds, my friend had just finished work and was absolutely starving. That morning I had read yet another blog post about this place so it was fresh in my mind and my tummy was craving it! Once I'd shown my friend the menu I didn't need to ask twice if we could go.

Jeanette's Cakery - Saltaire

It was an absolutely miserable day in Saltaire, my friend and I had gone down to the fresh local produce market to find hardly anyone there. I don't know if we were just too late or it was too damp and everyone had just decided to stay at home instead.

After feeling very miserable and slightly frustrated at another wasted June Saturday it was decided the only way forward was cake and tea. We made our way up to Bingley Road to see what we could find. I'd peered in to a cute tearoom a couple of weeks previous telling my friend that I would like to go there at some point. Now felt like the perfect time to go.

There were a few people in there already but there were still a good choice of tables to spare. As soon as we walked in we were greeted with bright smiles and warm welcomes and directed towards the high backed chairs. We were thrilled!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Kerala Cafe - Shipley

Please note this establishment has now moved to Leeds. 

If your looking for a top notch fancy restaurant with palate cleansers and half dozen waiters waiting on you hand and foot.. this place is not for you. If your not too bothered about your surroundings, are looking for absolutely bloody amazing food with lovely service chucked in... this place IS for you. If you are fed up of visiting Indian restaurants which only serve chicken tikka masala, lamb balti, chicken bhunas etc and want something more authentic this place is DEFINITELY for you.

This place refuses to conform to the traditional idea of an Indian restaurant in Britain. First of all they make it clear that they are an authentic south Indian restaurant/cafe/takeaway, and they only sell south Indian cuisine. There is no wimping out and sticking a chicken tikka masala on this menu.

Kerala is an Indian state on the South-west coast of India, because it's on the coast there is a big fish trade. Due to this you find the supply of fish based meals is high and lavish; tending to use a lot of coconut in their recipes. Interestingly Kerala is known as the land of spices, famed for it's spicy ingredients. Each district of Kerala hosts it's own famous dishes and although you can find each dish in all districts you will not find the best until you are sampling it in it's own district. Kerala sounds amazing to me, to bring this cuisine to England is a blessing.... if they get it right and don't stray down the English-curry-house-of-doom path.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Oranaise Cafe - Hyde Park Corner Leeds

Another place in Hyde Park which I totally ignored as a student but since leaving uni I have wanted visit it on many occasions but just never got round to it. There really are some hidden gems in Leeds' student land which are often overlooked because of where they are situated.

We decided upon Oranaise after wandering around Leeds city centre trying to find somewhere nice to eat lunch that we hadn't been before, which wasn't too expensive and wasn't a chain restaurant (although I have nothing against chain restaurants I just didn't fancy visiting one this day). After getting a serious hunger grump on we decided to ditch the city centre and hop on a bus to Hyde Park corner.

A Moroccan and Algerian restaurant in Leeds is not something that you see all too often, and I was intrigued.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Cut Waterside - Shipley

I noticed this restaurant whilst I was flat hunting in the area. I walked down the canal from Saltaire to my next viewing which was alongside the canal. From the other side it looked really cute/romantic/welcoming with the lights strung across the outside eating area and I made a mental note to check it out.

A bit of searching on google and I managed to find the website. The menus looked varied and interesting they have a lunch menu, early bird specials and an a la carte menu too. I was intrigued.

As a group of four we had made sure to pre-book as we weren't sure how busy it would be and if we would be guaranteed a table. It was probably a good job that we did as the restaurant is very small and although there were only a couple other tables in there when we first entered the whole restaurant filled up through the course of the evening.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Boathouse Inn - Saltaire

In the run up to moving to this side of the country I'd been reading a lot of reviews and walking a lot of the streets on google maps trying to find nice places to visit and eat out. After my disappointing meal at Don't Tell Titus I was determined to find somewhere better. I decided to look at the Boathouse again after being put off by the on mass people drinking outside. I had read one dissatisfied person's review of the Boathouse and went on to read more and more of their reviews of the local eateries and was starting to wonder if there were actually any nice places to eat where we had just moved to!

This left me feeling rather down and slightly disbelieving that there couldn't be anywhere nice to eat in the area. My friend tried to cheer me up by saying it was just one person's opinion and that mine will most likely not be the same.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Don't Tell Titus - Saltaire

A little background for anyone who doesn't know the history of Saltaire. Saltaire was founded in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt a big business man and at one point Mayor of Bradford. He decided to build a big textile mill outside of Bradford's ever increasing polluted city centre. He decided upon the Aire Valley and not far away from Shipley. Along with the mill (which he named Salt's Mill) he also built a village for his workers and various other amenities. He named the village Saltaire after his family name and the river Aire which runs through the village. Titus was determined that his workers lived a better life than they did in the city and thus discouraged drinking and gambling. He built no public house and banned ale shops, believing that a sober work force was a productive one.

Salt's Mill closed in 1986 and in 2001 Saltaire was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mill is now renovated and used for other purposes these days. You can read more about Saltaire, it's history and the mill here. 

Saturday, 26 May 2012

iCandy - Leeds

Please note this establishment is now closed. 

Don't let the name of this place put you off, with a lot of new businesses and enterprises jumping on the apple bandwagon and coming up with witty (or less so) coins and play on words by sticking a little 'i' in front of words. I diverge...

The pink sparkliness of this place screams at you, and it does I'll be honest, look like a place for teenage girls. Looking beyond this I peered in at the menu a few months a go and noticed that they do a wide range of hot drinks and desserts.

This place appealed to me at the time because we had just recently visited a number of restaurants and after finishing our main meals found ourselves wanting a sweet treat. However when presented with a dessert menu we were less than impressed or tempted. I found myself wishing that there was a place in Leeds that I could just go for dessert when a restaurant had let me down on that side.

And then... up one popped!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Cupcakes by Charley - Leeds

Please note this establishment in Leeds has now closed, you can however still find them in Harrogate in The Montepellier Quarter. 

Cupcakes by Charley, the first time I saw this place I thought "Oh no not another person jumping on the cupcake bandwagon"... I don't mind a cupcake but I would prefer a hunk of cake instead, the copious amounts of buttercream you get on cupcakes oo is a little too much for me.

I'm not going to deny that just passing by and looking through their window I was impressed with the look and variety of the variety of cupcakes on offer. The Saturday previously I decided to wander down Queens arcade, as I was peering in to Aladdin's Cave's window the smell of freshly baked cupcakes was creeping towards me. I decided to once again look in the window, and also have a look at what drinks they had to offer. We were due to go to Little Tokyo for lunch this day so I didn't go in.

However... the next day when I found myself once again in Leeds City Centre on the Sunday. My friend and I were absolutely freezing from the wind and rain that day and so decided to seek shelter and warmth somewhere that could provide us with Hot Chocolate and cake.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Little Tokyo - Leeds

Little Tokyo is somewhere I have often heard people talk about and refer to as a good place to go, a few of my friends used to go here just for the cocktails. However it was never somewhere I was desperate to go eat or drink. From the outside it doesn't look very appetising it has blacked out windows with pictures of the food displayed on them.

However after reading another blog and their experience, plus doing a little research in to their menu online I thought I'd give it a whirl.

It was about 12.30pm when we arrived outside absolutely starving from a hectic morning. We walked in and were immediately greeted by a lady in a rather stunning Kimono, we asked for a table for two and were led towards the back of the building. First impressions?
It didn't look like anything special perhaps just a little dark. She led us towards a row of stools and I was thinking I really do not want to sit on those today! That's when she appeared to sink down and she turned to us and told us to mind our step. My friend and I exchanged confused looks only to creep nearer and realise that hidden on the over side of the bar with the stools was a staircase. She led us down the staircase in to the basement which was much more impressive than upstairs.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Interlude Cafe - Shipley

It's actually taken me a couple of months to finish writing this post. For no reason other than I left it too long after we first visited the cafe and then I had other posts to write and this one was sort of just put on a back burner.

Please don't let the above comment influence your opinion on this place as it is an absolutely lovely place to visit!

It was my first trip to Shipley (in search of somewhere to live) and I wanted to explore the area a little and find somewhere nice to have lunch. I did some quick distracted googling whilst I was getting ready that morning and saw something about a place called 'Interlude Cafe' which served cream tea... in the mood for cream tea I popped the postcode in my phone ready to find around lunch time.

So about 12pm we were starting to feel a little peckish, I pulled out my phone and asked it to direct me to the correct place.

We were stood on the street it told us to and according to my phone I was right in front of it... but where was it??

That's when I noticed this building across the street....

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Johnny Fontanes - Leeds, Great George Street

Please note this establishment has now closed as of Autumn 2012

Johnny Fontanes is an all new American style diner opening in Leeds soon. I and a few others were lucky enough to be invited to a preview just before it opens to the public.

The idea of Johnny Fontanes is to bring the American dining experience to the UK, it's not like all this fast food high branded large arches crap were so often led to believe is the all American way. They promise great food, sourced locally, big shakes and specially imported beers and bourbons.

Walking down Great George Street you can't miss it. It's where Brio's used to be behind the town hall, it has massive orange signs so fairly easy to spot.

Friday, 13 April 2012

The Marvellous Tearoom - Leeds

Please note Birds Yard will close at the end of July 2013. 

It's been far too long but finally Leeds has a decent tearoom! What's even better is that it's run by the lovely ladies at The Marvellous Tea Dance Company.

For those of you who don't know anything about The Marvellous Tea Dance Company... It was established in 2006 and before opening their tea room they catered for vintage fairs, events, festivals and much more taking with them their portable teeny tiny tea shed, tea potty shed their vintage crockery and awesome cakes... So you may have already seen them around.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Bruschetta - Glasgow

Wandering around Glasgow on a rainy Friday afternoon I was keen to see what restaurants are housed in this city. I've visited Glasgow a few times but until now I have never had time to eat out.

I asked twitter a couple of times if anyone knew of any good places to visit as I had no clue whatsoever! I had one restaurant contact me and advise they had a lunch menu... and that was it. Thanks to those who retweeted for me!

We got in to Glasgow and tried to follow google maps to the restaurant... which was trying to make us walk in circles. I eventually got there at 1.45pm and noticed that the restaurant closed at 2.30pm...

So we wandered around a bit more and finally stumbled across a small Italian place called Bruschetta.

It seemed quite cute from the outside and they had a lunch offer on.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Canton Flavour - Garforth

Canton Flavour is my favourite Chinese takeaway. They know they are good, they are so good that they don't need to deliver, people come flocking to it.

I think that I am becoming a regular as the woman behind the counter is starting to recognise me, maybe... Bless that woman behind the counter too as she is ALWAYS there no matter what time of night you go or what day, AND they now open 7 days a week.

I often get Chinese takeaway on my way home from visiting people and take a detour home from the train station to go pick up some Chinese, or sometimes I'm just feeling lazy and want something tasty to eat without too much effort.

I have gotten myself in to a little rut however and have started ordering the same thing every time I go. I usually order chicken chow mein, egg fried rice, chips and separate pot of curry sauce. My mouth is watering just typing that.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Casa Mia - Millenium Square Leeds

Please note this establishment in Millenium Square is now closed - you can however still find them in Chapel Allerton

I've only visited Casa Mia once before and it was the one in Chapel Allerton, I was quite 'tipsy' at the time so it wouldn't be fair for me to compare the two.

The Millenium Square restaurant is in a much more favourable location for us due to where I am living at the moment. My friend has never been to Casa Mia, and I remembered that although a little tiny bit drunk last time I rather enjoyed it.

So this is where I decided to go on date night last Saturday.

Monday, 5 March 2012

The River Plate - Leeds

Please note this establishment has now closed. 

Last Thursday it felt like spring had sprung, walking out of work I really didn't fancy going straight home from work and slaving over a hot stove, so I suggested to a friend that we go out and eat as a mid week treat.

We had a look at some of the restaurants that feature on Pink Gorilla, we did want to go to Distrikt but food is only served until 7pm and we didn't think we would be able to relax knowing there was a time constraint. So instead we decided to opt for The River Plate. With the Pink Gorilla deal you get two for one on main courses Monday to Thursday.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Manchester Arndale Food Market

I feel that Leeds City Council should take a leaf out of Manchester's book when trying to save our Market. At the back of the Arndale Centre in Manchester is a small market. What started out as a few food stalls to fill the gaps has expanded in to a full blown food hall.

It is awesome! It's great when you fancy something but the other people your with fancy something totally different. They are independent traders that are passionate about their food and love to dish it up to the masses of Manchester.

There is even a tiny pub stall if you fancy a pulled pint!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Primos - Leeds Corn Exchange

I've visted Primo's a few times but only ever for a cup of tea. It's a great place to sit and have a cup of tea as you can sit outside in the Corn Exchange and people watch. They also do massive cups of tea too in a cup and saucer!

This particular Saturday afternoon my friend and I were trying to think of somewhere we could have a quick bite, maybe a sandwich, we didn't want anything big as we were going out for a big meal that evening. We looked in a few sandwich and coffee shops but wasn't inspired by what we saw, we also wanted somewhere we could sit down and have a cup of tea too.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Review: The Lord Gascoinge (Hungry Horse) Garforth, Leeds

Another post from an eatery based in Garforth....

The Lord Gascoinge is a pub in Garforth, that has undergone many refurbs, new looks and owners, all in the attempt to 'refresh' and 'revamp' it (make it less rough around the edges...). This time they have gone for a more family friendly theme. The Gascoinge, as it was previously known, has this time been taken over by the chain 'Hungry Horse'. The food is cheap and it's very family orientated. They have a deal on every day of the week. This time I visited on a Thursday just to get out of the house... and avoid cooking.  On Thursdays the deal is that you buy a main from the 'big plate' menu and you get either a free dessert or a free starter.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Weekly Bake Off: Apple and Almond Dessert Cake

I have been really excited about this bake all week, as I love apples and almonds in baking. I was so excited I even went out and bought a new tin...

Friday, 10 February 2012

The Blue Bicycle - York

So for Birthday Meal part two I wanted to go somewhere a bit different. I really like York as a city and there are some lovely places to go out for meals. The blue bicycle was suggested by a work colleague, the interesting menu and the fact that this place used to be a brothel really intrigued me.

It's about a 10-15minute stroll from the train station and although it appears to be on one of the quieter streets of York it's not far away from the hubbub of other restaurants and bars if you fancy a drink afterwards.

We pre-booked a week in advance to ensure that we could get a table on a Saturday night. The only reservations they could offer were 6.30pm and 9.00pm... We could have had a booth (bed - see further down) but there was a 2 hour cap on the table... and we don't like to be rushed. We decided to book the 6.30pm slot as the last train home is 11.15pm.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Aagrah - Garforth, Leeds

The Aagrah in Garforth has been there as far back as I can remember, I moved to Garforth when I was 6 which was 19 years ago and I remember it being there then. One of the main reasons I can remember it being there is because of the Aagrah Elephant. The Aagrah Elephant was a magnificent thing (in the eyes of a 6/7year old) it was about 10 foot tall (I think) and beautifully decorated. What made the elephant even more special is that it used to travel from Aagrah restaurant to Aagrah restaurant, so I used to eagerly look out of the car window as we drove past to see if the elephant was there. Unfortunately the Aagrah elephant no longer visits Garforth, I have heard rumours that the elephant was broken in transit? I have also heard that it now sits permanently outside another establishment? If you know please comment at the end of this post!

The Aagrah is about 5 minutes in the car from my house and I'm surprised I haven't been more. This time we were going for my Birthday Meal Number 1. We went on my actual birthday due to the short distance plus during in January they were running a 25% off your total bill promotion. Keep your eye out for this next year as it was on the previous January too.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

The Weekly Bake Off: Fruitful Baking & Valentines Bakes

I hate wasting food, but I also like my fruit to be just ripe not overly ripe. I like bananas but they don't seem to last very long before they start to go brown and spotty. To accompany this weeks Weekly Bake off entry I thought I'd follow the theme of fruit in cake and make chocolate and banana heart shaped cakes... Valentines day is not far away after all.

Firstly though... here is my entry in this weeks bake off.

Farmhouse Orange Victoria Sandwich.

I think I should have let my cake cool a little longer, or perhaps put the cream on the bottom layer then put it in the fridge to let it harden before I put the top layer on? It seemed a bit sloppy but still tasted awesome. There isn't a massive amount of cream but you really don't need a thick layer of it (in my opinion) as the cream was really rich. I deviated from the recipe a little bit by spreading a layer of the fine cut marmalade on the base before adding any cream.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Miller and Carter - Garforth, Leeds

There aren't an abundance of places to eat in Garforth... or rather there aren't an abundance of places you would want to eat.

I hadn't heard of Miller and Carter until 'The Old George' (which has previously been a Beefeater- do those still exist?) was taken over by them and transformed in to what is now a Miller and Carter. The locals still call it The Old George however.

My brother visited it before I did and said it was good for food but a little pricier than your normal pub food. The first time I went I was really impressed and I've been back a couple of times since... I have only been once since I started blogging... so only once in the last 8 months.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Book Review: Bill's Basics

A first for the Breadsticklers Blog, a book review....

A few months ago whilst in Waterstone's I flicked through this book whilst browsing in the cookery section. A few recipes caught my eye and it was straight on my Amazon Wish List. Lucky me I got a few things from my Amazon Wish List for Christmas this year and Bill's Basics was one of them.

I have made 5 recipes from the book so far and there are still some I am eager to try out.

The book is really good for after work meals as they are relatively simple and require few ingredients. Also you don't need to be a master chef in order to make any of the recipes, the steps are easy to follow  and require no special gadgets.

These are 'Bill's' basics so don't expect to find a Delia bible of basics in here but basics with slight adaptations. For those of you unfamiliar with this chef, Bill is Australian so there is a lot of Australian influenced foods and Malaysian/East Asian influenced food, things I would never have thought about making until I saw it here in this book.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Weekly Bake Off: Happy Birthday to Me....

It was my birthday this week, I had just received my copy of Mary Berry's 100 Cakes and Bakes so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to join in with The Weekly Bake Off.

I found out about the weekly bake off a couple of weeks ago through another blog I follow. It seemed like a really cute idea, every week there is a new bake from the book (only £4 on Amazon... bargain!) the bake is announced on Monday and everyone has to submit a picture of their bake by Sunday via twitter @WeeklyBakeOff. Each bake is judged (sometimes there is a guest judge) and a winner is announced! It's great to see how other people have fared and each person's own interpretation of the bake.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Midnight Bell - Leeds

I work literally about 5 minutes away from The Midnight Bell and I have never visited... In my defence I only get a half an hour lunch each day so it limits me in what I can do. I have heard so much about the place; it was also recently featured on Jamie's Great Britain, it has been on my to do list for a while. Situated in the newly formed 'Holbeck Urban Village' there are a few eateries around here, you'll find them busiest during the week.

It's about a 10 minute walk from Leeds train station and we got to The Midnight Bell about 12pm. It was a very cold day and it was lovely to step in to the warm cosiness, almost home like feel of the place.

There's nothing special about the actual menus, it's a printed piece of paper clipped to a piece of wood. The things on the menu are a little bit special however.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Anthony's Patisserie - Leeds

Please note this establishment has now closed. 

Anthony's Patisserie is a part of the ever expanding Anthony's empire across Leeds. Situated in the Victoria Quarter, open air in the middle of the arcade. The Patisserie as the name suggests serves a selection of cakes and pastries, as well as hot drinks and small lunches.

As the Patisserie is in an open space within the arcade there are patio heaters situated by the tables and a glass wall surrounds its boarders so to keep it enclosed from the frantic shoppers beyond. On this occasion we had visited on a cold December day, the arcade generally tends to be a little warmer than outside and this combined with the patio heaters we thought we had nothing to worry about. We were sadly wrong. We were seated on the outside wall of the Patisserie free for cold air to be blown on to us from the ever opening automatic door which leads on to Kirkgate, and far away from any patio heater. I kept my coat on and sat hunched in my seat.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Ciao Bella - Leeds

On the other side of the river along dock streets cobbled roads you will find a few independent eateries, one of these being Ciao Bella. A converted mill in a previous life this restaurant is full of open beams and bare stone walls.

I stumbled across Ciao Bella a couple of years ago drawn in by their lunch time menu. I have always had a nice lunch here, and even nicer ones when the sun has been shining and they open up the back so you can sit outside drinking ice cold wine (or beer whichever you prefer).

This time however I decided to try Ciao Bella for an evening meal. I had bought the Living Social voucher a few months back knowing that it was somewhere we have enjoyed lunch before.