Friday, 29 November 2013

The Pit - Chapel Allerton, Leeds - A Sneak Preview

The ever expanding Arc Inspirations empire has now put it's stamp on Chapel Allerton.

You'd be correct in thinking that there is already a place in Leeds with the same name 'The Pit', this is the City Centre's little sister (the feminist within can't help myself). I haven't directly compared the menus but they look pretty similar with big bolchy American food such as ribs, burgers, pulled pork, Philly Fries (fries topped with onions, mushrooms, brisket and monetary Jack cheese). All the 'now foods' or to put another way ... The latest fashion food.

I was lucky enough to be invited along for a sneak preview the night before they opened. A promise of champagne and canap├ęs of the food eventually on offer can't keep me away. 

I took along V for the ride. 

We arrived 5 to 10 minutes after they opened the doors to fellow VIPs (get me) and walked in... To find there were no tables left. However, the place was much larger than expected and with champagne flute firmly in our clutches we parked ourselves next to the kitchen. To get a good view of the food being made and also hoping to get first dibs when it eventually came out. 

The place was full within about half an hour and several people came up and asked us where we got our drinks... Something tells me they ran out. 

A short while later the food that we had been staring at with hunger started to be boarded (no plates - just wooden boards) up. 

I'm not sure if we're just too polite or British for our own good but we only took one thing from the board when offered... But soon they were bypassing us to reach the masses who were stuck at the back (front) of the bar. 

Here is a sample of what we did manage to grab from a board...

Mini Burger - filled with onion and herbs not over cooked for it's size. Burnt my chin on the burger juice mind. 

Pulled pork and bacon sub. 

More pulled pork on a sweet bread 

A chicken wing that nearly burnt V's mouth off.

They have a good range of cask ales just like the one in town with my particular favourites Jaipur IPA and Doggie Style. 

There are no ping pong tables from what I could see like the city centre but there was a mini football table (jargon?). 

As I'm shortly moving to the area I can definitely see myself popping in for a 3/4 pint (what's with this new fad?! Give me a full pint!) and some Philly Fries.