A night at the Tetley, breakfast at Mrs Atha’s, Fat Rascals at Betty’s and sea bass at Le Box Bistro. On top of all that, I helped organise a blogger night at Smoke BBQ in Leeds.
Needless to say, February has been a very busy foodie month for me.
This former brewery has been converted into a contemporary arts exhibition space which also boasts a fabulous restaurant and bar. I’m kicking myself for not having visited the place sooner because it really does have “me” written all over it.
The restaurant was testing out the new menu on food writers and bloggers, so I was very excited to be one of the lucky few who was invited along to try it out.
For my starter I chose smoked salmon and cream cheese terrine with asparagus. This was served with a wodge of bread and onion marmalade. The chunky charred bread was delicious and a very welcome addition but I thought the onion marmalade was a little unnecessary and overpowered the delicate salmon slightly. Cream cheese and salmon are, needless to say, a match made in heaven though I pointed out that I would have liked more salmon and a little less cheese. Wouldn’t we all?
The main course both Jake and I opted for was roast chicken served with a selection of beautifully cooked roasted vegetables, including beetroot, carrots, potatoes and tiny pickled onions. All of this was served with a delightfully salty and crispy shard of chicken skin – a real treat. I would have loved more gravy with this dish just to give it a little more moisture.
This posh roast dinner was followed by a bread and butter pudding for me and chocolate fondant for Jake. Whilst I loved the bread and butter pudding, I couldn’t keep my hands off the fondant!
Breakfast at Mrs Atha’s
Every so often, perhaps before a morning meeting or a PR/journalism seminar I’m tutoring, I head to Mrs Atha’s for a “working” breakfast. It’s a great place to work because it’s got great wifi, a place below my feet to plug in my laptop, amazing coffee… and the best darn avocado sourdough on the planet. At £7.50, it’s a little pricy, but a lovely treat. There’s no better way to start my working day.
Fat Rascals at Betty’s Harlow Carr
Last year Jake and I signed up for membership at the RHS gardens Harlow Carr. The gardens are fabulous and a wonderful way to spend the day whatever the time of year. I always enjoy rounding off these days with either a full afternoon tea or a simple Fat Rascal at Betty’s. This month, I took my parents there and they had never tried Fat Rascals before. Needless to say… they loved them!
Birthday dinner at Le Box Bistro
I live in Boston Spa between Leeds, York and Harrogate, which for a village of its size has the most amazing choice of restaurants and cafes. We’ve got the Stew and Oyster for, specialising in (yes you’ve guessed it) stews and oysters, La Casita for stunning cuisine, Thai Jantra for the most amazing Thai food, and there’s Le Box Bistro for top quality French fare.
I decided to take my dad here for a birthday meal and it was just as fantastic as ever. This sea bass with roasted veg was just fabulous… and don’t get me started on their chocolate sticky toffee pudding…
Getting dirty at Smoke BBQ
I was very proud to have helped organise a blogger event at the fabulous new Smoke BBQ in Leeds. More than 60 people came to the event and the social media buzz was phenomenal… it was a HUGE success overall (#SoProud #GetDirty).
Jake and I sat with our good friends Hannah and James (who, like us, are hard core barbecue fans) and we all tucked into two enormous platter of ribs, brisket, corn bread, turkey leg, chicken thighs, coleslaw… and incredible chips. More than once I heard other bloggers say “this is better than Red’s”.
Follow @SmokeLeeds on Twitter and take a look at their website to see the menu. Proper open wood fired smoked food… authentic American style.