Food & Drink - Eating Out in Leeds
Feature PURE IMAGINATION…….
Liz Coggins samples the gastronomic delights of Brown’s
What have Brown’s and the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory got in common? The answer is simple pure imagination because when I step into Brown’s restaurant, housed in the iconic former Leeds Permanent Building Society Building, I am transported into a “world of pure imagination” as the song goes.
For step into Browns and you could be dining in Paris, London, New York or indeed any European capital city. The high ceilings, the dark heavy woodwork, antique mirrors, potted palms, marble floor and those fantastic floor to ceiling windows. The waiters in their starched long pinnies and the…
Feature A WINNING MENU
Liz Coggins discovers Leeds’s best kept dining secret!
Mention the word casino and it conjures up all kinds of notions – but its unlikely that a superb restaurant is among them – but that’s exactly what the restaurant at the Grosvenor Casino behind the Merrion Centre and minutes from The Arena is.
Enter the doors and mount the stairs and apart from a slight glance at the gaming tables to your right you wouldn’t even realise you were in a casino. Tastefully furnished with booths and sinkable seating you could be in any restaurant in town It’s the ideal place if you are looking for a…
Review Jurys Inn
Jurys Inn on Brewery Wharf has just undergone a £1.5 million refurbishment, making it one of the most modern and stylish hotels in the city.
Visit here in the evening and the skyline views from its rooms are magical giving a whole new perception to our city. Its spacious lobby and tasteful décor adds a new classy but individual dimension to what, as a travel writer I usually call, “plastic city hotels”. There can be no doubt that Jurys as a hotel is impressive, especially the furnishings and layout of its restaurant.
The décor, furnishing and layout of its restaurant…
Liz Coggins discovers the ethereal and decadent atmosphere that is Browns
Waiters scurry back and forth in their long white starched aprons. The sound of clinking glasses, a pianist playing the ultimate mood music and the click click of footsteps on the marble floor and a buzz of conversation create a wonderful cacophony of sound.
The antique large mirrors and oak panels , subdued lighting, potted palms and marble topped tables reflect the decadence of a time gone by.
As we are shown to our table by the ultra-large windows there’s light covering of snow covering the nearby buildings bathed in lamplight and moonlight the whole picture has an ethereal effect.…
Food Review Wagamama
Wagamama is not the place you would go for a romantic meal, first date or for an evening swopping girlie gossip secrets! But is it’s the ideal place for healthy fast food served in a sophisticated style
During the week it’s a place frequented by city dwellers too tired or who can’t be bothered to cook, professionals seeking a quick meal with their colleagues after working late, groups of students looking for filling, good value night out food and cinema goers wanting a pre or pot viewing meal.
Situated in the old bank building in Park Row, it was a Wednesday evening when my friend and I visited. And I must say we would have been tempted to leave if we were not on a “mission” by the lack of a meeting and greeting service.
Food Review The Seven Arts Café
Liz Coggins finds her 'heaven on a plate' at the Seven Arts Café
You would be forgiven for driving or walking past Seven Arts let alone knowing that it housed one of Chapel Allerton’s best kept gastronomic secrets – The Seven Arts Café.
Tucked away in Harrogate Road, opposite the library, it’s unlike any other eating establishment in Leeds, as its profits support the arts projects staged at Seven.
Open for five years, in the last six months, the café has undergone a remarkable transformation foodwise,under the creativity and menu magic of chef Joe Love, who has created a café atmosphere where you can “relax and enjoy good simple food with a quirky…
A Bartender's Life Eating isn't Cheating
An insight into the life of Mojo cocktail man Josef Wyczynski
It seems that the journey through 2012 is flying by at a dizzying pace. The bartenders’ lonely trek through the barren plains of January is a distant memory and the odd weekend oasis passed along the trail through February has reminded us of real work. Visible on the horizon is the sandstorm of St Patrick’s Day and past that, if we squint, we can almost make out the rich bounty of the first Bank Holidays.
Thinking about Paddy’s Day and the Easter weekend has got me musing on the massive amount of drinking some people are going to get down…