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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…

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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…

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Food Review Looking for somewhere to wine and dine your loved one – then look no further

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.…

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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…

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Recipe Rob Higgins' Chestnut-crusted crown of pigeon and confit pigeon leg

Every fortnight, the region's top chefs share their culinary secrets with a recipe for you to try at home

Rob Higgins is the head chef at Sam’s Chop House. Here he presents a dish from the restaurants’ new Great Yorkshire Menu, a new seasonal menu featuring contemporary local produce inspired by Yorkshire’s rich culinary history. This menu will be built with the help of local opinion-leaders as champions for the new dishes, which will reflect their own personal tastes. The menu will be launched later in the year with Ian McMillan, the Poet Laureate of the Victorian Chop House Company and will feature poems, cartoons, music, local beers, British wines, and a display of local seasonal produce. A…

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Example Menu Aire Bar

Co-owner Louise Howard talks us through the menu at the stunning riverside venue

As one of Leeds’ bar and restaurant hot-spots, a trip to The Calls can be a confusing one. With so many bars and restaurants to choose from and all of them offering differentthings, decisions do not come easily. Louise Howard, co-owns Aire Bar, one of a number of bars on the street and says, "I think there’s something for everybody at Aire Bar, no matter what age you are, there’s something that will appeal to all ages."

Situated in a Grade ll-listed building, Aire Bar incorporates a relaxed lounge and dining area as well as an outside terrace over-looking…

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Bartender's Choice Claudio 'Nino' Antonino, The Maven

Where the stars behind the bars reveal their favourite drinks

Sometimes you have to work a little bit harder to get the finer things in life. And unless you know exactly where you’re going, you might find yourself walking up and down Call Lane for some time before you manage to find The Maven. For starters there isn’t even a sign outside, in true Prohibition speakeasy style. But if you’re a cocktail lover, you’ll be pleased you got here in the end. After making your way in through the inconspicuous exterior, you head up an old staircase and into this unexpected, classy little hideaway.

The man behind The Maven is…

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Food Review Harvester

Lucy Adlard visits a new branch of this chain pub in the Cardigan Fields development by Kirkstall's Vue cinema

While perusing the menu (as I often do these days before I eat out, not for any journalistic research purposes, more just because I like planning future meals), I noticed that Harvester gives the calorie content of all of its dishes. This seems to be a new theme in places such as KFC and McDonalds and I find it unnerving. Harvester say it is so that their customers can ‘choose a meal appropriate to their taste or occasion’, but personally, when I eat out I am generally throwing caution to the wind and am very much in the ignorance is…

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