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Nash’s fish restaurant, an ideal location for a pre-theatre meal

Feature: Nash’s Fish Restaurant

Just a stone’s throw away from the Grand Theatre in Leeds, and within 5 minutes walk of the West Yorkshire Playhouse & Carriageworks, Nash’s fish restaurant is an ideal location for a pre-theatre meal.

In Leeds, the connection between the name Nash and quality fish and chips goes back generations. Grandma Nash opened her first shop on Park Lane in Leeds in the 1920s. Word got around about this top-notch chip shop and, before long, enormous queues were a regular fixture.

It took 40 years and a third generation before the Nash’s branched out however. First with another shop in Chapel Allerton, and then a fully-fledged restaurant in 1963, an impressive Tudor-style listed building on Merrion Street that was once a private boys’ school. It was a bold move, but it became a roaring success. People flocked to enjoy tasty fish and chips served by the waitresses in their smart black and white outfits, and in such a grand setting.

In fact, Nash’s grew to become an institution - an essential part of Leeds city life, for locals and visitors alike. Even the celebrities appearing at the Grand Theatre just nearby would feel compelled to pop in. And the restaurant has their signatures on the wall of the bar area to prove it!

At Nash’s they believe fish and chips should be simple. No pretensions - just get the best possible ingredients, cook them with care, and serve them with grace. For their menu, they looked back to the golden age of fish and chips, selecting classic dishes and revitalising them. Nash’s are delighted to have the approval of their sustainability and quality from SEAFISH, the authority on seafood standards.

And because they believe they are fresher than any other chippy around, they’ve been able to work wonders, whether its Nash’s smoked mackerel pate or traditional Haddock and dill fishcakes. Not forgetting their pride and joy, the ever-changing range of our main fish selection, ‘Today We Are Frying’. Of course, if you still have room for afters, they’ve put together a list of perfect old fashioned puddings that will do just the trick.

They also set great store in heritage. Many people have a special connection to Nash’s and it was very important to them that they do that justice. That’s why they’ve gone to great lengths to restore this very special place to its former glory, from painstakingly refurbishing the grand dining room with its beautiful parquet floor and giant fireplace, to a complete overhaul of the kitchens.

So when you walk into their beautifully decorated main dining room, with seating for 90, a grand parquet floor, traditional banquette seating and original tables, you’ll be wowed. Sit down to a classic plate of fish and chips with a big pot of tea and some bread and butter to the side, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve gone back in time.

Just to one side of the large bar, you’ll find a cosy snug for pre-dinner drinks. And while you whet your whistle with a Fentimans soda, a beer or something from the extensive wine list, don’t forget to check out the many autographs adorning the walls, penned by visiting stars like Morecambe & Wise taking time out from performing round the corner at Leeds’ Grand Theatre.

On the opposite side of the main room, there’s a private dining room the Chart Room, which seats 62, or 100 standing guests. With all the character of the main room, it’s absolutely perfect for functions, particularly if you’re looking for a more unique setting - and some great fish and chips too of course!

In the restaurant starters range from the Soup of the Day at £2-95 up to Giant Warm Water Shrimps at £5-95 with a further seven dishes besides. For main course there are Classic Haddock (£8-75), Extra Large Haddock (£10-95), plus fish cakes and goujons (£5-95 & £6-95) and also a range of mouth-watering meat and fish pies (£8-75 & £7-75). And if that hasn’t filled you up, there are a range of puddings to finish with at £3-95 each including Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake, Sticky Toffee Pudding and various Cheescakes plus Mr Moo’s Ice Cream Parlour for the youngsters.

A traditional taste of Yorkshire, Nash’s is well worth a pre-theatre visit.

Posted on Monday 11th June 2012

Nash's Fish & Chips

17 Merrion Street, Leeds City Centre, LS2 8JE

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