A NEW PLACE TO DINE AND STAY
Tucked away in the quiet business area of Leeds is one of the city’s best kept secrets.
One of the city’s newest hotels the Mercure Leeds Centre must be the quietest hotel in the centre of Leeds. Even on a busy Saturday night there is no noise, no revellers or car doors banging – just perfect piece. One would never guess you are just a few minutes walk from the vibrant and bustling heart of the city.
From the outside you may miss it as it blends in with the business fronts of York Place. Yet step inside and it’s a contemporary vision of design. There’s no foreboding reception just an informal table leading into the bar area.
Yet this new hotel pays homage to the city’s history of tailoring. There are quotes from famous clothing magnate Montague Burton with a wonderful quote made by him in 1937 adorning the wall.
“Today clothes no longer divide the masses from the classes. Masters and men rub shoulders in the crowd and no one can tell one from another”
Tailoring was the most important part of Leeds commercial history and this hotel celebrates it. The foyer décor includes paper patterns and tailor’s dummies and the theme runs throughout the hotel.
The doors have large buttons making up their numbers and the rooms are adorned with upholstery, bed heads and hangings that are pure wool fabric.
Our room was a Privilege Room, for a city centre four star hotel it was spacious with every amenity – I particularly loved the old style red telephone and the really admirable lighting system.
Our King size bed was exceptionally comfortable and the power shower was exactly as it should be powerful.
Being a Privilege Room it was on the third floor and surprise the large picture windows led out to a small balcony with wooden tables and chairs – perfect to enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the warmer weather or to snuggle in a blanket with a hotel chocolate and enjoy the last of the winter sunshine.
This hotel is the perfect place for a dine and stay experience and with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day in the not too distant future this could be the answer to your gift problem.
The Loom Restaurant provides a secluded dining experience and its menu is full of locally inspired heritage flavours. It also sources its produce, especially the meat, from local suppliers which is good for the city’s economy.
The dining area is contemporary but very pleasant with comfortable seating and tables well spaced. The tailoring theme is carried into the restaurant’s decor in a contemporary way.
Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and yet so friendly. She could not do enough for us or indeed any of the other patrons in the restaurant.
As a starter my partner chose Filo Prawns served with a sweet chilli sauce. The sauce complimented the prawns and was not overpowering. I opted for Grilled Halloumi with Yorkshire chutney. It was grilled perfectly and not overcooked giving it a smooth texture and was cut in slices making it easy to eat. The dish in itself was very flavoursome.
Our salads that came with the starters were as if they had been picked minutes ago and the portions of the starters and salads were very generous.
For main course I chose from the Proper British section and ordered the Homemade Yorkshire Reared Beef, Mushroom and Leeds Best Ale Pie. This was a massive home made pie with chunks of beef and a home made light pastry just like my mum used to make. It came with real creamy mashed potatoes and carrot and swede – the right Yorkshire vegetables to accompany pie.
This was pure indulgence and never has a pie tasted so good. My partner’s choice of a Sirloin Steak was also very pleasing. It was succulent and tender and came with grilled tomato and portobello mushroom and chunky chips.
Now my partner doesn’t really like chips in fact he hates them but these, he had to admit were pure decadence and the best he had ever tasted.
After a rather long break and a stroll down the secluded street we came back for our puds. My partners fruit crumble served with lashings of custard went down a treat whilst my Berry Fool – the Loom’s take on an Eton mess but better was just my heaven on a plate.
It was then time to move to the bar area with its sinkable sofas littered with cushions and a view that overlooked the quiet but well lit street for our coffee. We just couldn’t believe we were only a couple of minutes away from the pulsating bars and nightlife of the city.
Next morning we awoke to the same quiet street and were ready to tackle The Loom’s great breakfast which is a must if you are staying overnight.
The hotel has great service and The Loom is a great restaurant – in tandem with the hotel it is a great place to enjoy a dine and stay experience.
The Mercure Leeds Centre, 23/25 York Place, Leeds. Tel: 0113 204 2152
The Loom Restaurant is open seven days a week from 12-10pm.
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