FOR STYLISH DINING
Situated in a Grade 2 building that dates back to Georgian times The Lost and Found Leeds Club has a remarkable ambience and proudly displays a blue plaque on the outside as a testament to its remarkable history
Built as a private residence in 1820 in 1849 it was given a new facade and became an exclusive private gentleman’s club which it remained until 2013.
With the passage of time it still retains its beautiful 19th century interiors with high plaster carved ceilings and coved borders, a wide wooden staircase, a tiled floor and wonderful gold embellished marble pillars.
The restaurant has been carefully restored so as to lose non of its charm or history with potted palms, leather chesterfields and marble fire places.
Enter The Lost and Found Leeds Club and its like stepping back in time – you expect to see an Edwardian gentleman sitting in one of the winged chairs, smoking a huge cigar and perhaps reading a copy of The Leeds Mercury.
On the lower floor is a large airy bar with lots of breakout area that has a rustic feel or you can choose to sit in the former hall-way with its leather chairs. Climb the stairs and you will find the restaurant with large windows looking out to the street below and you cannot fail to notice the beautiful original coving that wraps around the room.
Our server was very knowledgeable and could not do enough to make us feel welcome advising us of the best wine that would go with our choice and just what our starters contained.
To start with I opted for Pil Pil Prawns sautéed in chilli, garlic and lemon butter. These were served with chargrilled sourdough which sadly was just a tad too hard.
My colleague’s Beef Ragu and Mozzarella Arancini served with a truffle and Madeira mayonnaise just melted in his mouth, the mayonnaise was tasty and the perfect accompaniment to the Arancini.
For main I decided on the Masala Fish and Chips but with ordinary triple cooked chips not the masala spiced triple cooked chips and this was not a problem at all. The fish was succulent, tasty and the thick steak of cod had a poppy seed crispy batter whilst the accompanying minted pea raita and mango chutney were tasty. This place should win an award for their triple cooked chips they were fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside just amazing.
Our server recommended the rib-eye steak to my colleague and he certainly was not disappointment with her choice.
The steak was cooked just right exactly as he asked for it to be cooked. It was tender and was very flavoursome. A great choice he declared and certainly agreed with me and my observations about the crispy chips.
We decided to wait a while for our desserts as portions are quite large at this restaurant.
Warm sticky toffee pudding with a ginger poached pear and gingerbread ice cream was my colleagues choice for dessert. The combination was perfect and the pudding was just as it should be ultra sticky with the ginger pear and ice cream diffusing the over-sweet taste that one often gets with this dish.
I can only describe my pudding as heaven on a plate from the angel’s kitchen.
I adore Baked Alaska and am so often disappointed but with this White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Baked Alaska – a delicious take on the by the book one – I was over the moon and it worked well serving it with a passion fruit sauce.
Descending the stairs and leaving Lost and Found Leeds Club I almost imagined a tailcoated doorman opening the doors so I could climb into my horse drawn carriage such is the ambience of The Lost and Found Leeds Club.
The Lost and Found Leeds Club, 3 Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6JL.
Tel: 0113 493 1450
Open: Every day from 12 noon until 11.00pm.