OF THE CITY'S EATING AND DRINKS ESTABLISHMENTS
Just over the bridge, where the world’s first motion picture was shot by Le Prince and 12 years before the Titanic, The Adelphi was built in 1899 and is the epitome of the opulence of late Victorian architecture Designed by a local architect it was once a show piece for the nearby Tetley brewing empire.
The Adelphi is still retains the title of the jewel in the crown of the city’s drinking and eating establishments and has just undergone a £250,000 makeover which has enhanced and lovingly restored the pubs original features.
The makeover has enhanced many of the original features and there’s a real Victorian atmosphere about the place. There’s coal fires burning in the grates with dark wooden highly polished surrounds, red leather exceptionally comfortable seating, brass topped tables and the glass etched screens have been retained their heavy oak frames polished to perfection.
It was a very cold night outside but we only had to step through the doors and we were overcome by the warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. The Adelphi has a great drinks menu and wine list you can even start your evening as we did with one of their home grown cocktails.
Choosing our food was difficult as the choice was just so appetising.
For starters I chose the sautéed mushrooms on a toasted linseed bun and I was over the moon with my choice. The fresh mushrooms were not in a beautiful creamy sauce and the toast beneath was crispy. It is a long, long time since I have tasted this dish done so perfectly – its usually a big disappointment.
My colleague went for the deep-fried Camembert with chicory and a cucumber salad and pomegranate molassas and chutney. This was a dish of contrasts that worked so well. The Camembert was creamy and the contrast of pickled cucumber and a beautiful pomegranate molassas took any greasiness the cheese might have had. It was just a starter to die for. Both our starters were beautifully presented and the portion size was well above average starter size.
We were lost for choice with the mains. My colleague went for the Southern-friend chicken with a BBQ sauce, fries and slow and was not disappointment. There was a very generous portion of chicken well cooked and tastefully presented with a very tangy barbecue sauce. The slow was obviously home made. It was tasty and very creamy and nicely presented on a lettuce leaf.
I chose the Classic Cheeseburger which was more than mouthwatering. The chargrilled beef patty was smooth in texture and cooked as I wanted it. The Barber’s Cheddar was melted beautifully into the patty and the bun was soft and tasty. There was crispy lettuce and tomato under the patty and gherkin give it a tangy kick .The triple cooked chips were plentiful. As a side order our Onion Rings was again a generous portion and were hot and very crispy.
After such a feast we did manage to leave room for a sweet. My colleague decided to try the Biscoff cheesecake with toffee sauce. The sauce was smooth and not overly sweet and the cheesecake was obviously home made.
My heaven on a plate came in the form of a comfort food pudding. Crumble can be a gamble no one really gets it right – except the Adelphi. My apple and rhubarb crumble had lots of fruit under a light crispy base. It was not too sweet and had just the right balance between the fruit and the topping with the Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream giving it added flavour.
The Adelphi can be anything you want it to be from a family celebration, business lunch, after work gathering or even a romantic meal for two – keep that in mind for Valentine’s Day and there’s even a Veganuary menu for the month of January including a curry and burgers.
The Adelphi is blessed with an efficient and helpful staff who are friendly, passionate and knowledgeable about both food and drink their piece of history sells.
The Adelphi 1-3 Hunslet Road, Phone 0113 245 6377.
Open Friday and Saturday 10.00am to midnight; Sunday 11.00am-10.30pm; Mon,Tues,Wed, Thurs 10.00am – llpm.