Up until a few years ago, those of us who travelled regularly and stayed in hotels would very rarely eat dinner in the hotel restaurant

Menus and surroundings were unimaginative and the food served was often not up to the standard of the rest of the hotel’s facilities. However things have changed dramatically  over the last few years  and now discerning guests no longer have to search out a good nearby eatery, as the hotel’s dining facilities  often far surpass those of nearby restaurants .

The Cast Iron Bar and Grill, a contemporary steakhouse  at the Leeds Marriott, is one of the city’s best and is the perfect dining spot for any occasion with its laid back vibe.

Tucked away in lamp lit Trevelyan Square, a beautiful tranquil spot – one can hardly realise you are right in the heart of Leeds.

Enter the hotel with its spacious marbled foyer and leather and oak furnishings and an air of exclusivity abounds .

The newly refurbished restaurant with its well spaced tables and comfortable leather upholstery has a large window at the far end  overlooking the foyer  giving both a great view and lots of light.

We had only just stepped into the Cast Iron and immediately we felt welcome and at home. The servers here are really here to make your dining experience a memorable one – and what’s more they really mean it.

The menu is a eclectic one serving both old -school classic plus some contemporary  creations

My partner decided on the seasonal soup as a starter. It was wholesome and tasty and piping hot – just as it should be and served with a more than ample portion of delicious home made bread. Just the thing for a rather chilly evening.

I plumped for the Severn and Wye smoked salmon. Again the portion was very generous indeed. The salmon was perfectly carved – no tough bits or skin. It came with watercress, toasted hazelnuts  and a beetroot puree which really enhanced the flavour of the salmon.

Although it’s a steak house there is a range of main course mouth-watering salads on offer ranging from Superfood to a Classic Caesar and Hot Duck Salad plus a range of fish, pasta and classics and even pies.

The rib eye steak took my partners fancy and it came to the table cooked exactly as he had ordered with all the usual accompaniments. It was tender and succulent and the meat  just melted in his mouth.

I decided on the pork t-bone steak  with sage and garlic butter which added flavour to the pork and was certainly not disappointed. I did forgo the fries, which come with the dish, ordering instead a side order of creamed mushrooms – my absolute favourite.

To share we decided on a side order of sage-batter onion rings. They came hot, as they should do, but for me the overdose of sage in the batter did not appeal however my partner found it amazingly different and tasty.

It was big decisions when it came to pudding time .My partner chose the Cast Iron Double Choc Brownie with honeycomb, hot chocolate sauce and banana ice-cream. I must admit I was envious when it came hot and steaming in a copper pan and yes must confess I stole a good portion of it – well I call it helping him to finish the dish.

It consisted of a hot moist very chocolate light sponge brownie, crispy honeycomb and had real melted chocolate poured over it as a sauce with the ice-cream levelling off the flavours.

I indulged in a Cast Iron sundae. I created my own sundae with Jude’s  ice-cream, toppings and Rubies in the Rubble sauces. It’s so simple you just fill out a slip with  your choices and the end product comes served beautifully in a jug.  It’s a great fun idea and a chance to be creative.

We finished our meal with one of the best liquor coffees I have had served for a long time. The barman got it just right – so rare these days.

The Cast Iron makes for a great dining experience. Its location is perfect if you want to go on and explore the sights, sounds and nightlife of the city or alternatively if you just want a special occasion, romantic or celebratory meal it fits the bill perfectly.

The plus point here is not only its food but the expert knowledge, care and attention to detail  of its servers. A brilliant bunch!

The Cast Iron, Leeds Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6ET. Tel: 0113 236 6366.

Open Daily from 5-10pm – Sundays 5-9pm











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