You might remember last week’s hotel restaurant post. I did promise to show you another hidden gem this week: Bar & Kitchen @LS1 at Crowne Plaza in Leeds so here we go. I’ve lived behind this hotel for nearly two years now, walked past it plenty of times (even before moving to this area) but never has it crossed my mind to go here. I don’t think I’m alone. I must admit, Crowne Plaza hotel doesn’t look inviting at all from the outside. It’s a shame because the restaurant is stunning. You just have to get past the hotel front desk and you’ll find yourself in this hidden gem.
Bar & Kitchen @LS1 wants to spread their word and I’m happy to. They have already seen an increase in guests since head chef Lee Miller took over. Previously heading up Fire Lake (coincidence?) from last weeks post, he’s now devoted to not only increase the footfall of @LS1 but also change the perception of hotel food by mainly sourcing products from local and independent brands. He’s come a long way already with 80% or so of all their produce being local. Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire!
Bar & Kitchen @LS1 Menu
This is the place you want to dine at for traditional food with a distinctive Yorkshire taste. Think Yorkshire pudding, pork pies, black pudding scotch egg, homemade scones and of course rhubarb bakewell.
This evening, we had the pleasure to choose our food the gold menu. A beginning, middle and end full of locally produced deliciousness. It was hard deciding on what to eat, with the fear of missing out should I get food envy. I am very pleased with all my choices, but if done all over again, I’d swap the starter. Perhaps more for looks than taste.
I should have gone for the Yorkshire charcuterie board, look at it! Instead I had the goats cheese salad which in it’s defence is stunning. Nothing better than cloudy soft goat cheese together with roasted beetroot. The lemon dressing merry the flavours together very well.
Listening to Lee speaking about the work he does and the menu he’s designed, you can hear his passion about the beef cheeks so this was a given to try for my main. Oh boy, does this meat melt in your mouth or what. I didn’t want it to end! Cooked for 6 hours to serve with Leeds brewery ale gravy (liquid gold) and mash potato with bits of vegetables to help with the five a day. Such a homely and heartwarming meal. It’s difficult to describe but on its own, so worth a visit here.
To end the night, I unsurprisingly went for the lemon tart option. I love lemon and I think it’s a perfect way to end a moreish dinner as lemon based desserts are usually light and fresh in taste. This bursts with lemon flavour! Such soft texture and right amount of pastry. The rhubarb and strawberry bakewell also caught my eye when perusing the menu and it too looked amazing. A very Yorkshire option which is one reason to come here.
Check out all the menus Bar & Kitchen @LS1 have here. I’d like to go back for an afternoon tea. It’s said their home made scones are the reason to go and from our goody bag treat I know the brownies are another. Again, I do love a hotel breakfast and with home baked bread like the one I’ve already tried, I’d be silly not to come back for breakfast. It’s so close to me as well I could almost get away with walking over in my pyjamas. Don’t worry, I won’t!!
*I was invited to experience this hidden gem, learn more about their vision and taste the food in return for this post. As always, all views and words are my own.