Holbeck is slowly getting renovated and new buildings are starting to take form. The Midnight Bell has been around in this area for ages but recently had a refurbish and also an updated food menu. I went to try out their latest traditional pub food additions. Previously only having been for drinks in their beer garden, I was excited to dine in their upstairs area.
The Midnight Bell Interior
I’ve never been upstairs before so I can’t compare to previously but now, The Midnight Bell has an old school loving room feel to it. I love all their lampshades and the fact that furniture is tastefully mismatched. Quirky interior accessories fill up the book shelf at the end of the room and likewise a mix of prints and paintings on the midnight blue walls. For a small party, it’s the perfect function room with access to the beer garden via an outdoor staircase.
The Midnight Bell Food Menu
The Midnight Bell’s menu is what I would say a traditional pub menu. Think pies, fish and other comfort foods. All ingredients are Yorkshire sourced and therefor the menu changes through the seasons. Still, you can always count on being served a Sunday roast on the last day of the week, if you so wish. It’s been a while since I had traditional pub food so I was excited to tuck in.
Lately, I find it really difficult to choose only one starter because all of them sound amazing, wherever I go. The Midnight Bell is no exception but I settled for Ham Hock Hash with pea puree and poached hens egg. Such a good choice!! I loved it as soon as it was put in front of me, what a lovely colour pop and even better once cut into the perfectly cooked poached egg. A fresh spring dish indeed. The eggs, peas and ham work beautifully together.
I was debating between Yorkshire Ploughman’s, Chicken Supreme, and Sea Bass from the mains selection but went for the Traditional Yorkshire Ploughman’s with site baked pork pie, hand cut honey roast ham, apple, tomato, Britannia cheddar, pickled red onions and locally baked bread in the end. I didn’t expect the portion to be so big, almost enough for two people. It’s very filling and there’s nothing out of the ordinary from what a Yorkshire Ploughman’s offer but it’s very tasty. I especially liked the pork pie and the cheddar cheese – so creamy!
As I had cheese for my main, the cheeseboard was out of the question. The Chocolate & orange tart looks amazing but as I don’t like orange and chocolate together, the choice stood between Creme Brûlée and Strawberry & Pimm’s Eton Mess. Phoebe was eyeing up the same two desserts so we decided to share them between us to get the best of two. The creme brûlée is tasty but I wouldn’t have mind a thicker layer of caramel. The satisfactory cracking sound wasn’t there when punctured. Luckily it’s served with homemade shortbread to make up for lacking caramel.
The Strawberry & Pimm’s Eton Mess on the other hand, no complaints. Such a lovely combination of sweet and sour and enough amount of each ingredient: ice cream, meringue, berry sauce and fresh strawberries. A fresh and summary end to the evening.
Have you been to The Midnight Bell before? What do you think to their refurbish?
*I was kindly invited to The Midnight Bell to try their three course menu in return for this post. All words, views and photos are as always my own.