January 23, 2021

Our verdict: Leeds restaurant Bar and Kitchen @ LS1’s seasonal Spring/Summer 2018 menu

Bar and Kitchen @ LS1 in Wellington Street in Leeds has injected some sunshine into its dishes with its new spring/summer menu.

Head chef, Lee Miller, who has a passion for creating dishes with a distinctive Yorkshire flair, has developed a fresh new spring inspired menu, offering a variety of seasonal dishes cooked using locally sourced ingredients and only the best Yorkshire produce. 

The new menu includes starters such as Yorkshire Charcuterie board with Yorkshire cured chorizo, salami, air dried Royale ham and in-house Henderson relish marinated vegetables; Bury black pudding scotch egg with lightly infused curried mayonnaise and glazed Yellison goats cheese croute with roasted beetroot and lemon dressing.

Mains include six-hour braised beef cheeks with Leeds brewery ale gravy and colcannon mash potato; pan fried wild salmon fillet casserole of cockles, spinach and a chard and cream reduction, as well as a variety of vegan options such as Aubergine Charlotte with roasted cherry tomatoes and Provençale sauce. 

And those with a sweet tooth can enjoy homemade lemon tart with a raspberry and vanilla compote; Chef’s famous Triple Chocolate Melt Brownie, with salted caramel ice cream and a Yorkshire cheese selection offering a choice of three locally sourced Yorkshire cheeses, chutney and water biscuits.

Chef Miller said: “Our new menu is synonymous with the region, incorporating some of the country’s favourite comfort food but with a contemporary Yorkshire twist. We are so fortunate to have such fabulous Yorkshire produce right on our doorstep, so when it came to designing the new menu, it was important to me that we use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, such as cheese from Cryer and Scott Cheesemongers to Yorkshire chorizo from Three Little Pigs in Leeds.

“From our homemade bread to our ‘liquid gold’ gravy, the kitchen at LS1 runs on a pure passion for food and we’re not afraid to experiment with flavour. Our new menu reflects the season, whilst giving a contemporary twist on some British classics and we hope our guests enjoy it!”

Bar & Kitchen @ LS1, located at Crowne Plaza Leeds on Wellington Street, is the go-to destination for any foodie in the area.  Situated a short ten-minute walk from the train station, its central location is ideal for people looking for a relaxed meal close to the city centre.

EatDrinkYorkshire’s Verdict:

The restaurants of far too many hotel chains sadly bear absolutely no relation to their actual location, but this is definitely not an accusation that can be hurled at the Crowne Plaza in Leeds, where the aptly named Bar & Kitchen @ LS1 has a menu brimming with local flavours.

We started our night with the Yorkshire Charcuterie Board, which was an absolute smorgasbord (or whatever the Yorkshire translation is) of tasty meats including Yorkshire cured chorizo, salami and air dried royal ham. Ensuring that the dish wasn’t a complete meat feast, the accompanying vegetables had been marinated with Sheffield’s finest, Henderson’s relish, which really kicked things up a notch in the taste department.

Having got proceedings off to such a meaty and undeniably Yorkshire-flavoured start, we were in no mood to stop there as we opted for the beef cheeks, which melted in the mouth after no less than six hours braising. With plenty of colcannon mash potato, fresh green vegetables as a side, and Leeds Brewery (who else?) ale gravy, this was about as hearty a meal as they come. Delicious, but perhaps better suited to an Autumn/Summer menu than Spring/Summer, if we’re being overly picky. 

I’d like to say that we’d book-ended our evening in true White Rose style by finishing off with the locally sourced Yorkshire cheese selection, but that would be a blatant lie. Instead we opted to share (the generous previous courses having almost, but not quite, beaten us) a portion of the Chef’s renowned Triple Chocolate Melt Brownie, which did not disappoint by living up to its billing. Maybe next time, and there will definitely be a next time, we’ll give the Yorkshire cheeses a go. 

Well recommended!

For more information about Bar & Kitchen @ LS1, or to book your next trip, please visit www.ls1barandkitchen.co.uk.