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Corner Cafe, Leeds

I love a good curry, I don’t do hot curries but I do enjoy a flavour packed one! That Sunday I’d walked around Haworth and was full of pie and chips at lunch, but I’d also greedily organised to meet a friend for dinner that evening weeks before.
Corner Cafe on Burley Road has been on my list for years, but for whatever reason I’d never been. After a little bit of research I found that the original Corner Cafe opened a
s a small transport cafe in Sheepscar, in 1976. Since then the business has seen a number of changes, including relocation, and a refurb in 2010. A mezzanine floor was added making the most of the space (apologies for the awful photos, was relying on my iPhone!!).

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Their menu has about 10 or so starters then an extensive list of main courses to choose from, plenty of choice for carnivores and vegetarians to get their teeth into! Divided into sections; chicken, meat (mutton), keema (minced beef), fish, king prawn, kablichana (chickpeas), aubergine, okra, spinach, mushroom, kidney bean, egg and paneer.

Being still quite full from lunch I decided against having a starter, my friend on the other hand loves food wasn’t going to follow suit, choosing the fish pakora. For the main course, we both went for Keema (minced beef), one with with spinach and mushroom pilau, the other with peas, garlic naan and an okra side dish. A couple of popadoms with a pickle tray, including a green chilli chutney and mango chutney were called for too! You’ve just got too when having a curry!!

The popadoms were lovely, embedded with cumin seeds adding great flavour, the accompaniments were very good, especially the chilli chutney, with flavour that wasn’t overpowered by too much intense heat.

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The fish pakora were very food, big chunks of white fish (not sure what type), coated in batter and fried. The batter was golden and crisp, the fish soft and flaky, for £4.50, I thought it was reasonably priced. 

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Fish Pakora

Next up the main courses, if you glanced at both dishes it could be easy to think the dishes were the same, but portions sizes were decent and they smelled great. Curries can be made to personal preference in terms of heat strength, so I edged to the side of caution going for mild, while my friend went medium. Taste-wise, we agreed they seemed to have the same strength of heat, but both possessed plenty of flavour and neither had accompanying ingredients (spinach or peas) playing second fiddle.

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Keema with spinach
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Keema with peas

Our accompanying dishes mushroom pilau, okra and garlic naan, all went down a storm, my rice was lovely and had lots of mushroom, flavourful with cardamom, and for want of a better word was just really tasty. I love rice so I could’ve eaten it as a dish on its own! Opposite me I saw clean plates, he happily polished it all off and ended dinner with a delicious kulfi. 

Mushroom Pilau
Mushroom Pilau
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Okra
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Garlic naan

I’d recommend the Corner Cafe!

Our bill for 2 was £45, including a tip.

Food: Extensive menu, lots of choice! Well cooked, good flavours!

Service: Friendly, attentive without being in your face. 

Atmosphere: Quite busy and a popular spot, good atmosphere. 

Corner Cafe
104 Burley Rd
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS3 1JP
http://kateghaurimoore.wix.com/cornercafe

 

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Bronte Country Walk

A couple of Sundays ago began with a very misty, autumnal October morning, a planned walk with the in-laws was momentarily scuppered until a quick re-think to our route resolved the matter. Instead of a Stanza Stone walk we’d cross Penistone Hill to Bronte Falls, starting and ending in Haworth. Starting at the Bronte Parsonage Museum we headed out into the mist.

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On our way, you could see how the mist slowly rolled in and out of the hills, it made the scenery change very quickly. Walking towards to the Bronte Falls away from the mist, soon finding ourselves underneath beautiful blue skies and sunshine lighting up the stunning countryside in front of us. We passed fields filled with a scattering of sheep bathed in the sun, whilst being followed by a group of children led by a team leader playing Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights, it was all a little surreal, but of course very apt.

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As we neared Bronte Falls the terrain became more rugged and we started noticing the odd fell runner passing us, approaching the falls it soon became apparent it was the middle of a race, with a steady stream of runners started bounding bravely down the rugged hillside, I watched in admiration! Having only ever done one beginners trail race in my life, even the mere thought of this was very daunting! 

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After crossing the bridge and heading up the hill, a trail of fell runners could be seen running against the heather in the distance. We continued to admire the views that had been afforded us, in particular our view of Lower Laithe reservoir slightly masked by a mixture of mist and hazy sunshine.

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Following the path round we made our way through Stanbury, enjoying the views that stretched across the area, including the Lower Laithe reservoir.

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Lower Laithe Reservoir

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The walk back into Haworth inevitably brought us to the Bronte Parsonage Museum, St Michael & All Angels Church and the cemetery. Getting back in time for lunch there were a couple of options that hadn’t been tried out before, depending on how busy it was. A number of pubs have been here for years, such as The Old White Lion and The Fleece Inn, but we wanted to try out somewhere different for a change. 

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Haworth Steam Brewing Company supposedly had a reputation of a decent pie, so when we popped our heads in to see one table for four left, we grabbed it! 

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Haworth is well known for its steep Main Street lined with quirky shops, The pub is found at the top of the street opposite the sweet shop, it’s open all day serving breakfast, a lunchtime and an evening menu. In general plenty of classic dishes are on show, like scampi, bangers and mash, lasagne, and shepherd’s pie, for something a little different there’s a specials board. Drinks wise, being a family run brewery they produce a selection of cask ales and craft keg beers to suit a range of tastes.

Initially we all went for the steak and ale pie,  but after the news that there was only three portions left, the other half graciously chose fish and chips instead. I was happy though, because I could still tuck into pie and chips!

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So after an hour or so of waiting our food arrived, normally I would have kicked up a big fuss, probably would have left a very long time ago, but the staff had told us throughout what the situation was, there was a birthday meal going on and a few tables had their orders in before us, so we waited knowing fully well it could be some time. I was just hoping the wait would be worth it!

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The other half’s fish and chips with additional sides tartare sauce, mushy peas and bread and butter. It’s always a sign of good things when there isn’t much noise coming from the other side of the table. I tried a little bit of the fish and the batter was light, golden and crisp, the fish was soft, it ticked all the boxes for me. I’m not fussed about mushy peas personally, but the other half’s quite picky and was full of compliments for it!

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The rest of us were lucky to get the last three portions of ‘Mrs Gascoigne’s Famous Steak and Ale Pie’. I’m pernickety about pies, for me they should have a pastry bottom as well as a top to be a proper pie, you may well have a difference of opinion, but we’ll have to agree to disagree on this occasion. 

This pie was the type that’s made without the pastry bottom, just the top, I wasn’t going to hold that against it, but would be comparing it to the amazing pie I tried at The Craven Arms recently. The pastry was nice and buttery, but a little on the thick side, it came with a generous amount of meat and lashings of gravy too. The meat was quite tender, but didn’t quite fall apart like the Craven Arms’ pie and even though it wasn’t as rich and deep in meaty flavour, it was still tasty nonetheless!  With the chips and vegetables it made for a hefty lunch and we were all pretty full by the end.

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After we’d finished, a nice touch was that we got an apology from the chef, realising the time length we had waited and gave us a free round of drinks as compensation, which we gratefully accepted! It could be said that yes, we should have received an apology etc, but lets face it, it doesn’t always happen!!

Our lunch for four was £60.55, including drinks.

Food: Menu full of home comforts and classic dishes. Generously sized portions, decent cooking. 

Service: Staff were friendly, informative and tried their best to help in any way. Our food was brought well over an hour after ordering, but staff always kept us informed. 

Atmosphere: Very popular place, lively but not intrusive to put you off your food. Not the biggest of spaces so there can be a wait for a table. 

Haworth Steam Brewing Company
98 Main Street
Haworth
BD22 8DP
http://www.haworthsteambrewery.co.uk

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Happy birthday 1st birthday Trinity Kitchen: my photo highlights

Trinity Kitchen celebrated its 1st birthday yesterday and over the last year I’ve eaten amazing street food from some of the UK’s best traders!! The last couple of weeks I’d been thinking back to which have been my personal favourites so far, and with the usual help of photos helping me to reminisce, this is what I ended up with (not in any particular order) – Original Fry Up Material – full on burger heaven, Donastia Social Club – transported me back to San Sebastian, Manjit’s Kitchen – the best Samosa Chaat, Dorshi – dumplings, dumplings, dumplings, Jing Jing – great Thai flavours, Hay Latin America – for introducing me to melt in the mouth Alfajores and Inca Kola , The Cauldron – MEAT, Fresh Rootz – for the lightest, fluffiest pakora, Rola Wala – bold Indian flavours, Mei Mei’s Street Cart  – reminding me of great Chinese street food and Gurmetti – cute vehicle and an amazingly simple, yet tasty burger:

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Who’d be on your list of favourites, any you’d love to see back again?

Trinity Kitchen
27 Albion St
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 5ER

 

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Pasta Heaven @ Le Langhe, York

A good catch up with old friends in York, always means a decent lunch somewhere, as they love food as much as I do. We were off to Le Langhe, a restaurant that I’d read about before, but this was my first visit. From the outside it was hard to tell there was a restaurant, as there’s no real signage. Even on closer inspection looking in through the window, you see a deli stocked with all sorts of goodies, no hint of a dining room.

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On entering we found ourselves surrounded by a food lovers dream; an Italian food and wine emporium with walls of shelves holding quality Italian wines, cabinets fully stocked with delicious meats and cheeses, Italian breads, imported pastas, aged balsamic vinegars, fresh truffles and much much more!

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Once we could tear ourselves away from the shop, the actual dining room was at the back and up a few steps, this is where I saw the restaurants name – Le Langhe. The sign was a little hard to make out at first as they had so much stock everywhere, maybe as christmas looms ever close, there were boxes seemingly everywhere!

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We found the menu a tad on the confusing side and more complicated than was necessary. The menu is divided into dishes ‘from the counter’ and ‘from the counter’, but within these categories there’s a four-course tasting menu which includes a glass of wine at £23 each, but a couple of potential deal breakers came with it; the menu is the chefs choice and the whole table must be included.  Pasta and meat dishes (on a separate menu) can be ordered individually or in combination with starters which are on the back of the main menu. Also a selection of meats and cheeses which could be ordered on their own or as a selection. If this sounds confusing, it’s because it was!

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After we’d worked out the menu, partly from listening to one of the staff explaining it to the couple at the next table, we opted for some starters and pasta dishes, which on the menu was called ‘discover the difference’ & pasta (£12.95).

For our starters we picked some prosciutto di parma, prosciutto san daniele and Calabrian nduja with some bread. The prosciutto arrived sliced as thinly as you like and was great on taste, as you would expect. The nduja was a bag hit with it’s spicy meatiness, kept soft with the ingenious use of a tea light holder. The three of us certainly had our appetites whetted sufficiently before our next course. 

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Prosciutto san danielle
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Prosciutto di parma
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Nduja

Two game ragu pasta and one pumpkin and goat cheese pasta came our way, here they say their pasta is freshly made daily and cooked to order, with sauce that isn’t added for the sake of it so pasta swims around in it, but used to enhance it. The last bowl of pasta I really enjoyed was the braised beef pappardelle at Zucco a few months ago, OH. MY. GOD this topped it! Even before the first mouthful, just picking some up on the fork, you could see the pasta was mega thin, cut in pappardelle width strips. It was silky, lightly covered in a flavourful game ragu and a grating of parmesan providing additional seasoning. We enjoyed the pasta so much that we unashamedly banged on about it for the rest of our lunch. 

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Pumpkin and goat cheese pasta
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Game ragu pasta

Our praise continued to the point where we ordered a second portion of game pasta to share!! I don’t regret it one iota, it was totally worth it.

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Second helpings!

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I’d never eaten at Le Langhe before, and this won’t be last time, as even though everything about our lunch wasn’t perfect, the food wasn’t far off from being! If you’re in York I’d recommend you head there yourself.

Lunch with wine (and an extra pasta) for three people cost £65 without tip.

Food: excellent, some of the best pasta I’ve eaten, ever.

Service: a little haphazard at times, but friendly, helpful and efficient on the whole. 

Atmosphere: we arrived at lunch, so there was a steady stream of diners throughout our stay. Quiet, gentle chatter about the place. 

Le Langhe
The Old Coach House
Peasholme Green
York
YO1 7PW
http://www.lelanghe.co.uk

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Leeds Indie Food

A few months ago I wrote a blog post which mentioned my irritation and annoyance at one of Leeds’ premier food events –  Leeds Loves Food in June. Commenting on the organisation of the event, the vast number of chain establishments involved (it’s sponsored by ASDA), poor publicity, all whilst most of the local independents were being pushed onto the side streets. 

Well you can imagine my delight when a brand new collaborative group of food lovers/bloggers/traders said they were bringing a festival for the independent food and drink scene. Lets face it, Leeds seems to be coming of age in this department, but still lacks a true celebration of the independents that really make this place come alive!! 

So who are these people, they call themselves Leeds Indie Food (#LIF15), made up of six people who already champion the independent scene in their own right. Their master plan is to gather the best of Leeds’ independent food and drink industry culminating in a festival of food and drink culture. To me this is something that is very relevant and much needed in Leeds.

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A few things make #LIF15 stand out; firstly, this won’t just be over a long weekend like we’ve had in the past, this is going to take place 7th to 25th May 2015. Events will be spread city-wide, using talent from independent businesses in communities around the city, not just squeezing everything in and around Millennium Square for a change! This team want a festival run by and for the heart of independent Leeds.

Now this doesn’t come for nothing, the LIF team are working for free, but all the independent businesses involved need to be paid for. With this in mind a crowdfunding campaign has been set up on Kickstarter.com to raise the required funds to get the festival off the ground. £6750 to be exact. 

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To give you an idea of some of the independents which have already signed up to be involved, here’s some of the line-up; Laynes Espresso, Friends of Ham, Dough Boys, The Greedy Pig, Bundobust, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, to name just a few. 

If you love food from independent businesses you really should take a look, if you fancy pledging, it doesn’t have to be much, donations start at £1! But for those who are feeling more generous there are some enticingly lovely rewards for backers.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leedsindiefood/leeds-indie-food-festival

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