Crafthouse @ Trinity Leeds

A busy Sunday for me, had to run in the Leeds Half marathon in the morning and was hoping to be able celebrate a good time in the race and a catch-up with the best mate afterwards. Had thought about giving Crafthouse in Trinity Leeds a go, having been to Angelica when it first opened and having mixed opinions on it, thought it would be nice to try out their sister restaurant.

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We were greeted with a warm welcome and brought into the very modern and light dining room. Their menu is divided into a set menu, (2 courses for £20, 3 for £25) and the ala carte menu with starters,  from the josper (meat and fish), mains and desserts. We decided on 2 courses from the set menu – the crisp dry cure bacon, poached egg, fine bean, frisee and mustard dressing, Bridlington crab on toast and mayonnaise to start with then the roast ‘ginger pig’, served pink with Yorkshire pudding, classic garnish and ale gravy. A bottle of soave to wash it all down with was ordered.

Bread rolls just out of the oven were brought over with lovely salted butter and then our starters arrived 5 minutes later.

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Crisp dry cure bacon, poached egg, fine bean, frisee, mustard dressing
Crisp dry cure bacon, poached egg, fine bean, frisee, mustard dressing
Bridlington crab on toast, mayonnaise.
Bridlington crab on toast, mayonnaise.

The crab on toast was very tasty, whereas my dry cured bacon and poached egg was nice, but unfortunately my egg was a little under cooked. When cutting into the egg expecting a lovely runny yolk I found a very watery white ran all over the bacon and salad leaves making them a little soggy and altering the taste of the dish.

I was hoping that the main course would be better than the starters and luckily it was.

Roast 'ginger pig' beef, Yorkshire pudding, classic garnish, ale gravy
Roast ‘ginger pig’ beef, Yorkshire pudding, classic garnish, ale gravy

The waiter told us that the carrots had been cooked in cointreau and orange and the gravy was made with Tadcaster brewery ale. The beef was delicious, cooked to perfection and pink as requested. The carrots had a very faint taste of orange and were very nice, not too soft. The roast potatoes were good, I’m more of a mash girl (don’t kill me, we all have our preferences), but they were also very good and the Yorkshire pudding which is often the test of a good roast was decent. The ale gravy was very tasty and had a very subtle flavour of ale in it, nothing to offend anyone. On the whole a satisfying Sunday roast.

I was too full to even contemplate a dessert, but did indulge in some cocktails…a cosmopolitan, while my friend ordered a espresso martini. Both were very yummy indeed!!!

Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan
Espresso martini
Espresso martini

In total the bill was £147.95 for 3 people, this included a tip. Even though we had a bottle of wine and cocktails too, I feel it was a little overpriced (in particular for the cocktails). That said, the service was very good and couldn’t be faulted, I’d like to come back again to try their ala carte menu next time.

Crafthouse
Level 5 Trinity Leeds
70 Boar Lane
Leeds
LS1 6HW
0113 897 0444
 
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