Black Swan, Leeds 

Black Swan has a new Autumn menu and recently I visited to give it the once over. If you’ve not been to the Black Swan yet or haven’t heard of it, here’s a brief catch up for you. Found at the bottom end of Call Lane, next to Rolands and opposite Arts Cafe, it’s part of the Sandinista and Smokestack family. With a menu that’s been designed in consultation with Anthony Flynn of Anthony’s fame, there’s plenty to please, whether you fancy handmade sourdough pizzas cooked in their stone baked oven, or maybe something off the ‘DINE’ menu which follows a more British contemporary style. 

The few days I’d spent back in Leeds was pretty full-on revisiting some favourites and trying out some new ones, so I’d had more than my fair share of great food already and was getting a bit full, even for me! So knowing I was nearing my limit I was gonna try stay away from heavier choices. 

For starters the braised pig cheek sang out to me, brought out dressed up with apple, leaves and a pork pie purée which actually had the flavour of a pork pie in a more delicate form. The cheek itself was nice and tender, apple with different tastes of sweet and sour worked well with the pig and even though there was some small pieces of crackling, I felt it could’ve done with lots more and it need to be saltier too. 

Braised pig cheeks with pork pie puree, sweet & sour apple, crackling salad


For main course, I could’ve easily have gone for steak or a pie, but thought a fish dish would be a lighter option, picking out the red snapper. Perfectly cooked, the snapper came with obligatory crispy skin, mussels were massive with plump and juicy flesh, all sat on a bed of salty samphire and surrounded by a tomato and chilli broth. I think the broth could’ve done with more chilli heat as it was quite delicate, but nevertheless it was a tasty bowl of food!

Pan fried red snapper, mussels, samphire, tomato and chilli broth


Overall, Black Swan is a good choice if your in the city centre, fancy the comforts of a pub, but also want something that pushes the boat out with a reasonably priced food menu. The staff are friendly, service is efficient and the surroundings are cosy.

Black Swan 

37 Call Lane



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