On the 22nd August, Belgrave Music Hall will be hosting a Wray & Nephew takeover as they bring Jamaica Rum Tings celebration of Jamaican culture to the city’s Northern Quarter. Sounds like it’ll be a great event – it is supposed to be summer after all!! The event will be doing its best to mimic the country’s well known relaxed party vibe with music from DJ’s Toddla T and Daddy G (Massive Attack) playing exclusive Reggae sets with support from MC Serocee, Manchester Sound System Dub Smuggler, London’s Rompa’s & Shepdog and Leeds’ own Reggae Roots & Bass!
There’ll be plenty on offer in terms of liquid refreshments, Wray & Nephew will be bringing along Overproof Rum for their thirst quenching Reggae Rum Punch and there’ll be a Jerk BBQ to satisfy hungry stomachs.
As part of the celebration there’ll be fun and games with Wray’s Drinks Trolley Free Pour Challenge – watching guests try pour a perfect 25ml measure, also a Reggae Rum Punch Relay Race, where teams try and make a Reggae Rum Punch faster than the Jamaican 4x100m relay team’s world record; of course there’s prizes for winners courtesy of Wray & Nephew.
Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum presents: Jamaica Rum Tings – Carnival Warm-Up Party Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds Saturday 22nd August 2015 Rooftop/bar entry 12pm-2am, Gig, 7pm-2am
Advanced ticket prices excluding booking fee: £4 Early Bird, £5 General, £15 Group of 4.
Tickets guarantee entry before 7pm and are available from RA, Ticketweb & Skiddle. Tickets cost more on the door.
Long-time readers of the blog may have an inkling of my penchant for pastry, whether they be pie, pasty, tarts…trust me carb loading I’m good at, especially when it comes to the good stuff!!!Belgrave Music Hallheld their very first (hopefully of many) Pie & Cider Festival on Easter Sunday and I wasn’t going to miss out on being able to feast!
The line-up was impressive to say the least; with over 50 varieties of pies in different forms….pies, sausage rolls, scotch egg, empanadas, scotch eggs, tarts made by the best Yorkshire producers, including Keelham Farm, Wilsons, WIlkinsons, Beasty Boys, Lishmans, Robinsons Farm Shop, Voakes and The Greedy Pig!! As always, dietary requirements were taken care of too with a range of goodies for those with intolerances to gluten, wheat or dairy.
To balance out the savoury, there had to be something sweet to keep things in check, so Belgrave regularNoisette Bakehousewas on hand to sort us out with another tour into her culinary wizardry, including a salt caramel brownie pie, taking the infamous salt caramel brownie up a notch!!
After all the feasting to quench the thirst there was also 30 varieties of cider and 20 different ales and beers to take your pick from!!
Here’s a selection of the spread on offer, get ready for some serious pastry action!!
Now for the sweet stuff, courtesy of Noisette Bakehouse!!
Of course, I wasn’t going to just take photos and leave without eating something, no chance!!
Such a winner of a pie from Robinsons Farm Shop, definitely a pork pie with a difference. It was like a mini meal in itself; beautiful pastry, lovely seasoned pork and stuffing all topped with chunky apple!! So good!!
I went home with a small bounty to graze on as well, it frankly would’ve been rude not to!
I’d tried the empanada from the Beasty Boys at one of Belgrave’s feasts last year and loved it then, this was equally as good and I immediately wished I bought more of them! Lovely crisp, yet flaky pastry and a filling that was meaty with a delicate smokiness. Delicious!! The pork pie caught me a little by surprise, only because I’d asked for a steak, potato and ale one at the time, nevertheless, I was still more than happy as it was delicious. Not too much jelly which was great for me, beautiful pork filling and its pastry casing wasn’t too thick.
Ah, that pineapple and black pepper hand pie was my first of the three sweet options to get wolfed down! So good that i’d love it to be a regular on the Bakehouse menu!! It’s a bit like a pimped up turnover, the pineapple gives it some oomph and the black pepper brought its innate sweet and sourness out even more!
The success of last month’s Belgrave Street Feast was only going to warrant one thing – something bigger and better than the last time!
The latest instalment was Saturday 8th March and bigger and better was what we got. In attendance were fifteen food and drink vendors, and an Arts Market with the likes of Hope House Prints and Colours May Vary present. Ilkley Brewery were also showcasing the launch of their new ale American Smooth and hosting a Q&A session. With all of this going on both floors were in full use.
All the Belgrave regulars were serving goodies, such as Dough Boys Pizza, Patty Smith burgers, Fu-Schniken and Laynes Espresso, and also drafted in were Leeds favourites Noisette Bakehouse, The Grub & Grog Shop, Fish&, El Topo, Hepworth’s Deli, and Manchester based Diamond Dogs to serve the masses. I’d tried and enjoyed all of these before, so the street food vendors I wanted to try this time were Belgrave newcomersPapa Ganoush(Newcastle) andMash&Pie(Ferrybridge).
The clock struck 12pm, which in our house signals lunch o’clock (a saying coined by my other half) and I immediately made a beeline for both of these guys. First up was Mash&Pie from Ferrybridge just down the M62.
They had four amazing sounding pies to tempt carnivores and non-metal eaters alike, but I went for the ‘Pigs in a Blanquette’ with smoked mash. With ingredients which are ethically sourced and pastry made with 50% butter it sounded promising. I’d not eaten a really good pie in quite a while, especially with the other half’s gluten intolerance there hasn’t been much opportunity so I had my fingers crossed it would be good, I wasn’t disappointed!!
Pork shoulder, braised red pepper, paprika, green peppercorns and peas in one pie!!!! A fantastic combination teamed with their smooth smoked mash which was just right, enough smokiness to make it identifiable but not overpowering. Yummy gravy too…I could eat that all day long!! £5.50 very well spent!!
My second course was from Papa Ganoush, a family run street food team from Newcastle, who’ve been serving their style of Middle eastern food for a number of years. The smell from the hot plate was fabulous and I was torn between what to have. On offer were Lebanese spiced chicken and their homemade Merguez lamb sausage, served on homemade bread.
My Merguez lamb wrap was filled with everything (carrot with ras el hanout, spinach, humous, chilli pepper, harissa, and a fresh chopped salad) and was incredibly tasty!!! Wow their sausages are crammed with intense flavour and heat, really packing a punch, all the accompaniments kept it lovely and fresh. The only thing I could be picky about was I wish the pickled chilli had been chopped up as in one mouthful I got the whole thing and it was incredibly hot with the sausage as well. Maybe it’s because I’m a wuss when it come to hot stuff though!! At £5 it’s a bargain and massive too!!
After a little break I was still hungry so treated myself to a couple of yummy bakes from Noisette Bakehouse. Sarah who creates and bakes everything never fails to surprise me with her imagination and creativity. I’d been eyeing up a few things and went home very happy with a brownie and a slice of her Victoria Sponge.
The takeaway treats got demolished in minutes, I was a good girl and shared them with the other half though. My ultimate favourite cake had a moist sponge, homemade jam full of fruit that had a good balance between sweet and sourness, and with lots of cream the whole thing was basically very yummy.
I forgot to take a photo of our brownie before it was mauled, but it was pretty special. These are quietly getting a name for themselves and it’s no surprise.
I’m hoping the Street Feast will be back next month, it’s going to be hard to top this one, but I’m sure they’ll give it a good go!
Last month’s Sunday brunch event at The Belgrave Hall was so popular that I was expecting the same again, but with a few improvements. It had been fully acknowledged that due to the influx of the masses who seemed to literally come down at once, there were a few niggles here and there with service, but we were reassured that it would run a little smoother and less crazier next time around!! This time brunch lovers were given table service in an attempt to smooth out the creases, this certainly made it seem a little less frantic from the outset.
At the helm with the food menu was Laynes’ Carl Fleischer who again was being inventive with his brunch selection. Whilst Jim and Dan from The Grub & Grog Shop fame were his right hand men helping to bring the menu to life.
I LOVE having a decent brunch, really falling in love with it when visiting friends in Dublin, on that occasion brunch cocktails were also A MUST, and ever since it’s been a memorable food and drink highlight of mine. With our Laynes brunch we had to have a Laynes coffee too – a flat white and a piccolo to be exact, unfortunately we did have to wait a long time to have our order taken (so we had a couple of cheeky glasses of wine while we waited), but when they arrived I can say that my piccolo was up to the usual Laynes standard.
Looking at the menu I could have worked my way through most of it, on this occasion I went for the braised beans with pancetta and sourdough, with an extra poached egg, while the other half chose the ham hock sandwich with extra bacon.
My dish of braised beans was certainly a hearty one, and tasty too by all accounts, a generous portion of chunky pancetta gave the beans plenty of smokiness, feta cheese helped to cut through the richness and the additional poached egg made the sauce extra gooey and yummy. A highly enjoyable plate of food.
The other half’s ham hock sandwich was also enjoyed. A soft brioche bun was filled with ham and lovely caramelised onions, the meat did lack a touch of saltiness so the decision to order an extra portion of bacon was a good one. This did the trick and added a little seasoning.
I really like the menu and the food tastes good, but there is the issue with waiting time during service, which the team at Laynes know needs addressing. I’m sure this is a priority which they will want to rectify ASAP.
Our brunch for two people (not including wine) was £22.
Next week The Greedy Pig will be unleashing their take on Sunday Brunch, I CANNOT wait to be one of the first in the queue to be well fed on Sunday!!!
The Belgrave Street Feast was held at one of my current favourite haunts Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen on Saturday. I was gutted to miss the first event last year so was glad to see a second and was definitely going to be seeing what foodie goodness would be on offer!!
A number of well known, local street food heroes were selling their wares and showcasing great flavours from different cuisines.
Fish& – Andrew worked his magic selling out with his fantastic mussels dish! Freshly steamed Scottish mussels, cooked with the Fish& twist of chilli, parsley and Brooklyn Brewery lager. Simply yummy, you can’t go wrong with delicate mussels, rich flavours and a fresh bread bowl making the perfect vehicle for soaking up the cooking liquor! There was also a fantastic looking Chilli corn chowder which went down well too!
Dough Boys Pizza – regular twitter and blog followers may know what an ardent fan I am of Ben, his team and their consistently yummy pizza!! My friend and his daughter feasted on three ‘slices’ (quarter of a pizza each): Sausage fest, Screaming goat and Into the Woods – all for less than £4!!! You’d be foolish not to get a half price slice 12-7pm, seven days a week!!!
Fu-Schnikens – Ben from Dough Boys makes these wonderful Taiwanese Bao called Gua Bao. These little gems have already found fame and love in London, courtesy of Bao London and Yum Bun, so Ben has brought his take to Leeds. They are steamed buns filled with hoisin, crushed cashew nuts, sesame seed, palm sugar, picked carrot and mooli, then topped with either:
braised pork belly
glazed portobello mushroom
crispy panko breadcrumb chicken
My name was all over the MEAT being the hungry carnivore I am. You must know by now how much I LOVE juicy pork belly with a passion, and katsu chicken – chicken deep fried in honeyed Japanese panko breadcrumbs. OH MY!!!!!! It’s a good thing I don’t know how to make the buns, because I’d be making these all the time!!! The additional condiments are JUST RIGHT (ahhh Goldilocks strikes again!), with crunch, sweet, sour and fluffy buns. Writing about them doesn’t do it justice, you just got to eat one, or two in my case!
Bundobust – a collaboration between much-loved Prashad, the Indian vegetarian restaurant now based in Drighlington and The Sparrow pub from Bradford, serving fantastic Indian street food.
I sampled the Pav Bhaji which was really tasty, with a good kick of heat from the spicing and lovely fresh flavours from the herbs, red onion and tomato. They are soon to open Bundobust on Mill Hill, in Leeds city centre, I’m sure they will make a great addition to the Leeds food scene!
Patty Smiths Burgers: They like to support local businesses and source all of our ingredients locally, with that in mind they suppliers include Sykes Farm from Wetherby, Leeds based RK Harris & Sons and finally Fosters Bakery from Barnsley. I didn’t eat one on Saturday, but I did a few days earlier and I have to say it’s a great burger!!! The beef patty was cooked just pink in the middle and has a cheese sauce which was inspired! I hate it when you have cheese that’s still solid on the sides, a cracking Chipotle mayo and lovely fresh pickle, lettuce and tomato to go with it!! A soft brioche bun to hold it all together too, a WIN WIN I say!!
Last but buy no means least, I couldn’t come to the Street Feast without having something from Noisette Bakehouse. I hope you can tell from my photos that every single thing she bakes looks soooo delicious, and it tastes just as good, if not better!!
I had my slice of baked heaven with an espresso from Laynes, who were on hand to provide people with great coffee. What a perfect way to end my afternoon at Belgrave Street Feast!!!
Hi, I'm Diane and welcome to my blog. I'm currently hopping between Leeds and the South finding the best and the worst in food and drink whilst on my travels. You'll find reviews and recommendations, sometimes the odd thing about running, travel and my life in general.