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The Swine That Dines – small plates! 

‘The Swine That Dines’ – the alter ego of The Greedy Pig, you know the place…the one that makes arguably the best breakfast in Leeds, does wonders with nose to tail dining, make incredible scotch eggs and knows a thing or two about pies? Well they’ve started serving up a menu of small plates, just on Friday evenings for now; the first one being last night. In their own way The Greedy Pig quietly announced their new menu on social media a few days ago, alongside a brand spanking new logo – which somehow shows a knowing simplicity, it’s to the point and possesses an unfussiness which suits their style down to the ground. This is something they’ve been wanting to do for ages and now seems the right time to set their stall out.

The Swine That Dines

So what about the menu, with Stu’s background in Modern British cuisine he’s developed a seven plate menu that follows this train of thought. The menu’s written simply with core ingredients listed, I love how they don’t play it safe with the choice of meat (ox tongue, goat and rabbit), I also loved some of the terminology they’ve used like Penny Bun, which Jo informed us was the English name for a cep or porcini mushroom and instead of using the word boudin, they’ve stuck with the humble sausage!

With each dish being comparable to a starter portion, it was suggested 2-3 plates per person which probably sounded about right. Even though I’d looked at the menu on Instagram countless times, I was still finding it hard to narrow my chosen few down, so fortunately for me I was joined by a fellow food lover I’d met before at different events. This gave us both the perfect opportunity to try most of the dishes – picking 6 of the 7, leaving out the ox tongue as we’d eaten that before. I won’t go into all the details of each dish as I think it may ruin it for you, but here are some shots of the plates we enjoyed. 

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Rabbit/Penny Bun/sausage
Goat/fennel/green sauce
Halloumi/marinated beetroot/walnut
Bean/fenugreek/tomato
Wings/avocado/sumac
Asparagus/courgette/lemon

I implore you to go and try it for yourself because the food is great, admittedly I’m a fan of The Greedy Pig, however just see for yourself and I hope you’ll be thanking me. For six plates and some bread setting us back £31.50 between two of us, it was pretty bargainous, and as always service is warm and friendly. Their honest approach just shines through and after having already missed all of their themed suppers, I really wanted to make it this time!!

For now it’s a BYOB affair and while they are settling in they aren’t taking bookings at the moment, so just turn up and expect a good feed. 

The Swine That Dines will be serving small plates every Friday 6-9pm, with the possibility of a Saturday service and a wider menu choice in the future too. 

The Greedy Pig

58 North Street 

Leeds

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Greedy-Pig/101684753228381

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The Swine That Dines, Leeds

The Greedy Pig needs no introduction in Leeds, with a name that’s synonymous for serving great plates for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Whether you go for their famed full English (arguably the best breakfast in Leeds), the fluffiest pancakes, the most amazing scotch eggs, burgers and nose to tail tapas – you always walk out utterly satisfied. It may be a little out of the way, located in the outer reaches of the city’s northern quarter; but with neighbours The Reliance nearby, and of course the Belgrave Music Hall (as well as other well known haunts) literally just up the road, they’re in esteemed company. And anyway, who really cares about the distance when the food and people make it totally worth it!!

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The last few months they’d quietly fundraised; their aim, to build a toilet so they could open in the evenings. Many people supported them in the efforts, especially through their pie and mash nights, with profits going towards their toilet fund. Although they’re well known in these parts for their cafe menu, the long term plan was always to offer more formal dishes, where they could use their knowledge and skills to full use. 

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Now even though I try my best not to accept free invitations, there was NO way I was going to decline this one! I’m not sorry on this occasion!! They’d given a teaser of what may be on the menu with a snap of pigs trotters, so I was dying to know what else would be on offer, especially after knowing their penchant for offal and lesser used cuts of meat. I was up for anything so ‘game on’. 

On a cold chilly evening, a few of The Greedy Pig supporters were treated to some dishes from their up and coming themed menus, and it was nice to see some friendly faces; Lil Dix (Whip Until Fluffy), Amy Elizabeth, Ewan Mitchell, Leeds Pop Ups, Gary the Food Nut and People of leeds. 

Here’s a series of photos from the evening: dishes were from different supper club events, including Nose to tail, Roots to Shoots, Pig ‘n’ Squid and McSwines Night.

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Mock scotch broth
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Pigs trotters
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Butternut squash, aubergine, pepper, seeds and pomegranate – part of Roots to Shoots
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Crispy pigs head , black pudding, apple sauce and samphire
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Pork belly, razor clam, chick peas and samphire
Crispy porridge
Crispy porridge

Out of all the dishes, from six good plates my highlights were the crispy pigs head with black pudding, crispy porridge which was a completely new one on me and finally the scotch broth. All in all it was such a lovely evening with lots of chatter, giggles and good food provided by great hosts!

The Greedy Pig’s aim is to host a series of super clubs every Friday and a themed night monthly; this month sees them celebrating Burns Night, which happens to be sold out!! NO surprise that their then. Keep your eyes peeled for their upcoming events!

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The Greedy Pig

58 North St

Leeds

West Yorkshire

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Greedy-Pig/101684753228381