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Town Hall Tavern

Town Hall Tavern in Leeds city centre was the venue for lunch on a sunny Saturday with two worse for wear fellow diners. I thought it would be an ideal place as it usually serves great food, drinks with good service, the whole package really at a reasonable price.IMG_2730

They have a new spring menu divided into starters, small pick and mix dishes, signature dishes, pub classics, steaks and chops, vegetarian and sandwiches. My fellow diners wanted to stick to what would not upset their delicate bodies so stuck to the classics and chose homemade burger and dripping cooking chips and omelette with smoked haddock and chips, while I opted for a selection of starters and pick and mix dishes – crab cake, langoustine, pigs cheek scotch egg and chips.

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For drinks a glass of dry white wine, Bloody Mary and a diet coke. Service was as I come to expect here, friendly and chatty when needed (but still efficient), nice and relaxed exactly what the doctor ordered!!

Bloody Mary, white wine and coke
Bloody Mary, white wine and coke

Our food arrived and looked great, brought over with a smile too which is always nice.

Homemade burger with cheese, crispy bacon, crispy onion rings and dripping cooked chips.
Homemade burger with cheese, crispy bacon, crispy onion rings and dripping cooked chips.
Pig's cheek scotch egg with pickled onions and HP brown sauce.
Pig’s cheek scotch egg with pickled onions and HP brown sauce.
Crispy langoustine tails and crab cake with tomato and shallot dressing.
Crispy langoustine tails and crab cake with tomato and shallot dressing.
Free-range omelette with natural smoked haddock.
Free-range omelette with natural smoked haddock.

All tasted great, the omelette lovely and soft with rich free-range eggs and smoked haddock which was delicate and not too overpowering. The burger delivered in terms of flavour, with crispy bacon and lovely melted cheese, the beef burger moist and juicy. The all important bun was soft and just the right size for the burger, often burger buns overhang and are a bit of a waste. I had two boards of little delights, lots of fried goodies but all with their own distinct flavours. The scotch egg had a soft yolk with lovely slightly salty meat from the pig’s cheek, the breadcrumbs lovely and crisp. The langoustine were very moreish and I could have easily wolfed down a bowl full of the little gems. My crab cake had fantastic flavour from the crab meat and the tomato and shallot dressing helped to cut through the richness of the crab.

I’d seen on their Facebook page earlier that day a photo of their yummy desserts, so after a recommendation from our waitress I chose a trio of their ice-creams.

A trio of ice creams -vanilla, toffee apple, orange and cardamon.
A trio of ice creams -vanilla, toffee apple, orange and cardamon.

They were really creamy, all were excellent but my favourite was definitely the orange and cardamom. Underneath each scoop was a bed of what seemed like crushed sugary biscuit which gave a nice bit of crunch and an extra sugary hit.

The bill for food was £34.90 and including drinks the total bill came to £46.15 for 3 people, tip not included. On this occasion I was more than happy to include a tip as the service and food was fantastic. Having eaten here on many occasions for different reasons, whether it be a leisurely lunch, a speedy pre-theatre dinner or even for a Christmas meal with a large group of friends, I think it would be safe to say that I’m still a huge fan of this place.

Town Hall Tavern
17 Westgate
Leeds
LS1 2RA
0113 244 0765

Town Hall Tavern

Knowing that I was to spend the evening in Leeds city centre, I thought carefully about where I could get a decent plate of food. My criteria included (apart from yummy food) – nice surroundings, good service and a yummy glass of wine, after a hard days work. I had a few places in mind but chose the Town Hall Tavern, it’s opposite Leeds County Court, and as the name suggests the Leeds Town hall.

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The pub has been open since 1926, but had a major refurbishment in May 2011 and since then I’ve been a regular diner. It was actually here that it was first suggested that I write a food blog! The menu is full of tempting dishes, being in the city centre it gets a lot of city workers in, so the menu has been thought about carefully, e.g. knife and fork sandwiches which are ideal for lunch. For people who want a bit more, there are great home comforts, e.g. steak, pie and mash, their scampi in a basket is a favourite of mine and also their signature dishes, e.g. sea bass and a slow roast belly pork.

I’d already seen on their Facebook page that moules mariniere and beef dripping chips was on the specials board, so I was definitely going to order it with a large glass of sauvignon blanc.

The food arrived under wraps, with the compulsory dish for the empty shells on top, accompanied with a mini pan of chips and bread wedges.

Moules mariniere waiting to be unveiled.
Moules mariniere waiting to be unveiled.

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The mussels smelled delicious and looked plump and juicy. There was plenty of sauce to dunk my chips and bread in too. The taste was fantastic, mussels perfectly cooked and the chips were crispy but soft in the middle. The bread was lovely and fresh – great for soaking up the sauce!

The staff are always friendly and attentive, without being overbearing and I’ve always really enjoyed the food there. I didn’t have a dessert this time, but they are rather special too!

Cost – £7.95 for the mussels and a large glass of sauvignon blanc was £5.25. The pub has regular offers and till the end of the February has a 20% off on food which I couldn’t waste, so in the end was £11. An absolute bargain for the quality!!!

It’s great to have a fantastic gastropub in the centre of Leeds, I’m sure I’ll be back again soon!

Town Hall Tavern
17 Westgate
Leeds
LS1 2RA
0113 244 0765