One of the incredible dining experiences of our recent foodie trip to Leeds was a visit to Stockdales of Yorkshire. I’d heard great things about this very stylish restaurant in the heart of Leeds city centre, with a menu that celebrates the best produce that Yorkshire has to offer, including some stunning 28 day aged black Wagyu beef, sourced from a farm in nearby Doncaster and cooked on a state of the art Josper charcoal grill.
The interior is beautiful – with fabulous high ceilings, softened with light flooding in from huge windows, classic soft leather chairs, warm wood panelling and bright works of art dotted around.
The menu is super creative – I love it when it takes ages to decide on what to have because there are just so many things that you’d like – my choices were whittled down to some delicious sounding moules marinieres featuring steamed Shetland mussels, a grilled bone marrow dish with bacon jam and a special of coronation chicken terrine with curry mayonnaise, apricot relish and toasted almonds. My nostalgia won out and I ordered the coronation chicken. It was beautifully presented and utterly scrumptious:
I was determined to order Wagyu for my main course, although I was very tempted by a delicious sounding Gressingham duck breast, but finally decided on the 10oz sirloin. Sides are ordered separately and we basically just ordered a selection (the dripping chips and lemon and tarragon glazed carrots were standout sides). My beef was served with a salad of watercress, parmesan and toasted walnuts and was delicious. If I’m brutally honest, although I’d ordered it medium rare, I felt it was a tiny bit under and I should have asked for it to be cooked a bit more. Lesson learned: next time, speak up! They can’t help if you don’t ask. Service generally though is friendly and knowledgeable. Erica’s Wagyu beef cheek bourguignon was utterly divine as well (you can read Erica’s write up about Stockdales here).
For dessert, I chose the peach parfait with zingy, sharp little chunks of lemon thyme jelly, heather honey and amaretti and it was meltingly soft and creamy, with the amaretti providing welcome little crunchy mouthfuls. YUM.
It’s not cheap, but it really is a dining experience that you’ll never forget. We absolutely loved it. Great wine list too!
Many thanks to Stockdales for their generosity and hospitality. Stockdales of Yorkshire is at 8 South Parade, Leeds.