George’s Great British Kitchen – Leeds

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I’ve always loved the British seaside. There’s something magical about the sand, the sea and of course – DONUTS!

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as licking donut sugar from your fingers. Well – George’s Great British Kitchen has brought a little piece of the seaside to Leeds.

The restaurant menu reminded me of George’s marvellous medicine and the magic of concocting new ideas. Although the name it’s self comes from the current owners father who owned a fish and chip shop and passed this love onto his son and his friend who opened the restaurant you’ll find today.

The restaurant is nestled under The Light on The Headrow in Leeds city centre. It’s easy to find – just look out for the box hedges and the glowing sign. On arrival the staff were lovely and we were seated right away.
The menu comes in the style of an old newspaper which is fun and a little quirky. The seaside booths are lovely and all named after proper seaside towns, which we liked.

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Choosing what to order was hard – there was a huge choice of sustainable fish, cod, salmon, swordfish and langoustine. There are also meat options and plenty of burgers.

In the end I opted for the langoustine scampi on a mint and pea purée and bed of tomato salsa, which came with twice cooked chips.
My friend Ruth ordered the salmon, and on a bubble and squeak base with a mushroom and white wine sauce and samphire.

The food arrived quickly and the staff were super chipper and really helpful.
Food was delicious! This fish was definitely the star of the show. The chips were a bit of a let down – they had a very ‘oven chip’, ‘supermarket bought’ taste the them and I regretted the decision to opt out of sweet potato fries.
If you’re not a traditionalist there are plenty of inspirational choices. Fish spiced with paprika or fried in onion bahji batter.

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Drinks were fun and friendly and inspired by childhood memories and trips to the sweet shop. There’s a ‘2 for £8’ offer which tempts you in with delights such as the ‘Cherry drop’, ‘Lemon Sherbet’, ‘Parma Violet’ and ‘Refresher’. The lemon sherbet came with a ball of candy floss to dissolve in the drink – I’d been hugely looking forward to this but it ended up being a VERY sharp drink with sugar crystals floating in the bottom. However, the cherry drop tasted perfect! Exactly what it said on the menu.

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Desserts – oh I love a good desert. The menu has both traditional ‘sensible’ options and options to let you go wild! I opted for the Yorkshire Curd Tart, served with poached rhubarb and ice cream – it was lovely and very light but a lot smaller than expected.
Ruth ordered the Fudge Finger Rolle. Two fudge bars deep fried and served with ice cream. She was a little underwhelmed.

We were left a little confused by the whole experience. The fish menu and quality of the food is exceptional but it feels like the added extras and quirks devalue that a little. We couldn’t work out who the restaurant was aiming itself to. Fish lovers? Families? Cocktail lovers on a girls night?
Would we go back? I’m really not sure. It’s a fun and interesting experience and I can really see what the owners are trying to do but it doesn’t quite feels streamlined – not from our first visit anyway!
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