As a Leeds food blogger I often go out to eat, and review the meal for this blog. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to The Light, Leeds, along with some other Leeds bloggers, to try out some of the different restaurants they have. The plan for the evening was an unusual one-we were going to have a cocktail in one place, a starter in the next, a main course in a third and finally dessert at our last location. Not something I’ve ever done before (though I have been guilty of going for a drink with a friend and also ordering pudding, because why not) and so I was really intrigued about the whole evening.
Cocktails at George’s Great British Kitchen
This is the restaurant I was most interested in going to. I’ve seen quite a few Leeds bloggers working with them recently on food reviews, and I’m hoping to do the same-their desserts look AMAZING. The cocktail menu was full of variety-unlike some places, there wasn’t a list of five (usually Pina Colada, Strawburry Daquiri, Blue Lagoon, Woo Woo and Purple Rain-and that’s your lot) George’s Great British Kitchen has a PROPER cocktail menu, with lots and lots of options.
I went for the Parma Violet, a Gin based cocktail that tasted exactly like the sweets, and the others chose Candy Annie-with vodka, gin, passion fruit, lemon, rhubarb and custard-oh yes, and candyfloss! Both were delicious and I am totally adding ‘try the rest of their cocktail menu’ to my to do list for 2018.
Starters at FireLake Grill House
FireLake is the restaurant in the Radisson hotel. We were really looked after here-we had wine on the table (I couldn’t drink it as I was driving) we had two taster cocktails (mini ones, and for us drivers they basically made them without much alcohol) and then a choice of three starters. I chose Chicken Caeser Croquettes, there was also a French Onion Soup and a Smoked Trout dish. We were treated to two mini cocktails made specially for us by the barman, who came to chat with us (as did the chef, and the manager) and was really lovely. I think we really got a good feel for FireLake and what they’re all about from this visit.
Main Course at Estabulo
If you’re a meat fan, this is definitely the restaurant for you. There’s a buffet bar so you can fill your plate with salad, rice, potatoes, cheese and olives-something for everyone there. Then, you have a double sided card-one red and one green, which signals to the waiters whether you want more meat or not. If your card is on green, they keep bringing different cuts of meat to your table for you. Red means you’re paused and don’t want anything else for a while, so they let you catch up. I was too busy eating to take any photos of my full plate, and I think you could have rolled me out of there. So good, I will definitely be back.
Dessert at Turtle Bay
I’ve tried Turtle Bay before, when I went to a cocktail making class at the Huddersfield branch. We headed there for dessert this time and I had to wimp out of a proper pudding because I was too full-luckily they were lovely and happily let me just have ice cream. I chose coconut and it was lovely. The others had other desserts from the menu-a chocolate dessert, rum cake and some other different things-I fully intend to try these when I’m not quite so stuffed!
I’ve never really thought of The Light, Leeds as somewhere to go and eat before, so it was good to see some of the various different places they have to choose from. I’ll definitely be back for more!
*This post was written in collaboration with the different eateries mentioned, who kindly provided us with food and drink in return for writing this. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own.