Lunch at The Tetley, a warm Yorkshire welcome and a feast of freshly prepared dishes, a totally unique place to dine…
The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art in the heart of Leeds’ South Bank. Housed in the 1931 headquarters of the Joshua Tetley & Son brewery, The Tetley opened in 2013 as a gallery with a learning studio, work spaces for the creative industries and a fantastic restaurant and bar.
The Tetley Bar & Kitchen offers a warm Yorkshire welcome with all the profits going directly to supporting their artistic programme. Located on the ground floor of the former Tetley Headquarters, where better to enjoy a pint of Tetley’s than where it was born nearly 200 years ago?
We were invited to enjoy lunch on a sunny afternoon in June, having never visited this venue but hearing much about it, I was curious. To say the building is impressive is an understatement, the restaurant sympathetically slots in and creates a relaxed atmosphere, there are people dotted around in the bar having meetings, enjoying a coffee and like us, having lunch.
The menu is fantastic, really quite extensive and a mixed bag so something for everybody and every occasion, sandwiches and light bites, salads and small plates to platters of pulled pork and homemade pastries. There is also a lunchtime menu and ‘Tea’ menu, I like that. I always called my evening meal ‘tea’ when I was growing up. Oh and you can enjoy afternoon tea too – so much on offer!
On this occasion our menu was chosen for us, which is a good thing as I could have been there quite a while. To start we shared The Ploughman’s Platter, Ham hock slice, Yorkshire Blue cheese, Wensleydale cheese, Scotch egg, pickle, apple, tomato, fresh bread & onion butter. You haven’t had a Scotch egg until you try one of these beauties! All of the pastries and such are made daily and it shows, the whole platter was delightful, we devoured it.
To follow the rather substantial starter which definitely can be enjoyed as lunch for one person, we were served the pie of the day with mash and minted peas – with lashings of gravy. The pie was stuffed to the rafters with a rich steak and ale filling and the pastry literally melted in the mouth.
For dessert, which honestly felt like a montain to climb after the rather filling preceeding courses, we were served a trio of beautifully presented sweet treats. A melt in the mouth gluten free brownie, rich and sweet and gooey, a surprisingly light sticky toffee pudding and my favourite, a raspberry meringue with lashings of fresh cream.
I loved The Tetley, the place, the food and the service. It’s casual dining, but the service is far from slack with prompt friendly servers hovering unintrusively to take care of your every whim. For the food alone it I would return but also The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art and if you are so inclined, the regular exhibitions upstairs are worth a visit and from mid August will feature “50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival” which certainly will make a colourful exhibition!
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ Telephone 0113 320 2323 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by Joanne Brook-Smith, July 2017