The Pit, Chapel Allerton. A relaxed place to enjoy casual drinking & dining with friends…
There are so many places to choose from when eating out that sometimes we stick with what we know, but as I found out, we are missing out! The Pit has been around for a while but it should definitely be on your list for a fun night out with friends. The food offering is great along with a really extensive cocktail list and cracking atmosphere! Fill your boots I say!
For a Wednesday early evening I was pleasantly surprised to see we weren’t the only diners in The Pit, quite the contrary in fact, it was busy! The atmsophere was great and everybody seemed to being enjoying themselves as were seated in one of the leather booths.
This actually isn’t the type of restaurant I normally choose to dine in as it’s quite lively and offers lots of sport and entertainment like a weekly quiz etc. However, having visited I would return again as the food and drink offering were fantastic and the dining section is quite separate from the bar so you can choose to enjoy to sporting cameradery or sit further away – best of both worlds!
The menu is extensive and full of tempting treats, those of you on some mad diet won’t find much in the way of kale smoothies here, its all meat, ribs, chicken and slaw with a healthy (or not so much) portion of Philly Fries!
We chose some cocktails from the brand new cocktail menu to get the tastebuds ready for action. I chose The Artful Dodger, indulgent Santa Teresa Claro rum, gingerbread and almond syrups, lemon and Fair Acai
liqueur all craftily mixed together and served with a Jammie Dodger biscuit. It was delicious but a word of advice, pluck the biscuit from the top straight away, you don’t want a soggy dodger!
Across the table my friend chose the Gin & juice, Portobello Road gin is shaken with Giffard mure and Pamplemousse, elderflower cordial, fresh lime and topped with crisp dry Prosecco.This was really refreshing and moreish!
Onto the food and we were in for a treat. I chose finer lickin’ chicken bites and they were absolutely delicious, marinated chicken with a hot and zingy sauce – you could choose sticky BBQ if you prefer. My friends enjoyed the loaded nachos which certainly were loaded. I hate it when I order nachos and I’m left with a bowl of dry chips , if they are loaded, they should be LOADED. Fortunately The Pit don’t scrimp and there wasn’t dry chip in the house! Thumbs up.
For main course I plumped (literally) for Pit Chicken, – Crispy fried chicken, Southern style slaw and Louisiana blazing BBQ sauce. OMG, this was so so tasty. The batter was crispy and tasty but not heavy and the chicken was beautifully juicy. Pure comfort food! My friend opted for San Jose Chicken, rubbed & marinated chicken breast cooked in a spicy sauce topped with melted cheese, chorizo, peppers, onions, salsa Mexicana, guac and chillies. It went down a treat and we both agreed we would return for sure.
Time for more cocktails Jack Rabbit Slim for me – Jack Daniel’s Honey whiskey, Courvoisier brandy, fresh lemon and a healthy dose of Dr Pepper. What’s the worst that can happen? Well it certainly washed the chicken down and tasted top notch. They really know how to mix a good cocktail at The Pit, but if you, like me, don’t drink cocktails too often, ask a bartender to help you choose. They are really knowledgeable and can craft you up something perfect for your palate.
The Pit is certainly worth a visit, we had cracking service from both restaurant and bar staff, the food was spot on and it’s a fun place to be. I think it would certainly be a good option for Christmas parties and the like as the atmosphere really lends itself to that type of occasion. Get down to The Pit and fill your boots, tell them I sent you.
8b Stainbeck Lane, Leeds. LS7 3QY Tel: 0113 269 8666 www.arcinspirations.com