If you’re looking for sophisticated fine dining and fresh local produce, you’ve come to the right place!
Overall Rating – 5/5
Food – 5/5
Service – 5/5
Cleanliness – 5/5
Value for money – 4/5
££ = Approx £55pp for a starter, a main, 1 alcoholic drink and a dessert to share between 2!
I’d been wanting to visit Stockdales for a while and received a birthday gift voucher so after a busy few months and FINALLY having a free weekend together, myself and Jamie decided to treat ourselves to a meal here.
Based in Leeds City Centre on South Parade, this sophisticated and impressive venue is great for a treat / date night with your other half, or friends and family to celebrate an occasion. Serving local produce and some of the finest cuts of meat (famously renowned for their Wagyu), the food here is top quality.
Firstly you are served with complimentary Soda Bread with Salted Butter and Beef Dripping Sauce which we thought was great. For the starters we tried the King Scallops served with Malt Glazed Pork Belly, Smoked Aubergine, Yogurt Curd & Puffed Wild Rice. And also the Steamed Mussels with White Wine, Shallots, Parsley & Cream served with fresh Soda Bread. The Mussels were tasty and a brilliant, large portion with delicious sauce to dip the bread into. I felt the portion of the King Scallops was a little sparse especially as it was as usual the most expensive of the starters. However they were still very good and especially the pork belly.
For my main I went with the Duck served with Roasted Celeriac, Rye Spaetzle, Baby Turnips & Greens. The duck was cooked very well indeed and the dish was very filling. The sauce made of the duck juices and gravy was a little rich for me and I felt like the dish could have done with something sweet like a fruit to balance it, but I did enjoy it and ate every bit.
Jamie chose the Wagyu Ribeye cooked rare which was just right and mouthwatering. The steaks are served with a garnish and sauce of choice however anything else is to be ordered as extra. This cut of meat is naturally fairly fatty and the only regret Jamie had was not ordering the Fillet. But again every bit was eaten!
Well, we couldn’t not order our favourite for dessert, the Sticky Toffee Pudding. We were almost fit to burst at this stage so ordered this to share. Which was a good job as the portion was massive! The pudding was delicious and served with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream.
There are also some fantastic signature cocktails and wines to choose from, the Stockdales Bellini being my drink of choice.
In summary the food and service we received at Stockdales was top class and great quality. The prices are fairly high-end but I believe do reflect the quality of the food. For those of you the want to enjoy the quality but not pay the top prices, Stockdales do offer an Early Evening menu Monday to Friday where you can enjoy 2 course for £19 or 3 for £23pp. Or they serve a Sunday Lunch at a similar price. Find out more on their website here.