In the end the food was lovely, but the wait was disappointing – maybe I just caught them on a bad day?
Overall rating – 2.5/5
Based on the outskirts of City Centre in Leeds’ growing Norther Quarter is this small independent restaurant that was recommended to me by some of my Instagram followers. I decided to dine here with my friends and her family to finish off my birthday week. Unfortunately the visit wasn’t as stress-free and enjoyable as I had hoped. Maybe we just caught them on a bad afternoon as I have heard good things previously, however we did leave feeling a little disappointed.
I booked a table for 5 and a high chair for 3pm on Sunday and we arrived just on time, my friend with her children arriving before me and having to stand in the doorway for a short time as the place was busy. We then were told our table wasn’t ready so we sat downstairs to order our food and drinks for about 10/15 mins before being shown upstairs. When we were shown upstairs we were told “There’s a nice big table ready for you now.” and were seated on a long table with benches, so we spread out a little. Shortly after we sat down a couple were sat on the end of our table so I had to move up as I had assumed we had the whole table, meaning I ended up spending the whole meal sat uncomfortably.
Only one of us ordered a starter of the baked camembert which came after being there for around 30 – 40 minutes. The camembert was nice, served with toasted bread, carrot and celery sticks to dip in. It was a good enough size for us all to try a nibble.
Another 20 minutes passed and we were starting to get a little restless, the couple that had been sat next to us that had only been there around 20 – 30 minutes were served their mains. I looked at my watch and looked at the waitress who must have then sensed my annoyance, and she explained “Your’s is being plated up next.” By then I was starting to get aggitated, especially as no staff had apologised for the long wait for food. From a menu that only consisted of Sunday Dinners and accompaniments… I wasn’t sure what the hold up was.
Another 5-10 minutes later another server said they were plating ours now…. When the food finally arrived, the portions were decent and we did enjoy the food. Meat, veg and roast potatoes sat in lots of gravy topped with a large Yorkshire Pudding, nothing there to not enjoy. But I think the wait and the lack of service had dampened our enjoyment by then. The lamb and chicken was cooked beautifully, the beef was a little tough and fatty. We tried some of the side dishes; the cheesy leeks are gorgeous as is the sweet potato mash. I didn’t think much to the brocolli pesto side dish unfortunately.
The Brunswick does cater for children in that they can serve half portions for them. Onn a Sunday the menu offers small selectons of starters, Sunday Roast as mains (you can pre-order beef wellington) and the dessert option is Sticky Toffee Pudding. If you aren’t looking for a roast dinner on a Sunday, this wouldn’t be the place to visit. If you are, please be aware that there may be some wait and I wouldn’t describe this place as the most relaxing of settings. The food in the end though was cooked well and was very tasty. We pretty much cleared our plates (starving by then but enjoying the food too).
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