Iris, Wakefield

Lovely little British Brasserie restaurant based in the centre of Wakefield, serving well-presented, fine dining cuisine, giving classic dishes a bit of a twist. Gorgeous flavour combinations, very smart venue and good service to be expected here.

I’d heard good things about Iris for a long time from various people so I was excited when and we finally took up the chance to visit with friends the last Saturday evening in January. We booked 2 weeks in advance and paid £10pp deposit (just to warn you as this wasn’t realised until I called to book). The restaurant was bus but comfortable, and very smart and cosy.

Celebrating joint birthdays and passing exams, we were a party of 4 looking for a nice place to eat before a few drinks around Wakefield, and we were glad we chose Iris. Opting for just a main dish each each as we didn’t want to be too full to enjoy drinks after, I could have very easily been tempted to have a starter too as there were some amazing sounding ones like Baked Cheese Souffle and Scotch Egg. There was a fantastic January offer on of 241 on main meals Wed – Sat, which was great especially when dining out on a Saturday, so in the end we only ended up paying £14pp for main meals and alcoholic drinks.

Initially I liked the sound of the Venison course however had heard that it wasn’t a venison steak, more like a tart of some sort so I decided against it in the end. I went with the Chicken – Stuffed chicken ballotine with a roasted garlic risotto and BBQ broccoli. I really enjoyed this dish, there was a good amount of chicken which was cooked and flavoured well, paired with a tasty risotto.

Two people chose the Pork Belly which came with spiced pigs cheek samosa, curried parsnip, yellow lentils and greens. This went down really well and looked fantastic. The piece of pork was a great portion, and the parsnip was just accompaniment enough to bring the dish together.

Last but not least was the Seabream which came with giant cous cous, roasted peppers, aubergine and tomato fondue. A light and refreshing dish, cooked well. All in all the food was well enjoyed by all and the beer and wine flowed.

I would highly recommend visiting Iris for a meal and I am hoping to visit again in the future to try more of their fine food. To find out more about them, visit their website here.

I hope that my review has inspired you to give this restaurant a try. If you have anywhere you would recommend I should eat at, please leave a comment below. If you are a restaurant/food vendor and would like to collaborate with me in any way, please just email me at!

Happy munching!


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