All I seem to be doing lately is eating out, but let’s face it, I’m not complaining! I was actually invited along to visit the newly refurbished Bill’s Restaurant on Albion Place, Leeds. For the last eight or so years, I’ve been a huge fan of Bill’s. You would usually find me there with a fish finger sandwich for lunch in the York Restaurant. However, I’ve never been to the Leeds one – not even before their refurbishment.
We visited the new Bill’s restaurant after our Tree Top Experience at Go Ape in Temple Newsam so we were eager for a bite to eat. On arrival, we were greeted with a bright tangerine canopy and botanical feature around the door which was begging for the perfect Instagram shot. We were quickly seated and the whole restaurant was just beautifully decorated, especially the bar. I can imagine it would be a great little place to have a few drinks after work. Especially as the drinks were pretty amazing, I highly recommend the Elderflower and Apple Collins. You can never go wrong with a gin based cocktail.
Bill’s have a couple of different menus but we ordered from the regular Dinner menu and got a few sharers to nibble on before the main event. No matter where I am, I cannot resist getting freshly baked bread to begin with. This stone baked bread was the perfect appetizer to kick of things. Stefan ordered the Cumberland sausages served with honey & grain mustard and I obviously went for the fried Halloumi sticks. Even though we had a dish each, there was plenty enough to share between us.
There was so much to choose from on the dinner menu that we were stuck deciding for what seemed like forever. From Pan Fried Sea Bass to Mac and Cheese, there were some very delicious sounding dishes on offer. It’s also worth noting that each day of the week they have a speciality night for example; Sunday was Rib Eye Steak with a glass of merlot. Saturday’s speciality of Slow Cooked Lamb Shank sounded heavenly. In the end, I went for the classic Fish and Chips which were served with mushy peas. Stefan went for the pan fried chicken served with wild mushrooms. I think it was the mash potato that tempted him and he was very pleased with his choice!
I’m not sure how but we made room for dessert and the lovely server recommended me the star of the show; Bill’s Chocolate and Hazelnut Praline Sphere. Now, I’m not huge on nutty desserts but I love anything with chocolate but this was pretty damn incredible. Not only was it presented beautifully it was like being in chocolate heaven. As usual Stefan opted for a selection of ice cream and sorbets but he’s not really a dessert person, where as I am! The Mango and Passion Fruit Eton Mess is calling my name for my next visit.
As always the food was delicious at Bill’s but it was nice to try out some other dishes as I usually visit on lunchtime. It was also wonderful to see what they have done to refresh the décor and made it so colourful yet cosy! I was also loving the botanical theme with all the palm trees! It was very suited to my taste!
Have you been to Bill’s Restaurant before?