Where to Celebrate Galentine’s Day In Leeds

What’s Galentine’s Day, I hear you ask? 

“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” – Leslie Knope, Parks & Recreation 

Invented by my idol, Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day is celebrated on 13th February and traditionally consists of brunch, all your best lady friends and the sharing of compliments. Here’s where you can kick it, breakfast style, with your ladies in Leeds. 

Ox Club

The food at Ox Club is seriously, seriously good. For somewhere that’s listed in the Good Food Guide and the Michelin Guide, the atmosphere (and the prices) are unassuming – letting the food do all of the talking. I would highly recommend their ricotta pancakes with blueberries and honeycomb, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to their Korean Chicken or Coconut French Toast, either. Basically, get all your besties together and order everything on the menu. The only problem is that you won’t be able to do that much catching up because the food will render you silent in appreciation. It’s worth it, I swear. 


If you want a fancy lady brunch, then Angelica is the place to head. Whisk your way up in the private lift, take in the views over Leeds and enjoy their extensive range of cocktails whilst you brunch and revel in your mutual affection and awesomeness. In tribute to Ms Knope, you must have the waffles, and in tribute to me, you must have an Aperol Spritz. Get it, girls. 

Laynes Espresso 

For something a bit more low key, the newly revamped Laynes Espresso is definitely the place to head. Not only do they have a reputation for the best coffee in Leeds, their brunch menu contains such delights as Sweetcorn Fritters with halloumi and chimichurri, Toasted Banana Bread with orange mascarpone, and my favourite, Shakshuka. Not only that, but they stock cakes from the inimitable Noisette Bakehouse, so it’s going to be a party in your mouth by the time the brunch is done. Guaranteed. 

Cafe 164 

Cafe 164 is new to the brunch game, but I am ogling their small but perfectly formed breakfast menu every time I pop in for a morning hot chocolate. Basically, I need the Nectarines & Cream Toast in my face, stat. There’s plenty of choice for your vegan and vegetarian pals, and their cake selection is pretty epic, too. Plus, since Galentine’s Day is all about supporting kick ass ladies, you’ll be putting your brunch pennies into the pockets of some of the most kick ass ladies I know on the Leeds food scene. Can’t say fairer than that, can you? 

Shears Yard 

Am I saving the best until last? Only if you like your brunches with a side of unlimited alcohol (so, yes, yes I am). The bottomless brunch at Shears Yard features their signature brunch dishes, like Smoked salmon & dill risotto, Garlic & truffle creamed mushrooms on toasted brioche and Merguez sausage & spiced mixed bean cassoulet (so not your standard brunch fare – and all the better for it, I’d say) but also the opportunity to drink as much as you like from a range of brunch-friendly cocktails. Most bottomless brunches that I’ve seen stick to Prosecco or Bloody Marys, but there are some fancier options on the menu like, my favourite, Aperol Spritzes, and a delicious sounding English 75. It’s only available on Saturdays, though, so you’ll have to celebrate Galentine’s Day early if you’re heading here. 

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5 More New Places to Try in Leeds

Stories Cafe Leeds


Who doesn’t love a pretty local coffee shop? No one, that’s who. Scandinavian-inspired design, cakes from Noisette Bakehouse, cold pressed juice and Instagrammable scenes for days. We went to Stories on their opening weekend for coffee & cake, but I was very jealous of the dippy eggs being eaten by the couple next to us so I am definitely going back for brunch sometime very soon. 

Mr Nobody 

We ended up in Mr Nobody on a night out recently, and their Wye Valley Spritz is the cocktail that I’m now dreaming about on warm days. There’s a lovely little garden outside if the sun is shining, and the inside has some fun little pods to sit in. We just went for drinks, but apparently you can grab a pizza with your drinks and (most excitingly of all) they serve up a tasting menu downstairs that sounds pretty amazing. 

The Old Red Bus Station Leeds

The Old Red Bus Station 

This aptly named bar is right by my bus stop, and my daily peek in the window definitely makes me want to visit. Unfortunately, circumstances haven’t conspired to get me through the doors yet but I know it will only be a matter of time. It’s a multi-purpose venue serving up food and drink alongside art and music. The building is really unique, and it’s so nice to see it being used at last! 

I Am Doner Leeds

I Am Doner

Kebabs get a pretty bad name. Usually the foodstuff consumed on a night out to satisfy drunken cravings, I Am Doner is giving the kebab a makeover and making it the dish every foodie is going to be talking about. Their house special combines slow-cooked lamb, super juicy chicken, falafel and halloumi with salad, feta and various pickles and other deliciousness all wrapped up in the softest bread. It was a flavour sensation and I already want another one. 

La Casita Horsforth Leeds

La Casita 

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to dine at The Pink Shed, catered by La Casita in Ilkley. The tapas was completely delicious, but I’ve not had a chance to experience it again. Now they’ve moved to Horsforth – just up the road – we’ll definitely be taking a trip for a little Iberico pork cheek and Rioja. 

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Five Years in Leeds

leeds town hall

Photos by Jenna Woodward Photography

As of today, I’ve lived in Leeds for five whole years. In that time, Leeds has become more a home to me than any other place ever has been. I went from feeling lost and lonely in this city, to being unable to imagine myself anywhere else. It is fitting, it feels, that we moved into our new home this weekend, too. Right now, I feel a little lost in between these four walls – everything I own is in boxes (although slowly less so) and there is no kitchen and it doesn’t feel like home. But it will do, in time. One day, I think I’ll find it difficult to imagine myself anywhere other than this home that we are building, slowly but surely. 

In that time, I have become more myself than I ever have been, too. I suppose we are all becoming more ourselves every day, but I am comfortable with myself now in a way I definitely wasn’t when I first moved here. I’ve grown up here, properly, and learnt things about myself and found my way. I am grateful to this city, for helping me with that. 

leeds friends

I am also grateful to Leeds for bringing me so many of my favourite people. People who are as close to me as my family. We’re all transplants here, thrown together by luck and circumstance. When I moved here, they opened their arms to me and I hope that I have been able to do the same for others when they have made their way here, too. This family is not an exclusive one – we have our history together, sure, but that everyone is always so welcoming is my favourite thing about them.

So, Leeds. Here’s to another five years together, eh? 

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My Leeds Indie Food Picks!

Photo by Ifty Patel

Photo by Ifty Patel

Hey pals! Can you believe that it’s almost that time again? The Leeds Indie Food Festival was definitely one of the highlights of last year, and it’s back again with even bigger and better events. They’ve just released the tickets for everything so I thought I’d pull together a little round-up of the events that I’ve got my eye on… 

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Leeds Feast

Paul’s been buzzing about Leeds Feast ever since last year, and he marked it in the calendar as soon as the dates were released. This is an unticketed event, so just turn up and get ready to gorge yourself silly on some of the UK’s best street food. This year it’s spread over Belgrave, Headrow House and Northern Monk Brewery – some of the coolest venues in town – and it’s sure to be a good couple of days. See you there, yeah? 

In Defence of Plants

I’ve already booked my spot for this brunch, hosted by two of my favourite foodie ladies – Sarah Lemanski from Noisette Bakehouse and Izy Hossack from Top With Cinnamon. It’s a bit of a departure for me; as suggested by the title it’s a plant-based menu, and I’m excited to try something new! 

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Photo by Jessie Leong

Edible Art Show: City of Cake 

Last year’s exhibition was one of my favourite parts of the festival, and this year The Tattooed Bakers are stepping it up a notch with an ‘awe inspiring architectural representation of our city’s cultural landscape’. Made of cake. Yep. The exhibition is running for a week, so don’t miss out on the chance to catch a glimpse of this masterpiece! 

50×50: A Night At The Spa 

This is the stuff that my dreams are made of. Truly. Sadly, I think the price tag may preclude me from going (new kitchens don’t buy themselves, unfortunately) but I’m sure I’m going to regret it when I see photos. You might already know that Norse is one of my favourite restaurants, and one of the most exciting places to dine in Yorkshire, and for this event they’re making the trip to Leeds for one night only with an ambitious FIFTY course Nordic tasting menu, matched with beverages from some of the finest Yorkshire drinks producers. Be still my beating heart… When you put it like that, it really sounds like a bargain. 

The Swine That Dines at Lazy Lounge: Cocktails and Canapes

Two of Leeds most well-respected foodies are teaming up for two of my favourite courses – cocktails and canapes! The Swine That Dines is renowned for their innovative food, and the cocktails from Lazy Lounge have been described as ‘exuberant’. Now that’s my kind of evening… 

Chef: The Experience

This was one of the best things that I did last year (second to marrying Paul, of course!) and I’ve been raving about it to everyone who will listen ever since. If you only do one Leeds Indie Food thing this year, make it this. Have you ever been watching someone cook on TV and wished you had a plate of what they’re making in front of you? Well, Belgrave are gonna make your dreams come true. Sit back and watch the wonderful, happy-making film Chef whilst being served the delicious food from the screen. You’ll be buzzing afterwards, I promise. 

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Photo by Jessie Leong

An Evening with Fu-Schnikens

Street food legends Fu-Schnikens are bringing their infamous asian cuisine to Ox Club for a one-off pop-up experience. I’ve heard theirs going to be sake, so you know it’s going to be a good night. 

Turning Tables: A Cous Cous Bang Bang Supper Club

If you’ve ever read Thom’s blog then you’ll probably have giggled at his reviews and drooled over his food. Making his supper club debut, Thom’s working with The Grub & Grog Shop to bring you five mysterious courses inspired by the Tripadvisor Top 10 and all proceeds are being donated to The Trussell Trust. Good food and a good cause? I’m there. 

Women / Art / Food: A Woman’s Place

Do you know what I love? Pudding? Do you know what I love more than pudding? Pudding and booze. Do you know what I love even more than that? Six courses of pudding with matched drinks inspired by and honouring six powerful women from the patisserie and confectionary trade. It’s almost like they made this event for me. 

Photo by Jessie Leong.  Oh, how I wish I'd bought this print last year!

Photo by Jessie Leong.
Oh, how I wish I’d bought this print last year!

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5 New Places to Try in Leeds

5 New Places to Try in Leeds // Amy Elizabeth

We can’t go a week in Leeds without something new and exciting opening its doors. I’ve lost track of the number of cafes, bars and restaurants that have opened their doors in the last year, and I certainly can’t keep up with visiting them all. Trying new things is often usurped by visiting old favourites, and the best of intentions to visit new places (or even old places that I haven’t got around to yet – Kendells and Zucco, I’m looking at you, boos) often get scuppered. I do, however, keep track of all the places that I want to go to (read: want to eat all the things at) and I know I’ll get round the them eventually! This list is actually a mixture of new places I’ve been to that I’ve not had a chance to write about before, and ones where I’ve heard amazing things from people in the know. 

The Turk’s Head 

5 New Places to Try in Leeds // Amy Elizabeth

One of Leeds’ oldest pubs, Whitelock’s, has just transformed its old function room into Leeds’ newest cocktail bar. Lord Whitney have been responsible for the makeover, so you know it’s going to be good, and the list of drinks they’re serving up is incredibly impressive – with craft beers and unusual spirits taking centre stage. This little gem is tucked away in the heart of the city centre, and I can’t wait to visit! 

Headrow House 

Anyone who’s anyone has made Headrow House their new venue of choice in the city centre, and it’s easy to see why. There’s pretty much something for everyone, from the delicious dishes being served up at Ox Club (read my brunch review here) to the rustic beer hall next door serving up their own brews, to the cocktail bar upstairs with a ‘Club Tropicana’ vibe to the uber-cool roof terrace which will no doubt be rammed as soon as the sun starts shining. Definitely one to add to your ‘must-visit’ list! 

The Hedonist Project 

5 New Places to Try in Leeds // Amy Elizabeth

You may remember the pop-ups next to Sandinista last year run by these guys – Hogarth’s Gin Joint and The Rum Shack. Now they’ve found a permanent home on Lower Briggate, and you really must pay them a visit. Their concept changes seasonally, so you don’t have long left to enjoy the whisky vibe they’ve got going on at the moment before they switch everything up. Right now, you can settle into a booth and be served exquisite cocktails that are unlike anything else in Leeds, so you really don’t want to miss this. 

House of Koko 

5 New Places to Try in Leeds // Amy Elizabeth

Chapel Allerton regulars may remember this place as ‘Grinders’, but they’ve since been taken over by new owners and given a whole new look and feel. Ally has already raved about House of Koko, and I’ve spotted them over on Lil’s Instagram so I really must get myself down to try their interesting looking menu and browse the shelves of local produce. Plus, from the looks of it, there are Instagram opportunities for days! One for a lazy Sunday brunch sometime soon, for sure. 

The Cat’s Pyjamas

We went to The Cat’s Pyjamas in Headingley over the Christmas break, because what better thing to spend your Christmas pennies on than curry? Right? It’s a sweet little restaurant over two floors with a pared back decor that reminds me, unsurprisingly, of Bundobust, if you’ve been there. They’ve got a great range of craft beers for people who are in to such things (oh, how I wish I was!) and a menu of interesting and unusual curries. I had a prawn curry which almost blew my head off, so do watch out if you’re not a fan of spice, but everything we had was delicious and I’m sure we’ll be back with a group so we can mix and match some more of their curries! 

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Brunch at Ox Club, Leeds

Ox Club at Headrow House, Leeds

It takes quite a lot for me to be excited about a new restaurant opening. I’m always happy to check out new places and try something new, but it’s quite rare for me to be desperate to go somewhere that’s just opened. Which is exactly how I felt about Ox Club. As soon as they opened their doors, everyone I know in Leeds who loves food was raving about them and I had to get a piece of it. Emma and I had dinner there about a week later, and it was everything I dreamed of and more. You can read all about it on her blog, in which she also says some very lovely things about me (blush). All I’ll say is, get the cauliflower. It will change your life. Which is no mean feat for a vegetable that I have mostly avoided when it’s not covered in a thick, cheese sauce. 

As a basic white girl, and therefore a dedicated bruncher, I was also counting down the days until I got to try out their brunch menu. It’s only available at weekends, and the thought of going into town during the Christmas shopping crush was too much for me, even with the promise of pancakes, so we waited until January and headed over to brunch to our heart’s delights. 

Ox Club at Headrow House, Leeds

Ox Club is exactly the kind of restaurant where I like to spend my time and money; it’s small enough to be intimate, it’s not fancy with its decor, save for a few copper touches and some plants scattered about, and they let the food do the talking. The smell of the grill is the first thing that hits you when you arrive, and it is wonderful – smoky and delicious. The menu changes regularly depending on market availability of produce, and features a small array of dishes that are carefully considered and cooked to perfection. There’s a reason everyone’s been raving about this place. 

Ox Club at Headrow House, Leeds

For brunch, we settled on Hanger Steak & Cheddar Eggs and their Ricotta Pancakes, which are served with honeycomb and blueberries. Our greed lead us to order a side of bacon and extra home fries, but there was really no need – I couldn’t even finish my pancakes because the portions were so generous. They were as light and fluffy as a cloud, and the blueberry and honeycomb accompaniment was surely a stroke of genius. We all need more honeycomb in our lives. Paul’s steak was perfectly cooked and tender and came with a heaping pile of silky eggs and a gorgeous smoked tomato jam. All in all, an absolutely fantastic way to start the day and one I’ll definitely be back for many times, I’m sure. 

Ox Club at Headrow House, Leeds

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Brunch at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton

seven arts

We really got into the brunch game when we were in the States. They are on another level over there, I promise. I can only hope for brunches so decadent in Leeds in the near future. That said, brunch options in Leeds have definitely gotten better over the last year or so, as more and more people get on board with this glorious meal. It was with great interest that I learnt that Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, a mere five minute stroll from my house, have started up a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays which runs until 3pm. That is the best time for brunch – it’s far more socially acceptable to get lightly buzzed after midday, and the best brunches have an alcohol accompaniment. 

brunch at seven arts

Seven is one of my favourite bars in Chapel Allerton (and in Leeds). It’s just got a really friendly vibe and, since it’s a non-profit that’s putting on some great arts events in the area, you can feel very smug after a couple of pints there. As a non-profit, their food and drink is very reasonably priced and the brunch is no exception – a plate of huevos rancheros with chorizo will set you back just £7, whilst a bacon sandwich is just £4. Everything is cooked fresh and the quality of the food is excellent, especially for the price. Although my huevos rancheros didn’t include all the traditional trappings of the dish, it had a great blend of flavours and a guacamole that even this avocado-avoider was shovelling onto her fork. Plus, perfectly dippy eggs. Is there anything better? 

hot chocolate

Of course, with the wind and rain lashing at the windows, a hot chocolate was definitely in order, too – just look at those mini marshmallows! It was the perfect Saturday morning activity (despite what I said about brunch being best in the early afternoon, we had a busy day ahead!) and we’ll definitely be back! 


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A Trip to Haworth

Haworth, Yorkshire // Amy Elizabeth

When it comes to books, I’m usually a modern girl. However, there are definitely some notable exceptions to that rule and there are some pieces of classic literature that I would happily wax lyrical over for hours on end. There’s something so romantic about the classics; they’ve stood the test of time and spoken to so many people. More proof that we’re all the same really, whether we’re Victorian girls traipsing over the moors or Millennials instagramming our coffees. Love is love, and tragedy is tragedy. There’s something particularly romantic about the work of the Brontes; precocious sisters who wrote some of the best novels of all time, all three with tragic destinies and brilliant brains. Their real life is as fascinating and inspiring as their work, which is why I was so excited to visit the Yorkshire village of Haworth this weekend, once home and now homage to this literary family.  

Haworth, Yorkshire // Amy Elizabeth

Haworth, Yorkshire // Amy Elizabeth

The thing about Yorkshire is that it will steal your hear and never, ever let it go. I am already head over heels for this wonderful place, but Haworth is Yorkshire showing off its best side. Rolling hills, stunning scenery, pretty cottages, cobbled streets and good, old-fashioned pubs. You can even take a steam train to get there. Basically, Haworth is a total babe. 

haworth 5

Haworth, Yorkshire // Amy Elizabeth

As soon as we arrived, we were confronted by a Victorian-style apothecary, an old-fashioned sweet shop and a shop selling flat caps. It couldn’t be more Yorkshire if it tried, and was almost like stepping back in time. We started off by wandering up to the Bronte Parsonage Museum, once home to the Bronte family. The rest of the group weren’t nearly so fussed, so after a quick turn around the museum shop, where you can pick up the most beautiful copies of Bronte novels, as well as some Bron-Tea (!), we returned to the village for a wander around. Everything in Haworth is steeped in Bronte history, from the jam stall we passed selling ‘Jane Eyre’s Strongly-Principled Strawberry Jam’ to the school where the Brontes once taught. For a literature nerd like me, it was total heaven. 

Haworth, Yorkshire // Amy Elizabeth

Haworth, Yorkshire // Amy Elizabeth

Haworth, Yorkshire // Amy Elizabeth

Our original plan was to walk up to ‘Top Withens’, generally thought to be the inspiration for Heathcliff’s home in the moors. I was totally up for immersing myself in the bleak countryside and getting a real taste for the Brontes life. However, the weather had other ideas, and not wanting to get totally soaked, we instead wandered around the village, picking up some pastries and pear drops and popping into every book shop we could see. If you’re after a dreamy day trip, then Haworth really is the place for it – I’m still buzzing about it days later and I can’t wait to go back and get up on those moors! 

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Wreath Workshop at Chirpy

wreath workshop at chirpy

There is something very satisfying about making something, isn’t there? So much of what I do is so intangible; my day job exists entirely in the online space and my main hobby, this blog, is the same. I think that’s why I enjoy cooking, baking and knitting. At the end of your endeavours, you have something to show for your work. Crafting is the same. I am not very skilled at crafts, but I am enthusiastic and I love the feeling you get when you have finished making something – even if that something is slightly wonky or doesn’t look anything like the picture. So when Katie suggested an evening of Christmas-themed crafting at Chirpy, I was there in a flash. 

wreath workshop at chirpy

wreath workshop at chirpy Chirpy is an adorable little design shop in Chapel Allerton and is definitely worth a visit – we’ve picked up numerous prints for our walls in there and it’s a lovely place to pick up gifts and cards. Their aesthetic is very cool and modern, which I love – so many gift shops are a bit frilly for me, but Chirpy suits me down to the ground. I’d heard about their workshops before but never got my act together, so I was very pleased that someone else suggested it! 

wreath workshop at chirpy

wreath workshop at chirpy

Upstairs in the shop was a cute little space just perfect for a group to do some crafting. With a little bit of Magic FM on the radio, some biscuits on the table and a cup of tea in hand (in a stylish mug, of course), the scene was set and we were ready to get going. Our task? To complete a fabric Christmas wreath in two hours! 

wreath workshop at chirpy

It was a relatively simple craft – tying pieces of fabric around a ring until it was all covered, with plenty of help from Agnis on hand for advice and adjustments. After a brief explanation, we gathered our fabric strips and got to work. The simplicity was actually part of the joy – whilst it’s fun to learn a new skill, this was a lovely, relaxing Friday evening craft with plenty of time to snack on Haribo and chat. The hardest part was choosing colours and trying to perfect that ‘messy but not too messy’ look. 

wreath workshop at chirpy

You’d be surprised how time-consuming the task was – with half an hour to go, most of us had only got halfway round the wreath so we doubled our efforts and managed to finish in time – with a few seconds to tie on some sparkly baubles for an extra festive effect. It was amazing that, with the same pile of fabric on offer to everyone, no two were even remotely alike. Creativity, eh? It’s pretty neat. We were all proud of our wreaths, and I think everyone had that warm fuzziness that comes with having made something with your own two hands that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to have hanging on your door (or wall, in our case). When we stepped out into the dark and cold, it felt like an evening very well spent! 

wreath workshop at chirpy

Chirpy have lots more Christmas craft workshops coming up, and do keep an eye out for their more general crafty workshops at other times of the year! 

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An Evening at The Fat Faced Cat Supper Club


I’m sure I’ve told you before how much I love supper clubs. It is a long-standing dream of mine to run my own; we’re hoping to buy a house in the next year, and a proper dining room is high on the list of priorities for this very reason. Two of my favourite things are eating delicious food and making friends, which make pop-ups and supper clubs pretty much my dream evening activity. With every one being different from the last, they’re a step up from the restaurant dining experience, and some of the best food I’ve ever eaten have been at events like this. 

So when I saw that The Fat Faced Cat Supper Club had some tickets left for their dinner on Saturday, I couldn’t resist. I roped in a willing friend and happily paid my £25, before telling everyone I knew exactly how excited I was about the menu. Spicy pig’s cheek doughnut? That is the stuff of dreams, right there. 

Pea Pancake with Pancetta and a Poached Egg

This wasn’t my first time dining with the Fat Faced Cat. I was invited a few month’s back after meeting the host at another foodie event. My over-riding memory of that evening was just how damn good the Popcorn Cockles were (happily, they made it back on the menu this time around!) and how full I was by the end of the evening. We sat down at around 8 and didn’t stop eating until gone midnight; never have I had so much good food. So this time around I prepped myself beforehand by eating almost nothing all day, ready for the feast that awaited. 

Beetroot, Goat's Curd and Honeycomb

When you go to a supper club, you have to be ready to make small talk. I always think small talk get a bad name. I LOVE small talk. I am perfectly happy to chat away about people’s jobs and how they came to Leeds and what their favourite restaurants are in the city and which other supper clubs they’ve been to. It’s fun. There’s always the awkward introduction stage, and then it’s like you’re all friends catching up over dinner. Being in someone’s home only amplifies that feeling, as does the wine. It feels cosy. 

Over our initial introductions, we sipped on cocktails (an excellent Old Fashioned) and nibbled on a seemingly never-ending parade of snacks – including the aforementioned popcorn cockles (salty, spicy, deep-fried – so damn more-ish), honey Sriracha popcorn (deliciously sticky with just a hint of heat), zaboca on crab biscotti (which everyone promptly forgot the name of halfway through the first bite – but was roundly declared excellent!) and candied bacon. 

Seabass Ceviche

We were then seated, more drinks were poured and a steady stream of dishes found their way in front of us. It took hours to get through everything, and by the end we were all unbuttoning trousers and declaring ourselves fuller than we’d ever been. I want to dwell on each dish because each one was absolutely gorgeous – from the crisp, sweet outer and spicy, meaty inner of the pig’s cheek doughnut to the fresh flavours of the seabass ceviche. The ‘main course’ (when you have 12, can any of them be main?) was a gorgeous, tender lamb with super-smooth mash and a fantastic balsamic sauce which cut through the richness perfectly. 

Strawberry and Pistachio Crumble with Basil Cream

The dessert courses may have been concocted with me in mind, so much did they play to my tastes. A fresh gin & tonic granita, served in a gorgeous copper cup, followed by the smoothest white chocolate and kaffir lime mousse (for real, the best I’ve ever had), and then finishing up with a strawberry and pistachio crumble, served with a basil cream. Basil and strawberry is one of my favourite combinations of flavours of all time, but sadly a few bites in my stomach protested too much – it really had had enough. I just about managed to squeeze in a truffle and a few sips of port, but, as predicted, the feast had defeated me. 

If you live in Leeds (or even if you don’t) and get a chance to grab some tickets to The Fat Faced Cat Supper Club, then you absolutely must go. I hope this little taster has persuaded you, because it really is one of the best ways to spend an evening. A little tipsy, a lot full of gorgeous food, chatting with lovely people. Not forgetting that absolutely beautiful cat, who makes a few appearances throughout the evening. And maybe watch this space for a supper club all of my own, one day soon… 

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