There isn’t much in Tong Village – a garden centre, a hotel, an ice cream shop and the Greyhound pub. It is a lovely little oasis in the desert of the sprawling estates and suburbs of north-west Leeds. It was the last day at work before Easter, so we decided to go out for a tradional pub dinner at the Greyhound to celebrate.
This pub is a very popular place and they have recently built an extension to their dining room. Many tables were reserved when we got there but we managed to get a table for two as none of the other diners had arrived.
A pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord and a Pinot Grigio were ordered at the bar and we were quickly seated. The menu is typical pub food and the menu is extensive – a range of steaks, fish dishes, and the staple steak and ale pie. There are also some menu boards on the wall with filled Yorkshire puddings on offer along with a “sweets” board. I can’t remember the last time I heard that word to describe pudding but it has a lovely 1970s ring to it.
The pub is a nice old-fashioned place with lots of dark wood, tankards on shelves and brass horseshoes hanging around the fireplace. Our order was taken – Beer-battered fish and chips for A (£9.40) and Scampi (£7.95) for me.
The beer-battered fish came with the skin removed, clearly freshly cooked to order. Chips appeared to be of the frozen variety but nice nonetheless.
A good portion of scampi for me with the biggest pile of mushy peas I have ever seen. A side salad was also served.
“Sweets” were offered but declined. The large portions make it difficult to imagine getting through three courses here.
There was a held-hostage moment while we waited for the bill. A eventually went over to pay at the restaurant till. I had some wine left in my glass so it may have been the staff didn’t want us to feel rushed.
This is a great old-fashioned pub that does lovely traditional food. Tables outside make it a top place to sit out in the summer.
I have just remembered what else there is in Tong village – “Tong Feline Retreat” where Frank has his catty holidays!