Friday, 7 January 2011

The Cross Keys, Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds

After a few days of living like hermits, A and I decided to leave the house as the temperature was finally above zero and we felt like some dinner. The Cross Keys beckoned, so we booked a table for that evening.
We have had Sunday lunch here before so thought it would be interesting to try the evening menu. Turns out, it wasn’t just interesting, it was fantastic!

When we arrived, we were seated at a table in front of the wood burner – a crackling warm fire on a cold December night was just what was needed. We decided to share the duck liver pate for starter. Smooth and almost creamy, it was served with toast, shallot chutney and pea shoots.

For main, I ordered the salmon fillet, cooked beautifully with a crispy skin. Served with parsley mash and creamed winter greens, all the flavours complemented each other perfectly.

A had the slow-cooked duck leg with sweet root vegetable puree and a port sauce. Chunky chips were a lovely side dish.

Both main courses were well presented, full of flavour and it seems that real thought has been put into the Winter Menu. Other mains on offer included Rabbit casserole and Venison. We will definitely go again!

I ordered a pudding of Pear and Almond Tart, which came with a whisky custard. The tart had a pastry case filled with sponge cake. I have made something similar at home. Of course, this was better!

Drinks were Pinot Grigio for me, and real ale for A. The service was friendly and efficient. I really feel you couldn’t ask for a better meal out in Leeds.

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