In a few months I will no longer be a Harrogate resident, instead I will be part of the cool crowd in Chapel Allerton, the coolest part of Leeds for sure. In my quest to scope out my future home, I took the opportunity to visit The Woods. The building has had quite the past, from The Angel’s Share, to most recently the Hummingbird Kitchen. I am already in love with a handful of other independents that Chapel Allerton has on offer, so I was excited to find another joint to add to that list.
Accompanied with my trusty Chapel Allertonites and future neighbours Amy & Paul, off we headed. They have quite the long list of plans for the place, from the indoor and outdoor dining, bar, private cinema, kids activities and live music, for us it was all about the food and cocktails.
I have quite the penchant for clashing neon yellow with grey, so imagine my delight when that was the decor they had gone for, with a nod to the ever so trendy Scandinavian vibe that I love. The outdoor space is vast and scattered with booths and sofas, inside was a log burner and heaps more seating. Although the fire isn’t exactly required in this delightful weather we’re currently enjoying, it will be perfect for autumn evenings with a pint!
The drinks menu was impressive to say the least, including classic cocktails and a few with a Woods twist, which Amy and I delighted in. I went for the Lumerjack; Jack Daniels, Kirsch and black cheery jam…YUM! Amy was enticed by the Strawberry & Basil; Grand Marnier & Chambord topped off with basil and black pepper. Meanwhile Paul honed in on the ale options deciding on Brooklyn Summer Ale.
Once the drinks were in full flow it was food time, the menu seems a little confused, carb heavy for sure, which I wasn’t drawn to. However, the wood-fired pizzas I was increasingly excited about, with fresh, unique pairings including my choice, prosciutto, pear and blue cheese with a perfectly crisp base, it more than lived up to the expectations. Added to the fact they were all priced around £8, they would make for a great early mid week dinner or weekend hangover cure!
Amy went for garlic mushrooms, artichoke, lemon and pecorino which I had suitable menu envy about when it arrived.
The only slight disappointment were a couple of the other dishes, including the lamb shoulder that Paul had, which although not awful by any means was just a little underwhelming and although super friendly, yet slow service. Pretty sure it’s just a case of first week teething problems. I would say, stick with the wood fired pizzas they really are delicious and with a long list of toppings you can totally create your own perfect pairing.
I must admit the pizza was yummy, but coming in a close second for the tastiest prize of the night was my brownie, twinned with super simple absolutely perfect vanilla ice cream!
I will most certainly be visiting again, there are many many more cocktails & pizzas to be sampled, not to mentioned the classic movies they will be showing in the private cinema, and maybe even a cheeky yoga class when they start.
Now, back to flat hunting…
p.s HUGE thank you to Paul & Amy for the photos, I was too busy scoffing food & supping cocktails!