Fed and Watered Inside the Potting Shed

Potting Shed, Guiseley – part of a small collection of Potting Shed Bar’s based in the North of England – is a place to be fed and watered, just like in any good potting shed.

The folk @Coxys_Kitchen love getting out and about for H&N Magazine, so off we went for a night in the ‘shed.’

On arrival we were greeted with a warm welcome by the Manager and given a choice of tables to sit at. Having clocked the small stage with microphone, in the form of a grass verge, we were pleased to have picked a night where we’d be treated to live music. We took the managers advice and chose a table just far enough out of the way so that my friend and I could have a good catch up, but not so far that we wouldn’t have a good view of the live entertainment.

After ordering our drinks, for me a Negroni and for my friend a classic G&T, we soon found ourselves studying the extensive menu. With a choice of nibbles and small plates, wraps and sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and kebabs, we were spoiled for choice.

Having finally made our decisions, I chose the Freshly Battered Peri Peri Chicken Strips and my friend who is vegetarian, chose the veggie equivalent, Cauliflower Bites, both of which came served with a sweet chilli dip. The batter on both starters was as light and crispy as you like; my only complaint was that the plate was slightly too small to house all of my chicken strips, causing some of them to fall off on to the table. However this is easily rectifiable and didn’t deter me from clearing my plate.

In readiness for our mains we ordered a bottle of Alta Vista Estate Premium Malbec, which went perfectly with my pie and chips, as well as my friends Halloumi Kebab. Sadly, the pie that was listed on the menu (Steak & Ale Pie), was not what had been supplied that day, so instead I received a Steak & Blue Cheese Pie. Our waiter did make me aware of this before I placed my order and fortunately I love blue cheese, so it wasn’t an issue.

The food at Potting Shed isn’t homemade, but with so much choice, it isn’t hard to understand why. It’s good value for money and it’s tasty – and that’s ok.

By now, the live music had begun; a solo singer with an amazing voice. And as we attempted to sing along, in between conversation and sips of wine, we were soon being asked about desserts. Stuffed on pie and halloumi kebab, we needed a breather but eventually decided to share – and thank the universe we decided to share – the biggest slab of Chocolate ‘Four Layer’ [no less] Fudge Cake we had ever seen arrived! A few spoonsful in and it had beaten us.

Having left just enough room for one more bevvy, we opted for our favourite after dinner cocktail, Espresso Martini. And with full bellies and a healthy glow, we said our goodbyes.

The Potting Shed, Guiseley is your perfect local watering hole with food and live entertainment. Perfect for Christmas parties, or just an afternoon or night out with friends or your nearest and dearest.

Review by Sarah Cox (@coxyskitchen)

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