The Lamb & Flag bounce pertly into spring armed with an array of delicious gastropub menus and a dashing new look. We sent Fletch along to review their latest offering and uncover some of the highlights.
Perched on the edge of Leeds Minster, The Lamb & Flag provides sanctuary from the bustling city, which is something of a rarity. Where else in town would you find a traditional Yorkshire pub with picture-perfect views?
Housed in a restored 19th century brick building, this Leeds Brewery pub was already rather easy on the eye, however, their new modern country look is still very welcome. The beer garden has also been refreshed, and is all decked out and ready for the Lambs forthcoming summer BBQ season.
Sandwiched between the aforementioned church and The Bells luxury serviced apartments, it’s an ideal setting for sipping ice-cold drinks in the sun. I began my evening with a refreshing pint of Monsoon, which has fast become my go-to Leeds Brewery ale.
Blending American hops which include Cascade and Chinook, this aromatic India Pale Ale goes down like a dream. The new food menu is largely made up of hearty pub classics, with some subtle contemporary twists.
The Chicken Liver Pate is a fine example of this. Served with a fragrant pink peppercorn butter and sea salt and rosemary focaccia toast, it presents a pleasing update on an old school starter. Having not had fish and chips for what feels like an age, I went with the Leeds Best Battered Haddock for mains.
The batter was perfectly crisp, and the fish itself could give your fave local chippy a run for its coin. Served with hand cut chips and pea puree, it was a comforting dish that was even better with lashings of HP Brown Sauce.
There’ s also a handful of lighter options for anyone watching their weight, which suited my plus one as she was just days away from the London Marathon. She enjoyed the creamy Mozzarella and Tomato Salad, which was complemented with a basil emulsion and dressed baby leaves.
Her main of Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillet came beautifully presented, and served with a side of crushed new potatoes, wilted greens and lemon caper butter. We ended the evening with the Yorkshire Cheese Board, which was loaded with local classics along with a caramelised onion chutney, apple and crackers.
Easily one of the city’s best central pubs, the Lamb is another triumph from Leeds Brewery. With excellent beers, fantastic food and a great setting, there really isn’t anything to grumble about. And if we actually see a summer in 2019, then their forthcoming barbecues are set to become essential.
The Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, LS2 7HD. Tel: 0113 243 1255.