Yorkshire Tapas: Where to find the best bar snacks in Leeds

Bar snacks have something of an image problem in this country, from slimy pickled eggs to crumbled packets of cheese and onion crisps, most pubs just don't make the effort.

The Spanish have quite literally got it down to a 'T' with Tapas bars, where little plates of simple snacks such as battered calamari, fried chorizo or squares of potato and onion filled frittata are served up alongside local beers, wines or sherries depending on the region. Many bars will specialise in a certain type of tapas and people will do a mini bar-crawl between different ones to get the best of what’s around. But we just don't seem to have a handle on the idea of informal snack eating in quite the same way, for us, it tends to be one or the other.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. There are pubs out there trying a little bit harder, who provide a selection of tasty treats to soak up your pint, and who are slowly winning people over to the idea of grazing rather than fast-and-feasting your way through the day. Leeds has got plenty of places to get a good beer, but the following pubs and bars also give the opportunity for a little snacking with your supping, and all are well worth a try.

The Adelphi
1-3 Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ

The Adelphi have a dedicated bar snacks menu that is constantly changing depending on what is fresh, in season, or has taken the chef’s fancy - which in itself tells you that you’re on to a winner. They generally have around ten to fifteen bar snacks available, including things such as deep fried White bait with tartar sauce, Gloucester Old Spot Sausage Rolls with Brown Sauce, pan fried Chorizo with bread and Sweet Potato wedges with Tarragon mayo. All are very reasonably priced from £2 up to about £4.75, but a really nice touch is that you can choose any 3 Bar Snacks for just £10, perfect for sharing between a few people.

Recommended bar snack and beer: Salt & Pepper Squid with Lime Mayo, and a pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Mr Foley’s Cask Ale House
159 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 5RG

Mr Foley’s Cask Ale House is undoubtedly known best for its beer. They have an unbeatable selection of Cask Ale, a regularly changing range of international craft keg beers, two dedicated BrewDog taps and an excellent bottle fridge. What people don’t know though is that their bar snack nachos and triple cooked chips are some of the best in Leeds, all thanks to new chef Tyler’s hard work behind the scenes. Skin left on, crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, nicely golden brown, and served in a bowl with plenty of salt - they’re the perfect partner to your pint.

Recommended bar snack and beer: Bowl of triple cooked chips, and a pint of BrewDog Punk IPA

North Bar
24 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU

For a bar with such an extensive range of awesome beers from Belgium, America, Germany and the UK, this craft beer institution keep things simple when it comes to bar snacks, with meat and cheese platters being the star attraction, along with a selection of delicious pies from local company “i’s Pies”. Voted by The Independent as “The Best Place to Drink Beer in the UK”, the laid back, friendly atmosphere of this place really helps to encourage some informal grazing whilst sampling some of the best, and hardest to find beers around.

Recommended bar snack and beer: Cheese & Bread platter, and a bottle of Rocheforte 8

The Stew & Oyster (aka Calls Landing)
36-38 The Calls, Leeds LS2 7EW

This riverside bar is slowly growing in popularity, and they’re beer garden is in my opinion the best in Leeds. They have recently extended their menu to include some antipasti plates, marinated olives and bruschetta to go along with their stew and oysters, but it’s the beer that has really improved of late. Three cask pumps are available now along with a fantastic range of bottled beers, including some great American Craft such as Flying Dog Pale Ale and plenty of Belgian offerings.

Recommended bar snack and beer: Half a dozen oysters, and a pint of the Ossett Brewery “Stew & Oyster” Pale Ale

Veritas
43 Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3BB

Veritas is at something of an unfair advantage in the bar snacks department as it has a full blown Deli housed right inside the bar selling cheeses, meats, and pies as well as pastries and cakes which can either be eaten inside the bar or taken away. On the bar snacks menu you’ll find an array of cheese, meat and fish platters with things like mackerel pate and smoked chicken alongside local charcuterie and specialties. You can pick a pre-designed platter or build your own, picking whatever looks good on that particular day, and enjoy with a pint of beer from the excellent selection of cask, keg, and bottles.

Recommended bar snack and beer: Homemade hazelnut brownie, and a bottle of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout


Photo credit: Stew & Oyster Website

9 comments:

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  2. Took my other comment off. It's rude to come onto a blog that celebrates food and pubs equally, and slag off the idea of good food in pubs. Sorry.
    [I still don't like cake with beer though. :)]

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  3. Have you trwied bc stout with brownie though? It's a combo that works. I don't actually think the stout is that sweet though and with a nice bitter dark chocolate brownie it's good. Wouldn't work with a sweet sponge chocolate cake, but that's not I'm suggesting.

    Thanks for commenting

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  4. My typing is terrible, must be too early!

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  5. I thought that it was just your lisp. ;)
    I have not ever tried BC stout, but I should try to get a hold of some.
    Two of the greatest loves of my life are beer and cake, in fact my partner thinks that I live entirely off them. If I could find the correct beer and cake blend then I would find celestial bliss.

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  6. BCS is a fantastic beer. Not to be mixed up with something like Youngs Double Chocolate stout, BC Stout doesnt actually contain any real chocolate. However layer upon layer of roasted and chocolate malts create this really strong, deep, dark chocolate flavour. It's not too sweet for a beer of around 10.1% (the abv and recipe change slightly each year), and paired with a nicely bittersweet dark chocolate brownie it is delicious. It's also very good poured over a scoop of good vanilla icecream in a small bowl.

    Sounds terrible, tastes amazing, trust me.

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  7. UPDATE: They now have Lion Stout from Shri Lanka in stock, try a bottle of that with your Oysters!

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  8. I didn't realise that you were referring to Brooklyn Chocolate Stout. That is a fantastic beer, although even at 355ml I find it a little too much sometimes. I'm still not convinced by the idea of mixing it with a rich chocolate brownie though. :)

    I took a couple of cases of that two or three years ago. It sold pretty well actually. I'll definitely get some more in for my new venture.

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  9. Distrikt has tapas too, best saved for winter as it's underground. Brooklyn Bar's garden is a sun trap, great for wheat beer and bar snacks.

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