It might come as a surprise, but there’s actually more to Leeds than just the city centre!
If you hop on a train for 10 minutes out of the city you’ll find yourself in the lovely town of Guiseley (which just so happens to be where I live!). It’s a great town, and I’ve lived here for most of my life.
Guiseley has pretty much everything you need: aka plenty of pubs and loads of shops. But one of the things we were seriously lacking was a nice bar/restaurant that made Guiseley more of a destination. That was until The Potting Shed opened its doors in December.
The Potting Shed is a growing chain across Yorkshire, known for great drinks, delicious food and chilled vibes where each restaurant is made to feel like a (cool) garden shed. After recently launching their new spring food and drink menu, they were kind enough to invite some local Leeds bloggers (myself included!) to come check out what was on offer.
The Gin Garden
Considering I’ve spent my fair share of time in The Potting Shed since its opening, I’ve never actually ventured upstairs to their Gin Garden. I can confirm that I have most definitely been missing out over the last 5 months.
The Gin Garden literally looks like an indoor jungle, with plants covering the walls and hanging from the ceiling. But obviously it wouldn’t be a Gin Garden without some gin! Upstairs has its own bar full of gins, tonics and garnishes for you to select and make your perfect tipple. Struggle to make a decision like me? Then the lovely staff are on-hand to point you in the right direction, depending on what you fancy.
Not fancying a gin? Don’t worry, there’s an extensive cocktail menu to help you fulfil those summer fantasies. The cocktails on offer are the kind of things that get you salivating just from reading the menu, with my personal favourites being the Passionfruit and Basil Crush (Absolut Citron, peach, passion fruit puree, passion fruit gomme, basil leaves and orange juice) and the English Country Garden (cucumber, mint leaves, pre mix, apple juice, Beefeater, St Germain). Oh, and did I mention that certain cocktails are on 2 for £12 throughout most of the week? YES PLEASE.
But guess what? To the right of the staircase you’ll find the most amazing terrace, complete with astro turf to serve up some garden ~realness~. In the summer months (days might be more realistic tbh) the roof completely retracts, whilst heaters will keep you warm throughout the year’s coldest periods. I spend every summer searching for the best beer garden in Leeds, and I think The Potting Shed in Guiseley has safely secured that badge of honour.
Proper hearty food
Is that the most Yorkshire subheading I’ve ever written? Quite possibly.
As I said earlier, Guiseley has been crying out for somewhere that’s a bit more ~foody~, and The Potting Shed definitely ticks that box. Whether you’re in the mood for a light bite, pizza, British classics, or even one of their new Sunday dinners, there’s plenty to choose from.
Obviously the best way to get to grips with a menu is to try a bit of everything, so I happily tucked in to the platter of light bites they brought out. My favourites were definitely the peri peri chicken goujons (the batter they’re in is LUSH), the maple-mustard chipolatas and the halloumi fries, because everyone loves halloumi fries.
When it came to ordering our main course it’s safe to say I struggled. Do I go for something I know I’m going to love, like a burger or kebab? Maybe I finally try one of their pizzas? Or do I take advantage of a Sunday roast?
I obviously chose the roast, opting for the rump of beef.
I’m pleased to report back that I enjoyed the roast. I could bore you with details like how well the meat was cooked, but all I want to tell you about is the yorkshire pudding tbh. Damn, that yorkshire pudding. I’m a sucker for a good yorkshire and that one was definitely a winner.
On the topic of yorkshire puddings, I need to draw your attention to the Yorkshire Burger. A beef burger, topped with blue cheese and then magically placed between two yorkshire puddings. Now obviously I’d get it without the blue cheese (because gross), but otherwise, dreams well and truly do come true.
The Potting Shed is a fantastic addition to Guiseley, which I’m certainly going to continue making the most of. Plus, the future is certainly bright for The Potting Shed, with restaurants in Leeds AND Harrogate opening in the future. I feel like they’re starting to take over, and I’m okay with it.
*I was offered complimentary food and drink at The Potting Shed, Guiseley, in exchange for a post where I share my views. All opinions are, as always, my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.