I always love it when a new restaurant and bar comes to Leeds. It’s a fresh chance to discover something new, somewhere that could end up being your new favourite spot. The Lost and Found at the Leeds Club is just that – the perfect place to enjoy good food and drinks with excellent company.
Taking the home of the former Leeds Club, a grand Victorian mansion, the Lost and Found (dedicated to Mr Benedict Pike) is immediately one of the most decadent bars in Leeds. Considering the building has always been known for its historic interiors, it’s amazing to see how The Lost and Found have packed the building with beautiful art and lavish interiors, whilst keeping the original features intact.
You’ll find beautiful sofas, all the copper (because we all love copper, right?) and even a giant tree decked out with twinkling fairy lights. Plus, make sure you’re on the lookout when exploring The Lost and Found – they’re known for doing some weird and wonderful things with their bars and restaurants, and you may find a rather large hidden-bar tucked away downstairs…
Obviously you can’t start the evening without a drink, so we all ordered ourselves a cocktail. Upon investigating the menu you’ll find no less than 30 cocktails to choose from, alongside the usual selections of gin and tonics, wines and beers. If you’re like me and have been unable to make a decision in your life, you’ll also find a handy taste map to steer you in the right direction when searching for the perfect tipple.
I chose an Emerald Spring Fizz (Absolut Citron Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liquer, Prosecco, cucumber, Lemon juice & sugar syrup) because I’m all about that fizz life. It was really tasty and refreshing, and it was one of those drinks that you have to resist drinking super quickly because you forget it has alcohol in it. Rhianna ordered the Highland Bloom (Hendrick’s Gin, Chambord, Hibiscus syrup & lemon juice, Eager apple juice, rose-water, mint), and if it wasn’t one of the fanciest most instagrammable drinks in existence then I don’t know what is. Plus, it was damn delicious – what more could you want?
After sipping our cocktails under the tree in the bar (because that’s how extra this place is), we were escorted upstairs to the restaurant. Knowing that upstairs used to be a bland conference space, it’s incredible to see the restaurant now. The room is packed with giant leaf ferns, plush velvet sofas, and antique furniture. It’s fancy, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t total interior goals in there.
We all shared an antipasti platter for our starter – the plate was totally loaded with a selection of breads, various meats and some olives and cheese to boot! It was a great starter (is there anything better than breads dipped in balsamic vinegar and olive oil?), and it definitely got me excited for my main course to arrive.
Rhi and I both went for the pressed belly pork, because belly pork is one of life’s greatest gifts. The pork came with a crispy black pudding and potato cake, crackling and some onion puree – it look beautiful and tasted amazing. Every element of the dish went together perfectly, and it was like heaven when you had a bit of everything on your fork at the same time. Honestly, it was one of the best belly pork dishes I’ve ever had, and I pretty much always order belly pork if it’s on offer. Our friends went with the fillet steak and chips (Treat yo’seeeelf) and said it was a really good dish, although they thought the peppercorn sauce could have packed a bit more flavour.
Now we were stuffed and already required rolling down the stairs, but when you get offered a desert you bloody order a desert.
Just like the belly pork, if I see a sticky toffee pudding on a menu I HAVE to order it. It’s the rules. The dish comes with a spiced toffee sauce and clotted cream and oh my lord it killed me (in a good way). The spiced sauce gave the dish a bit of an edge and made it different to just any other sticky toffee pudding – the ultimate winter-warmer pudding!
Our friend Rosie went for the millionaire’s shortbread which was basically presented like a work of art. It has a sticky whisky caramel, and if that’s not selling the dish already then I don’t know what will. A selection of deserts have an upgrade option to combine your dessert with a cocktail, which is what Rhi did. She had a mini-millionaire’s shortbread dessert accompanied with one of the most luxurious and velvety whisky cocktails you’ll ever have in your life. I sneaked a taste of the dessert and the cocktail and they were both divine.
We left The Lost and Found at The Leeds Club very full and very happy. I didn’t know if it was going to be necessary for two bars on the same chain to be so close to each other, but they both stand apart perfectly. The Lost and Found at The Leeds Club is a perfect addition to Leeds, and extends the city’s dining-scene further into the centre – I can’t wait to go back!
Have you heard of The Lost and Found? Are you planning on visiting? Let me know in the comments!
The Lost and Found provided me with a free meal in exchange for a review but as always all words and opinions expressed are completely my own.