Wine, dine and feel sublime – Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Brasserie and Bar is back open for business.
When it comes to fine dining in stylish surrounds, Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Brasserie and Bar is the ultimate post-shop pitstop. Located slap bang in the city centre, this sophisticated restaurant and bar will add an enormous dollop of decadence to your day out and now’s the perfect time to treat yourself. It’s just reopened with a tasty seasonal menu, new safety measures and the chance to gobble up a three-course feast for less than £30, so you won’t want to miss out!
Their doors may have been shut for the past few months, but the team has been busy bees behind the scenes. A brand new, carefully curated menu has been tried and utterly tasted by Head Chef Lee Heptinstall. The focus? Fresh flavours, creative combinations and exquisite presentation – just what you’d expect from Harvey Nichols. With a la carte and summer set menu options, they’ve been itching for you to try it, and now you finally can.
Starters like a gorgeously green pea velouté may sound simple enough, but theirs is something special, packed with fresh peas, sugar snaps and pea shoots that are blitzed to silky-smooth perfection. To top it off? It’s served with a savoury twist on the afternoon tea scone, complete with goat’s cheese cream and bacon jam. Frivolous, fancy and full of flavour, it’s a tantalising taste of what’s to come on the rest of the menu.
Gently charred king oyster mushroom and artichoke tart, roasted spiced pork fillet with crispy pulled pork hash brown, a gutsy crab risotto that’s knock-your-socks-off rich – all it takes is a single ingredient to capture Lee’s imagination. “What I tend to do, is go through ingredients that are in season at the time and then just play around with other flavours that work with it. I’m constantly writing stuff down, then the dish develops itself, ” He told us. A collaborative effort between the entire team, they even have dedicated vegan and kids’ menus, so no one need miss out.
Mouth already watering? We don’t blame you. But if you’re thinking a meal here costs a pretty penny, you and your wallet will be pleasantly surprised. The Summer Dining menu, available across both lunch and dinner, allows you to dive into three mouthwatering courses and a cocktail for just £25. Start with that exquisite pea velouté, then move onto pan-fried sea bream or a roasted pork fillet, but make sure you leave a little extra room for that whipped chocolate ganache. Loaded with pickled cherries and caramelised white chocolate, it’s a pot of pure heaven.
For such a luxurious dining experience, it’s great value – just the excuse you need to splurge on a drink or two instead! Harvey Nichols boasts its very own brand of Champagne and Prosecco, which you can glug by the glass or enjoy mixed into one of their excellent cocktails. Our recommendation? The Briggate Fizz, a superb sip packed with Slingsby Rhubarb gin, elderflower cordial, pink grapefruit and that bubbly Harvey Nichols Prosecco. Not into cocktails? There are fine wines available by the glass, plus lovely local beers courtesy of their partnership with Leeds Brewery.
Dining out at the Fourth Floor Brasserie and Bar is a feast for the eyes as much as the tum. Shimmery metallic finishes, statement lighting and comfy leather seats work together to make every visit feel like a special occasion. And when you can tear your eyes away from the decor and delicious food, there’s an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can drool over the glorious views out across Leeds. If you’re really lucky, you might even be able to nab one of the ten exclusive seats on the recently redesigned, glitzy outdoor terrace.
And there are even more changes afoot. While the Fourth Floor Brasserie and Bar was shut, the team worked non-stop to ensure that when they reopened, the restaurant’s safety would be as faultless as its style. They’ve made the most of the light and airy space by reducing the seating so every table has oodles of room. One metre? Two metres? Nope, they’ve worked to a three metre distance rule, so you’re always assured plenty of room.
No time to shop? If you prefer to swerve the designer goodies and head straight for a first-rate foodie fix, diners can use their very own dedicated side entrance, where an on-site guard will help you whizz straight up to the restaurant without the need to ever step foot on the shop floor. Pretty neat, right? Simply rock up on the day or book ahead – both are welcome.
This is the same luxurious Fourth Floor Brasserie and Bar you know and love, just concentrated, curated and even more intimate. Of course, you’ll find no-touch hand sanitiser points and carefully managed one-way systems, but perhaps the most thoughtful update is how you’ll be served. Harvey Nichols has always been big on personal touches, but now they’ve gone one step further and introduced a one-waiter policy. That means that every stage of your dining experience, from eagerly ordering your food to sitting back with your post-feast cappuccino, is taken care of by the same member of staff. As if it wasn’t special enough already.Contakt Photography