It’s been a long time coming, but George’s Great British Kitchen has finally opened its new restaurant on The Headrow…
George’s Great British Kitchen has brought a little slice of the seaside to Leeds with their new restaurant in The Light. It all began with a humble fish and chip shop, opened by George Constantinou back in the 60s – but although he’s the inspiration behind George’s and the name above the door, it was his son Andrew who created the restaurant we know today.
He joined forces with his childhood friend, Nick Hogan, to turn his father’s love of proper British food and superior service into something new. “We always dreamt of creating a place where people could simply have fun,” Andrew told us. “Somewhere people could meet with their friends and family and have a great time together surrounded by friendly faces, delicious food and great music.”
They started with fish and chip shops, winning various awards along the way, but wanted something more – and so they decided to create a restaurant that would bring back all their favourite childhood memories, from eating ice cream on the beach to delving into a bag of freshly cooked donuts – and that’s what you can expect from the new restaurant.
George’s Great British Kitchen has an extensive fish and chips section, with 100% sustainable wild ocean cod, alongside Scottish salmon and langoustine scampi. But while you’ll find plenty of classics, it’s not all traditionally British. Their food is inspired by Britain today and all the culinary influences you’ll find here, so you can also tuck into haddock in smoked paprika batter and Icelandic hake in onion bhaji batter.
“Our menu offers buckets of variety, with many dishes fusing flavours from various corners of Britain, including our ham hock and mushy pea fritters, covered in crunchy seaweed batter and served with wasabi mayonnaise.” Andrew enthused. “It goes without saying that only the best ingredients will make it into our kitchen. We cook all our food using carefully sourced ingredients with no additives – it’s simple, honest good food with a unique twist.”
It’s British, but with a twist, so you’ll find Indian, Chinese and Mediterranean influences on the menu, alongside many others. There are also a few flavours from closer to home though – look out for the Yorkshire steak, ale and Henderson’s pie, made with slow cooked beef, a medley of veg and Henderson’s relish. Or why not try a proper Yorkshire pudding in the form of their curd tart? Fresh curds and poached Yorkshire rhubarb make this a deliciously naughty way to end your meal.
When it comes to drinks, cocktails are the order of the day. Made with premium gin and vodka, as well as their own homemade sugar syrups using fruit fresh on the day, they’re something special. Look out for their sweet shop concoctions, which will take you back to your youth with boozy renditions of Refreshers, Parma Violets and Cherry Drops (two for £8 every day from 2pm to 8pm). Alongside the cocktails, they’ve got a fabulous gin and tonic menu, as well as craft beer and world wine.
George’s Great British Kitchen, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.