It’s out with the old & in with the new as Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen opens up on The Headrow…
You probably remember the unit in its most recent incarnation as Around the World Bar, but it couldn’t be more different now. Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen has had a major refit. In fact, they’ve completely ripped out the interiors, separating out Shooters and turning Smokin’ Bar into a standalone venue, so while the two bars may be sisters, they feel more like distant relatives.
The project has been made possible by a huge peer-to-peer loan scheme with Crowd Stacker, which raised £7,536,230 – and that money has definitely been put to good use. They’ve created a winning concept, a proper American smokehouse that does more than just meat, they’re just as obsessed with seafood as they are with ribs, wings and brisket. And they’ll be rolling it out across the UK – but Leeds is the first and it opens at 12pm on Friday 1st December 2017.
“We’re going to be serving the very best smoked and BBQ meats, but our standout dishes are a little bit different to what you’ll get everywhere else in Leeds,” Isaac Mayne, Head of Marketing for the Burning Night Group told us. “We’re doing smoked mussels in creamy white wine and garlic sauce and spiced blackened cod with greens and smoked white wine sauce. And they’re all smoked, so they have this incredible depth of flavour.”
Of course, if you want something a little more traditional, they’ll be only too happy to oblige. They’ve got baby back pork ribs, smoked for 6 hours overnight, and big tender beef ribs cooked for 12 hours in their secret spice mix. Their standout dish though, and it’s not just for Christmas, is their turkey wings. These bad boys are massive, they’re brined overnight and slow cooked, so they’re juicy as heck with a wicked smokey taste.
If you’ve got space for pudding after your all American feast, they have a New York cheesecake, a salted caramel tart and a sticky toffee pudding – or you can try a local delicacy in the form of Northern Bloc ice cream. They’ll be serving up a classic Neapolitan combo of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry gelato from the famous Leeds indie.
Alongside the food, you’ll be able to indulge in a unique range of Smokin’ cocktails. They’ve got a Smokin’ Hot Pornstar, which brings together Absolut Vanilla, Buffalo Trace, Passoa, passionfruit, jalapeño syrup and lemon to create a classic cocktail with a new kick – you’ll really appreciate that shot of Vignana Prosecco. Or you can go for something a little more traditional, like the Smokin’ Mary, which promises Absolut Blue, tomato juice and Bloody Mary spice, with a stick of celery and a slice of bacon. Want it hotter? You need only ask.
Of course, they also have a range of classic cocktails – and they come in jam jars. You can sup tried and tested combinations, like the Blueberry Breakfast, a tantalising blend of Buffalo Trace, blueberry, vanilla syrup and lemon, or the Raspberry and Bergamot Iced Tea, which brings together Don Julio Reposado, Beefeater gin, Earl Grey syrup, raspberry and lemon.
Just want a beer? They’ve got oodles of ‘em. They’re going to have 15 draught lines and the fridges will be packed with craft beer – they’re starting with more than 25 different beers and building it up from there, so you can move from Brooklyn to BrewDog, Beavertown, Magic Rock and Stone IPA. While you’re there, be sure to try a pint of Evolution Pilsner from Skipton’s newest brewery, Beer Monkey Brew Co.
Now, Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen is predominantly a restaurant, but as the afternoon gives way to the evening, it’s going to get livelier – and a lot of that is down to the entertainment. They start the night with acoustic bands, saxophonists and percussionists, before the DJ takes over later in the evening, taking you through into the early hours.
So if you like your food smoked low and slow, with live music and a chance to hit the dance floor after, you’re going to love Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen.
Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen, 24 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QB.