Carnivores unite, as the city bags itself a new steak restaurant – and one that has quality, value and a quintessentially British experience at its heart.
Stockdales of Yorkshire is the latest addition to Leeds’ food and drink scene, which it must be said, is thriving. Just last week, we heard the exciting news that The Man Behind the Curtain had been awarded a well-deserved Michelin Star, and now we’ve got a brand new steak restaurant to shout about. And this isn’t your average steakhouse…
Taking up residence on South Parade, in the impressive building that once housed Sam’s Chop House, Stockdales is a traditional restaurant with a unique perspective. You see, they’ve made it their mission to make steak, in all its delicious forms, affordable. Working closely with their butchers, they’ve managed to trim the price without cutting on quality.
Culinary magic from Michelin-trained chefs
Leeds favourite Anthony Flinn has helped devise the menu. This is a man who’s worked in two Michelin starred restaurants – Lords of the Manor in Gloucestershire and Abac in Barcelona, the latter of which saw him working with famed chef, Xavier Pellicer. And though his own restaurant empire is a distant memory, he can be found working behind the scenes on many of the city’s best menus.
But Flinn isn’t alone in this. He’s had the help of Jonathan Elvin, the new Head Chef at Stockdales of Yorkshire. Elvin’s CV is equally impressive. He’s worked in a whole host of Michelin starred restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, The Burlington at The Devonshire Arms and Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, to name but a few – and together, they’ve designed a menu that’s both traditional and creative, giving your favourites dishes a new (and delicious) twist.
An abundance of Wagyu beef
You will of course have a selection of steaks to choose from, each aged for a minimum of 28 days before being cooked to your liking over charcoal in their Josper Oven, which reaches an immense 480℃. Their steaks start at just £14 for a 10oz rump, so you can get a great cut of meat for a very nice price indeed.
Stockdales of Yorkshire have gone to town with the Wagyu beef. Thought to be the best in the land, with its marbled fat giving it a unique flavour and texture that nothing else compares to, you’ll be amazed at just how prevalent it is on the menu, with prices that won’t send you running screaming.
They have three takes on Wagyu steak, with a 10oz ribeye or sirloin at £35.50. There’s also a Wagyu burger for just £14, Wagyu bourguignon for £16 and you can delve into roast Wagyu beef topside on a Sunday for £13. The latter comes with beer and bone marrow gravy, a Yorkshire pudding, dripping roast potatoes, seasonal greens, honey glazed root veg and cauliflower gratin – which basically equals Sunday lunch heaven.
If you want something a little bit lighter, you can tuck into a roast wagyu beef sandwich for £8 on a lunch, with dill pickles, sweet mustard and skin on fries, or indulge in potted Wagyu beef with charred sourdough for £4 while you ponder the menu.
More than just steaks
It’s not just Wagyu though. On the starters side of things, you can enjoy the likes of grilled bone marrow, served with bacon jam, slow roasted onions and parsley crumbs. Or take a trip down memory lane with their posh egg and soldiers for their tantalising snacks menu, which promises poached duck eggs with wild mushrooms, truffle hollandaise and sourdough soldiers.
You’ll find a host of delights on the main menu, taking you from their rack of lamb, which comes with creamed potatoes, tomato, green olive and white bean jus, to the veggie-friendly pumpkin risotto, with its blend of roasted pumpkin, goats cheese and toasted hazelnuts. And pudding promises the likes of chocolate tart, toasted hazelnut crème brûlée and Apple Tarte Tatin.
A restaurant for everyone
Stockdales of Yorkshire is set to be a restaurant that everyone can enjoy. It’s got space for up to 100 people, with a private dining area for family get togethers and work dos. You’ll also notice that they have a kids’ menu, with a selection of smaller dishes starting from £4, so you can bring the little ones with you for a lovely meal out. They also have high chairs, baby changing facilities and a Nintendo DS to keep the kids entertained.
Stockdales of Yorkshire, 8 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QX.