Isn’t brunching just a wonderful thing? Whether it happens within your own four walls on a lazy Sunday, in a café nearby after a morning walk, or it becomes a boozy one after a decent spending spree.My latest brunching session took me to Canal Wharf, where Water Lane Boathouse has recently opened up. Freshly baked bread, a stunning view, waterfront bar and beer garden- what more could you want?
The 200 year old building offers that nautical atmosphere you’d want from a canal bar, yet modern and welcoming. A rustic décor, exposed bricks, wooden cladding, handmade tables and plenty of green statement pieces from the funky tiles, wallpaper and accessories.
Their food offering is my ideal, a menu choice that won’t overwhelm you, with still more than enough variety of delicious dishes.For my brunch, I opted for the bacon pancakes, accompanied with blueberries, maple syrup, and a good dollop of crème fraiche.This combination was heavenly. Sweetness from the syrup complemented by salty bacon, and refreshing bursts of blueberry. It’s a brunch for champions and I felt glorious eating in.
Nathan chose the bacon sandwich, as bacon is always a winner, but more so intrigued by their own baked bread. A very good decision. Water Lane Boathouse work with The Small Victories Bakery team, who make fresh batches of bread upstairs each morning. With an empty plate, the bacon sarnie gets a double thumbs up from Nathan.
On the day of our visit, it was also the celebratory closing party of Leeds Indie Food Festival. The beer garden was filling up with food trucks and mini bars- too exciting.
This also led to my first experience ever, eating an oyster. Not bad at all, and I mean, I’m sat in a boathouse, be the canal, so surely it had to be done, right? And with any bank holiday weekend in Leeds, the weather was a funny one. The forecast promised sun, the odd shower of rain, and possibly thunder.
Yet the weather gods were kind. We sat out in the beer garden throughout the hours of sun, and then when the occasional half hour downpour arrived, we flocked indoors and watched the rain hit the canal. It was quite the magnificent view really. We spent pretty much all day sat outside, just enjoying good company, good gin (and beer), enjoying the surprise of a brass brand, overlooking Leeds canal. So, whatever the weather really, Water Lane Boathouse is at the ready to serve you food and drinks with a view.Be sure to keep an eye out on upcoming events at the venue, and most certainly head down to try out their menu. I’ll be popping back very soon to try out all the other nibbles and delights.
Might see you there!