We’ve had our few days of sun now, and it’s been a delight. The summer dresses have made an appearance, and the days have been planned around the good weather. I am a sun worshipper through and through.
What you’ll know from my latest post on Malton is that I love combining days out exploring (preferably in the sun) with food and drinks, and even better if it’s somewhere I’ve never been before.
Living to the north of Leeds city centre, which I adore, we’re a stone’s throw away to surrounding towns such as Ilkley, Bingley, Guiseley, Pudsey, Saltaire and the rest.For that list, we have been to all of them, with Guiseley being the very latest addition. What took us to Guiseley was – surprise surprise – food, with the Potting Shed having opened up.
I’ve been to the Potting Shed quite a few times already but instead having visited their sister site in Bingley. Guiseley is their fourth restaurant opening, pretty impressive for a Yorkshire home-grown brand, with Trinity and Harrogate next on their launch list.And it’s no surprise really that they’re doing so well, for the food is delicious, well priced, with a garden inspired interior that is just too cute.
If I said the style of food was pub grub, although that wouldn’t do it justice as it’s mouth-watering good, the menu will cater for anyone and everyone from pizza, to burgers, steaks, fish, salads… the works really.
It’s a bit of ‘everything’ but ‘quality everything’. To start, we were treated to a combination of all their starters, to which I happily indulged in each, except for the liver pate as that is just not my thing.
I would happily recommend all of them, but my firm favourites were the maple-mustard chipolatas, local mini pork sausages that have been marinated in maple syrup, wholegrain and Dijon mustard. Very moreish.The halloumi fries were salty, scrumptious and just a big yes from me and number one was the peri-peri chicken goujons.
These have been my go-to when eating at the Bingley venue, and yet again, they did not disappoint.For our mains, Nathan went classic and chose a Margherita pizza, and I was torn between the gambas pil-pil rework and the grilled salmon with pineapple salsa. In the end, and after much deliberation I went with the king prawns.
Mediterranean themed, for this dish the prawns are cooked in a clay pot-infused in chilli and garlic olive oil. It comes with several slices of white bloomer to dip with.Really enjoyable, with great flavours, although it was rather oily, and I had hoped for a few more prawns.
Should you go for this dish, I’d recommend ordering a side too. Between us, we also had hand-cut chunky chips, onion rings – both of which I rate big time – and skin on fries.Others on the table chose the kebab and Gnome’s Revenge burger and were really happy with their choices.
If you’re feeling particularly hungry, the Gnome’s Revenge may be the perfect dish to satisfy a large appetite. After tucking into the food, we made our way over to the terrace, where we watched the retractable roof open to clear blue skies.
I’m telling you guys, this will be the place to be. Gin in hand, sunnies on, and just bliss.Tomorrow, I’m heading over to Bingley as this heavenly weather is continuing, and their walking festival is on.
It’ll be the second series the Bingley Walkers Are Welcome are hosting, so we’ll going for a 10-mile ramble in the Harden Valley, followed by food at… the Potting Shed.After five hours of walking, we’ll hopefully bag a spot on their terrace and make the most of this bank holiday weekend of worshipping the sun, with a table full of nibbles and a refreshing drink or two.
What are your plans tomorrow and have you ever visited one of the Potting Sheds?