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Cuckoo, Leeds
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Cuckoo
What they call a "new party bar", Cuckoo has recently opened on Call Lane in Leeds.

The bar is the brainchild of Phil Harrison who owns several bars in Leeds such as the Mean Eyed Cat and the Tiki Hideaway.

There is plenty of competition locally on Call Lane so they have decided to offer something a little different - if you buy a drink before 9pm every day of the week, you will get a free 6 inch pizza.

Interior of Cuckoo
They have a large copper kiln stone baked pizza oven which was left behind from when the place was known as The Black Swan. The pizzas come as sweet or the traditional savoury version. But these are not your ordinary pizzas as they have some very unusual concoctions.

Love or Hate pizza
I tried the Love or Hate pizza with a topping of Marmite, cheese and pickle. Believe it or not, the combination works - if you like Marmite you will be in your element.

The more traditional Grande Fuoco pizza with roast tomato, pepperoni and spiced cheese was a very good pizza - tasty and with the pepperoni not too strong that it disguised the taste of the cheese.

Keeping it local there is even one with Wensleydale cheese, ham hock, caramelised onions and pork scratching entitled Bah Tat - on Ilkley Moor I'm sure.

Appealing pizza
Some of the dessert pizzas work better than others - the Appealing is basically apple crumble and custard on a pizza, it worked for me but the Blueberry Hill - blueberry cream cheese with cinnamon sugar was for me an acquired taste.

Main bar
The theme throughout the place though is a colourful one, it gels like a fun cocktail bar.

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With the current fashion for Prosecco (the Royal Grape Margarita cocktail is served with a mini bottle of Prosecco) and Gin - they even have a rhubarb Gin!

As well as the usual cocktails I thought the One Bad Cucumber - a mix of Gin, elderflower and cucumber topped with a dash of cider would be perfect on a hot summer's day.

Another unique idea is their Giraffe sharer - a tall necked beer pouring device that comes in three and five litre filled dispensers that you take back to your table to be served with the rest of your party.

The music whilst I was there seemed to range from Prince to David Bowie to Candi Staton.

Yes it is all a bit cuckoo and certainly different, I would go again just for the pizzas - depending on which one you choose.

Cuckoo Leeds, 37 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BT
www.cuckooleeds.co.uk

Cuckoo, Leeds, 21st January 2018, 19:20 PM