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Double Tree By Hilton And The Lock Restaurant - Leeds
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Outsie view of The Lock
The Lock restaurant at the Double Tree by Hilton in Leeds has recently opened, after what they say is a big refit. The new name of the restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel is rightly named as it is by a lock on the Leeds/Liverpool canal.

The buzzing atmosphere is quite infectious when you enter the bar area. What they have tried to do is make the bar and restaurant appeal as a stand alone destination, rather than just be visited by hotel residents.

Inside The Lock restaurant
It appears to be working as on our visit there were plenty of diners visiting specifically to eat at The Lock.

We visited on a Friday night and there was a DJ playing tracks that fitted the vibe of the evening. Pleasing to hear that it was not too loud so we were able to hear ourselves speak.

The menu is not too large but it is varied. The Artisan bread I had as a starter was fresh and filling whilst my partner's Chickpea humous was good value at £4.00.

Flat Iron Chicken
I went for the Flat Iron Chicken, which when came seemed more like chicken legs, but I found it appetising and well presented. Good tasty fries too.

My partner's 8oz rump steak served with fries was said to be excellent. You can have it served with a separate salad. This did not arrive with the main meal but was worth waiting for as it was very fresh.

Summer Pudding
Desserts of Summer Pudding served with Yorkshire cream and Sticky Toffee Pudding rounded off a good meal.

Outside view of hotel
When checking into the hotel each guest is given a large chocolate cookie in a bag: a novel idea. The hotel seems to be very busy at the weekend with guests on weekend breaks.

Our Junior King Suite room was on the corner of the hotel and the floor to ceiling windows made it feel very light and airy. Fast free Wi Fi, free safe, 42' TV, iron, fridge with complimentary water and a Nespresso Coffee Machine were all standard, as well as a turn back service.

Junior King Suite
I liked the umbrella in the wardrobe - they obviously have Leeds' weather in mind here! Most of all the bed was very comfortable.

Breakfast is served buffet style with a good selection of hot food and a continental section.

One of the best things about the hotel though is the Sky Lounge.

Inside the Sky Lounge
Situated on the 13th floor they say it is Leeds' finest rooftop setting. They are not wrong. On a sunny summer's day you can sit outside and a huge chunk of Yorkshire is all around you.

At night time the lounge takes on a different feel though you can still sit outside as they have plenty of heaters.

Outside the Sky Lounge
On weekends they do the Sky Brunch for £20.00 a head or Sky Afternoon tea at £19.95.

Afternoon tea
If you want to impress someone or take a loved one or someone for a treat then the Sky Lounge would be hard to beat. I've had afternoon tea at other places that charge nearly double the price here and not had a view as good as this, plus the Afternoon tea itself is of a high quality.

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Service I thought was exceptional: friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. If you want a less formal setting you will get that at The Lock.

Parking around the hotel tends to be pricey, ranging from £19 to £24 for overnight parking. With this in mind, if you are visiting the Sky Lounge I would suggest going on the train as Leeds station is just next door.

A good quality experience with the Sky Lounge literally taking things to a high level.

Double Tree by Hilton, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds LS1 4BR
Telephone 0113 241 1000
www.doubletree3.hilton.com

Double Tree By Hilton And The Lock Restaurant - Leeds, 18th July 2017, 18:55 PM