11:00 AM 31st December 2019
The Head Of Steam - Steaming Ahead In Leeds
You might think that there couldn't be room enough for any more new dining and drinking places to open in Leeds city centre.
The Head of Steam though don't appear to think that is the case and rightly so as they offer something different - think cask ales, craft beers, shuffle boards, arcade games and even a pinball machine and you will be on the right track.
Not that all these activities are in the same place though, the new Park Row opening has enough space so that each area is different with each section offering a change. They say that they cater for everyone and I could see that on our visit: from couples to shoppers, to trendy young things to older males they have appealed to a wide cross section.
There is a lively atmosphere, though for some the music might be a little too loud, although there are cosy corners where you can escape this. Naturally with a title like Head of Steam you can expect a Railway theme - the table where we sat was like eating on a table in a railway carriage - complete with an old fashioned lamp and a long comfy booth.
The food menu isn't that extensive and sticks to the staples such as stonebaked pizzas (all are £10.00), burgers all priced at £14.95 with some very interesting titles such as The Bourbon Smoker, Stephenson's Rocket and Where There's Smoke There's Fire.
All the burgers are served with seasonal fries, but if you are feeling healthy then they will switch the bread and fries for a salad.
The classic burgers served include Into The Furnace
(double stacked beef patties with US cheese sauce, jalapeños and sriracha sauce) and Brunel's Moving Mountains
- a vegetarian option that includes B12 burger with vegan cheese, gherkins, tomato, lettuce and pickled mayo. Who knows, if they wanted to stay on a railway theme you could have a burger called Leaves on the Line or Wrong Kind of Snow!
Fish and chips
Orders are taken at your table by the very knowledgeable, friendly staff. Good to see that the sauces on offer contain 50% less sugar than normal, the tomato sauce was more like a pesto sauce to my tastebuds. If you want advice on the beer they have qualified Beer Sommeliers too.
I tried the Northern Powerhouse
, like the proposed high speed rail link planned for the north, it arrived fast and this one was not over budget! Priced at £11.00 you get double stacked beef patties, US cheese sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomato ketchup and US mustard. A very spicy offering using what tasted like traditional burgers.
My sister tried the Fish and Chips priced at £12.00 - a large piece of chunky beer battered haddock, thick hand cut chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. Very filling and served piping hot it did not disappoint.
Ice Cream Sundae
The dessert menu only has 4 options all priced at £4.00 with choices such as Waffles with Maple Syrup - which seemed a bit soggy, Salted Caramel Brownie, Mini Doughnuts and a sweet sticky Ice Cream Sundae.
If you happen to go on a Monday you can add a pint to any burger for £3.00 and on weekdays from 4-7pm you can have 2 cocktails for £12.00 or 2 Pizzas for £14.00. Steaming offers it seems. It is somewhere I would return back to. Full steam ahead.
The Head of Steam, 6-7 Park Row, Leeds