Yorkshire Life Lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds

PUBLISHED: 00:16 31 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:22 20 February 2013

Head chef Manoj Nair prepares dessert

Head chef Manoj Nair prepares dessert

Guests enjoy satisfying comfort food from the new winter menu at one of the most welcoming hotels in Leeds

Yes, the building is grand, Grade II listed in fact, right in the heart of Leeds but dont be deterred from calling in because you are under the impression its just too much for a family meal or a casual supper with friends.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, in The Light complex on one Leeds busiest thoroughfares, has an unexpectedly cosy, friendly atmosphere, ideal for relaxing over a drink and something simple to eat.

Guests at our Yorkshire Life Lunch, greeted with champagne served by attentive staff, were soon chatting with each other in the restaurant area with its deep, soft sofas and subdued lighting.

The hotels general manager Jonathan Huglin welcomed his guests with not only sparkling wine but generous helpings of canaps. He explained it was their aim to attract not only visitors to Leeds, but the people who live in and around the city.

Our doors are open to the local community, says Jonathan. We would like to encourage people to call in for a drink as well as for the full dining experience.

Wed like local people to treat us as the place in Leeds to meet their family and friends in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Weve got a roaring fire going in the fireplace and soft sofas to sink into and relax. Wed like people to say: See you at the Radisson, knowing its a safe place with a great welcome waiting for them.

The restaurant has launched a new winter menu which we enjoyed during lunch. Favourite dishes such as slowly braised lamb shank and garlic mashed potato were served with fine wine which easily satisfied everyone. We are serving hot, comforting food with generous portions, ideal for winter but people have to come along and see for themselves, adds Jonathan.

And although there is an open area for up to 100 people to enjoy a champagne reception, there are also quiet corners for intimate dining or informal get-togethers.

The Radisson Blu Hotel has 147 luxurious guest rooms, lounge and bar along with relaxed dining. But there is more. The hotel is connected to The Light Leisure and Entertainment Centre with its designer shopping, cinema and gym as well as many different styles of restaurant as well as underground parking. And just a step outside is the whole of the city of Leeds to enjoy.

Contact: The Radisson Blu Hotel
1 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL
0113 236 6000. www.radissonblu.co.uk


Goats cheese crostini with red onion marmalade, marinated beetroot and green bean salad and sundried tomato

Slowly braised lamb shank, winter vegetable
and cannelloni bean stew, garlic mash potatoes and crispy parsnips

Assiette if desserts, sticky toffee pudding, lemon tart, Turkish delight, Bolivia grand cru truffle

Wine notes by Carl Stanton of Bibendum

Mumm Cordon Rouge, Champagne. NV Dominated by a backbone of Pinot Noir, this top quality cuvee is an assemblage of up to 77 different vineyards. Pale lemon in colour with fine bubbles, it has elegant notes of fresh and tropical fruits with vanilla and caramel overtones. Round, fruity and exceedingly well balanced.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ. 2010 Benchmark New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Intense gooseberry, ripe herbal lime notes and hints of pencil lead mingled with pungent passion-fruit on the nose lead to a beautifully balanced yet extremely zesty, fresh Sauvignon Blanc.

Jvbilvm Pinot Nero/Syrah. Sicily. 2008 An unusual blend for Sicily, the Pinot Nero grapes are grown on the slopes of Mt. Etna at an altitude of 600m with the Syrah from lower down near the coast. Complex yet smooth, with subtle cinnamon and ripe cherry notes. On the palate the wine is powerful yet balanced with a soft tannic finish. No oak is used at any point for this wine.

Muscat de Rivesaltes, Els Pyreneus. France. 2008 Els Pyreneus throws away the old political borders to unite some of the most exciting terroirs on both the French and Spanish sides of the Pyrenees. This brilliant yellow colour wine shows spicy grape aromas with a hint of rose petals. On the palate, sweet summer fruit is beautifully balanced by racy acidity.
Wine suppliers: Bibendum Wine Limited, 113 Regents Park Road, London, NW1 8UR. 020 7449 4120. www.bibendum-wine.co.uk.

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