Bar review: Candlebar, Granary Wharf

Candlebar, Leeds. Pic: James Hardisty.

Candlebar, Leeds. Pic: James Hardisty.

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GRANARY WHARF is one of the most exciting areas of the city right now.

Don’t believe me?

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Take, for example, the new Leeds train station entrance that’s currently underway, the free water taxi that takes you to and from Leeds Dock and the plans to pedestrianise some of the surrounding streets.

There’s no denying there’s a buzz around the place at the moment – and Candlebar is right in the middle of it.

Opening last week on the ground floor of the Candle House building, the venue serves 14 craft world beers, over 20 wines by the glass (served through fancy ‘enomatic preservation machines’) and also has a great food menu, including salad boards and rustic pizzas from an authentic Italian wood-fired oven.

This latest offering from Ossett Brewery is just a stone’s throw from another of their venues, The Hop, although it has a distinctly different feel.

Everything is modern and bright, with light wooden furnishings and a hint of Yorkshire chic.

Walking into the buzzing bar area, it’s exciting to see a new venue getting the attention it deserves.

The riverside spot has attracted a lot of punters already.

Making our way to the bar, we eye up the cocktail menu, and order a bellini, with prosecco and peach purée at £9, and a mojito for £8.50.

It was one of the opening days for the venue, so the bar staff were still, understandably, learning the ropes.

This meant we waited a little while at the bar while another member of staff taught our friendly barmaid how to make the cocktails.

The mojito seemed a little heavy on some ingredients but it can be forgiven as it was the opening week, and the fresh ingredients which helped boost the flavour.

The bellini was simple and tasty as well, although not as tasty as the delicious pizzas we saw flying past our table.

The food here looks incredible and is also made using fresh ingredients.

But what makes Candlebar really stand out from the crowd is the craft beer and wine offering. The wine is helpfully paired with items from the food menu to help you make the perfect selection.

There’s also a great range of craft beers to ensure customers will keep coming back to try out new variations.

After some deliberation, we opted for a couple of small glasses of the house white wine – the Duca Di Castelmonte Pinto Grigio, at £5 each.

You can tell a lot of thought and research has gone into the winelist, as this house wine was fresh and easy on the palate, with a hint of fruit.

We were pleasantly surprised by our Candlebar trip and will be back to try it again once it has settled in properly.

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