Restaurant Review: Pin, Dock Street, Leeds

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Little Oliver has an admission to make: he has a bit of a soft spot for this place.

And that’s simply because he has returned time and time again and always been satisfied – and the latest visit was no different.

Pin already has a headstart given that it strives to achieve everything that Little Oliver is about. It’s small, it’s inexpensive, it provides a pleasant environment and genuinely adds something different to Leeds’s dining scene.

In short they’ve fully understood the brief of offering good quality food and service at a reasonable price.

Take my own rump steak which arrived at my table quickly and costing a very digestible £12.95. Sure it was rump and, sure, its texture left you in no doubt you weren’t eating fillet, but it tasted delicious and when you’re getting change for £13 you can’t grumble.

The same went for my dining partner’s sausages which, he conceded, weren’t mind-blowing, but they were just over £6. With a couple of soft drinks the final bill for the two of us was just over £21 and, yes, we left full and content.

Cobbled

Overall it was a great experience, just as it always is. In terms of location, you may be staring at a brick wall, but it lines an old cobbled road in a part of town where the human traffic is very city living. If you want to people watch and be seen in this waterside community you can do worse than hang out at Pin.

What they’ve really got off to a T is a rather smart form of bohemia. Inside it’s essentially rather swish with the odd splash of mish-mash dotted around the

place.

And the ambience is great. It varies from super relaxed to nicely buzzing depending what time of day or night it is.

Which is why it attracts a good crowd. Not the über cool crowd though, just one anyone could feel comfortable rubbing shoulders with.

Our choices from the main menu showed that even the most expensive dishes aren’t really expensive and there are special lunchtime offers and other deals which deserve serious consideration.

The drinks are exceptional too, particularly the real ale which this bar boasts, partly due to it being owned by the Leeds Brewery, stalwarts of traditionally brewing and something of a force in creating new places to eat and drink in the city.

Suffice to say that Little Oliver has retained his soft spot for Pin.

RATING: 4/5

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