Restaurant review: The Adelphi, Hunslet Road, Leeds

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Over the years, The Adelphi has attracted quite a following for its legendary roast dinners.

It’s been a while, but Oliver was keen to see if the pub on the corner of Hunslet Road still stands as the ideal venue for a slap-up Sunday lunch.

Walking into the bar area, my dining companion and I are a little confused at first as to where we need to be.

We loiter in the main entrance for a few moments before a waitress comes to our rescue.

Leading us to the back of the pub, she gives us a choice of two tables, as the place is pretty much full.

The Adelphi is full of character, and its customers are characters too.

Its dark wood, loungy sofas and wooden chairs offer a relaxed, homely pub feel.

Our table has a glass top, which, underneath, has been crammed full of tickets, cards and train tickets from punters who have sat there before, and it’s a nod to all the popular punters who have visited before us.

We’re swiftly handed the menus and waste no time in choosing a roast dinner each.

As well as pork, turkey and beef options, there’s plenty of other meals, such as fish and chips, salmon fish cakes and ribeye steak and chips.

There’s an impressive range of burgers as well, which also catch my eye.

With a choice of lentil and spinach, pork and chorizo, lamb and cucumber creme fraiche or beef topped with blue cheese and guacamole or brie and bacon, to name a few, there’s surely something for even the most awkward diner.

I opt for the 21 day aged, West Country beef, priced at £12, and my dining partner goes for the loin of Norfolk pork with crackling, for £10.50.

Both are served with homemade Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and red wine gravy, and we add a side of creamed leeks to share for £3.25.

After some time, my dining partner points out that we have to order at the bar.

I wouldn’t have known unless he’d said, as none of the staff mentioned it and it’s only explained in small print at the bottom of the menu.

I swiftly head for the bar and place my order.

Within minutes, our meals arrive – and they look particularly impressive.

The huge, crispy Yorkshire pudding is plonked on top of what can only be described as a mountain of food.

The beef is perfectly cooked, although I could have done with more, and each designated section of veg is full of flavour.

As well as the lightly salted, incredibly tasty potatoes, we’re given carrots, swede and kale, and not a single morsel is left on either of our plates.

Nit-picking, the only downside was that my dining partner’s crackling was too salty and the creamed leeks were a little on the watery side.

With the two meals and two soft drinks, the meal came to a reasonable £30.55.

For £15 each, we felt it was a bargain.

We left The Adelphi feeling full and satisfied, safe in the knowledge that the popular pub is still serving up impressive roast dinners.

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