Review: Archie’s Bar and Grill, Leeds

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Granary Wharf is enjoying something of a Renaissance at the moment.

There’s been the arrival of the trendy Candlebar on the ground floor of Candle House in the spring.

And the bar’s owners Ossett Brewery are also behind The Hop.

But now just a few doors down the company has splashed the cash and unveiled its latest addition – Archie’s.

The striking Dark Arches lend their name to the new arrival which has taken over the former Wasabi Teppanyaki site.

This latest addition to the city’s bar and dining scene has seen the brewery spend over £1m in total on transforming the city centre.

Little Oliver decided to brave the elements to sample the menu.

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When we first walked into the eatery we were instantly drawn to the full-sized 1974 VW camper van which serves a selection of coffees and juice.

The trendy interior features steel, reclaimed wood and pallets as well as bold metallic lighting.

Situated on the bar are eye-catching red, yellow and green pumps and giant wooden pallets adorn the wall in the restaurant.

Retro 80s music from the likes of Queen and the Human League kept my dining partner and I entertained as we perused what was on offer.

The menu was split into a section of small plates for sharing or large plates for those who aren’t fans of sharing their meals. We opted for the latter!

Dishes for sharing included salt beef croquettes, home cured salmon and slow roasted pork belly.

I decided to settle on the chicken breast and leg which came served with fondant potato, artichoke, and a delicious pan jus.

My dining partner decided to opt for the smoked aubergine, borlotti beans cannelloni, Moroccan style lentils, harissa dressing priced at £10.

Luckily for us we were sat in a prime position in front of the open kitchen so we could see our culinary creations whipped up in front of our eyes as our order was processed.

My dining partner, who normally decides to give the vegetarian option a swerve, was certainly more than impressed with his dish.

And he even ordered a small flowerpot filled with chips on the side.

The chicken – priced at £11 – was cooked to perfection and the fondant potato melted in my mouth.

After a slight mix-up with our bill at the end of the night our meal came in at just over £30 which also including drinks.

Now we can’t wait to see what new addition is going to spring up next in the city centre.

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Address: Granary Wharf

Rating ****

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