Review: Crowds of Favour, Leeds

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The latest pub opened by Leeds Brewery in the city, Crowd of Favours is a little gem to be discovered in what has been a quieter part of town.

Situated not far from Leeds bus station, the pub has an impressive – and tasty – variety of ales, which would happily please a drinker out for just a beer, or few.

But its the pub’s offering of food that Oliver was there to try...albeit washed down with a pint of the brewery’s Leodis larger.

Walking into Crowd of Favours has a dark, cosy feel despite the large windows across the front of the pub - which also allow you to people-watch from the fabulous leather reclining chairs. The wooden floor, mismatched furniture and scribbles on the walls, add to the laid back vibe, and make a hungry punter feel very welcome.

We took our seats at a little table for two in the back of the pub and browsed the menu.

For a lunchtime bite, the sandwich options looked incredible - haddock goujons with homemade tartare sauce at £6.50 or rare roast beef with horseradish mayo and parsnip crisps at £6.95 were tempting options. But for those able to manage a bit more – like us – the menu has slightly bigger dishes, or ‘large favours’, also served from 12pm to 9pm.

Prices range from £8.95 for a Greek salad to £16 for whole grilled fish of the day.

I chose the salmon Nicoise salad served with warm new potatoes, fine beans, mix olives and soft boiled duck eggs.

The fish was cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside with a peppery coating and served on a bed of leaves.

The little treats in the dish – olives, sun-blushed tomatoes, gooey duck egg – added differing bursts of flavour to every mouthful. The salad was well-dressed with a sticky sauce, which could perhaps be too sweet for some, but we felt it worked well.

My dining companion – a self-proclaimed burger connoisseur – ordered the classic steak burger, served with cheddar cheese and smoked bacon. And it didn’t disappoint.

The burger was a good size and well-cooked, with a delicious chargrilled flavour.

It was served as a tower in a toasted bun, stacked with the various fillings. The bacon was crispy and the cheese melting – all piled on top of a slab of tomato and gherkins.

Burgers are served with a dressed side salad and wedges – which were incredible; crispy yet soft in the middle and very moorish. As seemingly simple as burgers are, they can all too often be cooked wrong. But my dining partner was very satisfied with this offering, deeming it up there the best.

They know what they’re doing, those at Leeds Brewery – and they do it well.

Now with six pubs in Leeds (and another in York), they’ve certainly tapped into what the city’s drinkers want – and not just with beers, but with quality food. Our bill, for the two dishes, came to £22.

Crowd of Favours, on Harper Street, is perfect for a tasty lunch in town. And with food served up until 9pm Monday to Friday, and until 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays, it is also excellent value for money for an evening meal.

Rating: 5/5

The Skyrack, left, and The Original Oak public houses at Headingley, Leeds.

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