Restaurant review: Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds

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PIC: Simon Hulme
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When it comes to food pairings there are plenty of partnerships which seem to fit naturally together.

Take fish and chips. for example, it’s a classic combination and firm favourite that has spanned the decades.

However, my lunch companion and I were left scratching our heads when we discovered the unlikely duo of stew and oysters.

It is the main staple for food at The Calls Landing and is certainly not the most obvious of couplings.

But nonetheless the pub concept has become a popular addition the menu in Leeds for more than five years. And the popular Stew And Oyster brand branched out into the suburbs with an addition in Oakwood.

Little Oliver and his lunch companion ventured to the trendy waterside venue nestled in heart of The Calls.

The watering hole is located in a former warehouse, which has been converted into offices, overlooking the River Aire.

Inside the rooms are decorated with grey metal pillars, trendy wooden tables with small metal plant holders and a candle next to each one.

And to add to the slightly quirky setting at Stew And Oyster there were hundreds of beer mats lining the top of the walls which showcased some of the best locally brewed beers.

My lunch companion was also quick to point a small cupboard stuffed with books and board games as we approached the bar.

And taking pride of place behind the bar was a small refrigerated cabinet complete with the namesake’s showcase of oysters.

We perused the menu which included a selection of stews including a rather tasty sounding Sunday Lunch treat which comes complete with the obligatory Yorkshire Pudding.

And for those who are not partial to either stew or oysters there is a selection of platters including a Yorkshire board, a pork pie board and scotch eggs, quiches and nibbles.

My lunch companion opted for the beef and ale stew (£6.50) which came served in a small casserole dish on top of a wooden board alongside a crust of rye bread made by Bondgate Bakery.

The tender beef was cooked in Ilkley Black ale and came with bacon, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes and red wine onions.

The hearty portion was soon quickly devoured and he even resorted to using his last few crumbs to mop up every last splash of stew.

I opted for the lamb hotpot (£6.50) which was also served with a crust of rye bread.

The slow cooked lamb came with carrots, peas, bacon, mushrooms and new potatoes in a red wine minted gravy.

I was secretly hoping there would have been more potatoes on the top of the stew but that is just a personal preference.

The dish was rich and warming although it could have benefited from an extra helping of mint.

Overall our bill, which included two soft drinks, was priced at just over £16.

Rating: 3/5