Restaurant Review: Out of the Woods, Granary Wharf, Leeds

NOW, they've performed a particularly clever trick here. How do you take a brand spanking new unit in one of the city's brandest spankiest new developments and bathe it in rustic charm?

Just ask the people behind Out of the Woods who've nailed it.

This little coffeeshop/grazing spot/juice bar has managed to turn something which could have looked grossly corporate into something close to a log cabin with reclaimed floorboards on the counter tops, the walls, heck, even on the floor itself.

Meanwhile, the place is lit by countless light bulbs hanging by different lengths of wire from the ceiling which, delightfully, is made of a smooth concrete which is actually rather aesthetically pleasing. Yes, the new Out of the Woods looks amazing.

The old one, over in the Holbeck Urban Village on nearby Water Lane, is slightly smaller and doesn't enjoy quite as lovely surroundings as Granary Wharf where you'll find a cluster of bars, restaurants and now a coffee shop.

What they do here is essentially what they do over at their first place – sandwiches, soups, juices, lovely sweet things and, of course, great coffee. It isn't terribly different, whether you think this is a good or a bad thing depends on how good or bad you think their offering is.

Little Oliver is certainly a fan. We went for the soup and sandwich deal for a fiver which got us a bowl of lovely hot mushroom, juniper and tarragon soup and a sandwich of ham, swiss cheese and mustard in a bread roll.

It's all good stuff, the bread tastes delightfully fresh and all the ingredients are generous and flavoursome. The soup, meanwhile, is subtly composed, a gentle blend of tastes and just the right consistency.

The range is somewhat limited but what they do they do very well. It isn't cheap but then they don't set out to be cheap. The whole ambience and the quality of the product they serve is meant to be a notch above the norm, so too is the price. Sure, you can get your lunch from your local supermarket for half the cost but, rest assured, it won't be half as good.

But even spending 10 for lunch for two doesn't feel too bad as you hand over the money.

The service is fast and personal and the whole feel of the wharf is really alluring even whn there aren't many people around. It has a very real charm and Out of the Woods 2 slots right in there.

Star rating 4/5

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