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Tuesday, 11 February 2014


Ever since I was sitting in Arts Cafe at the beginning of term and handed a little card with 'Shear's Yard' stamped on it, I'd been dying to go. Praised by many, the now not-so-new restaurant created from the team behind Arts Cafe is one of many independent restaurants to join the Leeds Dining Scene. The menu boats local Yorkshire classics re-imagined for a modern audience. Situated on the Calls, opposite Ambiente and Calls Landing, Shear's Yard is set up with a very minimalist style, with bare walls and exposed light bulbs hanging from the ceiling (the focus here is clearly on the food, not the interior design). To start we ordered a round of cocktails; I had a rose petal martini which was adorned with rose petals and tasted almost perfume-like. My two friends had a pear and ginger martini and an apricot jam and passion fruit concoction, both of which tasted amazing and were rather strong actually. Onto the food; we decided to skip a starter in favour of a dessert; there was however plenty to choose from, including fresh scallops and spicy tiger prawns. For the main courses we were spoilt for choice; I had a delicious venison two-ways with fresh blackberries, pumpkin puree and roast celeriac. There was also an amazing sounding cod served with fresh crab and for vegetarians; bubble and squeak croquettes with black garlic and kohlrabi. Lastly, for dessert there was universal approval for the banana pudding in a toffee sauce, served with Yorkshire tea ice cream and banana chips. This very much reminded me of the Arts Cafe sticky toffee pudding, yet with the addition of tea flavoured ice cream; a superb addition if you ask me. I would 100% visit Shear's Yard again, their menu is initiative and their ingredients fresh; the seasonal changes meaning you have a fresh set of choices for every visit.

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