Food at Water Lane Boat House, Leeds

Written about Food
5th June 2017 with No Comments


Come heatwave or wind down time after the 9-5, I want somewhere fuss free. Good drinks, good food and ideally a vantage point for some people watching.

If you're not local to the area, Granary Wharf might not be your first choice for food and drinks. Given that I am a local, it's up there with my faves and somewhere that you need to make time for.

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The setting is, as you'd expect, stylishly unfinished, with splashes of colour dotted around a chilled-out space. Ample beer garden on the water's edge, outdoor bar and a drinks menu serving craft to cocktail and then some, plus today's exploration, the food menu.

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If you haven't already clocked from my Instagram feed, my moment for the Leeds food scene seems to have ramped up recently. With the Belgrave giants dominating different corners of the city, I had to make time to try the Water Lane menu.

As a whole, the two page menu has enough to quash a variety of hunger pangs. The stuff that's been shouted about - the stone-oven 'Small Victories' pizzas and the seriously grammable salads are listed amongst sharer boards (we tried the veggie option - it needs a little less bread but the chutneys and cheese that come with it are great), burgers, sandwiches and a modest brunch menu.

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The usual sounding menu has a twist with some different flavours in the classics, the little twists are just what was needed to avoid the usuals.

I for one don't love beetroot but it seems to be having a moment right now, so here's the plot twist - the beetroot burger is potentially my favourite thing on the menu. Beetroot, white bean and fennel smashed into a patty and juiced up with Small Victories sauce - so moreish and a zing of something different for veggie burger fans.

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The sour dough pizzas are dreamily light - choose from a classic (and excellently executed margarita) or amp it up with ox cheek or smoked aubergine (definitely don't overlook the aubergine). Get a couple to share between a group because you're going to want to try more than one off the menu.

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The colourful salad bowls continue the theme of the not-so-usual, from beetroot to cauliflower, or refreshing watermelon thrown in. The roasted beetroot bowl was as delicious as the burger despite my usual aversions and if you're a cauliflower fan, you'll love the roast cauliflower and green lentil bowl. Get your #topdown in before your fork, these are some seriously well styled salads.

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The best thing and somewhat unexpected from this type of venue - no dish is over £10, with most being a couple of pounds cheaper. Portions are decent and will easily leave you fulfilled and if the salad doesn't fully cut it, be sure to get a side of chips because these are seriously good ones.

Wash it all down with anything from craft to cocktails - try the spritzers (my favourite is the raspberry) if you're after some seriously easy drinking.

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Expect to see a few more Instagrams popping up from this venue because it seems to grow on me more and more with each visit. And when you head down, make a beeline for the window seat - the best seat in the house.

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