One of the Leeds brunch heroes is closing up their brunch menu. The Ox Club brunch has its last service this weekend, before being replaced by a built out lunch menu, somewhere along the lines of a proper roast, but with an expected Ox Club twist.
As this venue always tops my brunch recommendations, I thought it fitting to give it a proper goodbye and round-up some of my favourite dishes, even if a couple of them may still be making appearance on the new menu.
Whether heading in for brunch or dinner, you can expect a warm welcome from Ox Club. You'll be greeted with the scent of menu-prep with a view of the open kitchen as you're seated. The short brunch menu has something for everyone and just enough choice for you to toss up the options before settling on a winner, you can expect the same from the new lunch service, if you haven't already seen the menu.
Over the past few years, I've made a beeline for Ox Club brunch on several weekends. I've taken friends from around the world, enjoyed date nights for their evening service and soldiered through hangovers, at the liberty of great food.
My absolute favourite dishes are hard to contest. For a savoury flavour, the steak and cheddar eggs, which * praise * is still on the new lunch menu.
Melt in the mouth steak with rich and deliciously moreish cheddar eggs that seemingly can't be replicated at home. Served with crisped roast potatoes and the must try chipotle jam. Get a mouth of everything and you're onto a winning combo.
And for the sweet and perfect weekend choice, the pancakes. An ever changing flavour profile served on top of buttermilk pancakes, always beautifully presented. Historic highlights have included the rhubarb and vanilla chantilly pancakes, or what was once a menu mainstay, the ricotta pancakes with honeycomb.
The menu has of course had several refreshes over the years but the above two are always my mainstays and the dishes that I would recommend to first timers. Also earning a spot on the new lunch menu is the Korean fried chicken (or cauli). Not my usual choice, but I remember being easily worn over when I first tried it. Amazing textures and an incredibly flavoursome bed of rice, topped with crunchy, moist, fried chicken.
While the pancakes may not be a mainstay for the new service, I'm crossing my fingers for a guest start moment with them in the future. Until then, I'll be back for their new lunch menu, or the steak and cheddar eggs in an emergency. Watch this space.
The Ox Club will be switching to weekend lunch service from the 27th September. Open Friday and Saturday for lunch a la carte, with Sunday service of Sunday Lunch. Keep your peepers on their Instagram or find more information on their website.