It’s just days now until we make the move from Leeds to St Albans/London, so I’ve been out for a couple of meals with friends as a kind of last supper. Last Friday, the work girls and I ventured to the Town Hall Tavern, after I’d read a review of the pub’s food, which said it was very good – we weren’t disappointed.
We didn’t have starters or desserts, just really good mains. A and C opted to split a duo of spring lamb – basil-crusted rack and crispy belly with olive crushed potatoes and Provençale vegetable – and a pasta dish.
H had pie and mash – slow-braised beef and red wine with seasonal vegetable, which came without the mash. After asking for her spuds, she was told the menu had changed and no longer included this. They apologised and said she should have been told when she ordered, promising to have potatoes with her in a few minutes.
I got the sticky Yorkshire pork belly, served with black pudding hash and marjoram crushed peas. This really was amazing – easily one of the best meals I’ve had in ages.
The pub itself seems to be stuck between two worlds. It wants to be a gastro pub, and the food certainly suggests it is, but the venue isn’t quite there yet.
Overall, it was a lovely meal and came to about £65 for four mains and a bottle of wine. I’d recommend visiting it.
Town Hall Tavern, 17 Westgate, Leeds, LS1 2RA