I don’t know how many of you know this, but I don’t actually live in Leeds City Centre. I live in Guiseley, a town on the outskirts of Leeds. And by outskirts, I mean about 10 minutes on the train for about £5 a ticket, so it’s hardly outskirts!
I went to 6th form in Guiseley, Joe grew up here and I’ve lived here for the past few years. It’s such a lovely little town, with lots of shops (we have a HOMESENSE), pubs and some restaurants. And with it being so close to Leeds (and having it’s own train station) it’s just a perfect place for us to be.
The Guiseley bar scene was already pretty great – plenty of cheaper pubs alongside some slightly more upmarket bars. But, when we heard the news the famous The Potting Shed was taking over what used to be HSBC, the whole town was buzzing. For those who don’t know/aren’t from the north, The Potting Shed is a bar chain popular for it’s cocktails, food, decor and atmosphere. Every branch is made to feel like a garden, and the food and drink is pretty renowned.
The Potting Shed’s Guiseley site opened in December 2017 and, because of its location, it’s technically now our local so we’re there quite a lot. They’ve recently launched new food and cocktail menus ready for spring, and they kindly invited a bunch of local bloggers down to check out their new offerings.
We were led up to the first floor gin garden and terrace, which was decked out to look like an indoor jungle – VERY blogger friendly! It feels like you’re stepping into a totally new place as you come up the stairs, and with it’s own bar and an incredible selection of gins, I felt particularly at home.
Across to the right they also have an amazing terrace, complete with astro turf. When the weather is less-than-great, heaters make sure the huge glass room is cosy and when the sun shines, the entire roof retracts to bring the outside in and allow you to soak up as much vitamin D as possible.
MOREISH FOOD MENU
As much as one of the major pulls of The Potting Shed is the gorgeous decor, the main reason I frequent the place so much is the food and drink offerings.
The food menu is amazingly balanced, allowing you to choose from small plates to giant burgers to flatbreads to Sunday roasts. Whatever you’re in the mood for, they have it.
We tried a platter of their small plates so we could get a taste of more than one thing (thanks, Potting Shed, you clearly know me very well) and my favourites were definitely the Maple-Mustard Chipolatas, Peri Peri Chicken Goujons and the Chicken Liver Pate. (I’ve also had the Potter’s Platter once before for my lunch and 10/10 would recommend).
As for mains, I struggled to decide. Joe went with the Sunday Roast (and as far as I can tell, he loved it) and I ended up going for a Pollo Pizza, which is topped with chicken, red onion and sun blushed tomato. Absolutely delish is all I can say.
I didn’t get it this time because I get it pretty much every time we go, but I can also recommend the Gambas Pil Pil Rework, which is prawns cooked in a chilli and garlic oil broth served with a pile of white bloomer bread to soak up the sauce.
The perfect summery drinks
I love me a good cocktail, especially in summer, and let me tell you – The Potting Shed’s new cocktail menu is something to fawn over. Everything sounds so fruity and just makes me want to sit on a beach. They even allowed us behind the bar to take a crack at making our own from the new menu!
I chose the Strawberry & Cucumber Collins (strawberry puree, cranberry juice, Absolut Blue, Midori and cucumber) and Joe made the Passion Fruit & Basil Crush (Absolut Citron, peach, passion fruit puree, passion fruit gomme, basil leaves and orange juice) and both were DELICIOUS. Could have downed it in one quite happily, so take that as you will.
We also perused their fantastic gin menu, which allows you to build your own G&T by choosing you gin, tonic and garnish from a rather generous list. They showed us to the terrace, took off the roof (the first time I’d sat outside this year! What an occasion!) and we enjoyed our G&Ts in the sunshine.
Guiseley as a destination
The best thing about The Potting Shed coming to Guiseley is the fact it’s solidified Guiseley as a destination. With the addition of The Potting Shed, there’s enough places to go to have an afternoon out drinking in the sun and, with it only being 10 minutes out of Leeds, there’s no excuse not to, really.
So, if you’ve never been to The Potting Shed, consider this an invite from me, a Guiseley resident, and a guarantee you’ll totally fall in love with the place. It really is something special!
(The Potting Shed is also opening branches in Trinity Leeds and Harrogate soon!)
*We were offered complimentary food and drink at The Potting Shed, Guiseley, in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Please see my full disclaimer for more information.