Blackhouse, Leeds

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Every now and again, my boyfriend surprises me with a mystery date night…I get told to dress up nice and he whisks me off to an unknown location for dinner.

This week it was Blackhouse in Leeds, a gorgeous grill and steakhouse we have visited several times for different occasions. It’s dark, heady atmosphere mixed with the chicly dressed staff and live pianist giving out renditions of Frank, Paulo and other lounge classics make it the perfect venue for a romantic meal for two. Equally though, book online mid-week and they will happily discount 50% off your entire bill, large group bookings included.

The menu consists largely of… well, steak really, but there are some fantastic starters and the fish entres are not to be overlooked‚ pricey though: the whole Dover sole comes in at a purse busting £29 and try adding a skewer of garlic prawns to your fillet steak and you’re looking upwards of £30 with a side of champ potatoes!

The staff are friendly, helpful and certainly earn their tips‚ I watched for a few seconds as one of the waiters meticulously polished gold-fish bowl wine glasses and lined them up perfectly on the large mahogany shelves. They’ll entice you in to the pre-dinner cocktail and persuade you that the seasonal, steak of the month‚ is absolutely delicious and well worth the money, but there are some great options if you just want to sit in a dark corner with your other half and get stuck into some casual, rustic dishes…

I went for the fish and chips (£13.50), chunky hand cut chips, two large goujons of the freshest, softest, flakiest haddock served with minted peas and a miniature jar of pickled onions that took my breath away when the vinegar hit the back of my throat. Dom opted for the steak and ale pie (£15); a truly rustic looking and tasting feast. This had a great puff pastry top and although the filling appeared a little bit watery, the bottom of the pie dish was filled with goodies. All topped off with a bottle of Tarquino Shiraz Malbec (mid range at £22.50).

Over the last few years, Blackhouse has become one of my trusty faithfuls – budget small or large, hungry or just a bit peckish, the central location makes it the obvious choice for any Saturday night treat in Leeds.

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