Located next door to San Carlo, situated inside a Grade II listed building, the newly opened Stockdales of Yorkshire has brought fine dining for meat eaters to Leeds city centre.
With a sociable bar area and seating for 100 diners (which includes a private dining area for up to 10 guests), this quintessentially British restaurant promises a superior quality of meat without a premium price tag.
The menu – created in partnership with chefs Anthony Flinn and Jonathan Elvin – boasts a wide range of steak cuts, including British Wagyu Beef, and with the restaurant possessing a Josper Grill (making Stockdales and Crafthouse the only restaurants in Leeds to have one), Stockdales is certainly the place to visit for some serious beef.
Offering a wide range of aperitifs, beers and wines (including a few nods to Yorkshire with the inclusion of rhubarb in several of the cocktails), along with some tasty, slightly unusual bar snacks, this makes Stockdales an ideal place to grab a pre-dinner drink.
While undoubtedly the focus in on quality steaks, the menu also caters for pescatarians and vegetarian diners, with the main course veggie option being a pumpkin risotto (£12). Fish options include a pan fried sea bass (£16.50) and a smoked haddock with a mussels and potato chowder (£14).
For steak fans, the cheapest option starts at £19.50 but the ultimate menu pick has the British Wagyu Beef, which comes with charred gem lettuce, crispy bacon, croutons and balsamic dressing. Chips or sauces can be added on as extras.
Despite the fact that the food is at the higher end of Leeds' restaurant offerings, Stockdales also cater for families with young children. In fact, young kids can borrow a Nintendo 3DS to keep them entertained whilst their parents enjoy the food and some adult conversation.
Price-wise, a meal at Stockdales comes in between around £35-£70 per person for a cocktail, glass of wine, and a three course menu. Highlights include the £35.50 Wagyu Sirloin and the fillet steak tartare (£9.50), a wonderfully seasoned starter with a real flavour hit when combined with the 'umami' yolk.
Stockdales of Yorkshire, 8 South Parade, Leeds, LS1 5QX.