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Tuck into an alpaca for dinner at RARE

Written by
Joe Saxon

Are you getting bored with the same cuts of beef, displeased with pork or sick of chicken? Then perhaps you need to broaden your carnivorous horizons with some zebra, alpaca or reindeer...

Tucked in the basement of the 400 year old Leeds landmark Lambert’s House, RARE Bar and Restaurant is living up to its name with a series of rare meat and alcohol pairings, which continues with an alpaca and rum night on Wednesday October 21.

Those who know alpacas only as the llama’s fluffier cousin may be surprised to learn the animal is a popular source of meat in South America, prized for its tenderness and mild, almost sweet flavour.

At £30 per person, this four course meal will be served with four rum-based cocktails, their ingredients selected to compliment each dish. All the alpaca meat is sourced from Kezie, a small farm in the Scottish Borders.

RARE’s unique food and drink pairings haven proven popular, including a squirrel & gin evenings earlier this summer, but their lead-up to Christmas promises a whole new range of rarities.

On November 4, they will be hosting a flat iron & cabernet sauvignon evening, displaying a cut of beef rarely served in the UK, and November 18 will unveil the peculiar pairing of zebra & cognac.

Their Christmas dinner, a reindeer evening, will take place on December 16, showcasing one of the most popular traditional meats in Scandinavia, a rich, flavoursome meat similar to venison, accompanied with festive drinks.

Adrian Wilson

RARE, 163 Lower Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LY. Find out more information here.

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