Earlier this week I had the pleasure of trying out the new Autumn/ Winter menu at Blackhouse – Grill on The Square.
The restaurant is known for grilled meats and cocktails, but there is so much more to enjoy than that. To start, the newly launched menu boasts incredible fish and vegetarian dishes alongside their meaty favourites. What is more, the venue is beautiful.
The main dining area is cool and calm, with private booths and large tables; and there is a large conservatory area, which is a fabulous celebratory space, complete with fairy lights.
On arrival at the restaurant, myself and the other writers and influencers were given a refreshing flute of prosecco. The drink was very much needed by most, after a busy day at work. After a short period of mingling and chatter we then sat around a large table in the conservatory area and began the difficult process of deciding what to order.
To start, we opted to have a selection of dishes to share – always a good idea in my opinion. The starters we ordered included a steaming beef brisket pasty (which was a big hit with those who tried it), a super cheesy cauliflower souffle and onion hummus with crisp bread and crudité. My favourite dish was the peppered lemon calamari served with a creamy dipping sauce. The calamari was super crispy, and the sauce was light and fresh – a perfect accompaniment to the fish dish.
For mains, we each ordered individually. I opted for the chargrilled swordfish with pico de gallo and fries. I enjoyed the dish, and thought it was very tasty – especially as I rarely get to eat swordfish. However, I wasn’t sure that the fries were the right side for such a light dish. For my palate, the pico de gallo was too spicy, but I could imagine it as a favourite for some.
As I was sitting with lots of kind people, I was able to try a couple of other dishes, too. For me, the cottage pie was the stand out dish of the night. The cheesy root vegetable mash with the essential crispy topping was incredible, and the meat just melted in the mouth. It was such a fab winter warmer – and one I am sure will go down a storm on the new Blackhouse menu.
We were also treated to a selection of sides to enjoy with our mains. These included skin on fries, broccoli and cabbage with bacon and onion rings. Whilst the sides didn’t really go with the dish that I had ordered, they were all tasty and well cooked. The cabbage in particular was a fab accompaniment for those ordering the cottage pie!
It was a lovely evening at Blackhouse. I enjoyed the food, the company and the atmosphere was spot on for a relaxing meal. I am already looking forward to my next visit, especially as the Blackhouse Sunday roast looks phenomenal.
Feature photograph provided by Blackhouse.
Gemma, a PhD student at Leeds Beckett University, has been writing for over 6 years, and loves to share what’s going on in and around Leeds. She is also an international athlete, artist and creator of Leeds Food Guide. You can find her on Instagram at: @GLB_racewalk, @GLB_creations or @LeedsFoodGuide