Queens Grill Restaurant
The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1PJ
As soon as you arrive in Leeds' City Square and gaze up at the magnificent white Portland-stone frontage of The Queens Hotel, there is no doubting that a quality experience is waiting within. Inside, you'll find yourself surrounded by the opulence and glamour of 1930s art deco styling, with a little reinterpretation to blend in a few 21st-Century touches. The sense of elegance continues through into the fantastic restaurant and bar, where the decor is a feast for the eyes while the tastebuds are treated to pure deliciousness. Queens Grill Restaurant is very much about offering stylish surroundings, but also a relaxed atmosphere in which diners can enjoy quality cuisine, executed with panache. The head chef here displays a great love for traditional and contemporary English and European cuisine, evident on the mouth-watering menus. He is dedicated to sourcing only the finest ingredients, and uses as much local produce as possible, including Theakston's beer for delectable beer-battered fish. To start you might enjoy roasted salmon and oak-smoked salmon, complemented by cucumber and cream cheese mousse, topped with avocado and king prawns, and finished with a gazpacho dressing. Main-course options might include confit duck leg set on wilted baby gems, peas, spring onions and mint, or seared trout fillet and king prawns on crushed new potatoes, finished with a light saffron cream sauce, topped with tomato and onion salsa - a true treat for fish fans. Salads provide something for the lighter appetite, while meat and fish grills are heartier choices - choose an 8oz steak mince burger with smoked bacon and Monterey Jack cheese, or perhaps red snapper or whole sea bass, both served with generous accompaniments. Desserts offer the likes of chocolate marquise with espresso anglaise, or fresh strawberries topped with Chantilly cream, confirming that Queens Grill Restaurant is all the incentive you need to visit this heavenly hotel. After dinner you can retire to the bar for a digestif, or take a nightcap up to your stylish and sumptuous room, feeling like royalty and most certainly already planning your next visit.