#17 Home from Home – An April visit to the Home dining experience in Leeds.

Feeling at Home

Discretely located and hidden above the shops on Kirkgate, only a sign titled ‘Home’ will give you an idea that something awaits. We opened the door last Thursday and stepped away from the busy street. We climbed a flight of stairs to be met by smiles and a warm welcome – we had arrived at Home – a stylish and comfortable new restaurant from innovative and new thinking chefs Elizabeth Cottam and Mark Owens. Masterchef meets Michelin star – the duo behind Home use each month as an opportunity to showcase the very best in locally sourced and seasonal food.

'Steak and Ale'
Taking our seats for this afternoon, it was hard not to appreciate the warm tones and natural light that floods the restaurant at Home. The tables are subtly decorated whilst the restaurant extends into an open kitchen where the chefs and service staff all appear to work effortlessly. In fact, the service at Home crafts a fine balance between relaxed and informal yet orchestrated and perfected. The team here are both passionate and knowledgeable. Each course was described to us at our table by the chefs themselves (something we haven’t seen before and certainly something which cleverly blurs the line between front of house and kitchen). Similarly, the flights of wine which complimented each course today were detailed to us with incredible accuracy from a team who have not only tasted but have visited individual regions of where the wine is sourced.

A fascinating 7 tea smoked duck!
Our experience at Home this afternoon started with a selection of snacks which included a delicious Queenie scallop rarebit and equally delicious pork doughnut dusted with scratching powder. It was a sign of things to come, already captivated by the restaurant and staff – we were now indulging in the very best and finest food.

A delicately styled 7-tea smoked duck breast with ceps, mustard and wild garlic followed which was perfectly matched with a light and subtle Flavium Mencia 2013. From land to sea, we were next served a picture perfect and locally sourced razor clam with amazingly sweet mussels and sea vegetables.

Cleverly milk-brined 
'liver and onions'
one of ten courses at home!

Our journey through April continued with a four-cheese brioche dumpling served with chives. It was a fantastic course with attention deserved to the English Chapel Down wine pairing. Like of all of today’s pairings, this crisp and served cool dry white could not have been better placed alongside the brioche and four-cheese dumpling. We discussed how impressive wines had become, especially from a region which is not always associated with excellent wine.

We had experienced nearly three hours of brilliant food which stands alone as some of the best we have eaten. The flavours and ingredients are unique at Home in that they put regional produce at the heart of what is served. Supporting local produce this way means Home can constantly reinvent its flavours each month. As one season moves into another, Home are taking this as the basis for their ever-changing menu making the best of what is made available in the fields, gardens and seas across our region.  This local and seasonal idea continued in the delicious flavours of the wild sea trout with asparagus and spring herb pesto which was closely followed by the more familiar flavours of the rich ale glazed ox cheek with roasted cauliflower and marrow mash.

The dark chocolate torte 
with gingerbread!

Our final two courses this afternoon would be the Yorkshire rhubarb baked Alaska and a dark chocolate torte. Both equally impressive, the baked Alaska came with a deliciously sweet rose meringue whilst the chocolate torte came with a nostalgic and brilliant tasting gingerbread ice cream.

April had taken centre stage at Home this afternoon and together both the season and restaurant had managed to deliver a menu which left us nothing short of impressed. As we took our coats to leave and thanked our hosts for a fabulous afternoon – we stepped back onto the busy street in Leeds all the better for having spent the last three hours with a true feeling (and taste) of being at home.

To find out more about this spectacular Leeds Home dining experience – check their website at https://www.homeleeds.co.uk/

The dining area and 
open kitchen at Home

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