I originally went to the opening of this bar/restaurant a few years ago, we had a good night, but for some reason I assumed it was a venue for older people.
I don’t know why, and really have no justification for this – weird I suppose.
My wife was on school half term and we fancied going out for lunch. After deliberating for half an hour, we decided to go to Horsforth and then choose. We were driving past The Brownlee Arms and thought – why not!
Our first thoughts were how busy it was and how pristine clean it was inside. There were a few drinkers at the top bar but the restaurant was about 65% full on a lunch time mid-week, which is impressive. Not even city centre restaurants are that busy. Maybe they were all teachers – who knows. The clientele were averaging around 30 years old, which really surprised me. There were a few small groups of ladies, a few groups of office workers and just a general mix of diners.
We were shown to our table in the conservatory area, which was light and bright, and in no way dreary or reminiscent of older people. To be honest, I had a bit of an epiphany about myself and how I prejudge – I was annoyed with myself. This place was really lovely and the staff were so professional and polite. Kate, the waitress, was very proficient and knew the menu backwards, which can be rare in many restaurants.
We ordered an artisan Scotch egg and tuna fish cakes. The egg was seasoned well, not quite as runny as I would have liked, but very moreish. The fishcakes were a hearty size with a lovely crispy side salad. The cakes were slightly heavy in texture, however I left an empty plate. I have never had tuna fish cakes before – I was certainly impressed. In fact, I was impressed by everything. The menu could not be described as hackneyed- that’s for sure; there were some very interesting dishes on it. Whilst I don’t wish to be fulsome about The Brownlee Arms – I can in all honesty say it’s a good venue.
For mains, we had Pie of the day with twice cooked chips. Point of order here – the chips were like doorstops and enough to feed an army, alongside a simply beautiful, filled-to-the-brim golden homemade pie. If your hungry, get this. I ordered haddock risotto – again a good portion, with no expense spared on the haddock. It was a fraction under seasoned though. Both mains and starters were very good.
The puddings – oh the puddings… we ordered homemade cheesecake. Wow, wow and wow again. Oh boy, this was a damn good cheesecake – let’s leave it at that.
The Brownlee Arms delivered in literally every department, including price. £61.15 including wine- I think is very good value.
24 Long Row, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5AA
T: 0113 258 1608