I was recently treated to a rather fabulous meal at Home in Leeds and thought it’s about time I shared my experience. Booking the chef’s table gave an amazing insight in to a kitchen vying for it’s Michelin Star. The hustle and bustle producing some of the most delicate plates and amazing food I’ve ever seen.
Described as a ‘dining concept’ on the Home website, the restaurant has been created by Mark Owens and Elizabeth Cottam and what a concept it is! Serving British produce which has been both cultivated and foraged, each season the menu at Home changes depending on the ingredients of the time.
Walking through an oversized door from an unassuming street (happening to be the oldest in Leeds), the entrance to Home is pretty understated – that is until you get through the door. You’ll then be greeted by an all black stairwell highlighted with pillar candles.
Once you arrive at the top floor the bar area is stunning. With beautifully comfy couches and armchairs, their vibe of casual fine dining definitely begins as soon as you walk in. But make no mistake this place is fancy!
The restaurant itself has a relaxed feeling as the tables are paired with some really lovely looking couches – which I’ll definitely want to take a seat in next time.
An amazing 11 course tasting menu starting with what they describe as ‘a selection of snacks’ and travelling through the various seasonal flavours is unbelievable. At chef’s table each course is presented by a different chef and explained in detail – although I mostly forgot instantly and was thankful the menu was listed online so I could relive the experience later!
Here is just a brief insight to the menu we had:
Beetroot Marshmallow and Mushroom Macaroon
White Onion Veloute, red onion marmalade and goats cheese
Yorkshire wagyu beef with rye cracker and pickles
Hand dived scallop with crème fraiche and apple
Butternut squash, smoked almond and a squash ice cream
Breads and butters (the two flavours of the butters were salted caramel and bone marrow)
Poached sole with mushrooms and truffle
Roasted lame, bone marrow and heritage beets
Chocolate with milk parfait
Carrot cake with candied and set orange and cream cheese
Chef’s Table Experience
I would quite happily recommend this seat as the best seat in the house to anyone! A fantastic insight to the kitchen, yet sitting up and staring in to the kitchen, you don’t feel stared at! It still felt like a private dining experience which you would expect from a restaurant such as this, and even sharing it with one other couple we felt completely separate – even separate from the rest of the restaurant!
Needless to say I will definitely be returning and I’m eager to try the next seasons offer from this incredible restaurant, plus with a complimentary G&T at the start what can go wrong? So if you’re planning a trip to Leeds, this is highly recommended, but remember to book well in advance!