Crafthouse Leeds

I was loving the weather last week, it gave me the perfect opportunity for after work drinks and a couple of early dinners in town and the ‘burbs.

One sunny lunchtime I was invited to Crafthouse to sample some of the dishes on their menus.

The other half and I had sampled the delights of Angelica the bar come restaurant that sits on the top level of Trinity Leeds. At Crafthouse the focus is on the local produce they use so I was quite intrigued to sample the food.

Situated on the fifth floor at Trinity Leeds the restaurant boasts great views of the city, caters for private dining and has a chef’s table opposite the now famous Josper grill so that you can see it in action.


The large windows that cover the exterior of the restaurant makes Crafthouse a suntrap on a clear day and is ideal for a long lunch or an early dinner.

I love a good seafood starter and the poached Salmon Ballatine ticked all the boxes for me. This dish was not too heavy and I absolutely loved the watercress mayo. The Lobster Bisque Amuse Bouche was moreish, it had a deep intense flavour and a beautiful aftertaste of creamy burnt butter. Even though it was so nice I don’t think I would have been able to finish it as a starter, (its more of a dish I would persuade the other half to get and then nick half).

Lobster Bisque (left) and Gazpacho (right)

Lobster Bisque (left)
and Gazpacho (right)

I was looking forward to trying the Josper steak, but I don’t think the minute steak used did the process justice. Seeing this dish is on the set menu it is a good opening price for their steak offer.

The desserts were amazing, it was hard to choose my favourite however, the Meringue with Strawberries & Vanilla Cream had the edge as it was so unexpected, every mouthful was a surprise of wonderfully prepared summer fruit textures.

Meringue with strawberries & vanilla cream

Meringue with strawberries & vanilla cream

Crafthouse have been very savvy with the pricing of their early bird dishes/ lunch set menu priced at £18.50 for two courses or £22.50 for three. The set menu is available Monday to Saturday (12-3 and 5-6:30). The menus change frequently as produce comes into season.

I really enjoyed my time at Crafthouse but, I feel that the restaurant has some way to go to get more established within the Leeds food scene. I am glad Lee and the team are consistently looking at the menu and making changes quickly from the feedback they are getting. I am looking forward to my next visit, hopefully when the sun decides to make another appearance.

Level 5 Trinity Leeds 70 Boar Lane,
Leeds, LS1 6HW

0113 897 0099

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