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England: The Lost & Found – an Ornithological Adventure, Leeds, Yorkshire

Entrance to The Lost & Found, Leeds

After a long day at work there’s nothing better, in my opinion, than indulging in a couple of cocktails and a great meal. Unfortunately, in my town there isn’t really that ‘after work drinks’ culture. However, I often commute to Leeds, which certainly has. Most evenings you will find workers streaming out of office blocks and into the nearest bar. On a recent work visit to Leeds I got the opportunity to try the newly opened The Lost & Found, which is located at 12 Greek Street, in the heart of the city.

The Lost & Found on Greek Street, Leeds
The Lost & Found on Greek Street, Leeds
Entrance to The Lost & Found, Leeds
Entrance to The Lost & Found, Leeds

As soon as you walk through the glass doors, you walk into a chic Victorian botanical hideaway where the decor has been inspired by (mythical) Professor Virginia K Stevenson’s study of birds, making a visit a true ornithological adventure. With an array of leather seating, and verdant trees offering privacy around some tables, adding to an intimate atmosphere and taxidermy decorations, The Lost and Found is the perfect combination of glamour and mystery.

The Bar at The Lost & Found, Leeds
The Bar at The Lost & Found, Leeds
Bird theme throughout The Lost & Found, Leeds
Bird theme throughout The Lost & Found, Leeds
Table at The Lost & Found, Leeds
Table at The Lost & Found, Leeds

We were led through the softly lit bar, across the dark wooden floors, and to our table by the extremely polite and friendly waitress. With food and drinks menus already waiting for us, we busily set about deciding on what carefully crafted cocktails we wanted. I chose The Mockingbird – a tequila based cocktail which was refreshingly fruity – and I could certainly taste the alcohol in it. My dining partner opted for a large glass of Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc. Because one cocktail is NEVER enough (fact!), I later ordered The Kings Bramble – a cocktail laced with gin and berries, again very refreshing, and perfect for a gin lover like me.

Menus at The Lost & Found, Leeds
Menus at The Lost & Found, Leeds
Wine & Mocking Bird Cocktail at The Lost & Found, Leeds
Wine & Mockingbird Cocktail at The Lost & Found, Leeds
The King's Bramble at The Lost & Found, Leeds
The King’s Bramble at The Lost & Found, Leeds

Our next decision was which of the many dishes we wanted from the extensive and modern menu – we had some tough choices to make! From sandwiches and classic dishes to charcoal oven cooked steaks and sourdough pizzas, there was so much choice. Tough as it may have been, we eventually made our decision and placed our order.

Starters

Josper glazed peanut chicken skewers, spring onion, carrot, roasted nuts and satay sauceimg_4431Josper roasted mussels, fresh lemon and parsley

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Mains

Rich beef lasagna and garlic breadimg_4437

Josper smoked & braised beef short rib, triple cooked chips and pickled red cabbage slawimg_4440

We thoroughly enjoyed our food, and there were clean plates all round. I must admit, I was slightly concerned at the portion size of my peanut chicken skewers starter being quite small but, combined with the delicious lasagna main, it was more than enough and I was suitably full by the end of my meal. So much so, we politely declined to even see the dessert menu, although I’m sure the options would have been as inviting as the main menu.

With old world detailing and such attention to detail, I believe that The Lost & Found can certainly hold its own in a city with so many cocktail bars and eateries. Every square inch oozes decadence, even the toilets were a pleasure to visit!

The interior at The Lost & Found, Leeds
The interior at The Lost & Found, Leeds
Lots of lovely seating areas in The Lost & Found, Leeds
Lots of lovely seating areas in The Lost & Found, Leeds
Very attractive decor at The Lost & Found, Leeds
Very attractive decor at The Lost & Found, Leeds

When we arrived just before 5.00pm we were the two of only a few people there, however, over the 90 or so minutes we were there, it filled up quickly and the buzz of people talking about their day in the office and their plans for the weekend made the atmosphere a fun and happy, yet relaxed one, and certainly not so loud that conversation with your drinking/dining partner was difficult. This makes it the perfect venue for couples and/or groups of friends or colleagues to meet and catch up over a meal or cocktail. I already have a list of cocktails I want to sample on my next visit to The Lost & Found.

Spacious seating areas at The Lost & Found, Leeds
Spacious seating areas at The Lost & Found, Leeds
Until Next Time!
Until Next Time!
  • Our meal and drinks were provided by The Lost & Found Leeds on a complimentary basis in exchange for review. As always, opinions are honest and I genuinely cannot wait to return.
  • You can also find The Lost & Found in Birmingham and Knutsford (opening soon)

 

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