The Leeds bar and restaurant scene is constantly evolving and Slate NQ is the latest addition to the exciting line-up. Meat platters, pool tables, cocktails and a choice of three outside terraced areas, I could tell I was going to like this place right from the start.
My partner and I couldn’t have chosen a better day to have our first experience at Slate NQ as we’d booked a table in the middle of a heat wave! We were warmly greeted by the manager, and the rest of the staff were really attentive and definitely helped make a good first impression.
Slate NQ was previously known as Lounge Bar and Grill but has been completely refurbished by the Jones Bar Group to give the place its own style. You can also see the similarities between it’s sister bars, Brooklyn Bar and Roxy Ball Room. Inside, there are a number of intimate leather booths and unique art works which are complimented by indie music playing in the background. It is definitely full of character and fits in well with the rest of the Leeds Northern Quarter.
We ordered drinks to start with, I had a Pear and Ginger Collins which was sweet and fruity. But, let’s be honest, one is never enough so I also tried an Elderberry Martini. Cocktails on a rooftop terrace will never be a bad thing in my eyes. My partner had one of the many ales they had to offer, there is also a great wine menu to provide something for all tastes.
It was now time to decide on food, I probably could have eaten a little bit of everything on the menu as there wasn’t anything I didn’t love the sound of. We ended up getting one of their intriguing sharing plates to start with. The one we chose had blue cheese, truffle salami, bresaola, pecorino, olives, hummous, lightly toasted bread and garlic olive oil. All the sharing plates cost £15 and you definitely get value for money as the food is simply superb!
For the main course, we shared a chicken and mozzarella salad and a pizza topped with gorgonzola cheese, parma ham and broccoli. Again the food was really great quality; the pizza was stone baked with a crispy base and they were very generous with the toppings. I do think there is something for every palate on the menu and there were a lot of bar snacks which looked incredible – I’m going to have to go back to try some of them out. One snack that particularly caught our eye was the ‘nduja, which was a spicy spreadable pork sausage served with bread, and it was right up my street. The deli sandwiches also looked perfect for a lunch time visit if that was the sort of thing you were after.
The vibe in the bar is really relaxed and I think this place is only going to get better as the months go on. The menu is fantastic, the location is ideal and it will be one of the busiest places in Leeds this summer. With the option to book pool tables, I can’t see how this place won’t succeed.
Also, if the weather is too good outside and you don’t want to be inside playing pool then the outdoor ping pong table will entice you while you bask in the sun. There is also three outside terraces – one upstairs, one out by the front and a rear beer garden! I can’t wait for my next visit!