Lunch at Reliance

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think there’s a finer chilled out dining experience in Leeds.

Lunch in particular is great there: the light spills in through the enormous windows even in the depths of winter. And if you manage to get a large circular table or better still one of the rectangular refectory style tables, you’re set for a good afternoon. The bar and dining room is always filled with a generous, easy warmth as people eat, drink, read, talk, work.

In some ways it’s one of the hardest places to have just a pint and a sandwich in that you just want to linger awhile.

Today was one of those days – a quick catch up lunch in between meetings, a cheeky pint of eponymous Reliance ale and the best fish and chips anywhere in Leeds. The fish was light and creamy, encased in a super crisp Erdinger beer batter and the chips were clearly twice fried. I was feeling greedy so had both mushy peas and home-made tartare sauce.

My lunch companion Ian (yes, he of this blog) is not a big fish eater but he claimed a road to Damascus-esque experience after polishing off his fish and chips in very short order.

Bliss.

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2 thoughts on “Lunch at Reliance

  1. I’m starting to believe you have shares in most of Leeds’ better eating establishments! I’m hoping to get over there soon and plan to check The Reliance out – the food looks wonderful!

  2. I should have shares in Reliance by now! It’s seriously good. The food isn’t flashy, the menu isn’t endless, it’s a bit rough around the edges but sometimes it’s the simpler things in life that work isn’t it? Next time you’re in Leeds, we’ll go there!

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