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On a gorgeously sunny day I went down to the newly opened Water Lane Boathouse in Leeds for a menu tasting event. Water Lane Boathouse sits on the canal in Leeds city centre and was formally the Pour House. This is my first time here, it is an absolutely gorgeous venue with a rustic, open feel and huge glass windows that look out over the canal.
The first item from the Water Lane Boathouse menu is the vegetarian sharing platter. This is £5.95 per person. The platter has buffalo mozzarella, pickle vegetables, quinoa salad, tomato jam, roast beetroot, bread, nocellara olives and pecorino cheese with honey. Everything is really good! I especially like the quinoa salad and the pecorino with honey. Who knew honey and cheese make such a perfect match!
Next is the Beetroot, White Bean and Fennel burger. This is a sesame bun, beetroot white bean and fennel burger, tomato jam, pickles, lettuce, tomato and burger sauce. It is £8.50 and you can add chips for £2. This was my absolute favourite from the menu. A beetroot burger isn’t something I would have chosen myself but I will definitely be ordering it again! The burger is really tasty and juicy and goes perfectly with everything else.
For the meat eaters the Small Victories burger, £9.50. This is two Yorkshire beef burgers in a sesame bun with cheese, bacon jam, tomato, lettuce, pickles and burger sauce. The burgers are perfectly done and still juicy and the bacon jam is to die for!
This is the smoke aubergine and roast cauliflower pizza which is £6.95. It is a sourdough base with smoke aubergine, roast cauliflower, san marzano tomato and gremolata. As it doesn’t have cheese its a perfect choice for vegans. Cauliflower seems to be having a real moment right now in the foodie world. Unfortunately I’m not a fan so it just isn’t the pizza for me. The base is amazing though and the smoke aubergine is lovely.
The prosciutto pizza, £8, is another favourite of mine at the Water Lane Boathouse. This sourdough base has prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, pickle radicchio and mozzarella. It is really light and I could quite happily eat the whole thing!
Salads are something I often overlook on a menu when I’m eating out but Water Lane Boathouse salad bowls are definitely worth trying. The bowls are huge so would make a meal for one or would be great to share as side salads.
First is the roast cauliflower and green lentil salad, £5.50. This has roast cauliflower, green lentils, baby leaves, squash, golden raisins, smoked almond, yoghurt and turmeric. Although I don’t like cauliflower everything else was really nice and went together perfectly.
This is the roast beetroot salad, £5.50. Inside this bowl is roast beetroot, raspberries, sorrel, baby leaves, raspberry vinegar and olive oil. Raspberries in salad is new to me but they work so well. Raspberry all the salads from now on!
Finally the skin on chips with oregano salt, £2.95 are AH-mazing. I definitely recommend adding a side of these to your order.
The food at Water Lane Boathouse is really good, the prices are very reasonable and the setting is just perfect. Sitting out in the sunshine on the side of the canal or even inside looking out at it really is amazing. It’s the perfect venue for a girly lunch with friends, drinks and a bite to eat after work or even a laid back date.
*I attended Water Lane Boathouse menu tasting in exchange for an honest review. I have not been influenced by this. All thought and opinions are my own.