Location: Yates’s, 24-28 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DA
This was visited on a Saturday lunch time. The place was very busy, probably due to the time of day and location. The venue is in Leeds city centre, and it would appear to get a lot of custom.
There is a downstairs area with the main bar, with a balcony area upstairs overlooking it and a small bar area. We sat in the upstairs area.
I went to the small bar upstairs and placed our food and drinks order. I ordered the drinks as well, a large Coke and a sparkling mineral water, but had to go downstairs to order a pint of Guinness. I was advised that there would be a delay of thirty minutes for the food, which was not surprising given how busy the place was.
The drinks were fine. The Coke was as good as can be expected from draught Coke, the mineral water was bottled and was fine and the Guiness was very good.
Now, here’s where it began to fall apart. The food took 64 minutes to arrive, not the thirty minutes that was advised when the order was placed. It was observed that people who had entered after us, and ordered their food after we did, were receiving it before we got ours. A few minutes over would have been acceptable; more than double the advised time is definitely not.
The food dishes were as follows:
All day breakfast, consisting of two fried eggs, two sausages, two slices of bacon, fried mushrooms, baked beans and half a grilled tomato.
Cottage pie, with chips and peas.
First, the all day breakfast. Of the items on the plate, only the sausages were actually hot. Everything else was lukewarm at best. The eggs were rubbery, with the yolks overcooked. The bacon had been cooked in such a way that it wound up being chewy. The entire dish tasted as if it had been left standing somewhere, forgotten, for an unknown length of time, then a quick attempt made to reheat it in the microwave.
The cottage pie was said to be totally inedible. The mashed potato on the top of it was unpleasant looking, and the mince it was made from was said to be vile.. Although the chips were hot, the peas were cold. The pie itself was rectangular, but had been put into an oval bowl.
After the meals were removed by the waitress, she enquired if everything had been okay, and whether we wanted any desserts or coffee. Although we stated it had not, there was no attempt made by the management to rectify the situation. Needless to say, we did not order anything else.
The entire meal including drinks only came to £15. Whilst I would not expect gourmet dining at this price, I would expect it to at least equal and preferably better the standard of food you would get from McDonalds.
All in all, this venue is not recommended for dining out. Extremely slow delivery of food, and very poor quality of food when it did arrive. I will not be visiting here again for food. 1/5.