Celebrity chef James Martin has announced that his new UK restaurant, The Leeds Kitchen, will officially open to the public on Saturday 9th April 2011.
The new restaurant will be at the Alea Casino in Clarence Dock, which is in the trendy waterfront area of Leeds and promises a menu that will feature the best of British cuisine with a twist.
The restaurant has been transformed into a beautiful, contemporary fine dining space by Yorkshire based Interior Designer Carolyn Parker, who has worked with her daughter Abby and local suppliers to create a warm and open design, incorporating some unique pieces reflecting James’ personality.
“Leeds and Yorkshire is the perfect place for me to open my new restaurant,” explains James Martin.
“With a great young team, both in the kitchen and front of house, we are really looking forward to the opening. Being a Yorkshire man, it’s not hard to understand why the produce is so good in the area and we are going to use it to maximum affect on the menu.”
Brasserie Gerard, with 19 restaurants around the country including Cambridge, Bath and Oxford is offering a complimentary glass of champagne per person when you book on-line for Valentine’s Day, which should start off romantic meals very nicely indeed.
Meanwhile, we’ve had a trawl for you and found the following hot picks for city specific Valentine’s Day dining offers. Long live romance!
Manchester’s City Cafe has a four course Valentine’s Menu on offer for £34.95 which includes a choice of courses, followed by tea and coffee and a box of chocolates (supposedly for her, but we think sharing them might be nicer… ).
Also in Manchester, Vermilion & Cinnabar have three great Valentine’s Offers, starting at £44 per person for a five course Vegetarian Valentine’s Dinner to £79 per person for a luxury seven course Valentine’s Dinner. The luxury meal has goodies such as scallops and rock lobster on the menu.
Both of these offers can be booked on-line and are available from the 11th to 14th February.
In Leeds Livebait is offering a complimentary glass of Champagne to Valentine’s Day diners who book on line.
Over the border in Scotland, Edinburgh’s Elliot’s has a four course Valentine’s Dinner on offer for £27.50 per person, available between 12th to 14th February, whilst Heights – with a stunning backdrop of the castle – has a three course deal for £26.50 per person. In Glasgow, both 1 Brasserie @ Downstairs and Alla Turca Grill & Mezze Bar have Valentine’s menus starting from a very palatable £15 per person. Perfect for canny lovers.
The World Curry Festival will be held in Leeds Millennium Square from 1 – 3 October 2010, bringing a three day celebration of food and culture to the city.
The festival, which is being promoted as the ‘Mardi Gras of all things Curry’ will showcase a wide variety of international food and drink, with master classes from leading chefs, plus entertainment and many other events.
Michelin starred chef Jean Christophe Novelli and ‘the nearly naked chef’ Hardeep Singh Kohli will be among the celebrity chefs at the event and the public are invited to participate in the many events taking place, such as
The Market Place
A colourful mix of traders selling and demonstrating international food and specialty products; local suppliers selling local produce and accessories.
The Extremely Good Curry Show
A cookery theatre with master classes and demonstrations from some of the UK’s top chefs.
Festival Restaurant and Street Food
Food and drink from around the world with curry from Asia, Africa, America and Europe, everything from street food to fine dining.
The Curry Challenge on the Cooking Bus
A chance to learn how to cook curry, in association with Change 4 Life.