Restaurant reviews

The New Conservatory Steak Night: About as far as £11 will get you in Leeds

When a steak night is advertised at £11 per person including a drink you might well be justified in worrying about what ‘steak’ you might get served. At the New Conservatory in town, though, they seem to have somehow worked out how to make a really good cut of 8oz of Sirloin Steak, a side and a drink do-able for exactly that bargain price!

The New Conservatory is in a lovely location for heading to for post-work drinks, drinks and a nibble, or the whole hog in the form of a full-on dinner. We weren’t shocked to hear that they have decided to launch a steak night; indeed it feels like a natural progression for this city centre pub.

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Having had the pleasure of eating there before and having tried a fair few of their drinks, including some of the wonderful Kozel that they have on draught, we felt confident that the food and drinks on offer were going to be decent.

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The only real choice of any difficulty for us was deciding what side to go for (our little one being with us prevented us going down the route of choosing a glass of house wine or the bottle of Birra Moretti).

After much deliberation between us, we opted to go for the traditional options of thick cut chips and sweet potato fries, although for those looking to be healthier there were a range of great options including tenderstem broccoli with sweet chilli butter and house salad. We felt that not going for chips wouldn’t do our review justice!

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With a hefty dose of trepidation, we ordered our steak rare. We were very impressed when our cuts turned up and both had been cooked exactly as requested and looked mighty fine!

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Of course, with any steak, the proof is in the eating. There was a decent amount of peppercorn sauce ready to be poured onto your steak or used as a dipping bowl for chips and steak, combined with a nice chunk of mushroom (unless like Charlotte you requested the mushroom to be left off the plate!) and grilled tomato. This was a steak dish that ticked all the right flavour notes. As you would have hoped, the steak itself stood up very well on its own and was complemented by the sauce rather than overpowered by it.

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If you are heading down with a little one like we did, make sure you pop down early (the steak night is actually an all day event!) and you will find yourself more than welcome. For £11, you really can’t go wrong!

Where is it: Albion Place, Leeds, LS1 6JL

Reservations: 0113 246 1853

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