A little while ago, both me and Jamie were very kindly invited down to The Potting Shed Bingley, to come and try a few of their tasty dishes from their Winter 2016 menu, and after having an amazing time seriously stuffing my face full of their delicious food, I thought I would tell you all about it.
For anyone who doesn’t know, The Potting Shed, is a bar and garden in both Bingley and Beverly, that offers a wide range of real Ales, Wines, and cocktails, alongside a home grown menu that is made fresh on the day with locally sourced ingredients. They also allow both children and pets on the premises, unlike some other bars and restaurants in the area.
Once we had hopped on the train to Bingley, on an incredibly cold day, and had gotten quite lost, we eventually arrived at The Potting Shed Bingley, and after a couple of moments of us getting warm again, Jamie went up to the bar to tell the wonderful staff that we were here.
Once he had came back, he said that a nice woman called Naomi said that we should go and find a table, and Benji, the manager, would be over to say hi in a moment. After looking around for a moment or two, we eventually found a nice table next to a massive window, and after getting comfy for a couple of minutes, I started to take a look around the bar and noticed that at every table there were little plant pots full of all their menus and information leaflets. I really like a place that picks a theme, and really runs with it.
After a couple of minutes of us both chatting and relaxing, Benji came and said hi, and we said hello, and told him who we were. Benji then started telling us all about The Potting Shed, how they began, and what was on their Winter 2016 menu. He also told us all about their Winter Wonderland, which is a massive room upstairs that they have turned into a Winter Ski Chalet, complete with it’s own bar, and Winter themed drinks. They regularly change up the design of their upstairs room to fit with the seasons, so there’s always something new for you to check out. The upstairs is particularly great during the warmer months, as they open the big double doors to let in all of the fresh air.
After we had finished chatting with Benji, Naomi came over and said hi, and asked us what we would like to drink, and after thinking for a moment, we both went for the Long Island Iced Tea, which contained Vodka, Rum, Gin, Cointreau, Coke, Sugar, and Lemon.
I’ve always wanted to try a Long Island Iced Tea, but for some reason have just never gotten around to trying one, and I honestly don’t know why I hadn’t sooner, as this was absolutely glorious. It was fresh and zingy, with just a hint of sweetness, and even though it contained quite a few different types of alcohol, it didn’t taste too much of alcohol.
After another couple of minutes of us chatting and drinking our drinks, Naomi came over again and took our order, and boy did we order a lot. Overall we ordered a total of six dishes, which included, their Ham Hock Dough Balls, their Duck and Noodle Spring Rolls, their Confit of Duck, their Yorkshire Burrito, their Ham Hock Pizza, and their Festive Pizza. I know that it sounds like a lot of food, and it was, but we were both sharing each dish, so it wasn’t that much really, haha! Then after about another fifteen or twenty minutes of us both chatting and drinking, all of the gorgeous looking and smelling food started to arrive.
The first thing I ate was their Ham Hock Dough Balls, which contained Ham, Mozzarella, and Stuffing, all stuffed inside a floury dough ball, served with a Paprika Aioli.
These were absolutely delicious, and were cooked to perfection. The Ham, Mozzarella, and Stuffing blended beautifully together as the juicy Ham really brought out the saltiness of the Mozzarella, and all of the herbs in the Stuffing. The dough balls were also so soft and floury, that they were more like mini teacake sandwiches of joy, than a stuffed dough ball. The Paprika Aioli was also delicious, and went great with the juicy Ham, salty Mozzarella, herby Stuffing, and soft floury dough balls, as it was rich and creamy with just a hint of spice.
The next thing I ate was their Duck and Noodle Spring Rolls, which contained slow cooked Duck and Noodles, in a Spring Roll casing, served with a HoiSin dip and salad.
I love a good spring roll, and these were no exception, as they were perfectly cooked, and were nice and crispy on the outside, while still being gorgeously fluffy on the inside. The Duck and Noodles were also cooked beautifully, and were incredibly moist. I would never have thought to add Noodles inside a spring roll, but they actually strangely worked incredibly well with the entire dish. I also loved the Hoisin dip, as I think that it added a nice bit of sourness to the moist Duck and Noodles.
The next thing I ate was their Confit of Duck, which contained slow cooked Duck, served with Sweet Potato Mash, Braised Leeks, and a red currant sauce.
The Confit of Duck was gorgeous and was absolutely packed full of flavour, but there were quite a few bones which kind of annoyed me, but I think that’s because I can’t stand searching for bones in meat. The Sweet Potato Mash was rich and creamy, like all Mash should be, and because it was Sweet Potato, it had a nice subtile sweet taste to it. I’m not usually a fan of Leeks, but I think because they had braised them it added a nice flavour and texture to the overall dish. I also thought that the red currant sauce added a nice tanginess when added to the Duck, which made the Duck even tastier.
The next thing I ate was their Yorkshire Burrito, which contained Turkey Breast, Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce, all wrapped up in a Yorkshire Pudding, served with Parsnip Fries and salad.
This was incredible, as it was basically an entire Christmas dinner wrapped up in a giant Yorkshire Pudding. The Turkey Breast was extremely moist and blended beautifully with the Stuffing, which was absolutely packed full of flavour. I’m not usually the biggest fan of Cranberry Sauce, but I did think that it added a nice tanginess to the entire burrito. I also wasn’t really a fan of the Parsnip Fries, but that’s because i’m not really a lover of parsnips, they were nice and crunchy though, which was nice. The only thing that I didn’t like about this was that it was called a burrito, and it was more of a Yorkshire Pudding sandwich to me.
The last and final thing that I ate was their Festive Pizza, which contained Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Mozzarella, Bree, and Herbs, on a doughy Pizza base.
As you know, i’m not the biggest fan of Cheese, especially Bree, yuck, so I asked if they could make it with out, and it was absolutely glorious. The Roast Turkey was incredibly moist and full of flavour, and I thought that the Stuffing and Herbs added a nice earthiness to the entire Pizza. The Pizza base itself was also gorgeous, as it was nice and fluffy, with just a hint of crunchiness to it.
After eating all of that delicious food, we pretty much couldn’t move, but after about ten or fifteen minutes of us relaxing and finishing our drinks, we finally decided to head off, so we said our thank you’s and goodbye’s to Naomi and the rest of the staff, and headed to the station to catch our train.
I had an amazing time stuffing my face full of all of The Potting Shed Bingley’s delicious food, and if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check them out. I would also just like to thank them for having both me and Jamie.
If you would like to check out The Potting Shed Bingley, their Winter menu, or their Winter Wonderland for yourselves, then you can find all the information you need, including how to book your table, online here.
I was very kindly invited to come and review The Potting Shed Bingley, but all thoughts, opinions, and general ramblings are my own.
Have you been to The Potting Shed Bingley? What did you have? Please let me know down below.
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