Review: The Deer Park, Roundhay, Leeds

Review: The Deer Park, Roundhay, Leeds
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I freaking love going out for dinner as y’know, eating is one of my favourite pastimes, so when I was invited to the press preview for a complimentary dinner at The Deer Park, I couldn’t have RSVP-ed fast enough. I took my mum and Aunty Ann along with me to try their new menu and see their newly refurbished venue.

I hadn’t been to The Deer Park in Roundhay before so didn’t really know what to expect but my mum had been a couple of times and said that the transformation was impressive. It’s a luxe gastro-pub with a mixed menu, perfect for suiting a table of people with very different tastes. It’s got a chilled out atmosphere, beautiful interiors and I left lusting after the furniture as much as I was the food. Which is a good sign, right?

We arrived and had some canapés with our drinks in the lounge area before we headed through to the restaurant. The canapés were varied, with tasters of lamb koftas, a mini burger and beetroot hummus amongst other things. They were certainly a taster of what was to come, which was a really varied meal.

When we were shown to our table, we ordered a few mocktails, including a passionfruit one, the Victoria’s Secret, and an Elderflower Spritz – both were delicious, but my heart will always lie with anything that tastes a bit like a Pornstar Martini so the Victoria’s Secret won it for me.

For starters, I had the tempura mushrooms, which was a very big portion of lightly battered mushrooms with a soy, lime and ginger dip that was the absolute dream. My mum had pate with gluten free bread and I’ll be honest, I was more impressed that the bread was fresh and tasty as gluten free options can often be disappointing – it was far from it. My aunty went for the lamb kofta salad as it was a bit different but again, a flavoursome and sizeable portion.

I decided that I was going to go all out and had a dirty burger for my main, which came with fries and it was basically that – tonnes of cheese and burger sauce, a very meaty burger and I added halloumi as you can never have too much cheese, right? It was delicious – far better than what I’ve had in places like Almost Famour and Meat Liquor in Leeds. My mum went for steak which came with chunky chips, and she ordered a side of greens to go with it. The veg was cooked in a soy glaze which meant the asparagus, tenderstem broccoli and green beans were pretty dreamy. My aunty opted for the buttermilk chicken which came with an apple salad – she enjoyed that the salad was something a bit different and said the chicken was delicious.

After seeing other people’s desserts go past, it was a no-brainer that we were going to indulge. I went for the cookie and icecream, thinking it would be marginally lighter than a brownie or crumble – and I was wrong as the icecream was proper gelato-style dairy icecream in vanilla, strawberry and double chocolate and the brownie tasted like it was fresh out of the oven. It’s not a dessert I’d usually go for, but my God, it was incredible. Mum had the chocolate brownie with icecream and said that it was surprisingly light rather than a really dense, fudgey texture which she enjoyed. My aunty had the chocolate bomb dessert which melts as you pour sauce over it and has peanut butter cream inside – she said it was incredible. I was jealous as it looked amazing, but wishing I liked peanut butter as it’s one of those where if you’re into that, you’d go wild for it.

Overall, we had a fantastic experience at The Deer Park and I’d definitely head back there. Though it’s a bit out of town, it’s the kind of place I’d make the effort to go to for a family celebration. Also, it would be perfect for a date – if you’re single and in your twenties in Leeds, the chances are you’ll end up on a date in Tropical World at one point or another and The Deer Park is right near there. Post-butterfly enclosure dinner and drinks would be the dream.

If you head to The Deer Park, please let me know what you think, I’d love to hear about your experience.

The meal and drinks were complimentary but all thoughts, opinions and enthusiasm for their food is entirely my own.

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