Restaurant Review ~ The Oxford Place, 2 Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX
100% Gluten-Free Restaurant
My Rating: 10 out of 10
For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m a Yorkshire lass born and brewed in Leeds but relocated to the Midlands in the 80s. However, even though I’ve lived most of my life in the West Midlands, my heart remains that of a northerner. It also helps that other than my parents and brother ALL our family still live up north.
Visiting relatives is always a special occasion but as I embrace my new gluten-free lifestyle I’ve realised that many of the restaurants and bars we used to visit might not be able to accommodate these changes.
On a recent trip with my parents and daughter, we decided to Google gluten-free restaurants in Leeds city centre and hoped for the best.
First to pop up on the list was The Oxford Place which is an independent family owned 100% gluten-free restaurant at 2 Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX. Once I’d clicked through to their website and stalked their Facebook and Twitter accounts I was suitably impressed and decided this was the perfect place.
Upon arrival, we were given a warm welcome and seated immediately. The restaurant is small but unique. It’s inviting, comfortable, and quirky all rolled into one. A smattering of fairy lights gives it an almost magical feel. We each received a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate the first anniversary of The Oxford Place which was greatly appreciated.
The thing I found most refreshing was being able to read through the menu and know I could choose anything from it as it was 100% gluten-free. My parents and daughter aren’t gluten-free, but they found the menu selection as exciting as I did.
For starters, my mum had Tempura Battered Vegetables with a Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce, and I tried the Spinach and Ricotta Pancakes with Arrabbiata Sauce. Both dishes were full of flavour and a great size.
For the main course, my dad and daughter opted for the Hambleton Ale Battered Fillet of Haddock with Hand Cut Chunky Chips and Homemade Tartare Sauce. Mum chose another starter option as her main course and had the Pan Seared Hand Dived King Scallops with Samphire, Tomato and Shallot. With eyes bigger than my belly I decided upon the Slow Braised Lamb Shank, Pomegranate & Braising Juices and Creamy Mash Potatoes.
The food was exceptional. My daughter’s eyes nearly fell out of her head at the size of her fish and chips, but she soldiered on and managed to clear most of her plate. The lamb was beautiful and melted in the mouth and from the ooh’s, and aah’s my mum was making I’m going to assume the scallops were a hit!
In the interest of writing this review we decided to order a couple of puddings (to share) – honestly, it was all about the review!!
My all-time favourite dessert is Bread and Butter Pudding, and so when I spotted this on the menu it made my night. My daughter chose the Vanilla Cheesecake with Fruit Compote. Despite the fact that all four of us were fit to burst we managed to polish off all the puddings.
The Bread and Butter Pudding was the best I’ve ever tasted – EVER!
What a find! I can’t recommend The Oxford Place enough. The food was fantastic, and the service was wonderful, and we were delighted to be able to support an independent family run business.
The menu changes slightly with the season, but they are uploaded to the website so you can check before you dine. The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday but opens at 12 pm on Wednesday. The opening hours are 12 pm – 9.30pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12 pm – 8 pm on Sunday.
If you want to follow The Oxford Place, you’ll be able to find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or visit their website for more details.
If I could give more than 10 out of 10, I would. We enjoyed a lovely evening with great food and a cosy environment. I would highly recommend The Oxford Place whether you are gluten-free or not.