Greene King are really upping their game recently. Infact, they are fast becoming my new favourite pub chain in the U.K. Last night we ate at the Lord Darcy (Alwoodley, Leeds) and were very pleasantly surprised.
Chain pubs are often used as a quick place to eat and can leave you with a microwave meal claggy texture in your mouth. The Lord Darcy did not do that, it is a well managed pub with lovely staff and good food.
It is though that the pub is named after Thomas, Lord Darcy, who built the first manor house at Temple Newsam in about 1500.
The service was brilliant, Manager Peggy was a genuine and bubbly character who clearly knows what she is doing, Richard took our order for desserts and was equally as genuine and pleasant as she was. We didn’t get the name of the ‘food runner” but she was also a lovely person.
My group ate the lasagna, cod and chips, hunters chicken and sirloin steak. the portions were pretty big and the price was fairly low (around £7.50 to £15.00 for a main meal). As it is part of the Flame Grill chain of Greene King it is only fair that we focus on the steak. Lean, well-seasoned and cooked to the persons liking. You can choose your own sides, sauces and toppings which is a good choice to have in a chain.
We drank the house red wine, a Spanish Tempranillo, a good deal at £10.50, and the featured house ale lovingly named the Lord Darcy. A few of us could not resist dessert after seeing Oreo cheesecake on the menu. It was lovely, an Oreo base, creamy vanilla filling and light dusting of cocoa on the top. Easily one of the tastiest cheesecakes we had ever tried.
The only negatives to our experience were some slightly messy toilets and the music was a little loud also.
We will definitely be back to experience their great hospitality and good food.