2017 dates now on sale!

Last week we gave you a peek at the dates and themes for our first batch of 2017 dates so without further ado, you can book on below!


January 14th 2017, 2pm to 4pm – Scandi afternoon tea
A relaxed, afternoon tea inspired by all things Scandi. We’ll be bringing a bit of hygge and giving our guests a fika moment at the Manor. Spaces are £25 pp

February 11th 2017, 1pm to 4pm – Ottolenghi lunch
We’ll be cooking up a lazy Saturday lunch inspired by all things Ottolenghi! Click below to book now, £30 pp

Friday March 10th & Saturday March 11th 2017 – Rick Stein & North Brewing Co.
Using Rick Stein’s brand new Long Weekends book as our guide we’ll be dishing up some seriously tasty food across to evenings in March. We’re also pleased to announce that the beers we’ll be serving up alongside will be from Leeds’ own North Brewing Co.


This event is £45 pp, including 4 beers.

2017 Dates – Preview

We’ve have a number of emails through recently asking about future dates. As you know we are fully booked for the remainder of this year, but worry no more, here is a little heads up to let you know when our first set of 2017 dates are happening and when you can book on! (Talk about being well prepared!) Spaces will be available from Monday October 10th at 7pm, so have a nose at the events and book on from Monday!

Saturday January 14th – Scandi Afternoon Tea

We make no excuses for our obsession of anything Scandinavian – the countries, the food, the drink, the strapping men! After our recent jaunt to Stockholm, we really wanted to host another afternoon tea, to bring a bit of Fika and Hygge to Leeds. We’ll be using the eponymously titled book (along with some others) to bring some cosy savoury and sweet delights to our guests.


Saturday February 11th – Ottolenghi Lunch

Another firm favourite, Ottolenghi will be the inspiration for our small plates lunch in February. We have held an Ottolenghi themed event every year at the Manor but we somehow missed him out of 2016 so we’re putting that right as soon as possible! We’ll be mainly using recipes from the recently reissued (an beautiful) Ottolenghi Cookbook but I’m sure we’ll find a way to incorporate some other favourites in there too.

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th March – Rick Stein paired with craft beer

We also love RIck Stein and his events are always some of our favourites at the Manor. If anyone saw his most recent series on his long weekends in Europe, you’ll have seen a vast array of cuisines that were eaten and cooked up by Rick. We’ll be sharing some of those recipes with our diners and bringing a taste of the continent to Leeds! We’ll also be throwing in a couple of craft beers too alongside the food for you beer geeks.

We hope these events are getting your juices flowing, so be quick and make sure you grab yourself a space at our table. As mentioned, tickets will be on sale from 7.00pm on Monday 10th October!

October Menu 2016 – 5th Birthday, Korean paired with Mikkeller beers

In only a few weeks we will be celebrating our 5th Birthday! Where does time go? It only seems like yesterday we were welcoming strangers through the front door for our very first secret supperclub.

Our 5th birthday sees us serving up one of our favourite cuisines of the moment, Korean paired with one of our favourite brewery’s beer, Mikkeller.

Expect a wonderful mix soft and crunch textures, hot and sour flavours all washed down with delicious beer. Can’t wait!


A Taste of India

Back at the beginning of the month we hosted our first Afternoon Tea in a very long while and we were very much looking forward to rolling our sleeves up and baking. As usual we had a Manor theme to the afternoon’s proceedings, and this time we used Chetna Makan’s Cardamon Trail as inspiration, giving everything an Indian twist.

Our guests arrived to our usual welcome cocktail, this time a spicy, sour, ginger punch – whilst they settled down, got to know each other and awaited their savouries.

The savouries were a delightful mix of fragrant, spiced and hot dishes. There were chilli chicken flatbreads – homemade mini chappatis topped with marinated chicken, spinach, pink picked onions and cooling mint yoghurt. alongside these were aubergine and onion tarts – puff pastry tarts of tomato, caramelised onion, roasted aubergine and fiery coriander chutney. 

This fiery chutney also accompanied Dan’s magnificent paneer pie, which was a ton of paneer bound in a yummy masala sauce and wrapped in crispy puff pastry. The final savouries were little potato cups filled with a mung daal. This was a tiny morsel that packed a punch!

After a bit of respite we moved onto an array of delicious sweets, starting off with our classic buttermilk scones accompanied with cardamom clotted cream and homemade jumbleberry jam.

Next up were some zesty black sesame and lime cakes, little sponges packed with lime and black sesame and then topped with a lime icing for an extra hit! In contrast to this there were also some little choux buns filled with mango and praline and topped with a chocolate glaze –  a different yet delicious combination.

That wasn’t the end of the sweets – there were three more delectable delights!

Dan made small versions of Chetna’s almond, rose and honey cakes. These are a bit like a friand but Dan spiced his with fennel, cinnamon and cardamom. Chetna fills hers with cream but Dan doused his in a light buttercream, for extra naughtiness. Also on offer was a saffron sponge full of crunchy almonds and fresh cream. Saffron can be a challenging flavour for some people but it really worked in this very sweet and luxurious cake slice. Finally little mango lassi possets were a great palate cleanser as well as a pretty addition to the table.

This was a brilliant, fun afternoon with a lovely mix of old and new faces round the table. What with all of the lunches and evening events we’ve had recently it was great to get baking again.

Next month comes our 5th birthday event! Gosh, where does time go? We’re looking forward to celebrating with great guests, Korean food and Mikkeller beer!


A Masterful Meal at the New Ellington

We had the pleasure of trying Leeds’ latest pop up restaurant this week and it was a very exciting meal indeed! The city’s very own Liz Cottam, who came fifth in this year’s Masterchef, has been looking for the ideal location to host her own restaurant. After much deliberation Liz confirmed her residency at the New Ellington hotel just a few weeks ago.


A beautiful venue, but a little off the beaten track, we were keen to see what plans Liz had for the place. We’ve dined with Liz before – she runs her own adhoc supperclub from her gorgeous house in Gildersome. Her atmospheric, panelled dining room is more Manor than the Manor – so maybe she’ll let us do a residency at hers whilst she’s busy at the New Ellington?!

The few times we’ve eaten Liz’s food I’ve always been amazed by her attention to detail with the intricate plating up – given she’s an amateur after all – and the lovely flavours she carefully and thoughtfully brings together. This translated well into her first proper restaurant service, with dishes that felt high end, luxurious and tasty.

First up at her launch meal we enjoyed a mushroom consume with mushroom puree, gnocchi and shavings of truffle. This was an umami smack in the face, if ever there was one, and the strong truffle certainly elevated the dish to a luxurious standard.


Next up was Liz’s take on a very refined fish pie. Soft, buttered halibut was swimming in lobster bisque and topped with a crunchy potato crisp, delicate mash and pickled samphire. This was a decorative dish for the eyes and delicious on the palette, with comforting and warming flavours of the sea. I’d seen Liz show this dish off on Twitter so was thrilled to be able to try it.



Liz’s main was a superb offering of lamb. First up was a piece of rolled lamb belly that had been slow cooked for 32 hours and topped with harissa spices and pistachio crumb. Her soft and tasty lamb loin was my favourite of the night – lovely, pink and juicy! This came with fennel, a celeriac puree and spicy rice cracker.


Dessert was Liz’s take on a black forest gateau. A sharp cherry ice cream was paired with chocolate soil, nuts, cherry curd and cherries soaked in kirsch. At first it was deceptively underwhelming, but a taste sensation was created when everything was eaten together – very clever indeed.


So Liz will be at the New Ellington throughout October, November, December. She’ll be doing private dining Monday to Thursday evenings, if you want to book out the whole of the (small) restaurant. In addition she’ll be doing Friday lunches priced at £25 for 3 courses and a 4-course tasting menu on Friday and Saturday evenings priced at £45.

I’ve often felt that Leeds does chains and cheap eats fairy well, but if you want a decent, independent, posh meal then I always struggle to know where to go. Perhaps Liz’s new venture could fill this gap? If you like modern, British cuisine cooked with passion and innovation then do give it go. What’s more, Liz intends to serve the dishes herself, so you’ll be able to get some Masterchef gossip along with your feed!

The New Ellington – York Place Leeds – BOOK NOW

Our first meal with Liz at her home was fully paid for. For our visit to the New Ellington, we were invited as Liz’s guests and the meal was complimentary however all views are our own.

September 2016 Menu – Indian Afternoon Tea

In just under a week we’ll once again be welcoming a lovely bunch of guests to the Manor. This month’s event is an Indian afternoon tea and we will be using the wonderful book The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan (GBBO contestant, apt given we’re in the middle of this year’s show).

We’ll be serving up an array of baked delights, all with a spiced twist. Do let us know what you think.


American Beauty

A few weeks has past now but here’s a quick recap of what we served at our American Diner small plates event earlier this month. If we’re completely honest we had so many unused recipes from our ‘Filth’ events for Leeds Indie Food we thought we’d just put on a whole new event! We channelled inspiration from the like’s of Duck and Waffle, Spuntino and Jamie’s America.


This was a lunchtime event so we felt there was no better way to start this daytime dinner than with a lethal cocktail! This came in the form of our ‘Cherry Cola’ which was actual cherry coke reduced down to a syrup and spiked with salt, more sugar, vanilla and cider vinegar (bizarrely). The booze was a concoction of whisky, vodka, Campari and crème de cacao! As well as lethal this was also very sweet – one to have in small quantities!

For canapés we offered mini jacket potatoes, which had a lovey smoky and spicy coating and came topped with sour cream, chives and crispy bacon. Also served up was a mini piece of toasted sourdough, grilled cheese, spiced ox cheek and pickled fennel – a very complex array of ingredients for such a small morsel!



The small plates then started properly with a salad American style – Waldorf Salad… lightly dressed leaves spiked with grapes, walnuts and blue cheese. Knowing that we had a number of rich dishes to follow, this was a nice dish to break our guests in with! This was then followed by a slider with a difference – a lambwich slider! Succulent lamb mince was mixed with fennel, rosemary and chilli. Popped in a rich milk bun with lots of spicy tomato sauce and pickled cucumber, this was a messy treat indeed!



Next up was our mac ‘n’ cheese course, as you can’t do American without some form of the mac! A rich, creamy, gruyere filled mac ‘n’ cheese was topped with a deep fried softshell crab, which is our new favourite ingredient at the Manor. These crabs you can eat whole as they have shed their shells as they grow. By being able to eat everything, it has a lovely bisquey flavour…a perfect accompaniment for a bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese in my view!


Our final savoury offering was pig and grits. 12 hour slow roasted barbecued pulled pork, atop cheesy grits and spiked with jalepenos. Sweet, smoky, spicy and creamy – all the delicious things in one comforting mouthful. A true taste of America!


After such a light meal we felt pudding would be best served as pie – pecan pie to be precise with a filthy salted caramel ice cream! A rich, dark, nutty pie and decadent ice cream…Safe to say this pretty much finished off some of our guests.


And finally, if that wasn’t enough, our petit fours were homemade Reese’s peanut butter cups. We knew we’d broken our guests when so many of these were left uneaten – all the more for us to eat!


It’s great to keep seeing so many new faces at the Manor. Next time we’ll be welcoming people in for an Eastern inspired Afternoon Tea in September, see you soon!