Myself and Nathaniel recently visited Leeds for a few days. This is only the second time we’ve been to Leeds, but unlike our last visit this trip we had time to have a look around and enjoy some new places. After walking in the direction of our hotel looking at places to eat, we stumbled upon Bill’s. I recognised the name of the restaurant from The Saccone-Joly’s vlogs, so we instantly decided on going to Bill’s for food. We checked on Google maps to see how far away we were from out hotel and it turned out to be a 30-second walk around the corner.
When we entered Bill’s we we’re greeted and seated by Tom, who showed us to our table. From the minute we arrived until the second we left he made us both feel welcomed and totally at ease. The service all the way through our meal was definitely the best either of us have received anywhere before. In fact, all of the staff were incredibly friendly whilst still being professional and helpful. It really does seem like Bill’s has found the most perfect balance between the two. The service was the first thing we discussed when we sat down and continued to do so throughout the entire meal.
The overall feel and style to Bill’s is very rustic, yet homely and simple. The wooden furniture and hardwood floors were really brought together by the small things, décor like chalk boards hung around the restaurant and how the cutlery on our table was standing in an empty Bill’s own granola tin. Which you could actually purchase, alongside a number of Bill’s own products, that are all packaged by smaller businesses.
First we ordered some drinks and our starters. I had a Just Peachy Bellini, and Nathaniel had a Budweiser (thought we were trying new things, Nat?). Alongside the drinks we ordered the Devilled Chicken Skewers and Pork and Sesame Dumplings. Both the drinks and food arrived fast. The Budweiser, I’m going to assume, was Budweiser-y. My Bellini was super fizzy and the Peach taste really popped.
Throughout the meal I ordered one other drink, which was a Sloe Monkey. Nathaniel ordered a Chivas Regal and before our dessert asked for a Latte with a shot of the Chivas Regal in, which Tom kindly did for us. The whiskey was strong, much to Nat’s delight. I really enjoyed the Sloe Monkey, Bill’s Pink Lemonade was really full with flavour and the cherries were completely soaked with alcohol, which is always a plus.
Considering how fresh everything we ordered was, it’s surprising how quickly the courses were served. The Devilled Chicken Skewers were my favourite out of our two starters. The barbecue glaze was deliciously sweet and the added lime and tzatziki made the chicken taste different each time something new was added. We actually ate almost all of the spring onions, which usually get tossed to the side.
The Pork and Sesame Dumplings were equally as tasty. The entire dumpling was soft, stuffed to the brim with pork filling and just as full of flavour, with a slightly crunchy edge – in my opinion soft AND crunchy is the best of both worlds!
We each decided on pie for our mains. I chose the Duck Pie, since I love duck, I remember once saying that our entire wedding buffet would be duck pancakes. The mash on top of my pie was buttery and smooth. The duck was, again, cooked to perfection. The addition of Bill’s Beer gravy made it all the more tasty, I even ate every piece of the red cabbage that came along with the pie.
Nathaniel opted for Bill’s Fish Pie, and after only a couple of bites said that it was hands down the best fish pie he’d ever had and that every bite he took was totally full of fish. I’m not a huge fan of fish in general – unless it’s sushi, figure that one out! – but even the mouthful I tried was delicious. The cream sauce, with chive mash and cheese on top was incredible and full of flavour.
On the side we shared a portion of sweet potato fries, which were a lovely addition to our mains.
If you’ve read some of my posts before then you’ll know I’m a total dessert lover. I would order sweet desserts for the three courses if I could. We couldn’t try a new place, discover all this wonderful food and leave without having tried dessert.
I ordered the Warm Mini Cinnamon Doughnuts and Nathaniel chose the Apple and Salted Caramel Crumble, which we ended up splitting and having half of both each, as we couldn’t decide which was tastier.
My all time top dessert has always been doughnuts (donuts), I honestly can never resist them. I’ve tried so many different ones and I have to say these warm little balls of dough are easily near the top of my list of favourites. The caramel and chocolate dips made them even more mouthwatering. We even ate the strawberries – dipped in caramel, of course.
As for the crumble, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that it was as delicious as the rest of the meal. The custard was the perfect consistency and I’m pretty sure I’ll never find an ice-cream as smooth as this was. Everything was so fresh that we were pretty tempted to eat the mint leaves on top of the ice-cream.
After we’d finished our meal we we’re completely full and totally satisfied. The service was above anything either of us have ever experienced. We actually asked to speak to a manager, because we were going to compliment the entire staff. We ended up speaking to David, who was incredible and had a really great talk with him and Tom. We were even offered complimentary breakfast the following morning (Read about that in an upcoming blog post). If we hadn’t heard of Bill’s before we would have never thought it was a chain restaurant. I could easily believe that it was personally owned and ran by Bill himself.
We cleared each and every one of our plates and even though we we’re full to bursting we were already thinking about our next visit to Bill’s. Which we are actually planning this weekend. After three days in Leeds, Bill’s quickly became our favourite place to eat. We can not wait to see what the Liverpool restaurant has to offer. If the staff and service is even remotely similar to what we had in Leeds they will need to have a table reserved for us everyday.