Review | Bill’s Restaurant, Leeds

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.

Bill’s Restaurant, Leeds – 1 Albion Place, Leeds City Centre, West Yorkshire LS1 6JL

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.

Bill’s has a charmingly rustic feel, whilst still being homely and full of character.

How adorable are these tiny little salt and pepper shakers too?

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.

Just Peachy Bellini – White peach purée, peach bitters, topped with prosecco – £5.95 | Budweiser*

Chivas Regal 12 YR Whisky

Sloe Monkey – Monkey 47, Greenall’s Sloe gin, lemon juice, agave syrup, Bill’s Pink Lemonade – £8.95

Latte – £2.70 | With a shot of Chivas Regal*

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!

Devilled Chicken Skewers – Spicy barbeque glaze, spring onion, lime and tzatziki – £6.50

Pork and Sesame Dumplings – with Bill’s spicy chutney – £5.95

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.

Duck Pie – Slow roasted duck with carrot and pearl barley, topped with buttery mash, served with pickled red cabbage and Bill’s Beer gravy – £14.25

Bill’s Fish Pie – Prawns, Cod, Salmon and Smoked Haddock in a cream sauce topped with chive mash and cheese – £13.25

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.

Warm Mini Cinnamon Doughnuts – with fresh strawberries, warm chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces – £5.95

Apple and Salted Caramel Crumble – with vanilla ice-cream and custard – £5.95

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.

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37 Comments

  1. Annine
    December 5, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    What a fabulous review. I am definitely going to be looking out for a Bill’s Restaurant in fact I shall go out of my way to find one.

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 5, 2018 / 6:59 pm

      You really should. We had the greatest experience there. As I’m sure you could tell.

  2. December 5, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    I feel like I need to find my local Bills straight away and get down there!! Those donuts especially 😋😋 I’m in Manchester at the weekend and I’m sure they must have one…. 🤔

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 5, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      They certainly do and you really won’t regret it. I was literally over the moon when we found out there was one in Liverpool.

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 5, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      Bar the mini donuts, which I’ll never tire of talking about, the skewers were my favourite.

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 5, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you! You should definitely give it a try. Even just test the starters (you’ll be wanting more though! Ha) the drinks were so tasty x

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 5, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      They were delicious. I think the atmosphere and service was a huge part of our experience too. X

  3. December 5, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    Great post, we have a Bill’s in my city and I’ve always wanted to try it.

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 5, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      I’ve only ever heard of it on YouTube, so I was excited to try it and even more excited to find out there was one near me!

  4. December 5, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I love Bills! Their menu is great; me and my girlfriends go there every year for our annual Christmas party because their festive menu is ace! Those cinnamon doughnuts look incredible, and I’ll dedinitely be sampling the fish pie next time I’m there. Great review!
    Gemma x | Hiddenlittlegem.com

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 5, 2018 / 9:19 pm

      Yes, I was eyeing up their Christmas menu myself when we were there. The doughnuts were fantastic and the sauces that they came with were just as good. Thank you so much. X

  5. December 6, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I’ve never thought of Bills before, after reading this I think I’m definitely gonna give it a go! Great and detailed review. PS your pictures are great!

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      Thank you so much. Yes, do. It’s really worth it!

  6. December 6, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Ooooh the food looks amazing… well done for the photos they really do it justice! Haven’t been to Leeds since my uni years but if I’m ever back I’ll look up Bills!!!

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you very much. We loved Leeds, definitely planning another visit ourselves soon. You should see if they have a restaurant near you, I couldn’t recommend enough!!

  7. December 6, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    I’ve only recently discovered Bills but I absolutely love it now! All the food is so nice and the desserts are delicious. I ordered the Chocolate Bomb last time I went and it was incredible, would 100% recommend. The Cinnamon Doughnuts sound dreamy, especially with the caramel and chocolate dips. I know what I am ordering next time! Thanks for sharing Hannah, great review and glad you both had a lovely time <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      I’m dying to go again, but dread the city centre this close to Christmas. I’ll definitely give the Chocolate Bomb a try next time, even the name sounds delicious! Xxx

  8. December 7, 2018 / 8:15 am

    I love Bill’s so much! Great review!!!

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 8:15 am

      After only a couple of visits, it’s already our favourite. Thanks so much!

  9. December 7, 2018 / 8:17 am

    This looks lush!! I’ve only been to Bills once in Braintree for breakfast but have always wanted to go for dinner. This makes me wanna go even more! A peachy Bellini is enough for me to be there in about 0.9 seconds xxxx

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 8:19 am

      It really was! We went for breakfast twice after this meal and the pancakes are EVERYTHING! The peachy Bellini was sparkling and had such a pop of flavour. Ah, now I’m wanting another and it’s only 8am. Xxx

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Thank you, even reading it back and looking at the pictures myself makes me hungry!

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 9:41 am

      Thank you! It is hands down the nicest restaurant I’ve tried. Became an instant fave.

  10. December 7, 2018 / 11:36 am

    I usually hate chain restaurants but I bloody love Bill’s. Especially their brunch or afternoon tea. I reckon I’ve probably been in about 5 different Bills’ in London and each time they’re an absolute charm!

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 5:05 pm

      I totally agree about chain restaurants, most of the time they are so impersonal and rushed too. I can’t wait to try the one in Liverpool, but definitely leaving it until after the holidays now.

  11. Casey Street
    December 7, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    This review is incredible! I’ve already eaten but you’ve managed to make me hungry again! I’ve never heard of Bills but anything cinnamon is my weakness. Let’s meet up and go together?😂 An amazing post Hannah, so much love to you!
    Love Casey💕
    http://casestreetx.blogspot.co.uk

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Yes, yes and yes! Meet up at Bill’s would be everything, very instagrammable too. Thank you so much. I think I worked harder on this post than many of my recent ones and it seems to have paid off 😅 💕 xxx

  12. December 9, 2018 / 9:50 am

    What an amazing review! I have never been to a bills restaurant before but the food looks amazing here, especially the desserts!
    I will have to go one day.

    Mel 🌙 | Moonlight Mel

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 9, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Always the desserts! Ha. Definitely worth giving a try if you have one near you for sure.

  13. December 9, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    This was such a detailed review! I’ve never been to Bills but I’m going to Leeds in February so I’m definitely going to try it, it looks like just my style of restaurant! Who doesn’t love a Peach Bellini, great choice 💗

    • hannahslifediaries
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 12:51 pm

      Thank you so much Chloe. I thoroughly recommend trying, the atmosphere is fantastic. X

  14. December 9, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    This sounds like such a great restaurant! I’ve never been to Leeds but I’m sure they must have them in other locations too. Your pics are amazing and are making me feel hungry!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

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