It’s almost five years to the day since I moved into Brewery Wharf and although it has certainly changed in that time, there’s still a lot to love.
Even though I miss the sight and smell of the brewery itself (you can’t beat the whiff of hops!), I am consoled by the fact we now have a really cool pub in The Tetley, which nods firmly back to its roots, with a mini museum that charts the history of Tetley.
So what else has changed in Brewery Wharf? Whilst some places have come and gone, we still have the awesome Yum Yum Deli, which has been recognised for its awesome food with a prestigious Oliver Award.
Azucar is still going strong too and serving up more fine tapas and rums than you can shake a Cuban cigar at. We also have a welcome newcomer in Bar 212, which hosts world-class DJ’s in its small but perfectly formed confines. 212 really added some balance to the square, making Brewery Wharf even more of a must-go destination.
Then of course, you have Oracle, sitting pretty on the River Aire and still attracting the beautiful people of Leeds.
I checked in there on a cold, crisp Friday with a couple of mates recently to sink a few pints and sample some of their infamous burgers.
Walking in you can can’t help but notice the refurbishment they had last year still looks great – it is easily one of Leeds’ best looking bars before you even begin to factor in the easy-on-the-eye staff and clientele.
Our waitress Hannah was a superstar from the start and quite happy to entertain my friends rather weak advances and our generally rather poor banter; hats off. To kick things off we ordered a trio of starters, which was possibly too much given the size of the portions that arrived.
The Chilli Nachos and Chilli Cheese Fries were spot-on and just the right kind of stodge we were looking for after a long week at work. The winning starter had to be the BBQ Buffalo Wings which came with a tasty celery and blue cheese dip. They were packed with flavour and topped off with a crisp southern coating which really gave them an edge.
On staff recommendation, two of us opted for the Chicken Burger which was coated in buttermilk and seasoning and served in a brioche bun with garlic mayo.
The burger was a cut-above and was made up of an entire juicy breast and served with a generous helping of fries – so many in fact that our eyes were bigger than our bellies and we all ended up completely stuffed.
So the end verdict is that despite the influx of trendy burger joints that have descended upon Leeds over the last few years, Oracle is still king at delivering the kind of food that gets Gemma Collins frothing at the mouth. Check it out.
Candypants is core to the Oracle experience, an entertainment brand with a difference: it’s as cool as it is fun and has taken the party scene by storm.
A brand which caters for people who like to go clubbing but don’t take life too seriously; for those who like to socialise as much as shapeshift.
Hosted by the stunning Candygirls, the parties they throw are brightly coloured and buzz with a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. There are fancy dress boxes at all their events which always make for some enjoyable madness and bring out the fun in everyone.