The New Ellington is a boutique hotel in Leeds to the west side of Millenium Square. On York Place, housed within an unassuming red brick building, it is home to Digby’s Restaurant. Friendly and knowledgeable staff serve classic British food that has been created with pride using seasonal British produce. What’s more, they do it in gorgeous surroundings with the laid back opulence of the jazz age.
The restaurant is downstairs in a large room filled with light from fittings that range from overhead crystal drops to bead curtains of strip lighting. Tables are laid with heavy silverware and robed in white cloth whilst plush banquette seating affords you a full view of the room. On the other side of the table sit padded carver style armchairs in the same damson plush. Paintings hang in wide gold frames whilst soft carpeting on the floor swallows the sound to create the muted chink of cutlery against plate that signifies elegant dining.
Seasonal British food in opulent surroundings
You can begin your meal with house-made bread and a selection of canapés or go straight to starter. Dishes change according to the seasons and produce availability but you may find dishes such as crispy duck egg with asparagus soldiers, bloody Mary and watercress or ham hock and smoked chicken ballotine with tarragon and winter truffle.
The main course menu may include a plate of Wilson’s pork with apple, sage, parsnip and stock pot vegetables or for an interesting take on seafood you could try the roasted cod loin with baby leeks, wild mushroom, oxtail and red wine jus. Baby vegetables seem to be undergoing a revival at the moment, reminiscent of eighties nouvelle cuisine. They have however moved on since those days and are better flavoured rather than just cute on the plate. Baby leeks are one of my favourite; delicate and sweet they deliver on flavour and appearance.
The main menu also offers a section of more casual foods with dishes that may include wild mushroom lasagne with pine nuts, tomatoes and truffle or chai duck salad with pomegranates, sesame, radish, bean sprouts and cashew nuts. Side orders are separate and the selection is quite decent with hand cut chips, onion rings, garlic creamed potatoes and Asian salad as an example of just a few.
A good looking dessert menu follows with choices that include a hazelnut choc ice, textures of rhubarb and cocoa nibs or a granny smiths tart, builders tea and bee pollen. They also serve a Yorkshire cheese board, complete with the customary tea loaf and orchard fruit.
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Digby’s Restaurant is open for dinner 6 days a week and closed on Sundays. They are currently offering their autumn menu on Friday and Saturday evenings at £34.90 for 5 courses. Ordering from the a la carte will cost in the region of £40.00 per person. Booking at this popular restaurant is highly recommended as it gets very busy. You can use the Go dine online booking service for free and we have information for a range of restaurants in Leeds that features full menus and stunning photography to help you make your choice of where to dine .