Ditching the hustle and bustle of Manchester CC for the weekend, me and my friend Katie set out on a little road trip to Yorkshire. And while we were on our trip we stopped for some amazing food and drinks at The Potting Shed Bar & Gardens in the picturesque market town of Bingley, and it did not disappoint!
I’ve always felt that you can tell a lot about a bar from its cocktails, and as a self appointed cocktail connoisseur, I know a good cocktail when I taste one, and without a doubt in my mind the cocktails we were served rival the likes of Manchesters high end bars.
I tried the Apple, Raspberry & Passionfruit Martini, the Strawberry and Cucumber Collins, the Pornstar Martini and the Strawberry Daiquiri…they were all amazing and it was clear that the bar staff knew what they were doing.
I’ve been to so many bars in the past and ordered cocktails and they’ve literally just thrown whatever they wanted together and presented it as a certain cocktail, well I can assure you if a good cocktail is what your after, this is the right place.
The bar manager pointed out that it was more of a bistro style bar, the food menu was quirky and original, they’ve put there own Yorkshire spin on some classic foods and although the menu wasn’t overflowing with choice, there was a good selection to choose from for a bar – as well as a list of specials, which made it difficult to decide what to have.
I opted for the Duck and Noodle spring rolls which came with Hoisin sauce and salad – it was full of flavour and the duck was lovely, and was a perfect size for a starter, not too much but really tasty.
And for my main I had one of the specials, the “steak burrito” which was rump steak with salad and dijon sauce, wrapped in a giant Yorkshire pudding with hand-cut chips and gravy. The steak was cooked perfectly, still pink in the middle but seared on the outside, the whole meal went together really well and the creativeness of turning it into a burrito by wrapping it in a Yorkshire pudding made it extra special.
The whole menu was really creative and I can’t wait to go back and try something different, I must of changed my mind about three times because everything sounded so good.
My friend Katie had the King Prawn skewers for her starter (which was more like a main meal in itself) and the Chicken kebab for her main, which was Marinated spiced Chicken breast & roasted vegetables, served in a garlic flatbead with a mixed dressed salad & a Tzatziki dip (minus the garlic flatbread as she’s gluten free) – it all looked and smelled amazing, and she enjoyed her meal just as much as I enjoyed mine.
We were so full from all the amazing food and cocktails that we just about managed to share a dessert, we got to try something thats going to be on the new menu – chocolate dough balls with ice cream, I don’t think we could of quite managed one each but it was nice and sweet and the chocolate ice cream went really well with the dough balls.
The service was brilliant, all of the staff and the manager Benji were very welcoming and friendly, the atmosphere in the bar was so up beat and lively, by the time we’d finished our food there was nowhere else in the bar to stand, let alone sit. It had a really nice indie hipster vibe and I could of happily stayed in there all night.
What made it extra special was the live singer who performed for most of the night, he was only young but he had a fantastic voice, the set list was spot on for me and fit in well with the vibe of the bar, everything indie and chilled from Ed Sheeran to Oasis.
I would highly recommend anybody in or visiting the Bingley/Yorkshire area to go and check out this quirky bar, if your going for food I would advise going earlier rather than later in the evening. We arrived at around 6:30PM which was a great time as it wasn’t too busy, but by the time we left at 9:30PM it had picked up a lot more and was clearly a popular bar for the area.
A proper reet good Yorkshire bar.
94 MAIN ST
***I was an invited guest at the restaurant, for the purposes of a honest review, all opinions expressed are my own***