PIN Bar, Dock Street, Leeds****
Last night's Leeds Bookcrossers meeting was held at Pin Bar in Leeds, just a hundred yards away from our previous venue the Adelphi. Whilst everyone quite liked the Adelphi, it has become far too crowded on a Tuesday night for our group's needs, and to be honest the quality of the food and the choice of ales seems to have diminished a bit over the last two years.
PIN would have been rather empty on a Tuesday night, except that twenty odd Bookcrossers had descended on the place, with quite a few of us dining as well as drinking it seemed to be good for both our group and the venue.
The menu isn't huge, it features some sharing platters, home made burgers, 'proper' fish and chips etc. I went for slow roasted lamb rump in minted gravy, served with caramelised onion mash and veg, cost £8.50, the meal was good, the lamb tender, the gravy richly flavoured, the mash fluffy and the vegetables nicely stir fried.
Being a greedy bugger I went for dessert as well, home made fresh rhubarb crumble with ginger ice cream for £3.95, and a hearty portion that left me absolutely stuffed.
PIN offers four hand pull beers from the Leeds Brewery and sits almost in the shadow of the historic Tetley's brewery which is due to be shut down by parent company Carlsberg in 2011.
It is a very modern looking place, clean and attractive, and has some nice comfy leather seating to lounge around in, plus some higher tables for easier dining. My only gripe would be to point out that if they put a sign over the toilet door that said 'toilets', they would have less people stumbling half cut into the kitchen.