Review, filling our Leadbelly’s
Ihave to admit I’ve been coming to Leadbelly’s since it opened, drawn initially by the knowledge it was the sister of The Mayflower. And I love it. So maybe I am going to be biased – or just previously informed, if that’s a real expression?
There is a huge choice, from brunch staples with a cheeky twist (vegan full English £9.95) to small plates and full meals.
But the purpose of this visit was to experience it for a post-work meal and drinks with my husband.
We went for a bottle of La Chamiza Polo Professional Malbec (£29), recommended by the barmaid. In short, it was rich but fresh and balanced, and went down far too easily.
To line our bellies we chose the LB’s Original Wings (£7.50) to start. I felt they were full of flavour and had a crisp skin, but being a spice wimp, I had to take a few breaks to let my mouth cool down. My husband loved the flavour (and the level of spice) but wanted a little more sauce.
I then went for the Southern fried chicken burger with a gluten-free bun, with charred pineapple, garlic mayo and fries (£13.95), which I felt could have had come with a slightly bigger chicken piece. It was utterly delicious.
I was dubious about whether the pineapple would go with the chicken, and did think about getting rid of it, but I trusted the menu and the flavours worked perfectly.
My husband went for the Philly steak sandwich with fries, which he said combined extremely well with caramelised onions, bell peppers and cheese sauce.
The fries were cooked well – not too crispy, not too underdone – and all together filled us up just enough for the night. Make the pilgrimage.