Grosvenor Casino, Leeds Westgate – Restaurant Review
Grosvenor Casino, Leeds Westgate
by Rob Siddle
Grosvenor Casino in Leeds was hit by the terrible Boxing Day floods of 2015. They caused irreparable damage to equipment and furnishings on the ground floor. This, combined with the closing of the Grosvenor Leeds Arena site, necessitated a £3m refurbishment of the Westgate casino to take place. If you’re a lover of casinos and the kind of hospitality they offer, the results will not be disappointing to you.
A member of staff greets us warmly at reception. She seems happy to help with our every need. A warm welcome is always a pleasure – and this is typical of the exceptional service we receive for the rest of the evening.
General Manager at Grosvenor Casino Leeds Westgate, John, is on hand to give us a tour of the venue and the ins-and-outs of the refurbishment. There are expensive-looking furnishings, two large bar areas, comfortable seating and a huge screen that shows all the biggest sporting events the world has to offer.
Stylish throughout, the venue offers something for everyone, be it the hardcore poker player playing one of the casino’s many tournaments that run daily, through to those relaxing in the evening bar, catching the football and having a flutter on the tables at the end of a night out. It’s truly is a venue for everyone.
“We really cannot find fault”
The bars have also moved along with the times. They offer a selection of spirits, with a large selection of speciality gins to keep up with the latest trends, along with draft beers and lagers to reach out to most tastes.
After the grand tour, we make our way upstairs to the onsite restaurant. A glass balustrade surrounds it, overlooking the tables on the lower floor. It’s a nice spot to sample the foods the casino had to offer, while indulging in a spot of people watching (always a fascinating thing to do at any casino). We sample the set menu at £30 per person for a three-course meal (and even enjoy a £5 voucher for the casino following our meal).
For starters, we have the Spicy Tomato & Cheese Garlic Bread, and Tempura Chipotle Prawns. Simply served, but tasty, they are ideal starters prior to a three-course meal.
For mains, after taking recommendation from our waiter Markel, the speciality steak is the favoured option. 8oz Dukesmoor Serlion, cooked medium-rare and served with cooked-to-perfection skin on fries, beer battered onion rings, top notch coleslaw and a complementary side of peppercorn sauce. The food goes above and beyond our expectations and we really cannot find faults.
And finally, my downfall: dessert. Personally, I tend to skip my starters if I spot something chocolatey on the dessert board – but I make an exception at Grosvenor Casino Leeds Westgate. The Salted Caramel Chocolate Roulade, accompanied by a frothy latte, is ridiculously tasty and hits a few spots even I didn’t know a dessert could!
“Luck might come your way”
After all this, John arranges for us to have a personal ‘learn to play’ session on the rules of Texas Hold’em Poker. It’s a game my colleague and I have tried to play previously. But having a pro talk you through the game is an enjoyable addition to the all-encompassing night at the casino. A quick ten minutes on the roulette and black jack tables before we leave brings our evening to a close. Although not leaving millionaires, with the exceptional service and great food, we certainly didn’t leave feeling unfulfilled.
If you budget properly, spend only what you’re prepared to lose and throw in a meal and a few drinks, then you’ve got the perfect alternative to the regular Leeds night out. Who knows, luck might even come your way and you’ll end up having a free night. Now that’s something that will never happen down The Duck and Drake.
What a great way to spend a night with a few friends.
Grosvenor Casino Leeds Westgate, Wellington Bridge Street, Leeds, LS3 1LW