The Beehive Thorner Returns With Pitch-Perfect Menus and All-New Team
by Steve Crabtree / @stevecrab
If 2020 has had you pining for a spot of to-die-for British cooking you’re in luck. The Beehive in Thorner is back with a bang, boasting an all-new team, a sensational summer menu and a bar area that casual drinkers will find hard to resist. Fine wines and cocktails are part of the package too.
Offering a contemporary take on the traditional, rustic English countryside restaurant, The Beehive had barely arrived before it was forced to close temporarily due to the global pandemic. The return marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the restaurant. And their latest offering is one that commands repeat visits.
Take the summer a la carte menu for example, which is bursting with British flair and exotic modern twists. Highlights from the starters section includes the Tuna Verdita with cucumber and black sesame and soy. There’s the Tempura Sardines with tartare sauce, dill pea and lemon. And the Beef Fillet Carpaccio delivers a fruity spin on the classic dish. It’s served with crème fraiche, peach and rocket.
Temptation continues with the main plates, which offers Monkfish with pancetta, baby gem, peas, shallot, chive and cream, and the Chicken served with truffle donut, corn, shallot and girolles. As you would expect, the vegan dishes are equally as inspired, and include the fragrant Braised Fennel with beets, spinach and asparagus, and the lightly spiced Harissa Carrots with yoghurt, lentils, chickpeas and broccoli.
Another standout poised to be a best seller is the Beef Fillet. This is served with orzo, truffle, parmesan, spinach and black treacle. And the new sandwich menu is peppered with a diverse range of irresistible fillings. They range from a classic Salt Beef Reuben to a Battered Pollock Fish Sandwich.
“Legendary Sunday lunch”
Beehive regulars will be pleased to learn that their legendary Sunday lunch is making it’s return. Time and effort has been taken to source the very best fresh local ingredients. Whether that’s the prime meat cuts or the organic vegetables.
The modern yet cosy bar area allows those looking to drop in for a casual drink an impressive selection of cask ales, wines, premium spirits and expertly crafted cocktails. General Manager Jessica Georgallis and Head Chef Craig Thorpe have worked together previously. And they bring a combined 20 years of hospitality experience to the new operation.
Ahead of the relaunch, Jessica said: ‘’After a challenging first half of the year, we’re thrilled to be bringing The Beehive back with a stellar team and what we believe to be a stunning representation of modern British cuisine. It’s great to be working alongside our Head Chef Craig again, who never fails to impress with his culinary prowess!’’
‘’We can’t wait to welcome customers both new and old, and from near and far. What we have to offer North Leeds is truly special and well worth a trip out to Thorner.’’