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  • It's going to be one HUGE weekend of festivities and we cannot wait!! If there ever is a time to go big and drink Champagne it's now!! So come and Join us to toast to the Festive season with a glass (or three) this weekend! 
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  • Who else indulges on more cheese & wine over the festive season?

If you do then join us today and take advantage of our Wine-down Wednesday offer! Enjoy a tasty Charcuterie & cheese board along with a bottle of wine for only £20! 
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  • New Year's Eve: A CHAMPAGNE CELEBRATION 🥂

For us there is no better way to end a year and begin a new one than celebrating with Champagne, tasty food & great music! 🍾

CHAMPAGNE & NIBBLES PACKAGE 🥂
Buy a bottle of Champagne and receive a complimentary charcuterie & cheese board!

All packages need to be pre-paid for on booking.
For more details and to book please contact us via email: hello@thedecanter.co.uk

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  • We are greeted with another weekend of festivities! 
Our Christmas cocktails have gone down a storm since launching them! So if you are yet to try them or you already have but want to indulge on more then make sure you come by this weekend! 
Here is a sneak peak of our Candy Cane - Vanilla vodka, cinnamon syrup, cranberry juice, lemon juice and blackberry jam! 
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  • They’re back 🙌🏻 The perfect accompaniment to winter 🍷🍷 #TheDecanter #Winebar #Mulledwine #MulledCider #Winter #Festive #Season #Leeds

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  • It is already that time of the week again! 'WINE DOWN' WEDNESDAY! Putting the excitement back in to hump day!

Book a table at hello@thedecanter.co.uk

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  • 28
  • Friday
  • Nov '14

Best Newcomer Nominee- Oliver Awards

We were proud to be nominated as ‘Best Newcomer’ in the 2014 Oliver Awards for food and drink, in association with the Yorkshire Evening Post.

  • 25
  • Tuesday
  • Nov '14

Review by The Yorkshire Evening Post

‘The Decanter is a wine bar, in case you hadn’t guessed, but given we were driving and were here for the food, we abstained (see YEP’s Barfly review of The Decanter as a venue for drinks). For those who do want to sample their impressive selection of wines, there were perfect accompanying nibbles on offer, such as whole almonds, Italian mixed pitted olives or feta, sundries tomatoes with olives.

Inside The Decanter, the dark decor includes plush sofas and armchairs for laid back drinking and dining. If you’re feeling more peckish than nibbles, The Decanter offers a range of platters which would be incredibly tempting with a bottle, or two. The cheese board boasts five different cheeses along with grapes, crackers, bread and caramelised red onion chutney, for £11.95.

Likewise for the meat board – five tasty morsels of meat are offered up for £10.95, including chorizo, salami Napoli and Serrano ham. The menu also helpfully recommends wine for the boards to go with.

As inviting as these sharing – or not – platters looked, we fancied a dish we could eat on our own for our Saturday lunch. The Decanter’s sandwiches are all a variation on the ingredients for their boards – but with such tasty produce, why not? As a fan of pesto, I nearly went for the brie, basil pesto and sundried tomatoes option but plumped for the smoked Coverdale cheese, Serrano ham and red onion chutney sandwich.

With no mention of crisps or chips on the menu, it was a nice surprise when it came with a bowl of salted crisps. The sandwich was made with delicious slabs of focaccia bread and there was no scrimping on the filling – big blocks of the smoked cheese and folds of ham, with extra chutney in small jar on the side. The smoked cheese was unsurprisingly the most overpowering flavour but was delicious, especially with more chutney spooned onto each mouthful. My dining partner ordered the Pork Pie Board – a large Yorkshire-made pork pie served with the red onion chutney and also a little bowl of picked onions. The pie was a good size for lunch, with the meat densely packed but full of flavour. A usual fan of mustard served with pork pies, my companion was pleasantly surprised by the chutney accompaniment and the picked onions went down a treat – with him and me.

The Decanter offers great value for money, with two such good quality lunches coming to £9.90. The place was empty when we first arrived at about 12.45pm but had begun to fill over our sitting, with a mix of people enjoying the odd drink, glass of wine or lunch. And The Decanter suits all of those options – as much a place to have a proper plate of lunch as it is to graze with a bottle of wine. It is certainly a bar we will be returning to soon for an early evening glass with nibbles.’

Review: The Decanter, Park Row, Leeds- YorkshireEveningPost.co.uk

  • 24
  • Monday
  • Nov '14

That Christmas feeling!

Is it just us, or has the city of Leeds got ‘That Christmas Feeling’?

The stage is set, we have our Christmas lights twinkling in the windows, spirits are high in the bar, both staff and customers alike are starting to feel the festive spirit in the air! This week also see’s the introduction of our christmas cocktails, come and try a Candy Cain, Hot Toddy, or Egg Nog Nod, along with many more delicious delights!

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Nothing says Christmas in Leeds more than the German market opening and everyone is embracing it to the full with their best Christmas jumper on! Luckily for us were just a hop, skip and jump from the market, so we’re close by to warm those cockles after a late afternoon stood outside in the crisp winter air with your steins! Our mulled wine and cider is brewing and smelling divine, so the celebrations do not have to end when you leave the German market! Our Camden Hells lager and Pale ale comes in a stein!

So if you are looking for a warm, cozy, city centre alternative, we’re here to assist, whether you want to book a work Christmas party, a table for two, or somewhere to spend new years eve, send us a request and we’ll be happy to help.

Join us this weekend for a christmas cocktail or mulled wine, if you’re not quite getting that Christmas feeling, we’re sure to help!

  • 14
  • Friday
  • Nov '14

New to Leeds: The Decanter

Leeds has a new wine bar and it’s in the heart of Park Row; let us welcome The Decanter.

Wine bars in Leeds are not running short of quality, nor are they running short on class. So for any new one to pop up and steal someone’s thunder, it’s going to take some hard work and dedication.

Luckily, The Decanter has popped up on Park Lane (on the site of the former Johnsons Dry Cleaning shop) and is very much the product of the graft of owner Alexander Temprell.

Having spent a lot of time looking for the right place for his venture, Alex took over the Park Row unit back in January and has since spent day in, day out, realising his dream. “I’ve been looking for a bar for a while now, and when I saw this place, we saw the vision straight away” Temprell explains.

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“I saw the space, but because of the size of it, we realised it wouldn’t make a good sports bar, it wouldn’t make a student hub, it’s going to be intimate, it’s going to be couples, it’s going to be date night, it’s going to be after work drinkers and a wine bar fits well with that.”

A Leeds success story is not a bad way of looking at it. To see a new business come to fruition in the style and manner The Decanter has done is no mean feat by any stretch of the imagination.

For Alex, the aim has been to create an atmosphere to cater for people who venture to that side of town, rather than pull folk away from other parts of the city, “I don’t think we’re going to start a new trend of drinking areas. I think Leeds is great because you can decide to have a night out on Call Lane, a night out in the Northern Quarter etc, but I think this area has got its own drinking culture of couples and after work drinkers.”

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The soft décor touches play into that thinking. It takes in a mix of panel effect, exposed brick and charcoal walls, exposed metal pumps, thirst-inducing see-through wine cupboard and leather and mahogany furnishings – it’s easy on the eye, and creates the perfect date night atmosphere, whilst also attractive for an after work pint or three.

Importantly though, there’s an intimacy conjured up despite the relatively lengthy space. The sets of two seater tables play off the group booths (which can be hired) on the other side of the room and allow for The Decanter to be a place for any and all.

First and foremost, The Decanter is a wine bar. But it’s a wine bar that isn’t just happy to serve up your standard chardonnays and sauvignons, by any means. It’s a Leeds wine bar that prides itself on giving you the whites, reds, rosés and sparkles you love, but with a unique twist.

Alex explains, “I want it different, I want it quirky and I want it eclectic. It’s for the adventurous, I don’t want the stuff you can go down the supermarket and pick up for a couple of quid. You’ll see the wine list has recommendations for people, who perhaps like a certain type of wine, but to get them to try something new. We’re trying to help people to go for something other than the ordinary stuff.”

“It’s the same with the champagnes, we’ve not gone for the Moets or the Krugs, instead we’ve got different champagnes, including Winston Churchill’s personal favourite – it should set us apart.”

Using specialist expertise alongside his own tastes, there are a range of wines here for you to discover, by the bottle or glass, which are award–winning and are yet to make their way into Leeds. When you’re competing against established names in the city, it always helps to give yourself an edge, and seemingly The Decanter is happy to push themselves to show that.

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If you’re afraid of the grape however, you shouldn’t be scared about venturing down Park Row. The Decanter has a range of popular craft beers including Brooklyn Brewery, Goose Island and Flying Dog alongside a range of standard lagers for the less adventurous, which will soon be complemented by the addition of a bar snacks menu featuring nibbles and treats to keep you going until tea.

And if it’s too early for alcohol, there are cakes, tea, and coffee aplenty, and the latter, you should specially try out one afternoon – The Decanter has invested in the famous San Remo espresso machine, perfect for the caffeine deprived, “we have picked the machine the UK Barista Championships have used for the past five years, the coffee is out of this world and we’ve chosen Brew Co. teabags, with five or six different varieties.”

This Leeds wine bar isn’t exclusive to a few, but open to many and it’s something that has done and will hopefully continue to transfer onto The Decanter staff. “We have an excellent team and great staff. They’ve been faultless, straight in there, going above and beyond, serving cocktails that are specific to people’s requests. I’ve tried to keep away from the bar, and let them stand on their own two feet. For that reason, I’ve picked staff that can hit the ground running. They’re all experienced staff, who’ve come from senior positions with a wealth of knowledge.”

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The Decanter is Leeds’ newest wine bar, built with the customer, and not the brand in mind. Focussed on the city, the area and the people, it has set out to take advantage of those thirsty folk in the Financial and Business Quarter by providing them with a bar and atmosphere that has more character than their neighbours – something that stands Alex and his staff in good stead.

And there may be more of these unique Leeds bars to come, as Alex hinted, “I’d like to think it’s the first of many. I didn’t want it to be a chain; when I was decorating, that was something I was conscious of – it’s a wine bar that comes across as professional, but with an independent spirit and I think the people of Leeds will love that.”

Review by Leeds List

  • 14
  • Friday
  • Nov '14

Leeds latest – The Decanter

I hear some exclaiming ‘Just what Leeds needs, yet another bar’! Well, in this case, it’s a welcome addition!

The Decanter is a new independent wine bar to open in Leeds, and sits comfortably on Park Row by the side of Piccolinos and Slug & Lettuce – just ignore that you have Becketts Bank on the opposite side. I say ignore, as the likelihood of Becketts patrons visiting The Decanter as very slim.

Although a small capacity lounge bar the high ceiling and exposed brickwork stop you from feeling too closed in, and can easy become an after work hang out for any young professionals working in the city. For anyone that frequents Call Lane Social, they’ll recognise the similarities and feel right at home, although you’ll be more likely to find the former Greek Street client here rather than the party Call Lane type.

Drinks aren’t overly cheap, with the lower priced bottles of wine costing in the region of £20 (Peroni was £4.50 a pint, although other lager started off at £3.55), however these appear to exceed the usual bog standard house wine options.

The Decanter is exactly the type of venue that’s needed in this part of town, and hopefully will be the trigger for regeneration of a more adult drinking establishment area.

I can’t locate their website as yet, but they’re on Twitter alongside Facebook.

Happy drinking!

Review by Yorkshire Relish Dining

  • 14
  • Friday
  • Nov '14

I’ve been Decanter’d!

Have you noticed the new bar in town? Nestled away besides Slug & Lettuce, on Park Row you’ll find that a new additional bar has quietly sneaked into Leeds – and I’m more than happy to say it’s a welcome sight.

The Decanter has arrived, and it shouts out (in a very demure manner) a greeting to those in Leeds who enjoy the quieter pace of a city night out. It’s a venue that will welcome the afternoon shoppers for a glass of wine, or just a coffee and some rich moist cake (just resist the temptation to steal one of the cow designed milk jugs – someone will notice!). The after work crowd will be tempted in to drain away the stresses of an afternoon in the office, while enjoying a bottle of wine or a refreshing pint of Peroni. And finally, your sophisticated evening out where you can catch up with friends, enjoy the soulful yet uplifting music and vibes of a modern and minimalistic bar. It’s perfectly placed for those who frequent The Living Room and Goucho.

You’ll expect to pay just under £20 for a bottle of the house wine, which works out pretty reasonable when considering how much you’d pay for a large glass in most wine lodges. If you’re looking for somewhere that sells cheap wine, you’re probably in the wrong place.

While I appreciate this is a new venue, I can’t think of anywhere else you’ll notice the smell of fresh flowers as you’re sitting down to your table.

I’m excited for what The Decanter will do in the near future, I hear they’ve more space and plans being devised. Fitting in nicely with the redevelopment of Greek Street, perhaps this new venue is setting the standard!

Leeds is fantastic for its range of independently owned bars, so The Decanter has certainly done well in choosing to make it home. Maybe you might want to give it a visit this weekend while you’re in town?

As the varnish is still drying on the woodwork, so is their new website still waiting to be developed – so in the meantime you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Review by Leeds City Magazine

  • 14
  • Friday
  • Nov '14

Bar review: The Decanter, Park Row, Leeds

A cluster of heavyweight national bar and pub chains have the main say as far as Leeds’ business quarter is concerned.

The likes of Greek Street, The Headrow and Park Row are lined with big hitters looking to cash in on post-work and shopping crowds filtering around the streets not far from Leeds City Station.

A mix of sprawling high-brow wine bars, restaurants and cocktail bars sit beside the likes of Wetherspoons and the Slug and Lettuce to appeal to all those who are wearily wandering from shops and offices into city watering holes.

But a new kid is on the block. One of the latest additions to the Leeds drinking scene, intimate, independent wine bar The Decanter, in Park Row, is after a slice of the action.

Though Leeds is no stranger to specialist wine establishments, this young pretender has gone in search of securing a classy yet open-to-all niche.

As you enter the narrow but deep single-storey venue, a lengthy, thick-set wooden bar to the left is highlighted by hanging cut glass lights and glistening silver beer pumps.

The bar leads you into an intimate space encased in bare brick walls, angular charcoal grey painted sections and wood-panel effect wallpaper, though the drawing room style paper stands out as a bit cheap.

Overall however, the luxurious black buttoned banquettes, classy leather seating and impressive mahogany and wrought iron tables decorated with glowing jam jar tea lights combine with their surroundings beautifully to create a warm, attractive bar space. There are stained glass lamps, dark wood shelves featuring throwback timepieces while vintage, at times Motown era, music adds to the classic theme and date night intimacy.

The Decanter’s wine focus is plain for all to see. Aside from the fact that its logo depicts a glass of wine, there is an eye-catching glass entrance to the venue’s extensive wine cellar to the rear.

Its specialist line of around 50 quirky and eclectic red, white and rose selections is aimed at bringing new varieties to Leeds. Its sparkling wine and champagne list also has some obscure choices aimed at the more adventurous including Winston Churchill’s favourite tipple.

For those less wine inclined, there are a number of craft beers and quality ciders to choose from including Brooklyn Brewery and Aspall cider on draught alongside standard choices. There are plenty of beers and ciders in the fridges as well as a short cocktail list, while The Decanter also prides itself on a high quality coffee machine. The bar also has a range mouth-watering cakes on display, which are far too tempting for their own good.

We went for a warming small glass of the premium Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon at £7.20 and a bottle of Modelo Especial. We then asked for a Cosmopolitan cocktail but were told the bar was short on spirits, so we instead had a sizeable and tasty citrus and tequila-based Margarita, which brought the bill to a pricey £17.10.

It must be said however that, with cocktails at around £6 and wines from £3.50, not everything is high priced.

The Decanter is refreshingly simple and inclusive, so whether you’re in jeans and trainers or wearing a suit you don’t feel out of place.

It’s a classy, intimate venue with a diverse menu. Although Leeds is not short of wine bars, this one has that rare mix of quality and quantity.

Review by Yorkshire Evening Post

  • 14
  • Friday
  • Nov '14

Review: The Decanter, Park Row, Leeds

The Decanter doesn’t give much away from the outside.

Granted it’s in a prime city centre location but its subtlety, next to the more loud and glitzy bars and restaurants on Park Row, is enticing. With just a small, shop front-sized facade, it opens up deep inside, once your eyes have adjusted to the dark interior.

The Decanter is a wine bar, in case you hadn’t guessed, but given we were driving and were here for the food, we abstained (see YEP’s Barfly review of The Decanter as a venue for drinks). For those who do want to sample their impressive selection of wines, there were perfect accompanying nibbles on offer, such as whole almonds, Italian mixed pitted olives or feta, sundries tomatoes with olives.

Inside The Decanter, the dark decor includes plush sofas and armchairs for laid back drinking and dining. If you’re feeling more peckish than nibbles, The Decanter offers a range of platters which would be incredibly tempting with a bottle, or two. The cheese board boasts five different cheeses along with grapes, crackers, bread and caramelised red onion chutney, for £11.95.

Likewise for the meat board – five tasty morsels of meat are offered up for £10.95, including chorizo, salami Napoli and Serrano ham. The menu also helpfully recommends wine for the boards to go with.

As inviting as these sharing – or not – platters looked, we fancied a dish we could eat on our own for our Saturday lunch. The Decanter’s sandwiches are all a variation on the ingredients for their boards – but with such tasty produce, why not? As a fan of pesto, I nearly went for the brie, basil pesto and sundried tomatoes option but plumped for the smoked Coverdale cheese, Serrano ham and red onion chutney sandwich.

With no mention of crisps or chips on the menu, it was a nice surprise when it came with a bowl of salted crisps. The sandwich was made with delicious slabs of focaccia bread and there was no scrimping on the filling – big blocks of the smoked cheese and folds of ham, with extra chutney in small jar on the side. The smoked cheese was unsurprisingly the most overpowering flavour but was delicious, especially with more chutney spooned onto each mouthful. My dining partner ordered the Pork Pie Board – a large Yorkshire-made pork pie served with the red onion chutney and also a little bowl of picked onions. The pie was a good size for lunch, with the meat densely packed but full of flavour. A usual fan of mustard served with pork pies, my companion was pleasantly surprised by the chutney accompaniment and the picked onions went down a treat – with him and me.

The Decanter offers great value for money, with two such good quality lunches coming to £9.90. The place was empty when we first arrived at about 12.45pm but had begun to fill over our sitting, with a mix of people enjoying the odd drink, glass of wine or lunch. And The Decanter suits all of those options – as much a place to have a proper plate of lunch as it is to graze with a bottle of wine. It is certainly a bar we will be returning to soon for an early evening glass with nibbles.

Review by Yorkshire Evening Post

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