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  • This weekends guest beer on the taps is @beavertownbeer Neck Oil! 
This easy drinking IPA is the 7th most popular beer in the country for a reason! Come give it a try if you haven't already!
Beavertown say the name Neck Oil comes from their founder, Logan, fondly remembering his Grandad stating that he was “off down the pub for a pint of neck oil”. #TheDecanter #WineBar #Leeds #Wine #Meat #Cheese #Charcuterie #RedWine #WhiteWine #Sparklingwine #Champagne #Prosecco #Cocktails #Spirits #gin #Beer #Ale #lager #LeedsBars #discounts #offers
  • We are proud of the quality of our food here at The Decanter.
All of our Charcuterie is sourced from British producers and it even features some Yorkshire Chorizo!
Enjoy with our after work drinks offers today from 4pm. .
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  • Today's wine recommendation for Wine Down Wednesday is @huia_vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, from Marlborough, New Zealand.
Intense and fruity with zesty, lip-tingling gooseberry and lime notes underlined with tropical passion fruit. 
Buy any bottle of wine tonight and get a free food platter! Thats why we love Wednesdays! .
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  • Meeting friends after work? Take advantage of our after work drinks offers, 4pm-7pm.
125ml House Wine £3
175ml House Wine £4
Bottle of House Wine £16
125ml Prosecco £5
2 Draught Pints £8
Food platters from £5
Snacks from £2.95
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  • One of our all time favourite gins here at The Decanter is @thebotanistgin 
It is an artisanal Islay gin made by Bruichladdich Distillery. It is one of two gins made on Islay. A huge 31 botanicals goes into The Botanist gin, including some native to Islay. 
The full list of botanicals is as follows: angelica root, apple mint, birch leaves, bog myrtle leaves, cassia bark, chamomile, cinnamon bark, coriander seed, creeping thistle flowers, elder flowers, gorse flowers, heather flowers, hawthorn flowers, juniper berries, lady's bedstraw flowers, lemon balm, lemon peel, liquorice root, meadow sweet, orange peel, oris root, peppermint leaves, mugwort leaves, red clover flowers, tansy, thyme leaves, water mint leaves, white clover, wood sage leaves. Phew!
As you can see this gin is absolutely packed with flavour! 
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  • SUMMER WINE & CHEESE TASTING EVENING TICKETS NOW ON SALE
DATE: THURSDAY 25TH JULY
TIME: 7PM – 9PM
TICKET PRICE: £25 PER PERSON
Our Summer wine and cheese tasting evening will give you ample wine inspiration for any summer events you have coming up!
You will taste 6 summer wines with cheese pairings, the perfect event for National Wine & Cheese Day on Thursday 25th July!
Tickets can be purchased via our website: http://www.thedecanter.co.uk/category/events/
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  • 02
  • Friday
  • Oct '15

FROM THE VINEYARD TO THE CITY… THE DECANTER

2ND OCTOBER 2015 | POSTED BY 

There can be no greater drink than wine. Throughout history the red, white and rose has travelled the world across good and evil, to continually be an important presence and significant influence. For 8000 years it has variously transcended through mystery, mythology and religion, into a symbol of joy, worship, health, wealth, and life and  death.

Now the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage produces over 30 billion bottles-worth a year, with increasing varieties, methods and styles in countless countries. However, the impressive and growing quality and complexity of wine has, by intent and by accident, created a surrounding snobbery and impenetrable elitism within. Whilst most UK households sup budget mediocrity, glasses of superiority sell for fortunes, often accompanied by wine-wiffle-waffle.

Yet for those in the know, there is a happy medium, where bottles of beauty can be enjoyed without the bank loan or bravado and Leeds has one such bar offering to share the love. The Decanter opened last year on Park Row with the intention of supplying fine wines from interesting grapes to the Leeds public, all in an elegant setting that educates and elevates but does not intimidate. Marvellous!

The Decanter was set up by Leeds couple Alex and Allison, who decided to take their passion and make it their lives. The pair had gained an expertise of quality wines, having spent three years taking affordable versions to pop-ups, markets and festivals in their mobile bar, before looking for a permanent space in their home city. “We found the perfect setting,” they say of their stylish spot in an unusual part of town for an independent venture, but one that does indeed feel just right.

In only five weeks, with the help of family favours, the pair designed and transformed an empty shell into their vision; “it turned out exactly as we imagined it!” they say, rightfully proud. That look is of relaxed sophistication, a sultry long room of reclaimed wood and brick, dimly lit, creating a cool and a warmth, all too easy to settle into with a bottle (or few).

The wine list has been masterly crafted, a plentiful but manageable choice that explains both simply and informatively. A selection of specially chosen wines from popular grapes are accentuated by suggestions of lesser-known varieties to try. “The concept is of a wine bar featured around grapes no-one knows,” they explain. “If you like Pinot, be adventurous, you might love our pick and learn more.”

Using specialist wine suppliers, The Decanter are “constantly looking for the next best drink” and source bottles from vineyards all over the world to create an annually changing menu that delights all tastes, from quaffable Chardonnays & Merlots to characterful Moscato & Grenache. Through customer recommendations and new discoveries, there are also regularly changing guest bottles and occasional focuses on specific regions to add to the array of options, plus a ‘wine club’ where people get to freely sample wines of the month at their own leisure.

In keeping with their easy-going ethos, The Decanter accepts that “not everybody wants to drink wine all the time” (really?) and so provide a handsome selection of equally eclectic other stuff. Non-alcoholics are amply catered for, cocktails are almost as extensive and inventive as the wine and beers range from local draught ales to imported bottled lagers. The venue also occasionally hosts ‘meet the brewer’ events. In October they will be launching a new winter menu to incorporate mulled wine and cider, for which the plush interior seems perfectly suited to snuggle into.

To compliment the vino and to line the belly, there is an accompanying food menu, which lists lip-licking plates and platters. Similar to the overall feel of the place, these combine down-to-earth goodness with premium refinement, as mighty pork pies marry mature cheeses and choice charcuterie, sourced from top Yorkshire farms. “It’s important for us to keep that connection with Yorkshire and to use independent farmers and producers,” they tell me. “All our food and drink has a story behind it. We want it to be quirky and different.”

The Decanter certainly succeeds in that, as a unique city bar developing its own story within Leeds. One where wine culture is celebrated, not through exclusivity and pretension, but by shared excellence and inclusive enjoyment. Try it, you might like it.

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