Christmas at 2 Oxford Place, Leeds

Christmas dinner at 2 Oxford Place, Leeds’ only fully gluten free restaurant in the city centre.

Earlier this month, I went with a group of 9 other friends for our yearly Christmas dinner.

We had been booked into a different restaurant in the city however they didn’t seem particularly well organised (including a lack of gluten free options) and two of the group had been for dinner at 2 Oxford Place recently and had very good things to say about it, so we changed our booking. We had people arriving from a few different cities meaning that once the whole group had arrived we were quite a bit later than our original booking – this wasn’t a problem and the staff were very patient with us.

2 Oxford Place is a bit of a hidden gem in the centre of Leeds and could be quite easily missed – it has a front door like a house and a fairly small window looking out onto the street. Once inside the restauraunt is cute and quirky, and feels just like you’re walking into someones home for dinner. Tom and I were the first to arrive and the friendly staff showed us to our table, which was up the narrow stairs to the first floor. Along with our table of 10 there were perhaps 4 other tables upstairs so very cosy.

There was a good choice of food in their Christmas Menu:

For starters I had the Breaded Brie – this was possibly the largest piece of brie that I have ever eaten! It was served with a sweet and sour pepper sauce which went down a treat. I may later in the meal come to regret filling up on so much of my starter…

Tom had the Chicken Liver Parfait for his starter, again there was a very generous portion of parfait and some beautifully crisp toast. We’re not sure how they got their gluten free bread so good for the toast, but they should probably sell that on its own as they’d make a fortune.

For main we both had the turkey breast, of course – it was Christmas! The turkey was beautifully moist and plentiful (have you noticed a theme yet?) and there were pigs in blankets veg and delicious gravy; the staff were more than happy to bring us more gravy when we asked. The kitchen is downstairs and they have a cute dumb waiter for bringing up our extra gravy needs.

When pudding arrived I was already feeling rather full, but was looking forward to the Mincemeat and Almond Tart and I was not disappointed. The pastry was crisp (no sign of a soggy bottom here) and the tart filling was delicious. Tom went with the sticky toffee pudding (on the recommendation of our friends who had been before) – this was possibly the largest sticky toffee pudding ever, so big in fact that it defeated Tom and he couldn’t eat it all. The sponge was so light and bouncy that you couldn’t tell that it was gluten free, while the sauce was rich gooey and delicious.

We had planned a night out on the town after our dinner but as I am sure you can already imagine we were all so full up that there was no dancing on the cards that evening!

The whole group had a wonderful evening, and I think if you didn’t know the food was gluten free there would be no way that you would have guessed it was, I’m definitely looking forward to my next visit back to 2 Oxford Place, possibly for gluten free afternoon tea!


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