Last week, Adam and I went for dinner with his Sister and her Boyfriend at The Alchemist in Trinity. The Alchemist has two bars in Manchester and one in Leeds and specialises in a fantastic menu of exciting, unique cocktails.
We had a table booked for 7pm and had already been warned that we only had 2 hours max at our table (!), which made the night feel a little rushed, but ensured the service was very prompt and efficient too!
Let’s start with the cocktails. They don’t come cheap, but they do come in crazy concotions, billowing smoke from conical flasks and all other weird and wild variations.
It’s hard to settle on a favourite, some are a bit too ‘trifley’ (French Martini/Raspberry Bakewell), some a bit ‘flowery’ (Flower Sour - clues in the name!) but the favourite of the night (we ordered 6 of them!) was the Cola Bottle Libre. These literally taste like sugary haribo cola bottles. You can’t even taste the Rum in it, making it a very easy cocktail to get drunk on!
Our waiter, Archie(?) was very helpful, despite being a new member of staff, recommending cocktails and talking us through some of the peculiar ones.
For dinner, we went for a full three courses. I kicked it off with Nachos, whilst Adam had Duck Spring Rolls and his sister shared the sharing platter. For main, I had the Steak Sandwich and Adam ordered the Hot Peri Peri Chicken Wrap.
The food is very reasonably priced, which is a good thing. But for me, it wasn’t anything crazy special. My favourite place for Steak Sandwiches is Blackhouse and so I should probably stop ordering it from anywhere but there. Adam did enjoy his wrap and everyone was very happy with their food, but it was definitely the cocktails that made the night.
For dessert, I saved room for Sticky Toffee Pudding. It is my ultimate favourite dessert and I cannot see it on the menu and not order one. It was delicious as expected and I’m told the chocolate fudge cake was amazing too!
We had a really lovely evening in The Alchemist, and I definitely will be returning for more cocktails, hopefully in warmer weather when I can sit out on the balcony. As for the food, there is definitely better places in Leeds, but the price makes up for it. The service was great but again with the 2 hour limit we did feel a little bit rushed and conscious of the clock!
It was only 9 when we left so we called into Roxys Bar, which is also a new addition to the City Centre with the Trinity. Roxys is a pool and ping pong bar, with a great relaxed atmosphere. It was quite quiet when we called in, but all the pool tables were in use, so we opted for ping pong. I am definitely not a champion Ping Pong player, but it was great fun with the boys providing fabulous amateur entertainment. It’s a great little bar, especially to hang out with friends and I think they are opening up bowling lanes soon!