As the ever-evolving Leeds Arena Quarter continues its remarkable transformation into one of Leeds’ premier entertainment destinations, a brand-new restaurant has got the city’s most discerning foodie circles talking.
Arnold’s, showcases the very best of Yorkshire and British produce and celebrates classical cooking with a selection of exquisite traditional dishes, and is located on Wade Lane adjacent to My Thai and the Ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Arena Hotel.
Arnold’s is named after the philanthropist Arnold Ziff, whose tireless contributions to business and charity was awarded with an OBE in 1981. Ziff was the founder of property development and car parking operator Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS) in 1959, which continues to own an extensive portfolio of properties in and around Leeds. TCS’s most notable development, the Merrion Centre, will celebrate its 55th year in 2019, and Arnold’s is the latest step in its modern reinvention. Edward Ziff, chairman and chief executive of TCS said: “Arnold’s is going to be more than just a restaurant, but a celebration of my father’s legacy and the inspirational work ethic he bestowed upon myself, my family and indeed the people of Leeds and beyond.”
The plush décor effortlessly blends contemporary style with timeless elegance, creating a space that’s light, airy and comfortable, but with a touch of luxury befitting of the immaculate service diners can expect. The 70-cover restaurant also features a state-of-the-art private dining room, complete with luxurious seating, feature lighting and sleek AV equipment for any celebration.
The highly-respected Ridealgh family run Arnold’s, headed up by celebrated Leeds restauranteur Steve Ridealgh. His stellar work overseeing Brasserie 44 on The Calls spanned three decades, and he has a long history of serving first class traditional food to Yorkshire diners. Steve’s wife, Carol, leads the kitchen as head chef, with son Dave in role of restaurant manager. “We’re confident that Steve and his team can deliver a first-class dining experience that blends together old and new perfectly,” adds Edward.
Of course, all the glitz and glamour of the venue itself would be nothing without a refined culinary dining experience, and the seasonally reimagined a la carte menu takes centre stage. Expect a tempting selection of starters, including smoked haddock gratin and confit duck terrine with hazelnut salad. The main menu will feature the best locally sourced produce, and while dishes ranging from vegetable and goat’s cheese envelope in brick pastry and venison haunch, steak lovers will delight in the Chateaubriand for two. The sumptuous dessert menu includes mango and passion fruit cheesecake and an exquisite warm chocolate brownie with white chocolate and raspberry ice cream.
From pre-arena concertgoer, to drinks and a light bite catch-up, the classic yet decadent Arnold’s will appeal to anyone that enjoys impeccable fine dining and service, and the very best locally sourced produce.
For further information and bookings visit Arnoldsleeds.co.uk.