Dockleaf Bar launches its ‘Sunday Roast Club’ located in the heart of the renovated grounds of Cains Brewery, opposite Baltic Market. Serving roasts every Sunday from 12pm until they run out. Options of beef, chicken and vegan nut roasts with all the trimmings for £12, with optional extras available.
As my friend and I walked down to the Dockleaf Bar from the University campus, we were so excited at the thought of eating a hearty meal after a morning of hard work in the library on a cold winter’s Sunday, and the Dockleaf Bar certainly delivered.
We walked in and were greeted by the friendly front of house staff members. The bar was very light and spacious, with lots of varied table layouts to suit different party sizes. Wooden chairs, cushioned benches, house plants for table decorations and neutral colourings set the scene for a relaxed and contemporary environment. The background music was chilled, and at 2pm, the bar played the England vs Croatia game which attracted more people into the bar so the atmosphere was lively but not too loud or overbearing.
The Food and Drink
To start, I ordered ‘The Hugo’ cocktail which was ‘the classic northern Italian spritz’ containing beefeater gin, elderflower, prosecco, fresh mint and lime (£8.50). My friend ordered ‘Gin in a Tin: Original Long Drink 5.5%’ which contained Finnish premium gin and grapefruit soda (£4.50 per can). Both drinks were so refreshing, light and tasty. ‘The Hugo’ tasted like a fruity cider, but had the lightness of a cocktail – would highly recommend for someone who wants a long refreshing drink as it comes in a wine glass, so you get a lot of liquid compared to a champagne glass cocktail. The ‘Gin in a Tin’ had the sharp grapefruit taste but it wasn’t too overpowering, which was good for us, especially as grapefruit is quite an acquired taste.
As the roast arrived with all the extras, we couldn’t believe how we were going to manage it all, but of course we did. We both ordered the topside beef with our roasts which came served with sage and onion stuffing, roast potatoes, blanched carrots, steamed cabbage, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. The beef was cooked right through, which may not be to everyone’s preference, but it was still tender and very tasty. We also had the added sides of cauliflower cheese (£3.50), pigs in blankets (£3.50), honey roast parsnips (£3) and extra gravy (£1). It has to be the tastiest roast I have eaten out, everything was hot, cooked to perfection, well-seasoned and colourful. There is nothing worse than having a meal that looks and tastes bland, but this roast certainly wasn’t that. The cauliflower cheese was piping hot, the sauce was creamy and the right amount of cheesiness, which is perfect for myself as I don’t enjoy the overpowering taste of cheese in a sauce. It really started to feel like Christmas, despite it only being November, when the pigs in blankets and honey roast parsnips were placed on our table – this is by far my favourite element of any roast! The portion sizes were great for a hearty meal, but I would say if you had a big appetite, then the extras would be a good option for you to add a little more to your plate. But for myself, the roast on its own without the extras, was perfectly filling.
Just when we thought we couldn’t eat anymore, our puddings were calling, but of course we had a little room left in our stomachs to manage a sweet treat! I ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which contains nuts and served with vanilla ice cream. The sponge was light and fluffy and the sauce was warm which made the perfect feel good pudding to end my amazing meal. My friend ordered the ‘Boozy Crumble’ which was a spiced rum infused apple and winterberry crumble, served with warm custard. A mixture of sweet fruits with a spiced alcoholic buzz created a rich crumble, softened by a smooth custard.
To finish our meal, we ordered some coffees. I had a filter coffee (£2) and my friend ordered the Dockleaf’s Irish Coffee. It is famous for its ‘depth of flavour with the addition of Guinness and spent coffee’. The coffee contained Green Spot whiskey, Guinness and coffee syrup with fresh coffee, topped with cream, nutmeg and dark chocolate shavings (£8.50). As flavours go, the aftertaste reminded us of champagne truffles, due to the alcoholic taste which complimented the creaminess of the coffee flavours. Nonetheless, it was a lovely brew guaranteed to warm up your winter afternoon.
We had such a chilled out afternoon, eating a hearty meal, in a relaxed environment. The prices for each element of our meal justified the quality of the food and drinks. Finding a roast dinner that slightly compares to the homely taste of roasts from home is a tough one to beat, but being a university student and living far from home, it is nice to know we have found an lovely, affordable runner up. We would most certainly return and would recommend to anyone their Sunday Roast Club, not just for the food but also for the incredible service the staff provided.
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How to find the Dockleaf Bar:
Dockleaf Bar @dockleafbar / https://facebook.com/BarDockleaf/ / https://www.dockleafbar.co.uk/
107 Stanhope Street
On Sundays, walk in as standard, but bookings will be needed for parties of 6 or more. Dockleaf Bar has numerous hireable areas including full venue hires. Also, see below for opening times.