Taps Bar, Leicester

Monday, June 02, 2014

There's nothing quite like a bowl o' bones to make a picture is there? Just beautiful.

This weekend we decided to branch out from our usual Indian takeaway and Gogglebox and make it a jeans and nice top kinda night.

The reason we're so into our curry is that the takeaways here are amazingly delicious, cheap and on every corner. But it was the day after payday and hell yes we were going to ask for the dessert specials.

We chose Taps on Guildhall Lane (very close to where they discovered Richard III if you're a history buff) as we had all heard good things about the food and we were excited by the idea of pouring our own beer.

If you're confused by this concept, this is how it works. They turn the tap on, glasses are on the table, you pour it and it goes on your bill at the end. I embarrassed myself by asking this question so I thought I'd clear that up for you. We poured 5-6 pints and it came to around £14 so it's fun AND economical. 

But don't worry if you're not into all that or, like me, you cannot pour beer to save your life, the taps aren't the only feather to Taps' bow. They also have a wide selection of wine, cocktails and world beers.

We arrived early (just before 6) in order to make the most of the bar menu, which is considerably more varied and also a lot cheaper. At the weekend, both menus are available until 6pm when the bar menu ends. It's very meat heavy so be prepared!

Dan ordered 20 chicken wings.

Yep. Twenty. Which on reflection was excessive. The wings are huge and very meaty and the portion size doesn't really reflect the price (£11.50). They come with a bowl of perfectly seasoned chips but were definitely lacking in something green.

The burgers (~£9) were the star of the night. Craig ordered the Taps burger which comes with spicy jalapenos...

....while Anna went for the classic barbecue beef burger.

I ordered the honey coated half rack of ribs which could have been much saucier in my humble opinion. 

Dans meal became increasingly challenging as it became increasingly less photogenic.

Though I wouldn't say the food is the best I've had in Leicester, as I've heard claimed, the atmosphere is wonderful. We were lead down into the lantern lit wine cellar for our meal and sat down to scrubbed wooden tables and exposed brick walls. 

We dragged out the atmosphere by requesting the dessert menu and all indulged, even Dan, who had just ingested about 3 whole chickens. Everyone tried to guess my pudding choice while I was away from the table so I came back and threw them a curve ball...Eton mess. No one ever orders the Eton mess.

All in all, I think the burgers are the one to go for from the bar menu but I'd love to return and try out the fancy evening menu (and to improve my pouring technique).

It's also made me realise that there's a lot of places in Leicester I haven't tried, despite living here on and off for 4 years - all recommendations welcome!

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