The Reliance is one of those places in Leeds I’ve never really looked twice at – but now that this new “northern quarter” of Leeds is having a bit of a moment it seems to be coming into popularity and I’ve heard so many people recommend it I just had to try it out. Rumour had it their meat and cheese boards were excellent, and as a meat and cheese aficionado it seemed daft to overlook this small, quirky bar.
We came one Saturday afternoon for a couple of drinks and a late lunch of ham, cheese and some chips (we were hungry). I ordered a meat and cheese board consisting of the lomo, chilli and black pepper salami, Skegness blue and the “big borag” which turned out to be a rather tasty brie-like cheese.
The ham was gorgeous – it was the first time I’ve tried cured lomo – it comes from the pork loin. It was not unlike prosciutto in flavour, but much thicker and a little bit on the sweeter side. The salami had a great kick to it with the black pepper and chilli – but it wasn’t overpowering. The real star of the plate was the Skegness Blue which was an oozy, melty texture with a distinct blue pong and nutty flavour.
The only criticism I’d have is that it’s a little bit scruffy for me as a venue with tatty couches and worn tables, but it does give the place character. Overall I’d recommend The Reliance for their meat and cheese boards alone – with any two meats and any two cheeses for just under a tenner it’s really good value.
Find more info on The Reliance here: http://www.the-reliance.co.uk/.
Disclaimer: I ate here of my own freewill – this isn’t a sponsored post.