A grown-up bar on the quayside which has just been taken over and given a bit of a facelift.
Formerly The Quayside, this modern bar has just been taken over by the Leonardo family who already run a two-floor cafe in the Princes Quay complex across the water.
There’s seating outside on the waterfront under enormous square yellow awnings right by the fountain feature. Inside it’s a small-ish, light and fairly contemporary bar with some classic touches. The all-wood bar is on the left with ridged glass lamps hanging over it and there are tall tables and chairs at the front.
Opposite the bar are tastefully lit, raised seating sections featuring pretty pale lime green and grey patterned bucket armchairs with leather seats alongside cocoa-coloured faux suede padded stools. There’s some fancy cornicing in the off-white ceiling and the long curtains which frame the windows have a similar green and grey pattern. The carpet is being removed and the place tarted up slightly without making any major changes.
Its certainly more of a mature crowd eating and drinking around here. Under the new ownership they are looking to attract an over 30s crowd during the week, but the weekend is always more of a lottery with a younger crowd coming out to party.
The Food and Drink
Strongbow, Guinness, Carling, Bulmers, San Miguel, Stella, John Smith’s and Fosters are on tap and in bottles there’s Magners, Budweiser, Corona, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Peroni, Newcastle Brown Ale and Beck’s. There’s a good selection of spirits and wines too with three reds and four whites and one rose, ranging from £10.90 to £15.75 a bottle, including a good ruby coloured and blackcurrant-nosed Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Tarapaca 1991 for £12.95 a bottle.
You can get a pitcher of Sangria for £13.75. A bacon sarnie costs £3.25 and it’s around a fiver for more substantial sandwiches. Other items on the menu include egg and sausage on toast and a hot chilli beef wrap. Steak and ale pie with chips, peas and gravy is £6.95 and other mains include a poached salmon salad with puy lentils and a mushroom stroganoff.
The Last Word
A cool bar striking just the right balance between modern and classic, Leonardos is a good choice for a drink or a bite to eat.