Heaney and Mill – Headingley

It feels like an absolute age that I’ve been waiting for Heaney and Mill to open. I live and work just around the corner so every time I’d pass I would have a little nosey in the window and wonder what was to come. After what feels like a lifetime, they’re open (hooray) and boy was it worth the wait – I’ve already visited twice this week!

Heaney and Mill have taken over the site in between Jino’s Cafe and The Bowery (I wanna say it used to be a print cartridge shop?) and have turned it into a gorgeous restaurant. Inside is all marble tables and stripped wood with an abundance of seating outside. P and I visited on a Saturday lunchtime and it was filled to the brim – luckily we’d booked as there isn’t loads of seating indoors.

For lunch we decided to order a selection of small plates between us; we had Asparagus, Wild Mushroom & Quails Egg on Brioche (£7), Scallops, Black Garlic, Cauliflower & Crispy Skin (£9), Burrata, Avocado, Hazelnut, & Grapefruit (£8) and Sweet Potato Fries (£3.50).

The wild mushroom dish was delicious; earthy mushrooms with rich brioche and perfectly cooked asparagus. Maybe a hint of truffle oil too. The eggs could have been a tad runnier (I have a chalky yolk phobia) but that didn’t stop us demolishing the dish – very nearly perfect. The scallops were spot on and served with cauliflower, black garlic, cauliflower puree and crispy chicken skin. All the flavours complemented each other perfectly but perhaps on the pricey side for two scallops. My favourite was the burrata; creamy oozing cheese paired with the bitter grapefruit and crunchy hazelnuts was the best combo. Even P who dislikes hazelnuts AND grapefruit admitted it was rather delicious. And finally the sweet potato fries; not the best I’ve had but definitely towards the top end! Service was slick throughout our meal, and we were out within the hour (though didn’t feel rushed).

We also visited last Sunday in search of a roast dinner and oh my did we find one. £15 for two courses; we had the lamb which was so, so tender and accompanied by a fluffy homemade Yorkshire pud, carrot puree, mashed potato, roast potato, veg and cauliflower cheese – every component better than the last. I even tried to ask P if he liked it mid meal and he told me he didn’t want to talk as he was enjoying it so much! For dessert we had the Orange Chocolate Brownie which was more of a melty middle chocolate pudding, and came with a cherry ice cream. We also had the Strawberry Cheesecake which came topped with an almond & mint pesto which added freshness to the rich pudding. Again service was very friendly and welcoming without being overbearing.

Heaney and Mill is definitely my favourite new addition to Headingley – all of the food is absolutely delicious (although some dishes are on the pricey side). Find me there every Sunday enjoying a roast dinner and glass of red…


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