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Charlie Bretts, Alwoodley, Leeds

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Charlie Bretts is a seafood restaurant that caters for all

Seafood restaurants tend to fall into two catagories - the first is the casual, family-friendly fish and chip resturant, whilst the second is the more up-market restaurant, which couples and groups of friends save for special occasions. Thankfully, Charlie Brett's is a bit of both.




Though it has been a firmly-established and award-winning brand in Leeds since 1919, the Alwoodley restaurant was given a modern makeover last year. Set in a suburban housing area, outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, it's certainly a hidden gem.


Up until recently it was only open in the evenings, but now customers can sit in and enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired seafood lunch or order a traditional British battered cod and chips to take away. 


Recently refurbished with a brand-new a la carte menu, Charlie Bretts has a classy and contemporary dining area and bar which stocks a wide range of wines and beers, as well as an even wider selection of gins to match their varied new food menu.


Whilst deciding what to order, my dining companion and I nibbled on soft slices of oily bread, topped with rock salt, which we washed down with a couple a refreshing Harrogate-made Slingsby gin and Fever Tree tonics (£6.50) – well, when in Yorkshire!


I started with the tempura soft shell crab with lemon and garlic aioli (£6.90), which though de-shelled, was impressively shaped like a full crab, complete with light and crisp legs and claws on a bed of salad. My companion meanwhile, had the day's catch – king prawns in a chilli and garlic butter (£7.90), which, as the description suggests, were fresh enough to suggest they had come straight from the sea and onto her plate.       


For mains, my companion had the seared fresh tuna steak with a nicoise salad (£11.50) and I had the Charlie Brett's Fish Pie with a Swaledale champ mash (£10.50). Not being able to resist sampling the more traditional take-away dishes, I also ordered a side of chip shop chips (£2) and mushy peas (£2).


My pie had a more-ish and buttery mash, filled with cod and salmon, along with spring onions and fennel giving it an aromatic flavour. My companion's tuna steak was just as delicious. Crisp and salty on the outside, juicy in the middle and served on a bed of seasonal vegetables, it perfectly demonstrated the calibre of their more up-market dinner dishes. Of course, this didn't stop her trying a few chip shop chips and peas.


For dessert, my companion had the baked custard tart with mascarpone and figs (£4.90) and I had the waffles with warm berry compote and Bailey's ice cream (£4.90). My companion was delighted with her tart and particularly enjoyed the dustings of nutmeg on top. I enjoyed the sour, warm berriness of my compote and noted how well it went with the sugary sweetness of the waffle.


The bar and restaurant supervisor and our waiter, Ben Bejjih, told us that all of Charlie Brett's ingredients were sourced locally whenever possible, including the ice cream, which is made at Yorvale Farm in North Yorkshire.


From their traditional fish and chips, to their finer seafood dishes, it’s easy to see why Charlie Brett's has been around as long as it has.


Charlie Bretts, Nursery Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds, LS17 7HW

Tel: 0113 266 2594