Situated on the sixth floor of the Trinity Leeds shopping and leisure complex, one floor above its sibling Crafthouse, this northern venture from the London-based D&D group is a cool, cosmopolitan venue serving a roster of international favourites in a gleaming modernist setting. Known for its serious cocktails, made by a team of skilled mixologists, the venue also boasts a wraparound terrace – highly sought-after during warmer months – which offers incredible penthouse views over the bustling city below.
Pork rillettes, cured salmon with beetroot puree, and white onion soups get things rolling on the all-day menu, while mains range from steak-frites to Yorkshire pork cheeks with squash, mash and charred broccoli; truffle orzo; and fruits de mer. Sustainable fish from British waters is simply grilled or steamed, and there are sandwiches and ‘eggs all day’ for those looking for something a little lighter.
Crowd-pleasing desserts might bring crème brûlée, bannoffee pie or spiced sticky toffee pudding, though those with a sweet tooth ought to check out Angelica’s afternoon tea offering, which features treats such as Mont Blanc mousse, a Ferrero Rocher macaron and the option for free-flowing fizz. Weekend brunch, while not bottomless, is a boon for the shopping crowds, while the bar is a draw for office workers, visitors and groups celebrating special occasions. The impressive pewter bar specialises in exciting new brands, including a lengthy list of gins and rums among the usual beers, wines and spirits.
Cocktails are the thing to try here, though. Whether you go for a classic blend or something a little more daring – perhaps a ‘Bittersweet Romance’ comprising Amara Montenegro liqueur, Havana Especial rum, honey, and a special blend of Angelica Bar bitters, or else a ‘Sunny Side Up’ made with tequila, Cointreau, pineapple, orange juice, lime juice, almond syrup and egg white – you’re sure to be impressed.