The Smokehouse

November 11, 2013

Having already given quite a decent big-up to The Smokehouse pop-up at Leicester’s O Bar, I suppose I was a little nervous about it being a bit of a let down.

Fortunately, turns out I needn’t have worried. Aside from the pretty basic and uncomfortable seating, five of us had a gorgeous lunch there on Sunday. I’m not going to give a blow-by-blow review – the venue is already getting plenty of  positive coverage  - but the long and the short of it is that here was very good, down-to-earth flavour-led food at fair prices. We enjoyed pulled pork, 12-hour brisket with house rub and barbecued chicken with smoked bacon rub – all of them really showing the benefit of the long and slow treatment.

I really loved the sides too  – smoked fennel and aubergine salad with sweet raisin puree was a complete revelation, fennel and jalapeno slaw was lip-tinglingly good while delicious barbecue baked beans seemed to have had a hearty slug of maple syrup to give a sweet edge. Opinions were a little divided over the salt baked potatoes, baked in a pastry crust, but I certainly felt they gained something from the treatment.

Pick of the deserts was an absolutely stonking sticky toffee pudding with a salted caramel bourbon sauce. Definitely recommend finding space for that if it’s on when you go.

The craft beers were great, you’re even offered tasting if you’re unfamiliar to what contemporary brewers are doing. I  had  the Camden pale ale, and it was a good match for the food on offer.

Staff are lovely too and generally you want to thank everyone involved for giving it a go.  I’m sorry there’s no pictures, but anyway this isn’t pretty food to be admired on the plate -  it’s food to get stuck into and enjoy.  You should try it while it’s here. I’m certainly going back.

 

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4 Responses to “The Smokehouse”

  1. […] Having already given quite a decent big-up to The Smokehouse pop-up at Leicester's O Bar, I suppose I was a little nervous about it being a bit of a let down. Fortunately, turns out I needn't have …  […]

  2. Emily said

    Still need to try out this place. Sounds great – best hurry up while its still there :)

    • riponia said

      That’s the powerful marketing proposition of such places – if it’s any good, then you have to get into gear and go. You know you can’t just say to yourself “oh we’ll go sometime soon” and never get around to it. That said, I expect we’ll see it again in some form or other before too long. There was a similar American barbecue offering at the Leicester food festival yesterday (pulled pork, smoked brisket etc) and it was doing well – I’m sure Smokehouse could do the festival circuit if they want.

  3. […] news that The Smokehouse  is popping up again from the end of February at Braunstone Gate’s O Bar. Its previous […]

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