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“Should have gone to Betty's!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Browns Brasserie & Bar

Browns Brasserie & Bar
Ranked #303 of 1,790 Restaurants in Leeds
Price range: $19 - $37
Cuisines: Bar, European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Leeds City Centre
Leeds, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Should have gone to Betty's!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Arranged to meet friends at Browns as a treat for a 60th birthday for one of our group. The decor is lovely, grand piano, lot of space between tables, brass, mirrors and wood. All used to good effect.Staff friendly but at times scarse. Ordered the afternoon tea, had done research and browns had come out well so was looking forward to a treat.
On arrival the cake stand consisted of a top layer of "sandwiches", I'll get back to them! A middle tier of cake and scones, jam and clotted cream on the lower layer. The "sandwiches" looked poorly made, not cut well and all white bread (no choice of bread given). No1 was cucumber and cream cheese, very little flavour and dry edges to the bread, No2 was supposed to be egg i think? The sandwich looked a little lacking in filling so i openend it to reveal little if any sign of a filling with a slight trace of egg. It took a while to get the attention of staff (It wasnt busy) when someone arrived they looked genuinely suprised at the lack of filling. The sandwich was replaced by another flavourless cucumber and cream cheese! My hope for sandwich No3 wasnt high and was a little apprehensive as it was salmon and I had issue about how fresh any of the fillings were. The taste was ok, nothing amazing. The cakes were a nice mix of chocolate, fruit and lemon. The scone a little dry but thankfully the tea was wet!
Come on Browns how hard is it to make a sandwich Ive had better at a wake! I shan't be visiting again and wouldnt recommend it to others sadly.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Breakfast and a few lunches”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

Its not fine dining but it is good food well priced and great surroundings. Casual dining perfection

Visited December 2012
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Colchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Good service, great atmosphere, decent food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Located in The Light shopping centre this restaurant offers good food and service. The snack menu (like tapas) is really good value with large portions (don't over order).

Visited February 2013
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West Yorkshire, UK
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“NOISE NOISE NOISE”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

Ate here with Friends. One had found a table so we stayed. On a Saturday evening, it's more like a noisy pub, but we needed an early meal before a Concert (5pm) It got so much worse when the piano started, I had to drop out of any conversation - I simply couldn't hear. The food was Ok, nothing special - small portions yet full price. All in all the noise transcended everything and we didn't enjoy our time together in the restaurant because of it. The shining star was our waitress who couldn't do enough for us and maintained a cheery visage throughout and brought our food as quickly as she could. Last time I came at lunch time and really enjoyed it. I don't think I'll be going again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Consistently good for seven years”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Visited this evening on my own. Smoked venison starter was very tasty, mushroom papardelle equally enjoyable. Two cocktails and an espresso, and the bill came to £28. Happy to leave a tip.

Pleased to see many of the same staff year in year out at this venue - I have been eating here since 2006, and this includes a number of family get togethers now no longer possible. The continuity in this regard can make these times seem not so long ago.

The venue calls itself "Browns bar and brasserie" - which is why much of the criticism directed towards it in these reviews is in my view rather petty. The food here is pubbish - none the worse for that - and that is quite what one would expect of a Brasserie. If you want a fully comprehensive restaurant, then feel free to go find one, and pay the associated hike in prices.

To be fair, the prices at Browns are a little steep, and do mean that they need to work hard to justify them, but the bar is the best in Leeds, the service usually the best in Leeds, and the decor is absolutely outstanding, the nicest I have personal experience of anywhere. The prices reflect the quality of experience.

A previous visit when they couldn't serve lobster tagliatelle early on the lobster special evening - laughably due to a supposed shortage of said crustacean - is the only point which stopped Browns getting an excellent rating. Considering we were invited to change our order to Thermidor, we could not make sense of this! But there may be more to this than an outsider would know.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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