REVIEW: Boneyard in Leicester, Where They Stand Out from The Herd.
DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD Loud, extrovert and unashamedly funky, Leicester’s Boneyard describes itself as the “multicultural meat society”. Since opening, their unique blend of herbs and spices and great cuts of meat have proved a hit in the city. SIXTY9°’s food lover Lilith Hunt-Sheppard went along to try their ‘Spike’ for herself.
I have, in fact, been a fan of Boneyard since its opening at the tail end of 2016 but when I heard that there were some new additions to the menu to sample I was straight down to Granby Street to try them. The sun was blazing down and Boneyard’s front windows were pulled right back to let in the summer air- perfect for a spot of people watching. On arrival, we were greeted by Ed who lead us to our table and immediately guided us through the extensive cocktail menu, recommending drinks to suits our individual tastes. As Ed mixed our cocktails we relaxed and took the time to look at the menu and take in the funky and fierce interior.
One of the great things about Boneyard is the amount of choice. The menu features a range of dishes that are available as small or large portions- perfect for a tapas style sharing feast. We decided to try a mix of smaller dishes and ordered Dirty Humm; traditional hummus with harissa, pickles and flat bread; longbone Lamb chops, marinated in yoghurt and spices, and cooked in a clay oven for extra flavour; huge three-joint chicken wings, brined in spices and then twice cooked for extra crispy skin; Crunchy Fish; fresh cod pieces n an airy spicy batter and lightly fried; slow-cooked Ribs in garlic, paprika and Spike sauce; Lamb Chilli Fries with Cheese and freshly prepared Pork scratchings gently warmed in Slaughter sauce and garnished with coriander and chilli.
As we tucked in, the flavours hit you instantly. Everything is made fresh on the premises and, if like me, you love spice, then definitely add some of their freshly blended Slaughter Sauce to your order. Being a fan of traditional tandoor food, the chops were packed with authentic flavour with a cheeky after bite of heat. Unlike some spicy food the heat never overpowered the flavour. The ribs were another particular favourite, falling easily off the bone and packed with herbs and spices, the tender meat literally melted in the mouth. The surprise hits for me were the Crunchy Fish bites and Scratchings. Coated in a beautiful batter, the fish was soft, flaky and seasoned to perfection. The Scratchings were beautifully crunchy and moreish – I would personally recommend ordering them on arrival to enjoy as a snack as your meals are being prepared.
Almost defeated with full bellies we weren’t sure there would be room for desserts; until we saw the menu of course! The Dirty Blonde definitely caught my eye; a baked cheesecake with raspberries that proved a great palette cleanser whilst the other half opted for the Salted Caramel Cheesecake – perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Boneyard has everything a carnivore could ask for; a meatilicious menu, huge portions, great freshly made cocktails all served in a funky venue in a great location. Food that’s packed with punch and flavour with the perfect amount of cheek.T hey have definitely put their spike in the city!
Boneyard is @ 15 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 6EJ Tel. 0116 255 5991