The White Rose Harvester, Leeds

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The White Rose Harvester, Leeds

British Restaurant - Address: Wide Lane, Morley, Leeds LS27 8PL

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Review of "The White Rose Harvester, Leeds"

published 08/08/2017 | Westy4
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Not for me
Pro Convenient location, pleasant environment.
Cons Burnt food, slow service, loud music.
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"'CHARRED', NOT 'CHARGRILLED' AT THE WHITE ROSE HARVESTER LEEDS."


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Why indeed? We had been helping our daughter assemble Ikea flat pack furniture in her new place (a saga in itself!). By way of a ‘thank you’ and, as we were all in need of food at the end of the day, she decided to take us plus her sister and brother-in-law to the local Harvester. As a family, in the past, we have often dined at Harvester restaurants, especially appreciating the all you can eat salad bar.


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Address: The White Rose
Wide lane,
Morley,
Leeds
WEST YORKSHIRE
UK
LS27 8PL

Telephone: 0113 252 2730

As the name “The White Rose” suggests, this Harvester is in a strongly Yorkshire location (written with some hesitation by someone who was born the other side of the Pennines!) Regional loyalties aside, The White Rose Harvester is easily accessible by road, on the eastern edge of Morley and to the west of the dual carriageway section of the A653. It is 5.9 miles south and slightly west of Leeds city centre. It lies just over a mile south of The White Rose shopping centre and a mile north of M62 junction 28. It is 58.1 miles west of Hull, 32.8 miles north of Sheffield and 14.4 miles east of Halifax.


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Founded in 1983, the Harvester restaurant brand has been a staple family restaurant brand in the UK for many years now. It specialises in flame grilled food, spit roasted chicken and all you can eat (or more politely put) help yourself salad carts. Back in the early days I remember missing the 6.00 pm cut off for the ‘early bird’ reduced menu with some frustration.

In 1995 Bass bought the Harvester chain for £165 million, beating Whitbread by £15 million. When Bass sold off its brewing division in 2000, Harvester was looked after by Six Continents. When this split in 2003 into a hotel division and one specialising in restaurants, the 127 Harvester brand restaurants came under Mitchells & Butlers. By 2012 there were 200 Harvesters in the UK and there are now said to be over 230.
I first noticed them on the edge of London in the mid 1980s, but since then they have spread further north. In more recent years we have eaten at Harvesters as far north as Bolton and Sunderland. At one time, as a family, they were our ‘go to’ brand, as we knew what we could get there, it suited the kids and prices were reasonable. In these days of internet connected mobiles, Harvester and Toby (another Mitchells & Butler brand) restaurants have proved useful meal breaks on long journeys.

Over the years there have been many money saving offers, often involving free ice cream sundaes or starters, but the one that best sticks in my mind was the one on Shredded Wheat packets around 2004. A voucher entitled the holder to any main meal for £1. As a family 8 of us ate out once for a total food bill of £8! Bargain! Our 7 and 9 year old were happily tucking into adult meals of their choice. During that period, we had to eat a lot of shredded wheat and it took a little while after the offer to explain to the kids that we were no longer looking for the most expensive items on the menu, as we had to pay full price again.

Roll on over 13 years and our former ‘9 year old’ (now 23) decided to take us to The White Rose Harvester, Leeds
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As it was half term, we suggested our daughter book a table. We couldn’t get in as early as we wanted, because the restaurant was busy, so we settled for 6.45pm.

Access to The White Rose Harvester was easy, off the A653 dual carriageway Dewsbury Road via a roundabout onto Wide Lane and very shortly taking a right into the carpark, which had plenty of space to the front and side of the restaurant.

The cream and white painted walls with steep pitched roof and the smaller gabled, sloping porches attached to a long lower roofed building gave a touch of the American mid-west to this part of west Yorkshire. It was well maintained and the Harvester branding was clear for all to see.

The interior lived up to expectations. As we entered there was a carpeted area to the left with sofas and low tables. To the right there was a welcome desk, partitioned off from the main restaurant area. We waited 5 minutes, before we were attended to. We were disappointed to be told that, although we had booked, there would be a 45 minute wait for food. But, as we were there and didn’t feel like looking elsewhere, we decided to stick it out.


The bar ran along the back of the restaurant. Apart from the carpeted lounge area, by the entrance, the rest of the floor was laid in blocks of large tiles in beige, black or rusty brown. Seating was a mixture of padded brown benches and wooden framed chairs with leather effect seats. We had a circular table at the back of the restaurant, but there were also square and rectangular shaped wooden tables. I was particularly impressed by the space between the dining tables. No danger of overhearing the neighbours’ conversations here.

Also impressive was the amount of light in The White Rose Harvester. The large windows had pale venetian blinds and were set to let in a lot of natural light. Low slung circular lights were positioned over tables and there were also wall lights.
The restaurant had a rustic feel to it with wood panelling, some of which was painted cream. Natural wood framed partitions helped to break the area up and add to privacy for diners. Ornamental containers were placed in the frames adding variety to the décor. In addition walls were hung with small wooden framed paintings.

Whilst there our party made use of the Men's and the Ladies which were well maintained and clean in keeping with the general appearance of the rest of the restaurant.

The one negative aspect was the loud music, which we found distracting.


Once seated, our drinks order was taken quickly. 3 of our party opted for the refillable drinks and 2 for tap water. It’s not that we never drink the harder stuff (although I do admit to complaining about the exorbitant price of alcohol in this country compared to elsewhere), but on this occasion one of our party was pregnant and the rest of us were driving.

The refillable drinks have certainly improved in variety in recent years. Ar the White Rose Harvester there was Tango apple, Tango orange, R Whites lemonade and a range of pepsis. For the thirsty, at £2.45, this is a good option. But tap water comes even cheaper at zero cost.

Although the restaurant only appeared moderately busy by the time we were seated, we were told that we could order our food, but we would have 45 minutes to wait to be served. Luckily there was the Harvester salad bar to fill the gap. Depending on the speed of service, I either treat this as a starter or as a side dish. On this occasion it was a long drawn out starter, with some of our party making more than one trip. In our defence, some of us had had a long day assembling furniture, or heading back to Ikea for missing items and one of us had even had a very early start at work, before then assembling a bed. So we had all worked up a good appetite.


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  • Mistybrook published 13/10/2017
    E review, shame about the service!
  • elwood_jones published 11/10/2017
    Great review and shame you had such a bad experience
  • Saraa23 published 04/09/2017
    Brilliant review...cant believe you had to wait that long for such terrible food...E from me
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British Restaurant - Address: Wide Lane, Morley, Leeds LS27 8PL

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Type: British Restaurant

City: Leeds

Address: Wide Lane, Morley, Leeds LS27 8PL

Country: England

Continent: Europe

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