Get a melt-in-the-mouth steak from many of Yorkshire’s leading casinos
Many of the leading casinos across Yorkshire don’t just exist as venues for table games and slot machines, they are all-round entertainment and leisure resorts. Although the county is a hotbed of casinos that stage some of the biggest poker tournaments outside of London, these venues are also increasingly renowned for their cuisine.
Dining at a casino can be an indulgent experience, giving you a chance to relax and enjoy some delicious fare before or after a gaming session. A growing number of people may visit a casino restaurant without even spinning a reel or wheel, thanks largely to a growing number of head chefs bringing their creativity to new locations.
You don’t have to look far to see that some of the biggest celebrity chefs have spotted an opportunity in casinos. In nearby Manchester, TV personality James Martin has his own restaurant located within Manchester235’s Las Vegas-esque resort.
With that in mind, what kind of delectable delights can you expect to find in some of Yorkshire’s most popular casinos? Here are five venues worth shouting about:
Grosvenor Casino Leeds Westgate’s all-day menu
The Grosvenor Casino is in the heart of Leeds city centre and for many years it has been providing first-rate facilities for casino gaming, and live sport. The venue broadcasts all live Sky Sports events here in both of its stylish bar and lounge areas. Aside from its classic roulette, blackjack, and slots action, this venue is revered across the region for the calibre of its Texas Hold’em poker tournaments and cash games, with the former all dealer dealt.
In terms of its dining options, Grosvenor Casino Leeds Westgate offers an all-encompassing All-Day Menu, as well as a string of bar snacks to enjoy. The main meals include classic fare such as cheese and bacon burgers, chili con carne, and macaroni cheese, with nachos and paninis also as lighter bites.
Napoleons Casino Bradford’s award-winning restaurant
Napoleons Casino is one of the biggest casino groups in the northwest of England. Their venues are teeming with slots and table games. They also play host to Texas Hold’em poker tournaments six days a week, as well as a series of on-demand cash games, suggesting that the popularity of this form of poker is as high as ever. This is largely because it’s a game you can pick up within a matter of minutes, with sites like 888poker offering a nine-step poker strategy for beginners, readying them for action at the tables.
Bradford’s Napoleons venue contains an award-winning restaurant with a capacity of 120. Overseen by head chef William Whyte, this restaurant sits on the floor beneath the gaming floor.
Due to the current health and safety restrictions, the restaurant’s Late-Night Menu is unavailable temporarily. However, its autumn menu looks appealing with a three-course meal, drink on arrival and £5 gaming chip offered for just £17.95 per person. Hearty home favourites like rump of lamb, roulade of pork and sirloin steak feature heavily here.
Genting Casino Sheffield’s Fahrenheit
Looking into south, Yorkshire and Sheffield’s Genting Casino is also another increasingly popular hot spot for foodies. Located in the heart of the “Steel City” on St Paul’s Place, Genting Casino is a hub for casino players and sports fans alike.
Its new interactive Sports Lounge is one of the best places to enjoy live sport, with a superb choice of drinks offers. Meanwhile, its casino is home to American roulette, blackjack, three card poker, and plenty of electronic slots and table game machines. It’s less popular for poker players here, with no Texas Hold’em tournaments or cash games scheduled regularly.
However, its on-site Fahrenheit restaurant turns up the heat a notch. Whether you are after a light bite or something more substantial, you can access the casino’s All-Day Menu from 10 am until 9 pm. There’s everything from small plates like loaded fries and tempura prawns through to more substantial Chicago Town-style pizzas and steaks.
Opera House Casino Scarborough’s Casino Lounge
In the North Yorkshire coastal resort of Scarborough, which is up there with the other best staycation resorts in the UK, sits the Opera House Casino. This venue, which dates to the late 19th century, is a Grade II listed building and has been the home of the Opera House Casino since 2002. It’s rapidly developed a proud reputation for delivering European-style casino entertainment. Its exclusive poker room stages plenty of tournaments and cash games, all of which are now dealer dealt to accelerate gameplay.
In terms of hospitality at the Opera House Casino, there is food available from the Casino Lounge and Stalls bar. The evening menu contains fragrant Thai curries, more homely steak & ale pies, as well as fresh Whitby scampi and chips. You can also grab a traditional full English breakfast at any time of the day or night too if you get a craving for bacon.
Napoleons Casino Leeds’ relaxed and elegant restaurant
Although it’s a second mention of the Napoleons Casino brand, the Leeds venue more than deserves a mention too. The restaurant, overseen by head chef Nick Donson, “stays true to its principles of good quality, taste and presentation”, according to the Napoleons website. Their upcoming November menu contains a host of winter warmer dishes such as pot roast beef cheek and braised lamb shank. The latter is also available as part of its popular Sunday Lunch menu. You can also choose from an exquisite list of grills, including 10oz ribeyes and fresh escalopes of salmon.
The restaurant is also offering a “Dine in Style” package, whereby guests pay £25 per head for a glass of fizz on arrival, followed by a delicious three-course meal and a £5 gaming chip that can be used on any of the casino tables, including the blackjack, roulette or poker tables.