Tuesday, 9 December 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas at 42...

The Christmas countdown has begun and with it, party season is officially under way! We love nothing more than entertaining here at 42 and have already begun to serve our delicious Christmas Private Dining menus to eager guests.

Chicken liver parfait, turkey roulade and Christmas cake pops are a few of the many courses that have been created by our very talented chef and kitchen team so far this month…and there are plenty more orders coming in! As anyone who’s ever chosen from the 12 varieties of Lishman's of Ilkey sausages we offer as part of a hearty Yorkshire breakfast will know, we take great pride in showcasing the finest local produce to visitors…try the tempting Yorkshire cheeseboard with menu option two and you’ll soon see why!

Our favourite festive dining course? It has to be the trio of desserts, which we just had to taste test of course! Mini Mont Blancs combine sweetened chestnuts topped with a tower of whipped cream, while the chocolate brownie Santa hat will ensure those with a sweet tooth will feel completely indulged. The pièce de résistance? The candy cane panna cotta! Yum!

While we can accommodate up to 30 guests for dinner in The River Room, if you’re planning a larger gathering we offer elegant cocktail events for up to 50 guests in The Fletland Suite. Our mixologists have been trying festive inspired recipes to come up with our very own 42 Christmas cocktail. Sip from the suite’s private balcony, take in beautiful views over the River Aire and let our team ensure you have a truly stylish celebration!

We’re still taking bookings for last minute Christmas parties, with prices starting at only £20pp – find out more here or call 0113 244 0099 to book now.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Tour De France Fever has Arrived at 42

The Tour De France countdown is well and truly underway at 42 The Calls. Anticipation is growing in Leeds and we can’t wait to join the crowds at the start line on Saturday the 5th of July, which luckily for us is only a short 15 minute walk away from where we’re standing.

We anticipate the celebratory atmosphere to continue throughout the afternoon and into the night in true Yorkshire style! We’ve already been enjoying the cycling inspired events Yorkshire Festival 2014 has offered and are looking forward to so many more. The Cyclism exhibition at Leeds Gallery launched earlier this month with an array of graphic design prints, illustrations, photography, jerseys, custom built bikes… and even delicious bicycle biscuits. With a ‘Bike’ writing competition, a play written in homage to local born world pursuit champion Beryl Burton and even an ‘edible’ bike ride in neighbouring York, stopping at sites of local growing initiatives for veg and herbs, there’s definitely an event for all enthusiasts!

On the big day itself, you can get a little closer to the action by heading down to the start line to see the teams signing in…as the perfect photo opportunity, we might even sneak in a selfie with Froome! It’s no secret that the earlier you arrive to an event of this scale, the better the view, however, even if our soft feather duvets and luxurious cotton bed sheets keep you enraptured a little longer than hoped, there’s no need to panic with a mere seven minute walk from the hotel to the City Centre Loop, which is only half a mile from the starting point.

 Cheers of excitement will be echoing throughout the route in Leeds, however, we recommend The Headrow as the destination for the unmatchable exhilaration of feeling the wheels rush by, seeing the rainbow of jerseys and knowing you were there for the start of the world’s most watched annual sporting event. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a relaxing Tour De France experience Scott Hall playing fields will be hosting a family friendly hub close by to the route, with a large screen ensuring unrivalled views alongside stage entertainment, children-friendly activities from British Cycling Go Ride and local cuisine - all only an 11 minute drive away.

 Much like the teams…however, to a lesser degree, we’ll be stocking up our energy reserves to ensure we can last the distance and wave off our favourite cyclists in what will be an unmissable atmosphere, followed by a day of celebration. From 8am, Team 42 will be sampling seasonal sausages from Lishman’s of Ilkley as part of a full, hearty Yorkshire breakfast and a cup of coffee or two, before the short walk and long wait that’ll be worth every minute.

 We can’t wait to see who’ll be wearing the yellow jersey by the end of the first day…

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Private Christmas Parties and Dinners at 42...

Last weekend we hosted out very first private Christmas party of the season, and what an event it was! The guests were the winners of our Leeds-list.com competition on Twitter, and we were so excited to welcome them. There was a feeling of excitement in the air, as all of us were keen to share the menu our culinary team have been working on for months now.

Needless to say, the party was a roaring success with many compliments paid to the food, drink and general atmosphere. This party, like the others we have scheduled, took place in the private River Room, which looks over the Aire and is especially pretty at night.

We’ve been getting well into the Christmas spirit and have decided to add a few little extras to our private parties. All of those who attend will now get a glass of warm, comforting mulled wine or some Prosecco to start things off. We’re also offering an overnight stay in one of our luxury rooms for the organiser, which we imagine might come in handy if you’re planning to celebrate with quite a lot of bubbly!

There are still a few spots left, so if you haven’t planned your Christmas party yet, you are in luck. Call us on:0113 244 0099 and we can start to plan your party for you.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Christmas Tree is Coming!

We’re all getting very excited here as we anticipate the arrival of our Christmas tree, which will be going up on Tuesday. We really can’t wait for it to be here, because for us, it means the season to be jolly has well and truly began. The tree will definitely be filled with decorations, as we are all very keen to put our own stamp on it. Our Christmas team will also be decking the halls and filling each and every corner with tinsel, holly and festive spirit.

We feel like a mum on Christmas day, because we’ve been in and out of the kitchen trying out the food that will be going on to the Christmas menus all week. So, as you might imagine, we’re all really looking forward to our first guests coming and trying it for themselves. We’ve got to recommend the jam jar strawberry sundae – which we must admit, we’ve been “testing” quite extensively!

On Sunday, the winner of our Twitter competition will be here with nine of his friends to try out the private Christmas menu. We hope they like it!

That’s all from us for now – but if you fancy a chat, please leave a comment here, we’d love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies at 42 this Weekend

We’re feeling a bit like Father Christmas here at 42 this week as we’ve got loads of lovely gifts to give away. Well, they won’t be wrapped or delivered down the chimney as they are actually mince pies and glasses of mulled wine. So, if you visit us this weekend you'll get a little early Christmas present!

We’ll have to resist temptation when all of the warm, homemade mince pies are laid out. We have been lucky enough to try one or two for ourselves and know for certain that they are delicious. The mulled wine will be warm too, and we imagine it will be very popular considering how cold it is getting outside.

Our hotel has lots of cosy places to sit and enjoy the treats, and you’ll be welcomed to have a little look around while you are here if you want.

Please leave a comment here or get in touch by email if you have any questions.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Introducing... The Official 42 the Calls Blog

So here it is – our blog. We’ve been thinking about the best thing to write for ages, but for some reason that perfect first line that effortlessly mixes comedy and wisdom just won’t come to us.

We made this blog because we want you to know that we are here and keen to talk to all of you. We’ll be writing here to tell you all about the most exciting stuff going on at the hotel, events in Leeds that we think are worth mentioning, and our team here at 42 the Calls.

So, whether we fancy having a chat about our Yorkshire-farmed sausages, or just want to tell you where we’ve been doing our Christmas shopping – we’ll have a place to do it. Along the way, you’ll get some tips about the best things to do and eat in Leeds, and learn a bit more about life at 42.

We’d love to hear from you, so if you have any questions or comments, please let us know.