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Terrace culture

Paul Clarke enjoys a cocktail on the Mint Hotel's new terrace

Written by . Published on June 7th 2011.

Terrace culture

AT the first sight of summer, Leeds drinkers can’t wait to get outside and the Mint Hotel has been quick off the mark unveiling its new terrace bar.

The launch party was mercilessly light of celebs, but there was plenty of Pimms and a bucket of sangria to get us in the summer party mood.

The new terrace behind the hotel - servicing both the restaurant and the bar - is pretty impressive with a chilled out view out over the Leeds/Liverpool canal as the barges sail to and fro through the nearby lock. It is also very tranquil considering its city centre location.

Mint_BBQ-202.jpgNot surprisingly, general manager Stephen Turner is pleased with the new south facing terrace area that runs the length of the hotel.

“We’ve worked hard to make this a lovely space, and in the summer it will be really nice for our customers to relax out here watching the canal boats go through the lock,” Stephen told Confidential.

Another feature they were keen to show off was their state-of-the-art barbecue. This is not something you pick up in B&Q, but an industrial set up that can cater for up to 200 people. The barbecues are designed for corporate events or family gatherings with packages are available for groups from 20 upwards, including a personal chef.

The barbie was in full flight with the chefs turning out some succulent chicken to complement the sangria, cute little beef burgers, and some nicely judged salmon on skewers which went down very well with me.

IMG_5568.JPGMint also has a long standing relationship with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, who sent the chorus of their upcoming show The Wiz to join in the celebrations.

This exuberant troupe of talented Leeds youngsters auditioned in January, and have been working hard every Friday and Saturday since then preparing to join the professional cast members on stage.

All that work in the studio has certainly paid off as the American accents were spot on, the singing strong and the dance moves slick and precise. The professionals will certainly have to be right on their game to match this impressive team, reinforcing Confidential’s view that the Wiz is likely to a big hit with local audiences.

The Mint Terrace is also likely to become a regular haunt not only for their customers looking for a relaxed drink before heading out into town, but for discerning drinkers looking for an oasis of calm in the city centre.

Barbeque prices start from £15 per person and include a selection of meats from the grill including Cumberland sausages with thyme, rosemary and whole grain mustard, char-grilled flat breads with hummus and garlic butter and a dessert of English strawberries with vanilla sugar and clotted cream. Parties of 80 or more can have exclusive hire of the terrace and Mint will also host an open barbeque on Friday evenings regularly throughout the summer

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