Nothing makes me happier than going out for a nice meal to indulge in some delicious food with the people I love. It’s something I live for – although my bank balance does not, but hey, life’s too short not to enjoy the things you love!
We’re lucky that Harrogate has such a good selection of food establishments, made up of both independents and more well-known names. This is partly to blame for the fuelling of my food obsession.
Foundry Project joined the Harrogate scene last year and it’s a firm favourite of mine for enjoying some fantastic cocktails (you might remember my Great Harrogate Bars on The Ginnel blog post where I mentioned one of their cocktails that came with a digestive biscuit… yeah, exactly). However, having said that, I’d never eaten there before or really thought about their food menu – unlike me, I know – so when they kindly invited me to come and try their new menu, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up!
Cocktails at Foundry Project
No meal is complete without some nice delicious liquid to accompany it. At Foundry Project, you truly are spoilt for choice – especially when it comes to their cocktail list.
The menu had changed since my last visit and it took me a good while to whittle it down to a few that I wanted to try more than any other (I’m indecisive as it is). They have some fantastic twists on classic favourites and the menu certainly stands out from others!First up was the Pornstar Pineapple ‘Tini’, with a fruity pineapple twist on the usual Pornstar Martini that is an all-time favourite of mine. It certainly didn’t disappoint and was a superb palette cleanser before the food arrived. I can also confirm that their Dirty Mojito is delicious. My second choice had my name written all over it, the Gin Fashionista – a title I would like to be referred to as from now on, thank you. A harmonious mix of sloe gin, brown sugar, and rose water, this cocktail definitely makes it into my top 10! It was unbelievably refreshing and delicious, and far too easy to drink. Their Espresso Mr Martini was also great. With a double espresso shot and salt mixed in, it’s a slightly stronger and more masculine version of the usual Espresso Martini!
The Happiest Menu in Town
You know it’s going to be a good meal when the menu themselves look cool. And I don’t mean the contents of the menu, although these were obviously great too, but the menus are actually in the form of newspapers. A super cool twist on the usual menu-types!
Foundry Project had clearly caught wind of my burger obsession. Their new burger options are a game-changer! They are far from the generic cheeseburger, bacon burger options – although these still feature within the menu, don’t worry. They also have some wonderful pizzas made fresh in the Foundry Project pizza oven, but the burgers were calling my name.
I’ve had my fair share of burgers, but I can confidently say that I’ve never come across a Bhaji burger before. I literally had to double take… two of my favourite things in one item?! Onion bhajis combined into a brioche-bun burger? HELLO. I had to try it. It’s one of those options where you will either ahhh or ewww at when reading, but whatever your initial reaction, I can wholeheartedly say that it totally works and it’s one of the best burgers I have had.
I’m not a vegetarian, but it’s great that their veggie option is such a delicious and unique choice. With mango chutney in between the bhaji and bun, there is a fantastic zing to go alongside a subtle spice and with an extremely tasty and cooling cucumber riata that makes the best dressing.
I brought my boyfriend along with me, not just for company, but so I could try twice as many food options (I’m sure he loved me choosing his options for him…!). He ‘chose’ (I chose) the Beer and Onion burger featuring beer braised onions and Comté cheese, which turned out to be another fantastic option that I definitely recommend.
We also tried both the sweet potato and regular fries options, which were both scrumptious. There’s nothing worse than soggy sweet potato fries so you will be pleased to hear that Foundry Project’s are far from. Crunch and flavour heaven!
If you still have room after your epic burger or pizza choice, Foundry Project have two fantastic dessert options… the Tropical Mess and the Chocolate Donut Mess, offering an option for both fruit-dessert and chocolate-dessert lovers out there! Of course, my heart is always with chocolate so it wasn’t a difficult decision for me.
This ‘mess’ was an absolute dream. Nutella, honeycomb, chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, flakes, donuts… the lot. Everything piled into one shareable-sized jar and presenting itself as chocoholic heaven! If you’re looking for a new food-place to try in the centre of Harrogate, with great drinks, an even greater ambience, and chic and comfortable surroundings, I have to put Foundry Project forward to you. I was seriously impressed with not only their menu, but the flavours and quality of food and drinks. They also have some fantastic offers for dining throughout the week, so there’s no excuse not to try their new menu.
Thank you to Foundry Project in Harrogate for inviting me down and to Molly for being a fantastic host throughout the night. I’m already planning my next visit!