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Korks Wine Bar

Otley Bar, Wine Bar ££££ +100
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About Korks Wine Bar

Korks Wine Bar is something of an institution in the heart of the Leeds suburb of Otley and wears its culinary heritage as an understated badge of honour. Head Chef Ashley Dibbs has a healthy appetite for creating food that is both exciting and familiar, celebrating fresh local produce wherever possible. The building itself is grade II-listed but you’d be hard pressed to find any boasting down on Bondgate, it’s not the Yorkshire way. Instead they serve up varied cuisine with an international edge, a firm handshake and a welcoming atmosphere as standard. They also serve up regular live music, making it easy to spend the whole evening there.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
Korks Wine Bar, 40 Bondgate, LS21 1AD Leeds

Further Information

Situated on Bondgate in the suburb of Otley, Korks Wine Bar is part of the new breed of Yorkshire restaurant that continues to grow and grow in God’s Own County. Their cuisine is international, as one would expect from a multi-cultural city such as Leeds. You can also expect to see chicken tikka, bangers & mash and almost everything in between, but with an emphasis on making the most of what Yorkshire has to offer.

What Yorkshire has to offer of course, is exceptional ingredients and Korks are keen on using local suppliers wherever possible. With bread from Bondgate just a few doors down, beef from Rawdon, cheese from Harrogate and seafood from the North Sea coast. Taking the finest in seasonal and local products and turning them into diverse, international dishes is no easy task and few do it well. The queues at Korks Wine Bar in Otley prove that, when done well, the market is there… Make sure you don’t miss out by booking your table now.

CHEF'S CHOICE

171 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 171 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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2 reviews so far 6
21.08.2017 09:08

Excellent food and wine enjoyed by all eight in our party. Ambiance, service and surroundings all added to our experience. Korks at its very best value for money!!

9 reviews so far 6
13.08.2017 10:39

Five of us came to Korks (again!) and we all had the Early Bird Special. Four of us had the belly pork and one had the chicken. We could only manage two courses! Excellent value for money. The black pudding starter was not particularly exciting (said one guest) and that is the first negative thing I have ever said about Korks. We will all come back again though!

1 review so far 6
10.08.2017 08:08

Our third visit here, food was fantastic as usual and the service is always great too. Only suggestion would be to offer a soft drink or lager alternative for the steak meal offer on a Sunday.

4 reviews so far 6
06.08.2017 20:03

We went on a Sunday lunch, fabulous beef and Yorkshire pud, so much food we couldn't eat it all. Great price too. Thanks team x

1 review so far 5
28.11.2015 08:37

we have had drinks here several times and always thought the menus looked great. So happy we have now eaten here as the food, wine and service were all great. After sharing the Camembert starter (we couldn't finish it much as I wanted to - I would never have had space to eat anything again!), my husband had steak which was delicious (I tried a little bit!) and I had sea bass which was amazing. We could not even contemplate a dessert due to being so full! I would defiantly recommend and will be returning!

5 reviews so far 5
07.08.2017 09:32

Our regular Sunday evening visit for the Steak Deal. A little quieter than usual, maybe some people away on holiday! As expected a warm welcome from Becky and a friendly catch up! Order taken and shown to our table where a basket of bread awaited. We had ordered chicken and unusually waited a while for it to appear. It did arrive and was cooked extremely well although the sides of salad and chips came at different times (longer for the chips), something which could be improved!! Nevertheless it was most enjoyable.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 12:32

Korks is a great place to relax and enjoy excellent food and wine especially with friends. It has a great atmosphere and the staff are genuinely friendly and attentive at all times, even when they're really busy, which is why you're always best to book ahead. the variety and freshness of the food is a treat as are the prices, which are extremely reasonable for such quality. Try it you'll love it!

1 review so far 4
18.10.2015 10:43

The atmosphere was very good; there is quite a buzz about the place. Food and wine were good. Disappointed with the size of the salmon fillet and also the veg portion which was only enough for one really. My husband had the pate and there was two very small pieces of toast and quite a good portion of pate. We ask for more toast and got bread rather than toast. We had the Early Bird menu and although that was not particularly a great bargain at £18 for 2 courses, I wonder if that was why the portions sizes were on the small side?

5 reviews so far 6
27.10.2016 12:07

As usual the experience at Korks is a very positive one. Visited on a Sunday evening and had the steak offer. Well- we both had chicken on the same offer. Great reception from Chris (owner) and Becky on front of house. Meal very nicely cooked to order and waiting staff very attentive and pleasant. Great value meal including a bottle of wine!! What more can you ask for?

1 review so far 6
05.02.2017 18:02

We enjoyed a very tasty lunch today at Korks Wine Bar. The food was excellent and the service was first class, we will definitely be making a return visit very soon.

2 reviews so far 6
16.02.2017 08:36

We've been dining at Korks Wine Bar for several years and have never been disappointed. Excellent food, happy helpful staff and a nice atmosphere make it one of our go-to choices.

1 review so far 5
13.03.2016 18:40

good thanks, enjoyed the food and general attention, staff were very pleasant. However, instructions we gave regarding our mums birthday cake were ignored and one of our party was a bit upset that they had run out of decaf coffee and Sainsbury's is just across the road. We thought that someone might have nipped out and then we need not have known that and there was no intention of getting some.

2 reviews so far 6
24.02.2017 13:10

Haven't been to Korks for awhile - something that will be remedied - as our meal and experience last night were excellent. The food was delicious and we were still offered the early bird option despite the time having lapsed. The staff and service were just great. We shall return again - thank you for a top night.

2 reviews so far 6
18.06.2017 16:21

Beautiful Sunday lunch once again; two parfaits and a French onion soup for starters, 2 x beef cooked to our liking with a great assortment of vegetables and a chicken with asparagus and mushrooms (in a sauce), followed by 2 x Eton mess to finish off with. All service was timely and friendly staff. Can't find any fault!

1 review so far 5
13.03.2016 14:15

Great night out with friends - welcoming easy vibe to the place. Friendly staff. Good food and wine. Decent choice of food well prepared and cooked - we dragged friends over from Ilkley for a change as normally we have to travel from Menston to Ilkley. Good job done by Korks in getting the message across that there are good places to eat outside of Ilkley. Thanks.

1 review so far 3
29.05.2016 14:31

Whilst the food was good, the service was amateurish.. It took 23 minutes for a late arriver to our party to get their first drink.. The waitress didn't know if they served Henricks, then had to find out what the house white was, then didn't know the soup of the day.. Service was slow all night.. Also, waiting for coffee and the bill both took an age as all the staff gathered at the end of the bar and pretty much gave up serving.. The service really has slacked off; which is a shame as the food is very good.

4 reviews so far 6
14.01.2016 16:41

Been coming to Korks for more than 20 years now and I always have a great night. The food, atmosphere, service is all 5 Star. Chris will guide you on the food and wine and genuinely wants to get it right for you. Always a very warm welcome. 💕

9 reviews so far 5
17.07.2016 12:17

We dine here on a regular basis. Have brought friends from abroad here to dine and a friend who used to own an award winning restaurant in Scotland was very impressed with the food and the selection of wines! Food always good, the staff very friendly and only a few hundred yards away from where we live!

2 reviews so far 5
17.04.2017 09:58

Warm welcome, we chose the Sunday evening Steak deal which was excellent. Best restaurant chips I have eaten in a long time. Service very good, no room for a pudding but finished with a more than acceptable coffee. A very acceptable wine, we choose to have white, was served as a part of the deal.

4 reviews so far 6
24.05.2017 10:08

Always a friendly warm welcome from Chris/ Becky and the team, highly recommended, great choice or meat/ fish and vegetarian starters and main courses with wines for every occasion. Chris is happy to advise you on your choice of wine and is very well informed.

8 reviews so far 5
30.07.2017 16:33

Immer, wenn wir in Otley sind, gehen wir auch in Korks Wine Bar und sind immer zufrieden. Es gibt leckere Kleinigkeiten und Hauptgerichtem außerdem eine gute Weinauswahl.

1 review so far 6
06.07.2017 20:57

Wednesday evening is early bird special offer, two courses for two people for the price of one person. The food is superb, decent choice and plenty of it. Becky the manageress is so helpful, friendly and sweet. If you haven't tried it do so.

2 reviews so far 5
13.08.2017 18:03

Beautiful Sunday lunch; we 3 each had different choices (french onion soup, black pudding and pate followed by chicken, souffle and beef before Eton mess and sticky toffee pudding) and all were up to their usual high standard. Service between courses was a little slow if I am going to be picky!

1 review so far 6
26.04.2016 08:46

Had a fantastic meal at Korks. The staff was very attentive and the food was excellent and beautifully presented. I was also very impressed with how my mum, who is gluten and lactose intolerant, was catered for. Can definitely recommend this little gem.

1 review so far 3
16.10.2016 10:56

I think we hit a bad night at Korks. The atmosphere is lovely, candlelit and cosy. The staff work hard and are friendly and helpful. And on our first visit a few months ago the hood was fab and service was prompt. Sadly our recent second visit was not such a happy experience as we had to wait more than an hour between starters and mains. The food, when it came, was good but our evening had been spoiled by the long wait. Shame really.

9 reviews so far 6
03.07.2017 07:30

Back to Kork's yet again! Staff always lovely with food to match. Never been on a Sunday evening before but they have a really good rump steak deal for 2 people (which includes a bottle of wine) Might try that next time.

1 review so far 6
31.08.2016 18:49

Korks is a family favourite and whether it is lunch, Sunday lunch or evening dinner everything is always top notch!!! Menu is varied, changed often and always delicious! Been going now for 30 years or more, what more can be said!!

1 review so far 5
10.04.2017 07:19

There were 6 of us in the party. We went for the Sunday offer of 2 steak meals with sides and a bottle of wine. This offer also included 2 veggie options as well. The staff were wonderful and the food was delicious. We all had a great evening.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2015 15:29

Lovely food - always looks appetizing. Staff great - very friendly and helpful. Will be going back as soon as we can. The Early Bird on Wednesdays is a particularly good offer at 2 for 1 with a varied menu.

1 review so far 4
24.11.2015 09:15

Main thing no issues with the food, that was excellent. Just felt the services was lacking towards the end of the meal, had to wait an age for desserts and drinks, not sure why as it wasn't over busy. Must say I have been before and this wasn't an issue so probably a one off. Would I go again, absolutely

1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 10:15

Staff brilliant,food superb, value for money excellent. Overall a wonderful experience. I was once a regular at this restaurant but hadn't been there for a couple of years but decided to celebrate my wife's birthday there. What a wise decision.

1 review so far 6
02.06.2017 10:03

We were well looked after on a busy Thursday lunchtime. Staff were friendly and attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The food was well prepared and presented and flavours were great. We will be going to Korks again!

1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 11:14

Lovely meal in a very convivial setting. Sunday lunch 2 courses for £15 is excellent value. My lamb was beautifully cooked and presented, my partner's goat's cheese was declared 'delightful'. Friendly and attentive staff. All in all, highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
29.02.2016 12:22

Booked online. Good friendly service, food hot, desserts checked for gluten, my lager was not full pint (barrel needed changing but given to me free of charge. Overalll good food atmoshere, wil be back . Good menu for choice.

2 reviews so far 6
30.10.2016 20:20

We had a lovely meal at Korks for my birthday. My daughter is vegan and they catered for her with no problem and she really enjoyed her meal. The staff are always really helpful and make you feel welcome.

1 review so far 5
07.08.2016 11:05

Good food and an unexpected bonus of an early bird menu at £18 per head, which was welcome as the wine tag was quite hefty. Would certainly go again and maybe try something from the extensive full menu and cut back on the booze a little

1 review so far 6
01.02.2016 08:13

Korks is our favourite local restaurant. You can always be assured of a warm welcome the staff are friendly and efficient the food excellent! They stock an excellent range of wines and the house wines are never disappointing.

1 review so far 6
28.09.2016 21:11

The 4of us had a lovely evening at korks. We were given a warm, friendly welcome and everything we had to eat was lovely. The service was excellent and we all agreed that we would eat there again

9 reviews so far 6
04.02.2017 18:12

We go here very regularly. The food is always delicious and this time was no exception. The waiting staff are all friendly and attentive and there is an extensive wine list. The atmosphere is great. Would definitely recommend.

2 reviews so far 5
07.05.2017 19:32

Very nice atmosphere. The staff are very attentive and pleasant. The food is always good however my wife had steak and although very nice it could have been presented better on the plate, a bit of colour would have helped, salad etc. Overall can't complain.

1 review so far 2
19.01.2016 12:35

Booked for 6.00 arrived at 5.50 to be told not quite open yet which I can understand but we were just left to stand around until they were ready not offered a drink or anything. It was very cold it the restaurant and we all felt that the food on offer was very much basic food that was over priced, the vegetables were in two small bowls for a party of eight. I feel that they are trading on their reputation from previous years but times have moved on and I feel they need to do the same. All in all we went for a family birthday and overall felt disappointed.

2 reviews so far 5
01.05.2016 10:59

Really great food and service. The four of us eating could not find much to temp us on the starter menu but the chef happily made something up from their lunch menu which was delicious. We all loved our main courses. Will be back!

2 reviews so far 5
23.04.2017 07:52

Interesting place with good food and friendly staff. A bit idiosyncratic - eg no menus - you choose from a board by the bar. Seem to have found the slimmest girls in town to be waitresses - which adds to the pudding guilt factor.

1 review so far 5
24.05.2016 17:54

Good menu which should suit everyone. Food was lovely and helpings were generous but not over the top. Service was ok and the waitresses were attentive. We visit this restaurant every couple of months and look forward to a lovely meal and good music.

2 reviews so far 6
02.03.2017 12:28

Great menu for the early bird dinner. Fresh and seasonal ingredients cooked very well. Excellent value for money. The restaurant is always warm and cosy with a nice atmosphere. Good service. I eat at Korks regularly.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2017 10:54

We loved the cheerful friendly service we got from bar and waiting staff. There was a great choice and the food was delicious, there were short waiting times & a great atmosphere. We will be back!

2 reviews so far 6
01.01.2016 09:00

Superb food in a packed restaurant, Starters excellent, Extremely tasty black pudding, haggis, neeps and tatties. Main course of halibut and cod was first class. Delightful Chablis. A great way to see in the New Year,

10 reviews so far 5
06.07.2017 08:24

Had a lovely early evening meal and the food and service was very good. We choose to eat off the early evening menu and the lamb and chocolate brownie were delicious. Would recommend to give this restaurant a try you won't be disappointed.

9 reviews so far 6
03.09.2016 09:56

We go here very regularly. The food is always delicious and this time was no exception. The waiting staff are all friendly and attentive and there is an extensive wine list. The atmosphere is great.

1 review so far 6
17.12.2015 17:08

Excellent meal, as usual, and the service is, as ever top rate but unobtrusive. For desert can particularly recommend the Cafe Gourmand, a well crafted trio of mini deserts with a coffee (espresso or filter).