So a miserable rainy Thursday evening two weeks before Christmas is probably not the best time to decide to meet up with a friend for a quiet catch up. However that was the date we had picked so we decided to brave the weather and popped into the Tank and Paddle on Bridge Street. Clearly half of York had had the same idea as it was absolutely packed with after work parties. Luckily most of these moved on pretty quickly and we were left with a much more civilised surrounding.
The Tank and Paddle used to be called Missoula, and unlike a lot of places this is not just a change of name, they have refurbished the whole bar area. The bar is clearly aiming for sports bar status with an abundance of TVs throughout, however don’t let that put you off as the rest of the décor is nice and cosy. The staff were efficient and despite the large number of people in the bar, drinks were served quickly and there was no queue.
We managed to get a seat at the back of venue originally overlooking the river, yet this proved way too cold with party people wondering in and out of the balcony, so we migrated to a nice quiet and warmer table nearer the bar. The menu is a selection of usual pub fair of pizza’s and burgers, with the added addition of some small plates and main courses.
Of course I can’t resist a pizza and with the bonus of a glass of wine for an extra pound it was an easy choice for me. My friend had a harder time as there was a lot to choose from, in the end she went for scampi and chips, whilst I chose the vegan smoky sloppy joe, plus a side of cauliflower ‘wings’.
The food arrived quickly, and was a pleasant surprise. The pizza was delicious. It was topped with a soya based chilli mince that had a really nice smoky slightly spicy taste, which was then covered with spinach and vegan cheese and dip. The additional of spring onion and basil really lifted the flavours, and the base was lovely and crispy. The cauliflower wings were also a moreish addition and I could happily have eaten plates of them alone. Small florets of cauliflower, coated in a slightly spicy batter, with pomegrante seeds and mayonaise, served with a chilli dip. I would highly recommend them. The scampi came served with chips and peas and whilst nothing to write home about, it was apparently tasty scampi and the chips were cooked perfectly.
I would defintely come back here and can’t wait to try their cheese and potato pie, topped with the aforementioned cauliflower wings. Maybe not on a day there is a big sporting event on though!