September 12 2020

New restaurant opening at The Bird in October: plate by Leon Smith

The Pig is wishing a very warm welcome to what promises to be a very exciting brand new restaurant opening at The Bird (Pulteney Road) on Wednesday 7 October.

plate by Leon Smith focuses on stylish yet simple produce-led dishes wrought from ultra-seasonal, local ingredients on a weekly-changing menu served up in a relaxed, informal environment. Leon returns to the West Country having established his reputation at some of the UK’s finest establishments including Tom Aikens in Chelsea, Wild Honey, Berwick Lodge, The Pony and Trap (one of the few Michelin starred pubs in the UK) and The Royal Oak at Paley Street, where he achieved three AA rosettes.

The Bird’s proprietor Ian Taylor aims to treat guests to a spectacle for the senses from when they first step into the restaurant, and has designed a colourful, playful interior that aims to complement menus that promise to burst with flavour, presented with flair and executed with skill.

New menu items will be added weekly to reflect true seasonality, ensuring local and return diners will always have a new experience to enjoy as produce highlights varying within each month. While Leon’s menu will change constantly, his pride in his suppliers will be perennial; he and his brigade have hand-sourced the very best ingredients from local farmers and fishermen, meeting with each and visiting regularly as part of their determination to create a showcase of food heroes. Beef and lamb is sourced from the team at family-owned Beeswax Dyson (less than five miles away from Leon’s kitchen) while rainbow platefuls of vegetables are grown with care by fifth-generation farmers at Lovejoys.

plate by Leon Smith will be open from Tuesday-Sunday, a fixed price menu will be available daily from 6pm-7pm offering 2/3 courses for £20/£25, and a children’s menu will complement the adult offering offering ‘gastro kids’ the opportunity to enjoy mini-versions of their parent’s choices. Sound tasty? We think so! Reservations are being taken now; call 01225 580438 or click on this link to guarantee your place at the prandial party.

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