Following the 2015 Boxing Day floods and the closing of their City Centre venue, Grosvenor Casino has undergone a massive £3m refurbishment. We were invited to come and check out the venue, and see first hand what Grosvenor is offering the people of Leeds from their brand new entertainment venue.
The venue is easy to find, on Wellington Street straight off the inner ring road. With free parking at the back of the building, the venue offers much need security and peace of mind for any big winners of the evening. The casino is members only for security reasons, and so signing up for a card on arrival is mandatory if you haven’t already – don’t worry, this is free, and your card offers you membership of all Grosvenor venues throughout the country.
The welcome to the venue is friendly and professional, giving the impression that asking for guidance is encouraged. As a bit of a mixed group – some of us had never visited a casino in the past, others had dabbled – the evening included a walk around with manager John, a meal in Grosvenor’s restaurant and then a lesson on roulette before being able to head out and chance our luck!
Set over two floors, the main ground floor features a sunken gaming area, with the surrounding slot machines, screens and bar giving you a good view to the main area. The building is well organised and offers a clear distinction between the gaming areas and the other recreational areas, making it immediately inviting to non-gaming entertainment seekers.
Heading upstairs, you’ll find a mezzanine-style second floor overlooking the sunken gaming floor. This floor has a number of gaming machines offering a more private experience than the manned tables downstairs, a private card area for the venue’s nightly poker tournaments and the restaurant.
The restaurant featured a really good selection, tailored to the time of day. As evening diners, we settled in, tummies rumbling and struggled to narrow our choices down. The starters included classics such as Garlic Bred, Soup of the Day and a very tempting Goats’ Cheese and Beetroot Salad, as well as some surprising options including Crispy Duck and Pancakes and Tempura Chipotle Prawns. The starters were super tasty, a credit considering the fairly cheap prices (£3.50 – £6.25). The choice of main courses is e
qually varied, ranging from Sea Bass, speciality ‘From The Grill’ section including steaks and burgers, Asian inspired cuisine including Crispy Smoked Chilli Prawns and Singapore noodles, as well as a selection of salads, and a great value set menu. The steaks in particular were a great highlight of the meal, with the boys complimenting the quality of the meat.
After eating we headed downstairs for our lesson on the roulette table. Our instructor was fantastic, taking the time to explain the various minimum bets, odds and potential for winning. The venue offers sessions such as these making the casino a fantastic night out for groups such as hen and stag dos, and groups looking for something a little different. The overall vibe of the venue is chilled out, friendly and welcoming making the casino a perfect night out as a fully encompassing entertainment venue, with something for everyone.
Wellington Bridge Street
0113 389 3700