The Boy took some time off work recently, and on his final day off, we set off in the car to go sample the delights of Leeds. We didn’t have an awful lot of time, so we decided to concentrate on the Victoria Quarter and in particular, on Harvey Nichols. As a girl who normally goes to Selfridges, I did feel like I was being a little bit unfaithful, but I soon got over this as soon as I saw the goodies inside.
The first delight to greet us was the wonderful Malcolm who is the doorman. He is so cheerful, and was more than happy to pose for a picture. If you go to Harvey Nichols, be sure to smile at him and say hello.
As it was lunchtime when we arrived, we quickly passed Makeup Heaven (seriously, it’s so good) and made our way up to the Fourth floor of Harvey Nichols. On our way to lunch, I got a little distracted by the alcohol department, especially some eye-waveringly expensive bottles of champagne.
Despite not liking Vodka one little bit, I was slightly tempted by these gorgeous bottles, but I was a good Bunny and kept on walking.
The Fourth floor is home to the Food Market as well as the two restaurants. We saw some gorgeous hampers that would please even the most discerning foodie.
We chose to eat in the Fourth Floor Cafe & Bar which has been recently refurbished. It is opulent and a beautiful mix of both contemporary and classic design, with views out over the city rooftops.
At first, it seemed a little bit on the posh side for us (we are quite down-to-Earth people), but we soon relaxed and had a lovely lunch.
As we were a little bit pushed for time, (seriously the car parking is astronomical!), we just had a main course, which was beautiful. There wasn’t a vast amount of choice on the menu, which when you’re a fussy eater like me, isn’t too great, but even I managed to find something I fancied.
We both chose the corn-fed chicken breast which was served with the most delicious pork belly rind, along with sautéed potatoes, peas and carrots, along with a pea puree and a wine jus (or gravy if you’re normal folk like us).
Next, we went back to the Ground Floor to look at all the pretty makeup. Several counters wouldn’t let me take photos, so I’m not even going to bother mentioning them, but some of them did.
Show me Tom Ford and Creme De La Mer and I go a little bit weak at the knees … and sense future bankruptcy, so I just admired the beauty of them all and then quickly moved on.
Another huge temptation were the Nars and Giorgio Armani counters. Where I live, you can only ever buy these online, so I was very tempted to get the Nars Sheer Glow and the concealer, but I’d had a bit of a blow out the day before. Next time though, for sure!
Another counter that I full on swooned over, was the Laura Mercier counter. If I had the money, I would have bought pretty much every item – it is all so good.
The Charlotte Tilbury counter was just perfection. The only other counter I’ve seen is quite a small one at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, so to see this was just amazing.
I also got to meet one of my followers, the lovely Siobhan, who works on the Charlotte Tilbury counter. We follow each other on Instagram and Twitter, so it was nice to meet her. Go pay her a visit on the counter, and give her a follow.
There was also an amazing MAC counter, but it was so busy I couldn’t even get near it, and we didn’t even make it to the other floors, so we will be going back.