I was a guest at the launch night for The Hall.
Intu Lakeside have unveiled a brand new food hall called The Hall, as part of a £72 million leisure development which includes Puttshack’s first mini golf centre outside of London, one of the largest Hollywood Bowl venues, an indoor trampoline park and the development of Nickelodeon’s first family entertainment centre.
The Hall at Intu Lakeside
The Hall offers something fresh and different for local shoppers, and they’ve got it just right by bringing popular and independent street food brands into a quirky big space in Lakeside shopping centre. You’ll find The Hall on The Quay – just by Vue cinema and opposite the M&S food hall!
The venue is open planned and has an industrial feel to it, with concrete floors, exposed brickwork and industrial-themed hanging lights. There are plenty of stalls, tables and benches for people to sit and relax on, alongside a range of bars, a coffee shop and a dessert bar. The venue also has a huge big screen which is ideal for watching sporting events.
From famous fried chicken and stacked burgers to hand stretched pizzas and fully loaded kebabs, you will find something to suit everyone’s taste here. The 6 street food stalls you can check out at The Hall are: Burger & Beyond, Mother Clucker, Fundi Pizza, Baoziinn, Fanny’s Kebabs and Naanstop.
The concept is easy – head to your street food stand of choice, place your order and pay, and then you’ll be given a buzzer. Take a seat and relax… once your buzzer starts vibrating and flashing red, it’s time to go and collect your food!
Launch Night of the New Food Hall at Lakeside
I was invited along to the launch night of The Hall and was given some complimentary tokens to try out some of the food on offer. All the street food stands smelt incredibly good, so it was hard to choose where to go first – after checking out the different menus, we decided to try out Mother Clucker.
Mother Clucker are famous for their tea brined, buttermilk soaked and twice battered fried chicken, so we ordered a portion of their signature fried chicken strips and cajun fries to share (£10). This was hands down the best fried chicken I have had in a long, long time! The chicken was tender, juicy and piping hot, with a spicy crunchy fried coating which was so mourish. Served on a bed of crispy skinny Cajun fries and drizzled with homemade hot sauce and lime mayo, it was the perfect dish to share and demolish!
We ordered a Thistly Cross strawberry cider each, and decided to try out Baoziinn a little later on in the evening.
The menu is quite compact and a little different in terms of “traditional” Chinese food options. We decided to try out their barbeque pork rice with Chef special soya sauce & house braised egg (£8.50). This was insanely good too, but it could’ve been served a bit hotter personally. The white rice was fluffy and sticky, and the pork was really tender and had a lovely sweet and sticky soya sauce coating.
I can’t wait to go back to The Hall and try out more of the streetfood stalls! If you’re local to Lakeside, I would certainly recommend a trip here to check out the brand new food hall.