14 December 2014

The Light Film Club - Christmas Edition

I remember hearing about the new film club set up by the The Light, Leeds way back in the summer and instantly thought that the concept - a classic film and a meal at one of the lights several fantastic restaurants all for £10 each - was a brilliant concept. 

It unfortunately took me a while to find one of the film club nights that I was free to head over but thankfully the time came at last - and it was for the Christmas edition too, brilliant! I love a good Christmas film!

Christmas films

The showing on last Thursdays film club date was National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - one I hadn't seen since childhood, so I was looking forward to seeing if it lived up to those memories of a funny and warm Christmas film! 

Unfortunately I think my film tastes have grown a little more sophisticated since I last saw this - I feel like a grump saying it but I didn't find it funny or warm, and struggled to find much in the way of redeeming qualities in the feature. I mentioned to my dad the next day that we'd watched it though and he said I was crazy and it's one of his favourite films so maybe I am a grump! 

Festive restaurant in leeds

After we escaped from the screening it was time to head to the evenings participating restaurant - Frankie and Benny's! Unlike the film, which I had hazy memories of at best before this evening, I was already quite familiar with Frankie and Benny's with it being one of a not particularly extensive list of child-friendly restaurants in the city centre of my home town. This was my first visit to this particular branch though and I found the staff friendly and efficient, and the festive decoration very cheery! 

Festive Cocktails

With it being my first time at the film club, and not being entirely certain how it worked I was a little worried about how the meal would work out (I'm a worrier, what can I say) but as soon as we entered the restaurant a friendly face appeared, asked if we'd come as part of the film club, explained to us what the 'free meal' consisted of and led us to a table with a menu opened to the right page. 

I also spotted the festive drinks menu on our table and treated myself to one of the delicious seasonal cocktails. I had a 'Caribbean Christmas', Bacardi. Lamb's rum, passion fruit puree, orange and pineapple juice and a dash of genadine - not a typical festive drink I'd imagine but very tasty! 

Frankie and Bennys Lunch Menu

We'd been told that out meal could be any of the main meals from the lunch menu - a fairly extensive list covering five pizzas, six pasta dishes, a range of burgers, wraps and hot dogs as well as a couple of 'specials'. My dining partner had the fish and chips, which he declared to be excellent and I had the black and blue pasta - cajun chicken and blue cheese with pasta, served with fries. Mine was great and I finished it all off in no time! 

I was really impressed with the range of meals available to choose from as I thought it might be a much more limited menu being part of the deal, but there were so many yummy sounding options! I also had a good peek at the Frankie and Benny's Christmas Menu while I waited for my food - I didn't realise they would have extra Christmas options but it sounds really good and might try and head back before the big day for a pre-Christmas Christmas dinner! 

Frankie and Bennys Lunch Menu

Though it was a bit of a shame that I didn't love the film, I adore the idea of the film club. As a big cinema fan I love the idea of making a trip out to watch a film into an event. Not to mention that with the rising prices of cinema tickets, £10 for a film and a meal is one heck of a bargain! 

The Light, Camera, Action! Film club runs once a month - keep an eye on the website for details of future film nights, I definitely hope to be back! 

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