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Parks ‘n’ Pubs That Go Together Like Peas in a Pod

· Ali Turner · Culture

Fresh air & booze – what more could you want?

Kirkstall Abbey

There are few things we love more than a refreshing walk, followed by a well deserved pint – which is why these park-pub combos are a match made in heaven.

Leeds may be a bustling city, but it’s also filled with green spaces that make it only too easy to escape the concrete jungle for an hour or two. We’ve narrowed the list down to just three, coupling them with one of our favourite suburban drinking dens to give you a day out that will help you forget the daily grind and remember why you love living in Leeds.

Roundhay Park and The Stew & Oyster

Roundhay Park

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It’s the obvious choice. At 700 acres, Roundhay Park is home to all manner of walks, from leisurely strolls around the park itself to adventures into the forest. Along the way, you’ll stumble upon lakes, landscaped gardens and a beautiful gorge. But that’s just the beginning, because Roundhay Park is also home to mansions, castles and hidden folleys.

It’s a marvellous day out, no doubt about it, but it wouldn’t be complete without a pint of something nice at The Stew & Oyster. The selection of beers on the bar is always exceptional, with something new to try every time you go, and you can enjoy it in a cosy, relaxed venue that makes winding down after your walks easy. Oh, and there’s stew too – bonus!

Woodhouse Moor & Hyde Park Book Club

It’s one of the city’s most famous parks, and not just because it’s the start of the Meanwood Valley Trail. Woodhouse Moor is the perfect place to spend a day lounging in the sun, but if you want to get active, you’ve got 27 hectares to explore, with seven treelined paths that lead into the centre of the park. There are also basketball and tennis courts, not to mention the famous skate park.

Afterwards, get yourself over to Hyde Park Book Club, a petite cafe-bar with real independent spirit. You can indulge in drinks galore, whether you’re after coffee or something stronger, and if you fancy a bite to eat, they have a menu of creative vegetarian dishes, using specially imported Meat Butcher products.

Kirkstall Abbey & The Bridge Inn

Kirkstall Abbey Crocuses

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Kirkstall Abbey is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The beautiful remains of the Cistercian abbey date back to 1182, when the building was completed, and though they have since endured the ravages of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, they’re still stunning to this day. It’s not the only attraction here though, with 24 hectares of parkland for you to explore, including wildflower meadows, tennis courts and picnic-worthy stretches of grass.

Just around the corner, one of the city’s finest pubs awaits. The Bridge Inn is a Kirkstall Brewery pub, and as such, it has a fine selection of beer behind the bar. Treat yourself to a pint of Three Swords, Generous George or Dissolution IPA while you look out over the waters of the River Aire – they have a cracking beer garden, so there’s no need to go inside after your stint in the park.