The city’s pubs are reopening just in time for summer, so it’s time to get back in those beer gardens…
The idea of summer without a few bevvies in the city’s beer gardens is incomprehensible. Luckily, our favourite boozers have started to reopen, so you can sit out in the sun with a pint in hand. Not only is it a summer ritual, but it’s also safer to meet outdoors, so beer gardens are a win-win. These 10 have all reopened, so why not plan a catch-up with friends?
There are three separate outdoor areas to choose from at Parkside Tavern. They’ve got benches out front on Merrion Street, a south-facing terrace outback and a little ground-floor sun trap they share with The Social. Whichever you find a seat, you can enjoy local real ales and cocktails paired with flatbread pizzas as the sun shines. To order, send one person from your group to the bar.
Parkside Tavern, St John’s House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE. They’re open for walk-ins, but you have to book ahead for the pool tables.
Water Lane Boathouse
This riverside spot is one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. You can soak up the rays on one of their roomy benches which sit right on the banks of the River Aire. While you’re there, treat yourself to craft beer, cocktails and G&Ts paired with Neapolitan pizzas, loaded burgers and heaving sarnies. You won’t even have to leave your seat because they’ve launched a new app ordering system.
Water Lane Boathouse, Water Lane, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS. You need to book ahead online.
The Mustard Pot
This charming Victorian pub in the heart of Chapel Allerton is a must-visit. It has swathes of grass out front with plenty of socially-distanced benches and tables for you take a seat at. With their new app, you can order in seconds without ever leaving your seat. There’s local ales, spirits and wine which you can pair with a menu of pub classics – their pies are a must-try.
The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY. You can book ahead online on Fridays and Saturdays, but they’re also accepting walk-ins.
Belgrave Music Hall
Belgrave has one of the best roof terraces in Leeds. The top floor opens up into an urban paradise, with booths, tables and benches, not to mention tremendous views across Leeds. You can order using their new app, which promises a raft of American craft beers, local cask ales and European lagers. Plus, get Patty Smith’s burgers and Dough Boys’ pizzas delivered to your table!
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP. You need to book ahead online.
When it comes to beer gardens in Leeds, you can’t beat Calls Landing. Their socially-distanced tables overlook the River Aire, so this is the perfect sun-trap on a summer’s evening. Beer’s the order of the day here, with local cask and keg ales on draught. Pair them with stews and small plates – all of which can be ordered through their app and delivered to your table.
Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW. You need to book ahead online.
The Original Oak
One of the biggest beer gardens in Leeds, The Original Oak is perfect for a post-lockdown tipple. Head out into their vast beer garden, where social distancing is a breeze, and enjoy a few pints. You can order all your food and drink through their new app. Choose from real ale, cocktails and wine. Hungry? It’s good ol’ fashioned pub grub all the way, so you can line your stomach.
The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG. You can book ahead online, but they’re also accepting a limited number of walk-ins.
You have two rooftop terraces to choose from at Headrow House. The biggest of the two leads straight out from Redondo Beach, but you can also head upstairs to Kennedy Meadows. Both areas have been set-up with social distancing in mind and you can place your orders via their app. They do beer and cocktails equally well and you can pair them with a new menu of kebabs.
Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU. You need to book ahead online.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn
Kirkstall Bridge Inn has made its beer garden even bigger to allow for social distancing. Plus, they’ve added a new outdoor bar during lockdown, so they can fit more people in. You can get Kirkstall Pale, Three Swords and Dissolution IPA on tap, alongside a cracking selection of craft beers from here, there and everywhere. Order on the app and don’t forget to partake in their pub grub.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW. You need to book ahead online.
Angelica’s south-facing terrace offers incredible views in every direction. It’s big and spacious, so social distancing is easy, and when the sun sets, the outdoor heaters will keep you warm. Wine is the order of the day here, and there’s no better place to pop open a bottle of champagne. They serve everything from brunch to afternoon tea, all of which can be ordered on your phone.
Angelica, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW. You need to book ahead online.
The Midnight Bell
How we’ve missed the picturesque courtyard at The Midnight Bell. It’s massive (which is great for social distancing) and attached to a country-style pub in the heart of South Bank. You can get a pint of Leeds Brewery’s finest, or choose from a range of wine, cider and spirits, all of which are available to order on their new app. Hungry? Their menu of pub classics is sure to hit the spot.
The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN. You can book ahead online, but they’re also accepting a limited number of walk-ins.