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87 Leeds Beer Gardens That Are Reopening & Whether You Can Book Or Walk-in

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

These must-visit beer gardens will be back open soon.

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Can’t wait to get back in the city’s beer gardens? Here’s everything you need to know…

Lockdown is finally being eased, which means the prospect of going out again is back on the horizon. The government has given us the provisional date of Monday 12th April 2021 for the return of beer gardens, and most of the city’s pubs are restaurants are shooting for that date. We’ve rounded them all up, complete with the latest info on whether they’re accepting bookings or walk-ins, so you can start planning.

More pubs and restaurants are announcing their reopening every day, so if you know something we don’t, tell us in the comments so we can add them to the list!

City Centre

Angelica French Polynesian

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Angelica. This rooftop bar above Trinity Leeds has one of the best terraces in the city. Wrapping around the building, it has panoramic views for you to take in as you enjoy creative cocktails, fine wines and delectable food. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Banyan. Whether you fancy craft beer, cocktails or G&Ts, you can have it all in Banyan’s vast outdoor area. But it’s not just drinks. If you get peckish, you can choose from a menu of global dishes. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Restaurant Bar & Grill. Home to one of the most popular outdoor areas in Leeds, Restaurant Bar & Grill is coming back. They have beer, wine and cocktails aplenty, which you can enjoy alongside their delectable food. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Water Lane Boathouse

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Water Lane Boathouse. This riverside watering hole has one of the best beer gardens in Leeds and it’s reopening! You can enjoy craft beer, artisan gins and tasty treats from the Small Victories kitchen. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Neon Cactus. A night on Call Lane is on the cards as Neon Cactus makes its long awaited return. They’ll be doing everything they do best – local craft beer, heaving tacos and the most refreshing margaritas in Leeds. We can’t wait! They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Archie’s Bar & Kitchen. In the dark arches of Granary Wharf, Archie’s is an all-day bar with an outdoor area overlooking the nearby canal. You can take your pick of Ossett Brewery ales, sup a couple of cocktails or fill up on burgers and pizza. They’ll have table service and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

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Roland’s. A Call Lane favourite with a gem of a beer garden? Roland’s is back in business! Whether you go for one of their incredible cocktails, a glass of vino or a craft beer, you’re onto a winner. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Parkside Tavern. There’s not one, not two, but three outdoor areas to choose from when Parkside Tavern returns, where you can enjoy everything from craft beers to cocktails, spirits and wine. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Mean-Eyed Cat Bar. This Deep South-inspired dive bar is reopening its outdoor area on Merrion Street. Get ready for an impressive selection of boozy iced teas and whiskey cocktails, but if that’s not your bag, try one of their many craft beers. They’ll have table service and heat lamps. You need to book online.

North Brewing Co. Tap Room

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North Brewing Co. Taproom. Beer and bao anyone? North Brewing Co. are reopening their terrace, so you can enjoy a fresh-as-you-like Transmission or a Piñata again. Little Bao Boy will be rustling up their tasty bao buns too. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Cuckoo. A bar that lives up to its bonkers name, Cuckoo is reopening its outside area. They have loads of craft beers for you to choose from, alongside a menu of unusual cocktails. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Packhorse. One of the oldest pubs in Leeds is getting ready to serve pints once again as The Packhorse reopens its beer garden. Real ales and craft beer are the order of the day, but they also have wine and cocktails. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Fried chicken, Nation of Shopkeepers

Nation of Shopkeepers. Home to one of the best beer gardens in Leeds, Nation is ready for reopening. Craft beer, creative cocktails and that feast-worthy menu of burgers will be there to enjoy in their massive courtyard. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Power, Corruption & Lies. This Call Lane bar-cum-restaurant will be serving up dim sum and fizz aplenty when its outdoor area reopens. They’ve got a new menu of small plates you can pair with wine or craft beer. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

The Midnight Bell. The picturesque courtyard of The Midnight Bell is the perfect little sun trap for a few drinks. Once reopen, you can sit outside this country-style city centre pub and enjoy a pint of Leeds Brewery’s finest and a menu of pub classics. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

Belgrave Music Hall roof terrace

Belgrave Music Hall. That iconic rooftop beer garden is coming back and what a joy it will be to enjoy a few craft beers, cocktails and tasty treats from Patty Smith’s and Dough Boys up on the terrace once again. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Sheaf Street. This cool cafe-bar is rolling up the shutters and spreading out the tables in front of its home so you can enjoy all kinds of treats once it reopens. Craft beer, cocktails and burgers, just take your pick. They’ll have table service and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Howl. This good ol’ fashioned rock bar has got a new outdoor area ready for reopening. You can still expect to hear the same punk, rock and goth tunes from inside, but you can sit in the sunshine as you enjoy lagers, ales and spirits. They’ll have table service. Walk-ins only.

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Craft Asylum #1. Nestled at the bottom of Candle House, Craft Asylum’s beer garden wraps around the bar overlooking Granary Wharf. Get ready for their own Salt Beer Factory brews and loads of UK craft gins. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

The Duck and Drake. A proper old school pub in the heart of Leeds, The Duck and Drake also has stellar beer garden at the rear. It’s the perfect sun trap for mid-afternoon real ales and craft beers. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Toast. From continental lagers to local real ales, Toast is a beer-lovers dream and it’s got a spacious outdoor area where you can enjoy your favourite once the sports-loving bar reopens. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need book ahead online.

Issho C&T

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Issho. Not just one of the city’s finest restaurants, Issho also has one of the best rooftop terraces in Leeds. It’s 700 square-foot and south-facing, complete with cosy sofas on which you can enjoy creative cocktails and Japanese small plates. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Call Lane Social. To celebrate beer gardens being allowed to reopen, Call Lane Social are launching a new outdoor area at the front of the bar. It’ll be the perfect spot to enjoy their range of craft beer and creative cocktails. They’ll have table service and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Revolution Electric Press.This Millennium Square favourite is reopening its outdoor terrace, which will have been extended by its reopening – perfect for beers, cocktails and tasty global eats. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Headrow House roof terrace

Headrow House. With not one, but two roof terraces at Headrow House, it’s an ideal place for a few drinks in the sunshine. You can sup craft beer and cocktails up on Kennedy Meadows or the lower terrace. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Alchemist. Both of The Alchemist’s venues in Leeds are coming back! Their roof terrace at Trinity Leeds and their outdoor area and Greek Street will be open for drinks and smaller food menus. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Walkabout. The Aussie-inspired watering hole is reopening its city centre beer garden. You can look forward to sitting outside with a few pints or cocktails, one of their massive burgers and live sport on the outdoor screens. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Marley Mojito at Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay. Caribbean food and tropical cocktails will be the order of the day when Turtle Bay reopens its beachfront-themed outdoor area. How does pit-grilled jerk chicken paired with the Reggae Rum Punch sound? They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Roxy Ball Room. While you have to wait until May for pool, ping-pong and karoake, Roxy Ball Room is reopening its Merrion Street outdoor area in April. Get ready for global craft beers and unusual cocktails. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Oporto. This Call Lane institution is famed for its party atmosphere, and although they’ll be keeping it low-key when they reopen their outdoor area, you can still have a ball with craft beer and spirits aplenty. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

The Whitehall Bar & Restaurant Outdoor Area

The Whitehall. You can enjoy modern British dining at its very best when The Whitehall’s outdoor terrace reopens. From torched salmon fillet to crispy pork belly, their refined brilliance will have been worth the wait. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Mojo. The original rock & roll bar has plenty of tables outside on Merrion Street ready to welcome you back from April. You can expect global beers, creative cocktails and oodles of spirits. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Cross Keys. Now under new ownership, The Cross Keys is all set to reopen its beer garden. You can soon enjoy craft beers alongside charcuterie boards and classic pub grub. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book by emailing info@thecrosskeysleeds.co.uk.

Northern Monk

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Northern Monk. The Refectory at Northern Monk’s brewing HQ will be pouring out fresh-as-fresh-can-be craft beers once again with the reopening of their outdoor area. Nice cold pint of Faith anyone? They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Stew & Oyster. Whether it’s at Calls Landing, in Oakwood or Boston Spa, Stew & Oyster offers a cosy pub setting where you can enjoy tipples like local craft beer and refreshing G&Ts, which go perfectly with their hearty stews and charcuterie boards. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Whitelock’s. Great local ales, proper pub grub and an iconic beer garden – get ready for the return of Whitelock’s! It’s one of the oldest pubs in Leeds and will get booked up quick, so don’t hang around. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Franco Manca

Franco Manca. If you’ve been dreaming of proper Neapolitan pizza, get ready for the return of Franco Manca and its courtyard outdoor area, where you can snaffle their sourdough creations. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only using their virtual booking system.

Manahatta. Whether its Merrion Street, Greek Street or Headingley, you can look forward to enjoying everything Manahatta has to offer when their outdoor areas reopen. Get ready for creative cocktails with a menu of global eats. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

North Bar. It may only have a small beer garden, but North Bar is such a well-loved city centre institution, you don’t want to miss a chance to have a few tipples here again. It’s a craft beer haven, full of beers from near and far. They’ll have table service and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

BrewDog

BrewDog. The Crown Street home of BrewDog by the Corn Exchange will reopen with tables outside the popular craft beer haven. You can get all their own delicious brews, alongside guest beers from their favourite breweries. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Distrikt. The courtyard outside Distrikt will be peppered with tables and chairs so you can sit outside and enjoy their wares – their cocktails are absolutely sensational or you can enjoy a couple of global craft beers. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

The Lock. This ground-floor bar and restaurant at DoubleTree is now taking reservations for its beer garden overlooking Granary Wharf. Expect global beers and classic cocktails, alongside a scrumptious food menu. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

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Neighbourhood. A New York-inspired party bar, seats in Neighbourhood’s Greek Street outdoor area can now be reserved. Get ready for Insta-worthy cocktails, indulgent small plates and bottles of fizz. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

East 59th. This plant-covered roof terrace is blessed with south-facing views that look out across the city. Take your pick from East 59th’s extensive cocktail offering and their menu of American classics. They’re reopening on Tuesday 13th April 2021. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Botanist. This leafy Trinity Leeds watering hole is reopening its lovely sunken beer garden that looks out onto Boar Lane. Get ready for incredible creative cocktails, paired with a menu of globally-inspired eats. They’re reopening on Tuesday 13th April 2021. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Tetley

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The Tetley. This gem of a beer garden in the heart of the city centre is now ready for reservations. You can look forward to all their wonderful beers, spirits and wines every weekend, while on Fridays they’ll have street food vendors. They’re reopening on Friday 16th April 2021. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Reliance. The extended outdoor area at The Reliance is returning – depending on the weather. There’ll be plenty of great beers, wines and home-cooked food when the sun shines. They’re reopening on Friday 16th April 2021. You can book ahead online, but only on a weekly basis depending on when they can open.

Verve. The outdoor space in front of Verve’s Merrion Street joint is reopening. Craft beer, global lagers and all manner of spirits, they’ve got the lot. Prefer cocktails? Go for one of their bonkers creations. They’re reopening on Saturday 17th April 2021. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Suburbs

The Beck & Call

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The Beck & Call. This family-friendly gastropub is blessed with a massive beer garden. Once it reopens, you can look forward to endless craft beers, twists on classic cocktails and a menu of modern pub grub. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

The Old Ball. A cracking beer garden in the heart of Horsforth, The Old Ball has a sizeable outdoor space looking out over Brownberrie Lane. You can expect real ales, great wines and delicious pizza as the sun shines. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and a marquee. You need to book online.

The Woods. With three outdoor spaces, including a massive roof terrace, The Woods is ready to reopen. This Chapel Allerton favourite is the perfect place for a few drinks and their delicious wood-fired pizzas. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

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Kirkstall Bridge Inn. As a Kirkstall Brewery pub, you can expect incredible beers in the sunshine when Kirkstall Bridge reopen their riverside beer garden. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

The Plough. One of the oldest pubs around Leeds, The Plough Inn at Burton Salmon has a great beer garden. Once reopen, you can sit on the decking or head out into the green space with amazing real ales and tasty pub food. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

The Chequers Inn. Nestled in the picturesque village of Ledsham, the beer garden at The Chequers Inn is a gem. Split across two levels, there’s loads of space to enjoy fine local beers and classic British food. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and a marquee. You can book by calling 01977 683135.

Meatless Burger, Hyde Park Book Club

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Hyde Park Book Club. This Greenwich Village-style cafe bar’s beer garden is set in an old petrol station forecourt. There’s plenty of tables and loads of room so you can rest easy as you enjoy local craft beer, classic cocktails and a menu of veggie eats. They’ll have table service. You can book online.

The White Swan. This Yeadon watering hole is reopening its beer garden and that means great local ales, hand-picked wines and delicious pub grub. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins available or you can book online.

The Calverley Arms. A country pub that’s home to one of the biggest beer gardens in Leeds, The Calverley Arms is perfect post-lockdown pint material. You can sup cask ales and wine, paired with proper pub grub. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

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Dragon Hotel. Wortley’s own Dragon Hotel is ready to reopen its beer garden. It’s got a big, spacious outdoor area where you can soak up the rays with a few of their ales, lagers or wines. They’ll have table service and covered seating. You need to book online from Monday 22nd March 2021.

Everybody’s Social. This award-winning Guiseley bar is reopening its outdoor area, so you can look forward to craft beer, wine and creative cocktails as you enjoy their seasonal menu of pub classics. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Cow & Calf. The views from The Cow & Calf’s beer garden make a visit all the more rewarding. Once reopen, you can look forward to great beers and quality pub food with a view of the landmark that shares its name. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need book ahead online.

The Original Oak. This is one of the best-loved bars in Headingley and its ginormous beer garden really sets it apart. Oodles of benches, great beers and proper pub food, it’s a winning combo. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Salute at The White Swan. Rustic meets refined at this high-end Italian restaurant in Rothwell, which comes blessed with a great outdoor area. Expect expertly crafted plates like pollo créme, penne salmone and lasagne al forno. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Myrtle Tavern. This country-style pub next to Meanwood Park has a massive beer garden which will soon reopen. Craft beers, hand-selected wines and classic cocktails – just take your pick. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online from Friday 26th March 2021.

Buon Apps

Buon Apps. Otley favourite Buon Apps is reopening its outdoor terrace so it can do what it does best – classic Italian dishes. Tuck into authentic plates like manzo stroganoff, slow-cooked rolled pork belly and Tuscan fish stew. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

The Headingley Taps. This Otley Run legend has an outdoor area in front of the pub ready for reopening. It’s a fine spot for a few local ales, global lagers or classic cocktails, especially with their menu of pub classics. They’ll have table service and covered seating. You need to book online.

Fox & Grapes. With two outdoor areas and plenty of benches, the beer garden at The Fox & Grapes is a great place to spend the afternoon post-lockdown. Real ale, wine and cocktails, take your pick – and don’t forget about the pub classics. They’ll have table service and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Black Sheep Brewery

Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen. If you haven’t visited Black Sheep’s Chapel Allerton home yet, the reopening of their beer garden is the perfect chance. Great local ales and tasty food in the sunshine, it’s the perfect combo. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Padrino. Open for just 10 days before lockdown, Padrino will launch its new terrace with a menu of pasta, pizza and homemade burgers. After dinner, treat yourself to a medley of desserts with their delicious sharing board. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

The Queen o’ t’owd Thatch. A classic country pub with a proper Yorkshire name, The Queen in South Milford is a local legend with a great beer garden, where you can enjoy real ales and proper pub grub. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.

The Mustard Pot Beer Garden

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The Mustard Pot. A charming Victorian pub in the heart of Chapel Allerton, The Mustard Pot has one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. Once reopen, you can look forward to local ales, spirits and wine in this scenic grassy spot. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Square & Compass. This proper country pub in North Rigton has a massive beer garden ready and waiting for your return. Craft beers, stone-baked pizzas and incredible views, it’s the perfect combo. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Boundary House. The big beer garden at The Boundary House will soon be back open. It’s the perfect spot for local ales, wines and cocktails, paired with their delicious menu of global cuisine. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

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Alley Cats. This cafe bar in Chapel Allerton will offer local craft beers and creative cocktails in their outdoor area once it reopens. Hungry? You can’t pass up on their incredibly gooey grilled cheese sarnies. They’ll have table service and covered seating. You need to book by calling 0113 345 1820.

The Station House. There are two outdoor areas reopening at The Station House in Garforth – choose from The Bird Box or The Secret Garden before you tuck into a menu of Southern Italian classics. They’ll have table service and covered seating. You need to book by calling 0113 286 6322.

The Assembly. They’re back! This Crossgates bar-cum-bottle shop has a spacious outdoor area where you can sit back and enjoy your pick of local craft beer, wine and spirits. Peckish? There’s meat, cheese and pies aplenty. They’ll have table service and blankets for colder weather. Walk-ins only.

Kirkstall Brewery Taproom

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Kirkstall Brewery Taproom. This US-style taproom has will be reopening its beer garden as soon as possible. Get ready to enjoy the freshest Kirkstall Brewery beer in Leeds from the sun trap at the front of the brewery. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Sabroso Street. The menu of Mexican eats at Sabroso Street is epic. This Farsley restaurant will open its outdoor area so you can tuck into everything from beer-battered fish tacos to barbacoa beef burritos. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Old Peacock. This Ossett Brewery staple in the shadow of Elland Road has a vast beer garden that will reopen in April. You can get local cask ales, which will go down perfectly with food from The Spiced Mango Indian Kitchen. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

North Bar

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Springwell. North Brewing Co’s brand new HQ is finally ready to open and you can reserve your table now. Fresh-as-you-like beer, creative cocktails and Little Bao Boy’s delicious street food – what’s not to like? They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Lord Gascoigne. This Garforth local has a massive beer garden and it’s about to be back in use. You can get local ales, classic cocktails and all kinds of delicious pub grub. They’ll have table service and covered seating. You need to book online from Monday 29th March 2021.

The Chevin Inn. This historic Otley pub has not one, but two outdoor areas for you to sit in when it reopens. Whether you’re on the patio or in their expansive green space, you can look forward to great ales and pub grub. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

Grumpy's

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Grumpy’s. This family-run pizzeria-cum-bar in Farsley has a spacious outdoor area, perfect for a bite to eat and drinks in the sun. Their Roman-style pizzas are out of this world, pairing perfectly with craft beers, wine and cocktails. They’ll have table service and covered seating. You need to book online.

Woodie’s Ale House. One of the best beer gardens in Headingley is reopening soon – head to Woodie’s Ale House for quality craft beers paired with a menu of tasty pub eats. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online from Friday 26th March 2021.

The Queens Arms. This traditional 17th-century pub in the heart of Horsforth is readying its sun trap of a beer garden at the rear for reopening. You can enjoy local real ales from the likes of Kirkstall and Saltaire paired with classic pub grub. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

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Heaney & Mill. Local real ales, fine wines and delicious food – that’s what you’ve got to look forward to when Heaney & Mill reopen their Headingley terrace. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. You need to book online.

The Thornhill. This classic country pub is ready to reopen its wonderful beer garden. Once it’s reopen, you can enjoy great local ales, wonderful wines and a menu of traditional pub favourites. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins only.

Jigger and Jar. This cocktail and wine bar in Garforth is reopening its outdoor area in April. Get ready for classic concoctions and hand-picked bottles paired with meat, cheese and pie boards. They’re reopening on Tuesday 13th April 2021. They’ll have table service, heat lamps and covered seating. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book via Facebook or Instagram.

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