From Elland Road to Chapel Allerton, has your local boozer made it onto our list of the very best pubs and bars in the suburbs?
From Oakwood to Wetherby, Horforth to Morley, there are loads of great pubs out in the suburbs – and although they don’t get as much attention, they’re just as good as anything the city centre has to offer. But which are the best and where should you go first? We’ve rounded up the top suburban pubs in Leeds, so you can plot your next pint.
Town Street Tavern – Horsforth
It takes a special kind of watering hole to grab your attention on Horsforth’s crowded Town Street, but that’s exactly what Town Street Tavern does. Combining a wide selection of craft beers, real ales and international lagers with the rejuvenated brasserie upstairs, the friendly atmosphere welcomes everyone and their dog – as the doggy biscuit jar on the bar proves!
Town Street Tavern, 16 Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4RJ.
The Old Peacock – Elland Road
Very much a pub with twin personalities, the charming Old Peacock on Elland Road has something for everyone – match day or not. Just opposite Leeds United’s ground, the front half of the pub is footy-mad and packed with Whites supporters when Leeds are playing, but towards the rear is where the real magic happens, with a refurbished restaurant serving up delicious home-cooked grub and a huge beer garden.
The Old Peacock, 251 Elland Road, Churwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8TU.
Further North – Chapel Allerton
Sister bar to the legendary North Bar, Further North is a beer-obsessed haven in Chapel Allerton. It’s cosy as a warm blanket with a proper ‘local’ feel, so take a load off and sample something from their ever-changing selection of guest ales and craft beers. They have a wine list and cocktail menu that’s as petite as the bar itself, but just like the taps, it’s all quality.
Further North, 194 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.
Arcadia – Headingley
A grown-up beer house in a student-centric suburb, Arcadia has won a hoard of fans thanks to its ‘just say no’ stance to the Otley Run. They have a vast selection of beer behind the bar – you can choose from eight top-notch cask ales, including permanent spots for Black Sheep and Elland Brewery, or work your way through the fridges, where they store craft beers from further afield.
Arcadia, 34 Arndale Centre, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2UE.
Preston – Oakwood
Ah, Preston. A cherished local and a favourite with walkers who’ve just taken a turn around Roundhay Park, it’s almost always busy. Inside, you’ll find a small, intimate bar with an incredible selection of beers, a small but perfectly formed wine menu and a few tasty morsels. They’re dog-friendly, so bring your pooch, and there’s even a small seating area outside, in case the sun comes out to play.
Preston, 468 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
The Boundary House – Methley
A stellar beer garden is always a winner, so The Boundary House’s deserves to be shouted about. You can choose between their quiet raised patio area or the sprawling grassy garden – covered with chairs, benches and even comfy sofas. Grab a gourmet bar snack to munch on with your glass of wine or craft beer and kick back.
The Boundary House, 24 Church Side, Methley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EE.
The East Village – Hyde Park
A surprisingly glamorous bar tucked away in Hyde Park, The East Village is a hidden gem worth seeking out. Whether it’s a spicy Bloody Mary, a Fig Daiquiri or even a Rum and Rhubarb Collins, they’ll delight you with fancy cocktails, while the rock ’n roll soundtrack gets you grooving. If you’re simply after a cold beer or a glass of wine, they’ve got you covered there too.
The East Village, 47-49 Brudenell Grove, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1HR.
LS6 Cafè – Hyde Park
Tasty food, great drinks and a quirky decor has made LS6 Cafè one of the most popular hangouts in Hyde Park. It opens early and shuts late, so you can ease away your hangover before earning yourself a new one. Pop in after work for a plate of their locally-sourced, freshly made food and wash it down with one of their cracking cocktails – from a minty Mojito to a stiff Whisky Sour.
LS6 Cafè, 14-16A Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS.
The Cardigan Arms – Kirkstall
If you’re after a dash of history with your pint, the Cardigan Arms could be just the thing. A Grade II-listed building dating back to Victorian times, it’s been named one of Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs. Kirkstall Brewery added it to their portfolio late last year, which means you can expect a top selection of their own beers, as well as plenty of continental favourites.
The Cardigan Arms, 364 Kirkstall Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
The Brudenell Social Club – Hyde Park
Brudenell Social Club is the stuff of legends. Part bar, part gig venue, they bring in a constant procession of the best up and coming acts from every genre. In the past, they’ve welcomed the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and The Cribs, so keep an eye on their listing. By day, it’s a down to earth venue with prices that will make your budget go that little bit further and a games room to keep you entertained when there’s no one on stage.
Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.
Granvilles Beer & Gin House – Horsforth
Choice is what Granvilles prides itself on most. This rustic Horsforth bar offers more than 60 gins for you to sample, from everyday favourites to tasty rarities and undiscovered gems. If you’re more of a beer drinker, they’ve got that covered too – take your pick from 15 draught taps that change so often they have to put their menu on a blackboard. This is your chance to try a mix of local and little-known breweries, with everything from Ridgeside Plato to Bear Island black lager.
Granville’s, Long Row, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5AA.
The Bingley Arms – Bardsey
Crowned ‘Britain’s Oldest Pub’ by the Guinness Book of Records, the Bingley Arms dates back over 1,000 years and you’ll be amazed at all the original features inside. From the Dutch oven in the lounge to the old priest holes in the Chimney, it’s full of surprises. They serve proper local grub in the restaurant and a selection of 100 fine wines, beer and spirits in the bar, so settle in.
The Bingley Arms, Church Lane, Bardsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9DR.
The Queen o’ t’owd Thatch – South Milford
Founded by a chef, gardener and bartender, it’s easy to see where the inspiration for Queen o’ t’owd Thatch comes from. The three owners each let their specialities shine through on the menu, so you can enjoy delicious food made with home-grown garden ingredients while you enjoy a drink or two. Inside, it’s a proper local pub with a wonderful traditional feel, but on a sunny day, the beer garden will tempt you away. If you’re at a loose end on a Sunday, their roasts are legendary.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5AQ.
The Abbey Inn – Newlay
Rumour has it that the Abbey Inn is haunted, cursed, or even full of hidden tunnels. All we know is, it’s a cosy local pub, with a big selection of cask ales and local ciders on tap. If you’re peckish, they’ve got a menu packed with home-cooked comfort food and pub favourites. Ignore the myths and bob down on a Saturday to enjoy their live music over a pint.
The Abbey Inn, 99 Pollard Lane, Newlay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 1EQ.
Cucina Cafe Bar – Morley
Cucina Cafe Bar is a firm favourite for Morley locals. Floor to ceiling windows create a bright, airy space where you can enjoy all your favourite drinks – and the terrace outside is perfect for the summer sun. They have Peroni, Theakstons and Aspalls on draught, with a fridge full of craft beer and wine – but it’s the cocktails where they really excel. And it’s not just drinks – you can enjoy everything from deep fried cheese boards or garlic king prawns while you sup your drink.
Cucina, 106a Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 9EB.
Alfred – Meanwood
Named after nearby King Alfred’s Caste, this bustling boozer is the ideal place to enjoy a nice pint. It’s another sibling of North Bar, so expect a startling array of real ales and craft beer behind the bar, both on tap and in the fridges. The atmosphere is laid back and the decor is amazing – be sure to look up at those incredible beams.
Alfred, 6 Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4HY.
The Bridge Inn – Kirkstall
Unless you’re a regular, it’s easy to walk right past this canalside gem, but then you’d miss out on a phenomenal old-fashioned pub. This was Kirkstall Brewery’s first pub, and they’ve turned it into a lovely local filled with old-fashioned beer mirrors, polished mahogany benches and muted hues. The result is a charming, down-to-earth watering hole with a picturesque beer garden overlooking the water.
The Bridge Inn, 12 Bridge Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW.
The Manor Inn – Pudsey
Independent, quirky and with a standout selection of drinks – there’s plenty to love about the Manor Inn. Their music-based decor is accompanied by a calendar of live music to keep you entertained. On the taps, they have a marvellous selection of real ales and craft beers, carefully sourced to give you a taste of something different, like Lemondrop from Eyes Brewery and Shoestring from Northern Whisper.
The Manor Inn, 1A Manor House Street, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BJ.
The Swan and Talbot – Wetherby
With 400 years of experience as a pub, it’ll come as no surprise that Wetherby’s The Swan and Talbot hits all the right notes. It has everything you could want from a cosy country pub, from snug armchairs to low beamed ceilings and huge portions of fish and chips. Don’t worry, the lager’s cold and there’s a stellar selection of wine to get stuck into too.
The Swan and Talbot, 34 North Street, Wetherby, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS22 6NN.
Grumpy’s – Farsley
Grumpy’s is a wonderful, family-friendly bar-cum-pizzeria in Farsley. It’s a beautiful place to while away an evening, as exposed brickwork meets pure white walls and sleek furnishings, so order a bottle of wine, a beer or a cocktail and settle in for the night. If you get hungry, they do proper wood-fired pizzas that will fill your belly ready for another of their famous G&Ts – try the Folklore Society Yorkshire Gin with orange, blueberries and tonic.
Grumpy’s, 2 Old Combing, Sunnybank Mills, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.