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Late Doors

The Templar, LS2

Totally different to the Wrens but another typical no frills town center pub. The Templar caters for a less genteel clientele and seems to me to be also the city’s main pub for Irish. It always seems to be buzzing with chat, some of it very colorful and probably not a very good choice for a first date. The racing is usually on the TV but the place is big enough for it not to dominate. The ale is always decent and taken care of but the Leeds Pale I had last Friday was particularly superb. Décor is still post seventies town center pub renovation style but somehow that has acquired a certain nostalgic charm.

Had to laugh while overhearing a chat at the bar amongst a group of likely lads discussing St Georges day. Now in no way Do I endorse the sentiments and the most basic of self preservation instincts prevented me from interjecting as  one sinful looking twat said to another “I know they are all cunts but them cockneys do it right don’t they” about how we should celebrate our famous Turkish icon of nationalist pride.

On that note I made my way out towards the market down Vicar Lane ruing the demise of the Duchess on the way and admiring the three blocks of fantastic red brick intricate facades and down Kirkgate to the Duck n Drake
Butts

Re: The Templar, LS2

Late Doors wrote:


On that note I made my way out towards the market down Vicar Lane ruing the demise of the Duchess on the way and admiring the three blocks of fantastic red brick intricate facades and down Kirkgate to the Duck n Drake


What about The Vine and the Three Legs, or is that for another time?
Late Doors

 Any time for the Vine, also the H n T but i was making my way down hill. Not too keen on the Legs these days but go in for old times sakes occasionally.
Plastic Man

I've been to the Wrens many times. I've been to the North Bar many times.

I know which road this pub must be on, but I've never been down it.

I'll make it a point to visit.
Butts

I was passing Hoagy's at the bottom of Eastgate about half 11 this morning on the way to the market and it was already getting fruity in that elevated smoking bit by the door that look towards the bus station. Reminded me a bit how the old Market Tavern (aka the Madhouse) used to be way back when.
ashthepash

Hi LD, picking out some crackers here......another one from the same era as The Wrens, for me.
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The Templar caters for a less genteel clientele
, a very polite way of putting it. Last time I was in there one of our party had to leave sharpish as they were close to being recognised by a shop lifting gang.
Personally, never had any aggro in there.

I guess you are going to visit - The Whip, Duncan at al. All the best  
Butts

The Whip closed down/changed hands yonkeys ago.
lebowski

I love this pub, what I call a REAL pub. Love the Wrens too, but its a different vibe, good place to sit on an afternoon with a quiet pint watching the world go by outside.
Forest

ashthepash wrote:


I guess you are going to visit - The Whip, Duncan at al. All the best  


Is the Mucky Duck still going?
Late Doors

Never ventured down that end, Hoagy’s, during our old soirees into Leeds, We did used to start off in the Whip which i loved. I like a dive but the thing that separates a dive from a shithole is a certain class and a little care. The Olde Hatte in Huddersfiled is a dive, the Duncan merely a shithole and reeks so i avoid it like the plague, and also from fear of catching it. Last time me n Twatnav were in, there was a lad taking orders for a shop lifting expedition and i nearly wretched over the stink of the place.
Frazier Cranium

Templars has never let me down and I've been in many times over the years.  Best boozer on Vicar Lane - contentious claim!
Dock

The busiest city centre pub in Leeds on a Saturday afternoon. Affordable beers, plenty of characters. Some of the best (and worst) East Leeds lads, and as LD said plenty of the old Co. Mayo boys as well. Me and Papa Dock go in for at least one pint everytime we meet in Leeds. Its also the only city centre pub to show all the racing in either the flat season or the jumps season. Long may it run. My only complaint is the bogs are too small.

Re: "The racing is usually on the TV but the place is big enough for it not to dominate."

God forbid, especailly when it could be dominated (as every other pub is) by Phil Thompson commenting on a football match he's watching on a screen (a screen that the viewers can't see) between two premiership sides.

They show the racing in there because a lot of the drinkers like racing (one of the few pubs I know where the management act on what their customers want). If you want endless banal comentary on t'football please with all due respect, feck off somewhere else for a pint. As I say its the last pub in town I know where you can watch the racing, so I will defend it until you snatch the William Hill betting slip out of my cold dead hand.
Late Doors

Weatherspoons with Toby Jugs was how MrsD described The Templar on Saturday when i treated her. I laughed, i know what she means but i tried to explain to her the real difference between a Johnny come lately chain of cut price bootleggers with their converted banks and bed shops and a real pub with generations of the same people in it (yeah i know it's also owned by a chain pub co but at least they see fit not to smack you in the face with their brand)). She wasn't convinced. It was very busy on Saturday tea time. The Tetleys was terrific, the chatter lively, the staff ace, groups of people all enjoying being there and of course the numerous tellies all over the place this time showing the footy results rather than the racing  
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Weatherspoons with Toby Jugs was how MrsD described The Templar on Saturday when i treated her. I laughed, i know what she means but i tried to explain to her the real difference between a Johnny come lately chain of cut price bootleggers with their converted banks and bed shops and a real pub with generations of the same people in it (yeah i know it's also owned by a chain pub co but at least they see fit not to smack you in the face with their brand)). She wasn't convinced. It was very busy on Saturday tea time. The Tetleys was terrific, the chatter lively, the staff ace, groups of people all enjoying being there and of course the numerous tellies all over the place this time showing the footy results rather than the racing  


I bet in the footy results it didn't tell you what I read in Sunday's Observer:

£7.5 million in unpaid taxes by LU was written off when they went into administration. In the four years since then £10.1 million has been made by the club in clear profit ALL paid into its offshore ownership structure. Bates quoted says "He's really pleased" with the money and "There's a lot to be cheerful about".

What a crock of shit! You all must be very proud of your morally corrupt football club. In fact I know you must because you still pay your money and don't say anything when none of it is used to buy good players. You must all really like giving Batesy money or summat. What a bunch of doormats!

*switches channels to catch last race at Newbury.*

PS Soz LD, I had to get me rant in on this section as I don't dare darken the door of the football threads. I get told off n' that when I post in there.

PPS Kin' ell you doing taking Mrs. D in The Templar? Blokes boozer, Fact!
Late Doors

Rant away all you like, it's funny, and a certain truth through it. I'll give up the season ticket maybe one day but it will be when we are at the top and priced out of it, not struggling. That's just who and what i am. I aren't blind to what is going on and it is a big test of principles and conscience.

We were going up to that Thai place top of Vicar lane post matinee theatre. It was on the way and she doesnt mind the odd ale in places like that. There were a few other women in as well. Would hardly call the pace a Knocking shop though some might knock your head off if you tried it on
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Rant away all you like, it's funny, and a certain truth through it. I'll give up the season ticket maybe one day but it will be when we are at the top and priced out of it, not struggling. That's just who and what i am. I aren't blind to what is going on and it is a big test of principles and conscience.

We were going up to that Thai place top of Vicar lane post matinee theatre. It was on the way and she doesnt mind the odd ale in places like that. There were a few other women in as well. Would hardly call the pace a Knocking shop though some might knock your head off if you tried it on


What play did you go and see?
Late Doors

Shakey's Loves Labours Lost. Iill post a piece on it laters along with the Thai place that was very very good
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Shakey's Loves Labours Lost. Iill post a piece on it laters along with the Thai place that was very very good


I saw LLL at The Globe on the South Bank in that there. Only play of Shakey that I didn't enjoy. Hope your experience differed from mine.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

i was in there a few weeks ago on a saturday afternoon - had Hogarthian feel to it like it could be straight out of yesteryear - seemed chaotic and crazy packed to the rafters with proper drunks and marketfolk

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