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The Very Splendid Wrens Hotel, LS2

Had a little amble around town pre John Grant gig last Friday around some of my favorite pubs in Leeds that i'm trying to do a little write up about, memory permitting, starting here at the very accommodating and largely unreported upon Wrens Hotel up Briggate on the corner past the Headrow near the theatre.

These days I think it has cast aside its slight effete reputation and has become quite a cool indie type place with decent ale on offer in three separate and different rooms served by a central bar. There’s an ornate and old fashioned sumptuous lounge area to the left  clad in old theater references and two tap room type areas. I prefer the simple smaller corner room with its ample light flooding in through large windows with split views across Merrion St (I think) and down Briggate and if I am not mistaken the old Mr. Craigs (whatever it is now?)

There’s always some good music on and the staff are always friendly and welcoming. Some of the younger ones don’t take as much care with the ale as they should really do but the main lads do. On Friday I had two pints of some golden Wharfedale Brew that was perfect for a sunny late Friday afternoon starter and sat down.  A lone women supping whisky and dry ginger reading some ok type magazine was next to me. A couple of Indie type lads sat at the bar singing in a slightly mocking way at the old tunes  (Nirvana I remember). A couple of theater types (maybe band members) and two afro Carib lads with motor cycle helmets supping lager and Guinness respectively made up an eclectic ensemble in what I consider to be a classic town center pub. Next up, The Templar which if am not mistaken Dock has already put a thread on here about. Across the road past Mojo and down Vicar Lane.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

hehe! Don't think I've been in there since I was a teenager - will give it a go next time I'm drinking in that end of town (normally grab a pint in Reform or Mojo). Havent been to Mr Craigs since it was Mr Cs - remember talking shit to Chris Whyte and Steve Hodge outside as they and their respective floozies waited for a cab
Frazier Cranium

I was scratched from the Wrens, two Christmas Eves running
ashthepash

Had some fine times in The Wrens going back to mid/late 80's.

LD new word of the day
Quote:
effete
. Thought you had made that one up.
Plastic Man

ashthepash wrote:
Had some fine times in The Wrens going back to mid/late 80's.

LD new word of the day
Quote:
effete
. Thought you had made that one up.


It was actually invented to describe blokes who use shea cream body lotion.
lebowski

Plastic Man wrote:
ashthepash wrote:
Had some fine times in The Wrens going back to mid/late 80's.

LD new word of the day
Quote:
effete
. Thought you had made that one up.


It was actually invented to describe blokes who use shea cream body lotion.


And read the Daily Mail.
lebowski

I think the 'Effete' tag came because of the proximity of 'Puffs Paradise', the landscaped area overlooking the Inner Ringroad, where many a burgeoning relationship was celebrated by retiring to the gents toilets over the road on New Briggate for a cross hand boogie.

When the toilets were closed the Effete clientel moved on.

Vice squad, tawdry days.
Plastic Man

lebowski wrote:
Plastic Man wrote:
ashthepash wrote:
Had some fine times in The Wrens going back to mid/late 80's.

LD new word of the day
Quote:
effete
. Thought you had made that one up.


It was actually invented to describe blokes who use shea cream body lotion.


And read the Daily Mail.


That definition would definitely confirm me as not being effete.
Late Doors

A cross handed Boogie  

My, one learns some interesting stuff on here

Was it someone on here or TOP that described the gaffer in the Wrens as "light on his Loafers" ?

Still makes me chuckle that one does
Frazier Cranium

Late Doors wrote:
A cross handed Boogie  

My, one learns some interesting stuff on here

Was it someone on here or TOP that described the gaffer in the Wrens as "light on his Loafers" ?

Still makes me chuckle that one does


I think I broached that very subject but can't claim the quote - it reminds me of either a Placid comment or maybe even Craggers.  Everyone seemed to know who and what we meant though, which is a sign that we are all mature and mincer-tolerant
Dock

I haven't been in The Wrens in probably twenty years. LD's review has changed that, and I will go in for a glass of pop post haste. I'm dead easily influenced me.
lebowski

I was in here on Saturday night, lovely pint of Leeds Pale and I heard an excellent stooges track that I had never heard before. Looks like the keyboard player from the Hold Steady is now working behind the bar in the Wrens. *



* Or someone with a Salvador Dali 'tache anyway.
Late Doors

The Wrens has had a refit. An occasional visitor like myself might have no right to comment yet alone lament the savagery that has ripped the gonads out of the place, totally destroyed its Grand theatre tradition and rendered it just another Bar. Albeit a smart bar with decent ale, music and quality fittings including a black slightly sparkly granite bar and a two tone black and white theme running throughout. It's alright, in fact MrsD says its better, there are good window seating arrangements giving views to the Grand theatre down New Briggate but i felt a little sad about it. I know pubs have to do something if trade is suffering but the way they have ripped the top room apart and destroyed a bit of Leeds with it smacks of heavy handed insensitivity  to me. Whitelocks next?

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