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Dock

Your Favorite Pub in Leeds or Where you Live

Inspired by Heyho's declaration that the Duck & Drake is his favorite pub, I wondered where everybody else would put at the top of their list?

Mine, as I have stated on here before is The Vic & Comm behind the town hall. A really old pub, with many original fittings and fixtures that has loads of character and a great selection of beers. A good pub for a pint and a read of the paper or a book. No passing trade/stag do's from Newcastle in here, just people who know the pub well and drink in it becasue its that rarest of species: A good pub.

So what would be your favorite pop shop?
Heyho

The Vic and Comm used to be great years ago pre the refurb. Stuck to the carpet and full of Hells Angels. Great place to watch a mass brawl break out.

Was once minding my own business when I felt a hand on my shoulder. Turned round and a massive Hells Angel was behind me. He looked at me and said 'excuse me sir I've some business to carry out'. Went buy me and started beating the hell out of someone.
lebowski

Difficult to pick just one

Amongst the contenders would be..

The Gaping Goose - Garforth
The Garden Gate - Hunslet
The Vic
Whitelocks
The Palace
The Templar
Three Horse Shoes Headingley

I could go on
Butts

The Ship Inn, Seahouses
Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton
The Star, Harome
Mojo's
The Palace
Further North, CA
Foo Whiter

Mojo's
Oporto
The Hop
Midnight Bell

Decent music or a good pint for me makes it
sheeps

t' club
t' Taps
t' Palace
t' Robin Hood
t' Midnight Bell
Seal

Good tips for visiting non-Leodensians there I should think...

Some that spring to mind

The Fountaine, Linton
Crooked Billet, Leigh, Essex :8
Highbury Vaults, Bristol
Ferry Boat Inn, Mawnan, Cornwall

loads of others out in the countryside usually. I love a country village pub.
Dock

Seal wrote:
Good tips for visiting non-Leodensians there I should think...

Some that spring to mind

The Fountaine, Linton
Crooked Billet, Leigh, Essex :8
Highbury Vaults, Bristol
Ferry Boat Inn, Mawnan, Cornwall

loads of others out in the countryside usually. I love a country village pub.


Re: Mawnan. Thats how Bearing pronounces "my grandmother", FACT! Its his Brumminess that causes it.
Frazier Cranium

This is Sophie's Choice-land again

But I'm not Sophie so we're okay.

I have loved and lost the original Town Hall Tav, Adelphi, Scarbro Taps, New Inn Churwell, Horse n Trumpet, West Riding and even Oscars.  Some have passed away and some have changed radically and not for the better imho.

But I still love the Scabby, the Vic, the George, Trumpet, Mojo and Duck n Drake, as well as the Commercial in Churwell, Whitelocks of course.

Spent most of my early drinking and dating years in the Scarbro, and do feel almost at home there even now, 30 uears on.
ashthepash

Leeds - Whitelocks, Vic, Taps, Chained Bull (back in the day), Gascoigne (Garforth)
Bratfud - The Park (Heaton), Tut n Shive
Coventry - Waters (now no more), The Windmill (Spon End)
Birmingham - Varsity (Edgbaston)
London - Queens Larder, The Lamb (Bloomsbury), Chandois
Darlington - Bar22, Perrys (Back in the day)
Cotswolds - Eliot Arms (South Cerney)
Heyho

After the D&D I would go for

Broadway/White Hart in Beeston - where I grew up drinking
White Hart in Woodlesford - now sadly demolished but a home from home since leaving Beeston
Eagle Tavern on North Street - spent a lot of my youth in there watching live music
Blooming Rose in Hunslet - another one that has bitten the dust. Used to play rugby for them
Café De ???? Amsterdam - Never remember its name, just off Damme Square. Dead small pub, loads of character including walls full of football scarves and the like.
FZ's (Cafe 412) Coffee Shop Amsterdam - went totally down hill after they banned the sale of cannabis and alcohol in the same establishment. But this place was so relaxing. Watching life go by with a 'large' Amstel in your hand.
bearing

*Kicks Dock*

My favourite pub in t'Stafford is The Sun Inn, it has a good selection of Ales (not that I've tasted any, but a good selection all the same) and a few nice ciders in small barrels on the back of the bar (Old Rosie size barrel)

It has a mixed cliental from grungy types to old CAMRA members...
fartcatcher

I will always have a soft spot for the High Wood in Gledhow, where I learned to drink. It's probably shut now.

When we went into town we always used to go the the Vic. One night of the week there was always a load of deaf people in there. And as they got more pissed their signing got more and more erratic and exaggerated and sometimes aggressive.

It was hilarious to watch but probably not very PC i suppose.

When I'm up in Leeds I go to the Three Hulats becasue it's cheap and convenient.

At home it's the New Inn or the Cricketers Arms in Leamington. Both serve a passable pint of Timothy Taylors.
Or the Birdingbury Social Club where the beer is so rank I drink Crabbies. Decor's nice if you like lino and formica.
Late Doors

 Blimey Dock, this is a tricky one, where to start. Well in Leeds its, and in about the running order

The Vic n Com
Palace
Hop (Soz Leb)
DnD
Taps
Wrens
Templar
Cross Keys(Prefer it to Mid Bell)
Grove
Brewery Taps
Whiteloks
Royal Park
Horse n Trumpet
Adelphi (soz again Leb, love the windows)
Foleys
Mid Bell
Pin
North Bar (too expensive though)
Becketts (Yes, a JDW, I Like it)
Library (alas no real ale though but i like the place)
Pack Horse and Ship (ace juke box in PH gone though)

On a big Night out we all love Mojo. Opporto and Aire Bar

also love the Brudenell and cockpit and there's a few in Headingley we go into sometimes if we are about up there that we all like


I'll have a big Fink about 'Udders, there's one or two.
Foo Whiter

I have no probs with the hop now water under the bridge for me! Plus if I'm off to see the bestleftfoots it comes in handy.

* is still waiting with baited breath for LDs Reg da Choo Choo Trip *
ashthepash

Newcastle - Crown Pasada, Bridge Inn, Northern Stage
Oxford - Drop Inn
Durham - Shakespeare
Yarm - Black Bull
Glasgow - Press bar
Butts

Newcastle pubs - the aforementioned Crown Posada, the sadly no more Newcastle Arms (under the Tyne Bridge), The Three Bulls Heads, Cooperidge, The Forth Tavern, The Hotspur.
Late Doors

Crown Posada, good call

First of all a post RIPing these wonderful establishments in our town that are either no more or have morphed beyond recognition, all of which hold many fond memories

The West Riding, Town (now Barking Spiders)

The White Lion aka Piggies, Town, (now a revolution)

The Wharfe, Aspley (Old Punk paradise, now the New Wharfe)

Dalton Cricket Club (legendary)

The Junction, Moldgreen. (Now a pavement FFS)

The Coach House. Town (Now swallowed by the shopping center)

The Unicorn, Town (Now swallowed by the shopping center)

The Wellington, Newsome

The Coach and Horses, Honley

The Castle Hill Inn, Castle Hill (disgracefully demolished and stone stolen in a town scandal)

Burns Tavern. Town (now burger King)

Painted Wagon , Town (now sainsburies)

The Albert. Town (now a shadow of its former self run by cretins)

The Fleece/Palm springs, Town

The White Horse , Lepton, ace old post cricket match haunt now a resteraunt

The Marsh House, Marsh where I met MrsD

The Masons Arms, Lowerhouses (Up Dog Kennel Bank, below Fanny Moor, really)

The Fleece, Lindley, now an empty Tapas Place

The Red Lion, Lockwood, (now premises for sale as retail)

The Spangled Bull, Kirkheaton

The Ash Brow, Bradford Road (now the mumbai spice curry house)

Blimey ive nearly had a tear in my eye writing that, quite sad actually
thanfully we still have lots of other great pubs
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Crown Posada, good call

First of all a post RIPing these wonderful establishments in our town that are either no more or have morphed beyond recognition, all of which hold many fond memories

The West Riding, Town (now Barking Spiders)

The White Lion aka Piggies, Town, (now a revolution)

The Wharfe, Aspley (Old Punk paradise, now the New Wharfe)

Dalton Cricket Club (legendary)

The Junction, Moldgreen. (Now a pavement FFS)

The Coach House. Town (Now swallowed by the shopping center)

The Unicorn, Town (Now swallowed by the shopping center)

The Wellington, Newsome

The Coach and Horses, Honley

The Castle Hill Inn, Castle Hill (disgracefully demolished and stone stolen in a town scandal)

Burns Tavern. Town (now burger King)

Painted Wagon , Town (now sainsburies)

The Albert. Town (now a shadow of its former self run by cretins)

The Fleece/Palm springs, Town

The White Horse , Lepton, ace old post cricket match haunt now a resteraunt

The Marsh House, Marsh where I met MrsD

The Masons Arms, Lowerhouses (Up Dog Kennel Bank, below Fanny Moor, really)

The Fleece, Lindley, now an empty Tapas Place

The Red Lion, Lockwood, (now premises for sale as retail)

The Spangled Bull, Kirkheaton

The Ash Brow, Bradford Road (now the mumbai spice curry house)

Blimey ive nearly had a tear in my eye writing that, quite sad actually
thanfully we still have lots of other great pubs


Re: The Marsh House, Marsh where I met MrsD

Its probably her least favorite for the same reason.  

A couple more of mine:

# Garveys Inn. Eyre Square, Galway City.

Brilliant old wooden fittings and a spotless black and white tiled floor. perfect place to puruse the many pages of racing news in the Irish papers accompanied by an excellently kept pint of black pop.

# The Falcon, Clapham Junction. That there London that has trains under its pavements.

Same owners as the Vic & Comm in Leeds. Massive pub with all walks of life trailing through its doors. Princes and paupers alike.

# Dog & Gun, Keswick. T'Lakes.

Hearty food and great local brews. Its very dog friendly, so you find yourself having to tiptoe over the sleeping buggers to get to the bog.
Grind

You're all cunts, you know that?      
Grind

There are better in town (already mentioned by others), but I guess my "Leeds" pub is quasi-officially The Old Griffin Head in Gildersome.

I'm embarrassed to say there isn't a watering hole I'd call decent here - the closest I have to a "regular" is the bar at the indoor footy facility, and they serve piss.  
Dock

Grind wrote:
There are better in town (already mentioned by others), but I guess my "Leeds" pub is quasi-officially The Old Griffin Head in Gildersome.

I'm embarrassed to say there isn't a watering hole I'd call decent here - the closest I have to a "regular" is the bar at the indoor footy facility, and they serve piss.  


I love American bars with all the screens with sport on. Maybe thats cos' I'm just visiting and don't live there.
Grind

ashthepash wrote:
Leeds - Whitelocks, Vic, Taps, Chained Bull (back in the day), Gascoigne (Garforth)
Bratfud - The Park (Heaton), Tut n Shive
Coventry - Waters (now no more), The Windmill (Spon End)
Birmingham - Varsity (Edgbaston)
London - Queens Larder, The Lamb (Bloomsbury), Chandois
Darlington - Bar22, Perrys (Back in the day)
Cotswolds - Eliot Arms (South Cerney)


I might be wrong, but I think The Varsity used to be called The Selly Oak Tavern and it was a frequent haunt of junior Grind, who was captain/manager/ace centreforward of their six-a-side footie team.

We had a bloody great footballer called Iain Moir (ex-Carlisle United) whose job was to set me up on a plate. Nom, nom, nom. Ace!
Grind

Dock wrote:
Grind wrote:
There are better in town (already mentioned by others), but I guess my "Leeds" pub is quasi-officially The Old Griffin Head in Gildersome.

I'm embarrassed to say there isn't a watering hole I'd call decent here - the closest I have to a "regular" is the bar at the indoor footy facility, and they serve piss.  


I love American bars with all the screens with sport on. Maybe thats cos' I'm just visiting and don't live there.


There are a couple of "irish" bars in town that aren't horrible, but I yearn for the days when I could leave my house and stagger between decent pubs and not worry about getting home as the furthest away I'd be would be about a mile.

Sometimes I even found my way home.
bearing

Selly Oak Tavern?

What a piss poor name...
Dock

bearing wrote:
Selly Oak Tavern?

What a piss poor name...


Not as bad as a pub in Normanton called 'Hark to Mopsey'.
bearing

Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
Selly Oak Tavern?

What a piss poor name...


Not as bad as a pub in Normanton called 'Hark to Mopsey'.


Have you ever been to Selly Oak?
Dock

bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
Selly Oak Tavern?

What a piss poor name...


Not as bad as a pub in Normanton called 'Hark to Mopsey'.


Have you ever been to Selly Oak?


Oh, I've been to Niece and the Isle of Greece while I've sipped champagne on a yacht
I've moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo and showed 'em what I've got
I've been undressed by kings and I've seen some things that a woman ain't supposed to see
I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me (OR SELLY OAK)
Grind

To be fair, you've not missed much other than a load of spotty students and grumpy locals.
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
I might be wrong, but I think The Varsity used to be called The Selly Oak Tavern and it was a frequent haunt of junior Grind


Both names ring a bell, but I ordinarily typically avoided that side of town where possible.

Were you a veteran of the annual Mick's Cafe race - a few beers - a run - one of Mick's insanely large mixed grills - more beer - more running - and a decent chunder (not necessarily in that particular order)?

The Duck on Hagley Road may have been more common territory...
Grind

Plastic Man wrote:
Grind wrote:
I might be wrong, but I think The Varsity used to be called The Selly Oak Tavern and it was a frequent haunt of junior Grind


Both names ring a bell, but I ordinarily typically avoided that side of town where possible.

Were you a veteran of the annual Mick's Cafe race - a few beers - a run - one of Mick's insanely large mixed grills - more beer - more running - and a decent chunder (not necessarily in that particular order)?

The Duck on Hagley Road may have been more common territory...


They stopped the Mick's Cafe run while I was still there.

It didn't help that the cafe itself wasn't open, but the fresher types became a little too good at projectile vomiting before arriving back at the Guild.

Happy days - I used to ride my seriously undersized and dodgy bike into town to catch the WM LUSC coach to get to games and strap it into the coach's underneath storage only to then ride it back along the Bristol Road at some unearthly hour.
fartcatcher

bearing wrote:
Selly Oak Tavern?

What a piss poor name...


it's pronounced Selly Owk if you're a Brummie.

I think I may have been there in the dim and distant. I was exiled in Birmingham for a few years.
Plastic Man

fartcatcher wrote:
it's pronounced Selly Owk if you're a Brummie.


On a very pedantic note, I would have phonetically gone for "Silly Owk" in a Brummagen dialect...
Late Doors

Also rip to

the Terrace, Birkby.
The Zetland Cellar bar where I met Siouxsie Sue of the Banshees
The Warren House, Manchester Rd
And The Junction , Marsh, still going but just another Pub


We are very lucky in this town to still have lots of cracking pubs. All of these i look forward to going in and try to get in whenever im about that way.

The Shoulder of Mutton, Lockwood, (of course)
The Grove, Town….ish
The Rat and Ratchet, Town….ish
The Zephyr, Town
Kings Head , Town
Sportsman, Town…ish
The Star, Folly Hall
The Sands House, Crosland Moor
The Riverhead, Marsden
The Cherry Tree, Town (JDWs)
Beaumont Arms, aka the Kirk Steel, Kirkheaton
The Sair, Linthwaite
The Nook (Rose and Crown) Holmfirth (for now, anyway)
The Swan, Crimble
Woodman, Thunder Bridge
Slubbers Arms, Bradford Rd
Beaumont Arms, Netherton
Head of Steam, Town
The Crown, Town
The Olde Hatte, Town
The Vulcan ,Town
The Queens, Town
Fleece, Holme
Farmers Boy, Shepley
Wills o Nats, Crosland Moor
Commercial, Slaithwaite
Dusty Miller, Longwood
Old Bridge, Holmfirth

Probably quite a few others as well in and around but that’s enough to be going on with i think

edited

like the Bay Horse, Lindley for instance

Oh and the Rose n Crown, Golcar
fartcatcher

all in one night?  
Late Doors

Maybe a weekend  

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