10 of Leeds’ most historic pubs


Here is a list of ten of Leeds’ most historic and interesting establishments, which still serve as pubs today.

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The Bingley Arms is one of Leeds’ most historic pubs.

The Bingley Arms is the oldest and one of the most historic pubs in Leeds.

The Bingley Arms is the oldest and one of the most historic pubs in Leeds.

The pub is over 1000 years old and certainly feels like an old pub, with dark and characterful wooden beams and a Dutch oven.

Stocking local Yorkshire beers including Black Sheep, The Bingley Arms maintains a classic and old-fashioned feel with a menu filled with traditional British fare.

The Bingley Arms, Church Lane, Bardsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9DR.

Whitelock’s was previously known as The Turk’s Head

The Garden Gate has a rich history and was built in 1902 by W. Mason Coggill.

This is a Grade II listed building and provides impeccable examples of Victorian architecture, including intricate tiling, etched windows, and a curved ceramic bar.

The interior of the pub is classic late Victorian and early Edwardian era with a central hallway and smaller separate rooms that branch out.

The structure of the building has been virtually intact since its construction and is a fantastic example of British history and architecture.

The Ladies’ Inn

The Garden Gate, 3 Whitfield Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 2QB

Whitelock’s is one of the oldest pubs in downtown Leeds and dates back to 1715, originally named The Turk’s Head.

The pub features traditional late Victorian interior and decor, including dark wood character furniture and even the original beer mirrors.

True to its long-standing Yorkshire roots, the pub now offers a range of Yorkshire beers from local breweries including Ilkley, Kirkstall, Rooster’s and others.

Whitelock’s, Turk’s Head Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB

First owned by Henry Scarbrough in 1826, the Scarbrough Hotel is also known to locals as the ‘Scabby Taps’.

The Scarbrough Hotel is a separate Georgian building and still has a traditional feel with the wooden bar and furnishings adding character.

The pub offers a range of Nicholson’s beers and gins and has many British classics on the menu, including specialty pies and fish and chips.

Scarbrough Hotel, Bishopgate Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DY.

The Checkers Inn dates from 1540 and its appearance is arguably the epitome of a traditional Yorkshire pub.

Inside, the pub has low wooden beams and traditional open fireplaces, making it a cozy place to visit for a pint.

The pub offers regional beers and all food is prepared with local produce.

Until recently it was one of the only pubs in England to have a six-day license and has closed every Sunday for 180 years.

The Checkers Inn, South Milford, Park Lane, South Milford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5LP

The Pack Horse records suggest that it was first established in 1615.

Its long-standing history in Leeds can be seen in the iron Templar Cross which is nailed to the pub gable.

The pub is also said to have entertained the Royals during the English Civil War, meaning the dark and traditional wooden beams that fill the ceilings have likely witnessed some interesting moments in British history.

The Pack Horse, Pack Yard, Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AT

The Adelphi is over 100 years old and is a spectacular example of late Victorian architecture, with exposed stonework on the exterior.

Inside, the Victorian influence remains strong, with the original glass partitions between the rooms still standing.

The pub is traditional and has a large reception hall upstairs and a dark, classic wooden bar which adds to the warm ambiance of the establishment.

The Adelphi, 1-3 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ

The Georgian building in which the property is based was built in 1741 and became a pub 100 years later.

Although the exterior is now painted blue, the interior of the pub retains the traditional, cozy feel of an old pub.

The large, curved bar and rich dark wood furnishings add to the character of the pub, as well as interesting features such as the clock and beams.

The Palace, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ

The Ship Inn has records dating back to the 1750s, but much of its history is unknown other than its old name The Ship and Griffin.

The interior decor is traditional with a dark wood bar with brass finishes and old metal tables filling the main pub room.

Retaining its strong Yorkshire history, the pub offers local beers such as Black Sheep and Kirkstall.

The Ship Inn, 71 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LH

The Old Red Lion is a traditional Sam Smith pub and dates back to the late Georgian period.

As a Sam Smith pub, it offers local Yorkshire beers and other drinks known to be reasonably priced.

The interior retains the traditional pub feel with dark furnishings, towering wooden beams and a large classic bar.

Old Red Lion, 2-4 Meadow Ln, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5BJ


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