Sunday, December 21, 2008
As part of our festive beer drinking, a trip to Leeds to visit old and new seemed a good idea, avoiding the shops and grabbing a bite to eat. Mr. Foley's (above) has not been established for that long but if you have time for "just one" whilst in the city, this bar won't let you down. As well as the York Brewery beers (including a seasonal "Mistletoe" bitter) there are plenty of guests to tempt, on this visit Mallinsons "Sugarloaf" and E&S "Stocking Top". The bar really looked spot on, Christmassy, but not OTT.
Foley's was starting to fill up with groups of diners, so it was time to cross the city, to the long established Palace. This pub is well worth a visit just to look at the old photos and maps of Leeds adorning the walls, the Palace itself has a fascinating history, and there are 12 hand pumps (one for every day of Christmas)! Tetley and a Roosters are ever present (YPA today), guests included Springhead "Polar Beer". Food was ordered, and despite this very busy lunchtime, food and bar service was spot on.
Time came to leave and head back to the station and visit a third bar, at a mere three weeks old the Brewery Tap (above) is as new as they come, and is Leeds Brewery's latest. The number of diners and proximity to the station suggest that the place could quickly establish itself, but it does feel like "work in progress" at the moment, a bit too clean and new for me! Four Leeds beers were available including "Christ Almighty", but only one of the four guest pumps was in use, good old Ossett "Silver King". The brewery on the first floor starts up in January, so a re-visit will be on the cards to see how this baby grows up.