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Leeds is fortunate in having six pubs in the National Inventory, more than many other areas. These tend to be from the age of Leeds’s great expansion and also of pub building, the late Victorian and Edwardian era. There is also a fine example of inter-war design.


National Inventory Pubs


Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Rd., Leeds Bridge, Leeds LS10 1JQ

Built in 1901 and designed by Thomas Winn (see also Cardigan Arms and Rising Sun). An ornate multi-roomed pub with fine etched glass, Mahogany screens and Terrazzo floors.


Beech, 8 Tong Rd., Lower Wortley, Leeds LS12 1HX

Designer by Garside and Pennington for Melbourne Brewery of Leeds in 1931, when the existing pub was rebuilt and enlarged. The pub has a fine little altered interior (as well as exterior) of the period.


Cardigan Arms, 364 Kirkstall Rd., Burley, Leeds LS4 2HQ (Corner of Greenhow Rd. Opposite retail park)

Designed by Thomas Winn and erected in 1896 for a private owner. The pub largely retains its Victorian interior of multi-roomed layout with original glass, tiling and wood screens. The remains of the pub’s former tower brewery still exist at the rear.


Garden Gate, 3 Whitfield Place, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 2QB

Purpose built in 1902 for a private owner and designed by W. Mason Coggill, a Stourton Architect. Possibly the finest surviving pub in Leeds, this pub has magnificent original faience, tiling, etched glass and Mahogany screens. Saved from demolition in 1972.


Rising Sun, 290 Kirkstall Rd., Burley, Leeds LS4 2DN (Near the Cardigan Arms)

Designed in 1899 also by Thomas Winn and purpose built for Melbourne Brewery. It is less flamboyant than other pubs of the period but has original fittings of fine glass and wood screening.


Whitelocks, Turks Head Yard, Briggate, Leeds LS1 6HB

Probably the most famous Leeds pub. Owned by the Whitelock family since around 1880, the pub was extended and re-modelled in 1895 and the interior has changed little since then. The pub has a fine ceramic bar, old woodwork and brewery mirrors creating an atmospheric traditional bar.


Other Heritage Pubs


Leeds has a further fifteen pubs that have substantially original interiors, although have seen some alteration. These feature in the Yorkshire Regional Inventory. They range from Edwardian locals (e.g. Kings Arms, Holbeck 1901) through inter-war re-fits (e.g. Grove, Holbeck 1929 or Templar, Vicar Lane 1927) to war time pubs (e.g. Hanover, Wortley 1942) and unspoilt country pubs (e.g. Swan, Bramham c. late 19C). In Gildersome The New Inn (1935) is a fine mostly original Moderne style pub. The City Varieties, Leeds, until recently had a small bar (Stalls Bar) which had original fittings from 1951, but sadly this was removed in the recent theatre restoration.


The Regional Inventory of heritage pubs in Yorkshire is now finalised.  This lists around 120 pubs in the Yorkshire region which still have interiors or internal features of real historic significance.


This list is now published in a CAMRA guide, £4.99 (members £3.99) -

Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs” (Revised Edition).  


The list for the Leeds Metropolitan District contains 16 pubs, in addition to the 6 NI pubs.


Yorkshire Regional Inventory for Leeds


Albion, 86 Armley Rd., Leeds LS12 2EJ

Chequers, Claypit Lane, Ledsham LS25 5LP

Fenton, 161 Woodhouse Lane, University, Leeds LS2 3ED

Gaping Goose, 41 Selby Rd., Garforth LS25 1LR

Grey Horse, Long Row, Horsforth LS18 5AA

Grove, Back Row, Holbeck, Leeds LS115PL

Hanover Arms, 65 Lower Wortley Rd., Upper Wortley, Leeds LS12 4SL

King’s Arms, 21 Stocks Hill, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 9PB

New Inn, Church St., Gildersome LS27 7AE

Pack Horse, 208 Woodhouse Lane, University, Leeds LS2 9DX

Prospect, 93 Moor Rd, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 1JJ

Royal, 30 Station St., Pudsey LS28 8PR

Swan Inn, Town Hill, Bramham LS23 6QQ

Templar, 2 Templar St., Leeds LS2 7NU

White Horse, 2 Hough Side Rd., Pudsey LS28 9BR


Leeds' Heritage Pubs