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.
The National Inventory is a list covering the whole UK, cataloguing around 260 of the best preserved heritage pub interiors which are of national importance. The Inventory is published by CAMRA – “Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs” (2016)
National Inventory Pubs
All pubs are Listed by Historic England.
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.
The pub was closed for five years from 2010 but reopened in November 2015 following a fine and sensitive restoration and continues to be a community local.
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.
The pub more recently had become rather run down, further compounded by several weeks of closure following the floods of Boxing Day 2015. The pub was bought by Kirkstall Brewery in 2017 and following a distinguished restoration re-opened in Autumn 2017 and is now once again a successful public house.
In Summer 2019 the pub won an important CAMRA National award – The Joe Goodwin Award for the best restored heritage local pub. It was also voted the Leeds Branch Pub of the Year 2019.
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. The previous listing of Grade II has now been upgraded to Grade II*.
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.
The pub closed in 2010 and was used as a second hand furniture shop for a time but a fire at the premises resulted in complete closure, although much of the interior did survive. A 2018 application to run the pub as a café is still on hold. The pub is currently closed and boarded up.
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. The pub is currently owned by 5 Points Brewery.
Other Heritage Pubs
Leeds has a further twelve pubs that have substantially original interiors, although many have seen some alteration.These feature in the Yorkshire Regional Inventory. They range from Edwardian locals (e.g. Pack Horse, Woodhouse from 1871) 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.
Sadly some have been lost over the years for various reasons, such as demolition (e.g. Albion, Wortley or White Stag, North St), flat conversion (e.g. Kings Arms, Holbeck), remodeling (e.g. Grey Horse, Horsforth) or simply general closure.
The Regional Inventory of heritage pubs in Yorkshire was compiled in 2011 but is continually updated. This lists around 119 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 2014 with updates to 2019/20)
The list for the Leeds Metropolitan District contains 12 pubs, in addition to the 6 NI pubs.
Yorkshire Regional Inventory for Leeds
Chequers, Claypit Lane, Ledsham LS25 5LP
Fenton, 161 Woodhouse Lane, University, Leeds LS2 3ED
Gaping Goose, 41 Selby Rd., Garforth LS25 1LR
Grove, Back Row, Holbeck, Leeds LS115PL
Hanover Arms, 65 Lower Wortley Rd., Upper Wortley, Leeds LS12 4SL
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 - Listed Grade II in November 2019.
White Horse, 2 Hough Side Rd., Pudsey LS28 9BR
Updated February 2020