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March 2020


Some news from Garforth.

2 new microbars have opened on the Main Street. Blakes has 3 cask ales, Yard has 2 cask ales.

Quirky Ales brewery are starting a new range of Quirkyales beers. These will be called Q2 (Q squared). These will be styles that they don’t usually brew for example  a New England ipa called Quahog, a west coast IPA called Robbie Rodgers and an ESB. Other styles are in planning too. Check out these new beers in the Tap Room.


Leeds Brewery are in the process of moving to a new larger premises and installing a new state of the art brew plant. Production continues at their previous site for now.


A Lake District brewery, Handsome Brewery, are converting a building into a tap room pub. It is near Leeds University and should be open by May.


February 2020


News of 2 new openings.  in Horsforth the  Woodside Micro Pub has 4 beers on draught along with bottles and cans to choose from.  In Guiseley the Hoptimist tap & bottle shop sells a wide range of local brewery craft bottles and cans and also a range of beers for sale in growlers.


The long awaited Kirkstall brewery tap opened at the end of last month. The room is decorated with plenty of brewery signs & mirrors, photo of the bar area below.


January 2020


News of a new brewery starting up in Leeds. Piglove Brewing Co based in Cross Green have launched some canned beers available in local off licences.


Unfortunately the Stew and Oyster in Otley has closed permanently on 5th Jan. The owners say results have not matched the effort put in by the staff there.


December  2019


This month is a busy one for new bars and pubs opening,

Mad Frans has already opened in Wellington Place, 2 handpulls one of which recently  had a Frisky Bear beer.

Also due to open in the same building is Hoist House, a Frisky Bear beer is planned to be on sale there.


Two new bars in Morley to report:

Eighteen90 is on Queen Street and is due to open 6th Dec.

Station Hop on Station Road is due to open 12th Dec.


Boar Lane in the city centre,the Bankers Cat has opened, up to 5 hand pulls serving beers from Thornbridge brewery with 3 guest ales. Close by is Beer Hawk, a craft bar with a choice of canned beer and ales on tap.


The Black Prince by Leeds rail station has re-opened as an O'Neills branded bar.

The former Norman Bar on Call Lane has re-opened Power, Corruption & Lies.

Craft Asylum#2 has had a minor refurb including installation of a pizza oven.


Hawkhill Tavern opened in Guiseley, it has a choice of 6 cask ales and numerous craft ale tap lines.


Nov 2019


The Owl, a gastropub, is the first ever pub to open in Leeds Kirkgate Market. Beers in the taproom will be from Northern Monk brewery.


A new bar is planned  to open in Morley called the Hop Station, no further details at this point.

Also in Morley, Chris from  Truth Hurts brewery has expanded his micro pub  Beer Thirty, he has 1 cask ale and a range of craft ales.


What was the Half Moon in Collingham is now called Cromwell's Bar & Kitchen. It has had a makeover with the separate back room being knocked through and a semi circular bar.


Phil at Hungry Bear in Meanwood has brewed a beer called Allotment Ale using locally grown hops, he is also working on a Xmas beer for sale on draft and in bottles.

The Terminus nearby celebrates 1 year since opening on 23rd Nov, a birthday beer is planned.


The first beers produced on the kit in the Malt Brewhouse have been on sale in the pub. A blonde ale and pale ale were on hand pump, more different beers are planned.


October  2019


The latest Head of Steam bar to open in the city centre is situated  on Park Row. It is

a massive venue with a central bar serving 8 cask ales, bottled and canned craft ales.

There's a gaming zone and a private hire tasting room.


The Scarbrough Taps is closed until the end of October for a £225k refurb. Planned to re-open on 29th Oct.


Tony, long standing licensee of 15 years, at  the Junction, Otley is retiring. It is being run under temporary management until a new licensee takes over.

Drinks supplier Beer Hawk have set up a "pour your own beer" wall in Leeds Trinity Kitchen. 5 taps mounted on the wall each with a pay point, choice from North Brew Co and Camden brewery there during October.


The Bay Horse in Otley has re-opened after 6 months closure. It has been redecorated inside,  new floor covering,  revamped cellar and toilets. 4 cask ales on the bar.


In Leeds, the Cross Keys is to close temporarily from 22nd Oct before re-opening under new owners Water Lane Pub Co.




September 2019


Liam at Anthology brewery  is taking on an additional unit next door which will become a cold store.Being delivered during September is a new 5bbl tank which will double capacity.  Next Taproom day is 5th October from 2pm.


Sunbeam  brewery now produce two unique house beers for the Beehive in Shipley. They have also recently started a colab with the owner of the Fleece in Pudsey, and the joint changing beers then appear in the Fleece pub.


In Otley the Rose and Crown has re-opened with 4 cask ales on the bar, the Bay Horse is undergoing a refurb and should hopefully open again this month.


The Three Hulats in Chapel Allerton re-opened after a £1.2million development including larger customer area and upgraded beer garden.


Joe and Irene celebrated 20 years of running the Ings Hotel in Guiseley this month. Quite an achievement in this day of managed pubs.


News announced this month that Thornbridge / Pivovar are to take over a building on Boar Street in the city centre and convert it to a craft beer pub, due to open before the end of the year.


August 2019


Nomadic brewery are taking over the Rose and Crown pub in Sunbridge Wells, Bradford from 16th August. Long term there will be 3 of their ales on the bar with a mix of guests along with some craft beers on tap. Opening times Thurs, Fri,  Sat     12-11.


The Malt Brewhouse in Horsforth now have their brew kit installed. We await to see what styles of beer they produce.


North Bar on New Briggate, Leeds is getting a refurb, the bar has been renewed with a new wall beer menu planned. The pub is closed Mon-Weds during this time, should be completed by 23rd Aug.


Production has increased to 90 barrels per month at Wilde Child brewery with Opaque Reality being the best selling beer. Check out the Crazy Town Festival held at the brewery on 9th,10th Au


July 2019


Nomadic brewery have a new beer Elysium which is a chilli and chocolate stout. Their next tap room date is 27th July.


The extensive development of the Three Hulats in Chapel Allerton should be complete by mid August.


Work has begun on the  building that was Hawkhill Club in Guiseley. It is being redeveloped into a pub to be called the Hawkhill Tavern.


Leeds brewery have started a Saturday pop up bottle shop and sample bar held at the premises. Check out their website for details of forthcoming dates.


June 2019


In Otley the Black Horse  has re-opened after a significant refurbishment. There are 4 Kirkstall brewery beers and 4 guest ales to choose from.


It has been announced that a new build Wetherspoons pub to be located in Cross Gates will be named "The Charles Henry Roe". He was founder of a successful local coachbuilding company.


The Beehive in Thorner has been taken over by renowned local chef Matt Healy. He plans to turn it into a modern gastro pub but keeping it as a community hub.


In Chapel Allerton the Beck and Call has opened with a choice of 4 cask ales and the emphasis on family dining and entertainment for sports fans.


The Cardigan Arms in Kirkstall is the national CAMRA winner of the Joe Goodwin Award. This award is reserved for outstanding refurbished street corner locals. Here's a link to the press release:


May 2019


Reports of plans for another Head of Steam pub for the city centre in the former Lloyds Bank on Park Row, due to open this summer.


The Red Lion in Guiseley has increased its cask ale choice to 6. Two are nationals with 4 guest ales.


The Barley Mow Supporters Group hopes to put together a community led business plan to ensure this currently closed pub in Bramley is sustainable as a community enterprise.


Star Pubs & Bars have agreed to reconsider their plans for both the Black Bull and the White Swan in Otley. They will look at a sympathetic restoration of the 2 historically listed pubs.


Kith & Kin based in Chapel Allerton is now owned by the Black Sheep Brewery plc. They plan to sell a wider range of ales from their brands.


April 2019


The Black Horse in Otley has been taken over in a joint venture by Kirkstall Brewery and Brudenell Social Club. The new owners should be in place by Easter.


New recent  openings reported are:

Out Out Bar in Crossgates (1 real ale)

Vanguard city centre (no real ale)

Residence 74 in Cookridge (no real ale)


Recent closures include Swan & Talbot in Wetherby, Norman, city centre, Bierkeller and Shooters Bar  city centre. Some of these may re-open.


An application for a  new micropub  in what was a florist shop situated at Rawdon crossroads is in progress. No further news of that at present.


March 2019


Leeds Brewery are to smarten up the design/logo of the pump clips over the next few months. We are seeing Tetley's No.3 Pale Ale (brewed at Leeds)  in more pubs around Yorkshire and the Leeds area.


Some Leeds pubs are Industry award winners this month.

Further North has won Best Bar in the YEP Oliver Awards and The Reliance  has won Best British Restaurant.

In West Ardsley the Hare and Hounds was named Newcomer of the Year by the Star Pubs & Bars association.


Nomadic Brewery have begun brewing on the new kit at their new premises,.  First brews are Strider, Pale  and a Simcoe hopped ale to be named.


January 2019


2 of Otleys well known pubs have re-opened after a period of closure.

The Bay Horse opened last month and the Rose and Crown opened on 14th Jan. The Rose and Crown  has had some interior redecoration, open  evenings only until snagging completed.


Otley also has a new bar called  The Rookery. 3 real ales on the bar.


As reported in the press, the group behind Belgrave Music Hall have taken over The True Briton in Meanwood. We wait to see how this pub transforms.


Also recently reported was the announcement that Black Sheep Brewery have purchased York Brewery as well as 4 outlets which include Foley's Tap House in Leeds.  


December 2018


Vocation brewery are the latest to open a bar in Leeds centre, a new venture called Assembly Undergound.  It is in a large basement area on Calverley Street along with street food stalls.

For some reason, 3 of the Sam Smiths pubs in the Leeds metro are closed, Dyneley Arms, Old Star and Admiral Hawke. We await further news on these.


A beer shop in Morley called Beer Thirty should be able to serve ales from handpull and keg soon


November 2018


Some exciting openings in the city centre this month.

Craft Asylum opens in the former Candlebar at Granary Wharf. It's a venture from Ossett brewery/Salt beer factory. There will be a 2nd Craft Asylum opening on East Parade at the end of the month.

North Brewing Co Tap Room opens on 23rd November at Sovereign St. There will be

24 taps to choose from.

Just outside the city in Meanwood, Ridgeside brewery Tap Room launches on 1st December from 2pm.


Changes in store for Yates on Boar Lane as it is to close and re-open in December as branch of Slug and Lettuce.


Meanwood brewery have opened their Tap Room and is called Terminus. 4 hand pulls dispense their beers, on the opening day they had a oak aged porter and an IPA on.

Another change of venue to report is the new Malt Brewhouse which has opened up in what was Bar166 in Horsforth. 6 cask ales with Horsforth and Leeds brewery beers as regulars. There will be a microbrewery built in the premises due in January.


October 2018


Cooper Hill Brewery ltd was formed earlier this year and is based in Morley. Incorporated in the set up is Trinity Brewery and its 2 brewers that ran Trinity now make up the brewing team.


North Brewing Co will be opening its first city centre tap room in November. The large site will be on the corner of Swinegate with 24 taps and beers from other craft breweries.


September 2018


Check out the refurbished Midnight Bell in Leeds with its smart new bar and surroundings, 7 cask ales to choose from.


A new build pub with carvery called Fly Line is due to open in Garforth at the beginning of October. Expect to see beers from the Marstons range.


North Bar in Leeds has been named "Best Bar/Pub" in the John Smith's Great British Pub Awards.


Some  items of brewery news.

Ridgeside  are looking to upgrade the canning equipment and open up the brewery tap room to hold monthly events. The first one is planned for 1st December.

Kirkstall have organised several brews with breweries around the UK to produce small batches of cloudy, non-fined ale.


August 2018


Nomadic Brewery have now got a new premises in Sheepscar. They are in the process of getting the unit ready for the new equipment and hope to be in production by November.


The New Inn at Farsley has been transformed into a city-centre style bar called Number Thirty Three, 2 cask ales to choose from.

Pubs re-opening are  the Owl in Rodley and the Moot Hall Arms (was Waiting Rooms) in the city centre.


The Grand Arcade in the city centre looks like it is getting 2 new bars, Hardy's at the top end and another one called Tailors. No further info on these yet.


Beer Thirty is a new specialist off licence in Morley with a large range of bottles and cans plus several beer taps for growler fills.


July 2018


A few bits and bobs from in and around Leeds.

Frisky Bear Brewery have expanded production, so hopefully we will see them out and about a bit more. A good place to catch their beers is Oscars in Morley where 3-4 can be expected.

As one pub opens another closes - opening Beehive (Thorner), closing Bird in Hand (Garforth), opening hopefully soon a Wetherspoons (Austhorpe Road), closing The Waiting Room (city centre).

Ever fancied trying your hand at brewing? Well now's your chance with Wetherby Brew Co. who will help you be a brewer for the day.

Real Ale has made an appearance at Upstairs Downstairs, that's the new name for Sid's Little Egg.

The Rising Sun was a fine pub in it's day, after being derelict for several years it looks like it's going to come back to life, not as a pub but as a coffee shop. The new owners are well aware of the listed status of many of the fixtures and fittings and are going to be incorporating these features in their design.


... and finally one from the Keighley area. The long standing tenants of the Burlington Arms are going to be leaving the pub after nearly 39 years there. So pop along and have a drink before the end of the month as it may be your last chance to drink Timothy Taylors real ales served through electric pumps.


June 2018


Snippets of brewery news.

Nomadic are looking to move to a new larger premises which is based in Sheepscar. More on this as it develops.

At Sunbeam  there is now a range of 14 beers brewed on a rotational basis.

Kirkstall are now canning their beer Virtuous which is the largest selling brew. They have ceased canning Three Swords.

Some equipment from the defunct Trinity Brewing has been purchased by Morley Brewery.


There are now 2 Roxy Ball Room venues in Leeds, the latest to open is on Merrion Street.

Yates on Woodhouse Lane is to be converted into a Walkabout.

Pubs that have re-opened are the Prospect in Hunslet and New Inn at Barwick in Elmet.


May 2018


Leeds Brewery is to produce a range of Tetley beers based on recipes from the company archives. The first is No.3 Pale Ale using the same unique strain of yeast. There are various clubs selling this beer, it can also be found at Rodley Barge and Everybody's in Guiseley.


Frisky Bear brew co have added 2 new fermenters which will triple their capacity.


St Oswalds brewery hope to be back brewing again soon, watch this space.


In Farsley, the Fleece has undergone a refurbishment and is rebranded as a Greene King pub.

In Yeadon, the Robin Hood will open again later this month after undergoing their refurbishment.


Wilde Child  now have a licence allowing them to open up the brewery for beer sales. Takeaway beer is available Mon-Fri afternoons. The next Brewery Open Day will be Saturday 16th June.


Meanwood brewery have the keys to their new premises  which they will name Terminus. Hope to open by July with a 2 floor bar attached to the brewery and beer garden


Kirkstall Brew co have added the excellent Sparrow Bier cafe based in Bradford to its group of pubs. The bar will re-open on 25th May with some new features.


Lucky Number 7 is the latest bar to open from Friends of Ham and is their take on a classic American beer bar with 20 beer taps, USA street food and cocktails. It is found on Merrion Street.


April 2018


Brewery tap news: Garforth's Quirky brewery's Tap Room and Bottle Shop is now open, selling a range of their own ales on draught and in bottle, plus a few from further afield. There's a similar happy situation at the Wetherby Brew Co. Here the Bottle Shop is open all week and but the Tap Room is currently only open at weekends, and they have pie.


Offie news: Growlers in Headingley now has an on-licence, so you can drink on the premises. The prices are keen, too. Back in Wetherby, the Bottle and Bean is a bottle shop, a “craft keg”bar and a cafe that also has gallery space and a record player!


Sad news is that the lovely Tall Boys Beer Market has closed, as has Ham and Friends (Yorkshire Wine remains open).


Frisky Bear of Morley, who formerly only produced beer in keg and bottle, now put one of their ales into cask – Grizzly Bear, an IPA at 4.5%.


Wilde Child brewery, Armley Road, is having an Open Day on April 14th – celebrating their second birthday!


New to Horsforth is Granville's Beer and Gin House, and is reportedly well worth a visit.


Garforth is to gain a beer/cafe/pizza establishment – more news when it comes in.


Headingley's Original Oak has had a makeover, with extra handpumps being added to bring the total to four in the main bar and in the refurbished Plymouth Lounge.


March 2018


Some bits of news about our local breweries.

The new owner of Ridgeside, Matt Lovatt, is opening the brewery up for tours to interested groups. He is actively seeking new hop strains and constantly uses a small stock of wooden casks.

Nomadic have settled on 3 core beers, a Pale Ale, Bitter and American Pale Ale, as well as monthly specials.

Wilde Child are now producing beer on the new 10 barrel kit in their new premises. Beyond Redemption and Patriot Games are the first brews.

Barry and Graeme Phillips who operate Meanwood, have plans in place to open a micropub, no news yet of an opening date.


Yeadon could be getting a micropub. Naylors brewery have applied for planning permission to convert a shop on the High Street.


Leeds brewery are in the final stages of getting some aged beers in whisky barrels ready with some going for bottling. They put some of the Midnight Bell and also the New Moon IPA for the last 2 years in Islay whisky casks.


Frisky Bear  have now got brewery equipment up and running in the new location Oscar's Bar, Morley. The plan is to double brewing capacity in 2018.


The latest brewery to begin producing beer is St Oswalds based in the Red Lion at Guiseley. The first brew was called Cathy's Pale, a 4.2% ale only on sale in the pub. The landlord Austin is using an 11 gal kit so the beers will sell out quickly.


Meanwood brewery was formed earlier this year and have been producing a limited bottle range of ales over the last few months. They are doing a tap take-over at Alfred in Meanwood over the first weekend in January  where they'll have their first cask and keg beers on sale.


Wetherby Brew Co are now in production and their range offers 6 different ales including a Porter and an IPA.



The Cardigan Arms in Kirkstall  re-opens, after it's restoration , on Saturday 7th October under Kirkstall Brewery ownership.


It's reported that Woodies Craft Ale House in Headingley have  increased the selection of ciders.


Samuel Smith's brewery have been given  permission to build a pub/bar  on land which is along Coal Rd in the Seacroft/Whinmoor area. There are no plans available as yet.














Latest news of the Cardigan Arms under new ownership is that it will close at the end of July for "light" refurbishment  and re-open in September.



Wharfe Bank brewery who ceased operations back in September are now cuckoo brewing under the name Wharfe Beer at Hambleton Brewery.


The Cardigan Arms in Kirkstall has been sold to Kirkstall Brewery who are committed to restoring and preserving the Grade II listed building.





Pleased to report another new micro brewery has opened called Little Shed brewery and is based at the Pax Inn pub at Thorp Arch.


Tapped Leeds were named the UK's "best independent craft beer bar/pub" by SIBA, so congratulations to them.



Otley has a new pub to add to its existing 20. The Stew and Oyster opened towards the end of 2016 and offers 8 cask ales along with a good selection of bottled beers.


Two new outlets called Cats Pyjamas have opened in Leeds and Headingley. They sell craft beers as well as Indian street food.


Reports of a new manager at the newly refurbished  Pendas Arms in Whinmoor who is putting the  emphasis on a good choice of real ales.











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