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.
Licence applications have been submitted for 2 new city centre venues due to open in the next few months. The Dockyard on Merrion St and Cosy Club on Albion St will offer trendy craft beers and guest ales as well as food.
Ridgeside brewery have produced their first canned conditioned ale called Roosevelt, a 4.5% American pale ale.
The New Roscoe in Sheepscar is due to close at the end of December.
The Half Moon in Pool in Wharfedale has re-opened under new management with a selection of real ales
A couple of pub name changes in Leeds city centre.
The Hourglass is now called Bowers Tap, 6 hand pulls there.
The Phoenix has been refurbished and is now known as Editors Draught, 4 cask ales and 6 craft keg taps.
Three new breweries have opened up recently
In Morley we have the Frisky Bear Brewing Co which is 1BBL in capacity and produces American style beers in keg and bottle. Look out for a beer called Grizzly Bear, an IPA with Mango and Blueberry aromas.
Also in Morley the Blue Square Brewery has begun production of beers for sale in local pubs initially. They are a 4 BBL brewery with a range of 5 ales including a Porter and IPA.
Eyes Brewing is described as a wheat focused brewery who want to create a range of wheat beers inspired by German tradition. They are currently brewing at Ainsty Ales in York but will eventually be Leeds-based.
Some pub news to report:
The New Inn at Barwick in Elmet has reopened aftera period of closure, 3 real ales to choose from there.
The Black Horse in Otley has a change of management who are keen to supply a good choice of cask ales.
Boston Spa has a new bar called Tom Foolery, no hand pull ale but a choice of bottles.
Plans have been submitted to transform the closed Crown Inn at Pudsey into flats.This is a Grade 2 Listed heritage building.
The Eagle Tavern in Leeds has re-opened after a refurbishment. This Samuel Smiths pub has no real ale but offers a range of their good quality bottled beers.
Foleys Tap House in Leeds has been named "Best Cider Pub" in the Morning Advertiser Great British Pub Awards 2016. The pub offers a large and varied selection of real ciders and perries.
There is a handpull dispensing real ale in the bar called Old Red Bus Station, open evenings only.
In Horsforth, the Hop Shack is now open and is a bottle shop with a bar selling craft keg ales.
Quirky Ales, the micro brewery based in Garforth, now have a bottle shop and brewery tap room which is open every weekend.
A new bottle shop is due to open in Horsforth called the Hop Shack.
We await news of Wharfe Bank brewery as we hear that production has ceased at the site in Pool in Wharfedale with a potential move to a new base.
The Atlas pub on King Street is to become the Atlas Brauhaus in September – with an emphasis on sausages and German beer. It will be sad indeed if all those local ales disappear...
All Brewdog pubs are now selling what they call ‘Live’ beer (read the full and long-winded definition here!) – essentially real ale served from a keycask, but not quite. It’s Dead Pony Club, and is clearly marked LIVE at the bar.
The Brown Cow at Whitkirk has a Monday Club, where real ale is £2.49 a pint – or only £2.29 if you are a CAMRA member!
The Black Swan, Call Lane, is to begin brewing very soon. The kit is in – so watch this space!
To add to their small but perfectly formed chain in Leeds, Boston Spa and Oakwood, the Stew and Oyster are planning a new outlet in Otley, in the Old Grammar School.
Bramley’s Black Lion has re-introduced real ale, and at £2 a pint at the time of writing it’s a bargain.
The Gaping Goose, Garforth, has increased its real cider range to two.
Hawthorne Farm, near the airport, is now selling Leeds Midnight Bell plus two other real ales from small breweries in a bid to promote local ales.
Look out for the Leeds Digital Ale Trail http://www.digitalaletrail.co.uk/
This commences in July and is a celebration of the historic and cultural pubs in the city.
Camerons Brewery have acquired 7 of the Leeds Brewery pubs, to include those in York and Leeds. The Garden Gate in Hunslet is being kept under the ownership of Leeds Brewery. The Leeds beers will still feature prominently in all the pubs. To read the full press release, click here.
Look out for beers from Legitimate Industries, their canned beers have been available at some venues in Leeds, no further details at present.
In Pudsey the Butchers Arms no longer has handpumps to dispense the Sam Smiths OBB, still on the bar via a keg tap.
The Whistlestop in Beeston is undergoing a refurb during June and is getting a new kitchen with a revamp of the interior.
In Wetherby, the Muse is the latest Market Town Tavern pub to get a new look. It has re-opened under the new name of the Mews.
In Yeadon, what was the Aviator has now been refurbished and is now called the Yard. There are 3 cask ales on the bar.
A new brewery has opened and is producing bottled beer. Wilde Child Brewing Co has set up in Kirkstall and one of the first beers soon to be available is a 9% Bourbon Imperial Stout named Instant Hobo.
The new Head of Steam in Headingley opened early April with many cask beers to choose from along with bottled beers and craft ales.
On Merrion Street in Leeds the Rum and Reason has Sharps Doom Bar on tap.
The Beech, New Wortley, currently has a regular Whippet beer on the taps. Find this popular and brilliantly refurbished pub on Tong Road – it’s well worth a visit!
Another National Inventory pub which has recently reopened is the Cardigan Arms, Burley – this one has 3 real ales available.
Farsley’s Old Hall is currently stocking a couple of real ales with a view to adding guest beers if there is demand.
Some news form the Manor Inn, Pudsey:
"Just thought we'd share our news that due to the popularity of our guest ales we've had a fourth wicket installed today which will allow us to rotate 33% more guest ales that we were previously able to. It's been hard work keeping up with demand when we only had three wickets especially as one of them is pretty much permanently Saltaire Blonde due to customer demand.
Our 10% discount to CAMRA members will continue to apply across every ale we stock.
The Black Lion in Bramley has had a recent refurbishment and now has 3 cask ales on the bar.
There will be a new bar opening soon on Merrion Street in Leeds called Beer and Ham, no further info at present.
Also on Merrion Street, the IT Bar is now called Rum and Reason, no real ale available.
In Pudsey there is a new bar and eatery called the 7 Steps offering a choice of 6 real ales.
Everybodys All Day Social has opened in Guiseley and is a bar and dining venue which offers 3 real ales with bottled beers as well.
North Bar in Harrogate opened recently, the 7th bar in the group.There are 3 cask ales and a selection of craft ales on tap.
The photo below is the Most Improved Pub award presentation to the manager Paul of the Head of Steam in Leeds. The pub has undergone a transformation since it was Spencers with now a bar full of 10 handpulls and a good selection of beers from Europe.
Bundobust in the city centre now has 1 cask ale line along with its craft keg choice.
On North Lane in Headingley there will be a Head of Steam bar opening early April with 8 real ales.
The Town St Tavern in Horsforth is renamed Town Street after the refurb and re-opens on 4th Feb.
In Leeds Cha Lounge on Dock St has a real ale and Shooters Sports Bar on the Headrow has 3 real ales to choose from.
There has been a change of management at the Garden Gate in Hunslet with altered opening hours.
By mid Feb the full extension of Leeds Brewery should be completed.
The Christmas weekend saw parts of Leeds badly flooded with several pubs affected. The Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Aire Bar and the Phoenix amongst others were closed but with public help some have re-opened.
The Town St Tavern in Horsforth is closed for a refurb in early January.
Whitelocks is now owned by Five Points Brewery of Hackney. Changes are afoot, with the top bar, also known as Ma Gamps, to be refurbished and renamed ‘The Turk’s Head’ whilst becoming craft beer orientated. It’s due to open in late January. An upstairs meeting room is also planned. The main body of the pub is unchanged.
Baht’ap is the new name of the newly-purple Prince of Wales. Real ales are on offer alongside craft beers.
Ethically sound cafe/tea room/bar Cha Lounge has opened in the spot where PIN used to be.
The Penny Fun, Moor Allerton centre, is reportedly currently enjoying a £300,000 refit. It’s due to reopen in March.
The newly reopened Beech, Wortley, has impressed Leeds CAMRA members – Ken Roberts was first through the door on opening day and enjoyed himself thoroughly, whilst pub preservation expert John Thornton described the carefully restored pub as ‘like a new pin’.
In Pudsey what was called the Irv Inn has been renamed the Manor Inn after new management took over. They have 3 cask ales and offer a discount to CAMRA members.
The Beech in Lower Wortley has re-opened after being closed for several years. It has undergone a refurbishment and is understood to be a genuine free house, beers on sale from the local Leeds Brewery.
The Palace in Leeds has been "rebranded" and it sounds like the beer range has been reduced.
Also in Leeds the Old Steps is no longer trading and has been replaced by a restaurant.
Nearby, on Wellington Street, what was the Central has been renamed the Phoenix, and is a gastro bar with real ale.
The North Brewing Co Brewery is now operational and along with the Tap room is now open to call in and try their beers which include Sputnik and Prototype. They only open Friday evenings and all day Saturday.
It's reported that Whitelocks in Leeds can now sell a wider range of beers under a new lease. Pub owner Ed Mason intends to put ales from his brewery (Five Points brew co) on the bar along with other craft beers.
BahTap is the new name for what was the Prince of Wales on Mill Hill in Leeds. 3 real ales on hand pull.
A new bar has opened on Kirkgate in Leeds called Wapentake. There are 3 real ales on hand pull along with a selection of Yorkshire bottled beers and some rotating craft keg ales.
Work is beginning at the new site on Kirkstall Road where Kirkstall Brewery will be based in due course.
North Brewing Co are installed in their new premises, just off North Street in Leeds, and they hope to be trialling their first brew early November.
Two city centre bars reportedly selling real ale, these are the Merchant and the Viaduct Showbar!
News of two pubs due to re-open after a short closure. The New Inn at Barwick in Elmet and the Duke of Wellington in East Keswick will both have new licensees.
Arcadia in Headingley now has a choice of 5 real ciders from boxes.
Leeds Brewery has been taking delivery of several new large brewing tanks, a copper and a mash tun along with 2 fermenting vessels.
Their latest pub to open is the Eagle and Child in the centre of York, in a building dating back to 1640.
Here you’ll find news from Leeds CAMRA and beyond from the last year.