leeds' heritage pubs
national inventory pubs
Leeds is fortunate in having five pubs in CAMRA's 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 Rising Sun, Burley, is sadly no longer listed here as it is currently closed and boarded up.
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).
Below are our five National Inventory Pubs - all pubs are Listed by Historic England.
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 5 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 September 2020