But moving on, and now a little out of town, to an old mill standing proud as a new brewery. Northern Monk has had great success far beyond Leeds since setting up here in 2013, but remains firmly rooted in its home town. The few minute walk to their Refectory is well worth it; an array of their own beers, of many fine flavours and varying percentages, are served in the terrifically restored tap room, and in the summer a large outdoor area provides a buzzy spot to stop and stay.
Back in the centre, and the ale continues to flow. Mr Foley’s has been around for some time now, always serving excellent brews before it was cool, and it’s nice to see that the people of Leeds continue to appreciate its simple delights within a listed building. Now run by York Brewery, which means that as well as a range of other beers, there are well-priced pumps of their own beer to sit down and sup up with.
As you can see from this list, there are plenty of places lining their bar with plenty of beers. So how do you stand out? Well, one way, is quite simply, with MORE! How about 27 lines on keg and cask and 200 bottles and cans? Could this possibly be the reason why you have added Tapped as one of your favourite places of 2018? Either that or the well-regarded pizza that you’re washing it all down with.
And so we come to your final favourite of the year, and suitably end with a taste of Yorkshire. With a name that originates locally, Wapentake is a charming little cafe bar expands on the theme by offering food and drink menus obsessed with great Yorkshire produce. The breweries and spirit-makers are from round these parts, and the hearty grub is often from down the road at Kirkgate Market. As with all of your 2018 choices, it’s cool, but it’s welcoming to all, it’s chilled, but it’s of high quality. Long may this vibe continue into 2019 Leeds.