Presently, you’ll have to time your pub crawl with great luck or judgement to stumble into here, but it’d be well worth the close up experience. Horsforth Brewery – or one man in his garage – is Mark Costello’s passion, and his delicious brews are starting to spread far beyond his own home. So much so, that as well as supplying pubs and events in the area, he has moved the place where the magic happens to meet demand. The new brewery includes what is currently a pop up tap room for your drinking pleasure, that in future is likely to pop up increasingly frequently. Check the dates and check it out!
From garage to pub, next is Hemmingway’s. This niftily named bar is monikered after literary outlaw Ernest Hemingway, and specifically his love for and time in Cuba. So expect Latin American flavours, colours, and good times, in the form of rum and cocktails, helped along by 241 offers. Plus of course the odd Yorkshire ale and gin because, you know, we’re in 2018 Leeds. As the Hemingway quote that inspired the bar says: “if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.”
Next onto something a bit more traditional: The Old King’s Arms. Under newish landlords, The Old King’s Arms has revitalised itself by successfully mixing traditional pub charms with modern day desires. For the former, there’s a pub quiz, piano singalongs, DJ nights and live sports. And bringing it on trend is a terrific range of craft beers, kitchen takeovers by street food vendors, live music, and eclectic events such as clothes swaps. The whole is a genuine, welcoming boozer that is becoming the community hub in a rather cool way.
What about a micro bar? The Hop Shack is easy to miss and a mistake to do so. With an unbeatable range of craft beers, you can take out any of over a hundred cans and bottles from around the world at the knowledgeable shop, or crack them open inside the laid back bar. With another six brews on keg, there’s plenty to keep you in this unique spot.
And last but not least we have The Forge which is an unpretentious pub on New Road Side that can accommodate any part of your pub run. Nip in for a pint, call by to watch the match, or end here for a retro party and weekend live music. And now, with a brand new Indian street food menu, there’s good reason to make this the pit stop to fill bellies and tickle tastebuds.