After a big night out in Manchester I just fancied a quiet night in, so my friend Jonathan picked me up from the train station at Leeds and we went back to his for a quiet chat and some herbal tea….
Well now, I think we all know that’s not what happened in real life. Our first stop was Tapped where I had some of their own Rodeo to start off. Quite nice it was too.
And I took a sip of Natalie’s Thornbridge Galaxia and decided to have that one with my delicious meatball pizza.
Our next stop was Whitelocks, the oldest pub in Leeds. Jonathan had taken me there many, many, moons ago and it’s still as shiny as it was then. I get the impression that they’ve ‘gone craft’ but that it has only served to keep the place vibrant. We could’ve stayed there all night and Arbor’s Shangri-la was going down very nicely but the dynamic duo were determined to bring me to all of the pubs as it was my birthday!
Our next stop was The Social and Mikkeller’s ‘Folk Pale Ale’ Peter, Pale and Mary called to me from the fridge. A decent Beer with outstanding can art!
The North Bar was the penultimate of our whistle-stop tour. I got talking to a couple of Camra members at the bar, but they seemed more pragmatic than some of the dogmatic types I’ve met on my travels. Lords of Misrule from Bradford Brewery was a rich chocolate flavoured delight.
Our final stop was the very cool Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen.
My final Beer of the night was the suitably smooth Whiter Shade of Pale from the BAD Co. Brewery. It went very well with the funky set the dj was spinning. Thank you to my hosts for a very memorable and fun birthday. Sláinte!