The best kept secret in Leeds

The Adelphi on the corner of Dock Street in Leeds is for my money one of the best pubs, if not the best pub in the city. It really is an authentic old Leeds boozer combined with the cool artiness of a refurb that manages to lose none of the character of this historic watering hole whilst oozing coolness and shabby chic.

Just back from a meeting there with my film club mates and because I went straight from work, I had some food before we met. Having a recent Sunday lunch with the family, I knew that the kitchen turns out some decent gear and my club sandwich and extra fat chips were on this occasion bang on the money.

Worth a mention is the excellent wine list (pictured) and the descriptions just make you want to try every wine on there, although it would take some time as it’s pretty extensive. Featured real ales and a well stocked bar are a must these days to compete, and it’s what you get here with a few quirky extras – Big Tom was a surprisingly spicy tomato juice (not the barman) that I’ve not come across before.

The midweek ambience is the right side of relaxed and the staff struck the right note with attentive but laid back service. Old time Leodiensians, those in the know and new city dwellers make the most of this tucked away gem and I have to say that’s the way I like it – too many people latch on to the place and you’d never get a table or served at the bar.

If you’re in town for a shopping trip or fancy a midweek pre or post cinema, it’s well worth the detour to the bottom of Briggate and over the bridge.

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