Monday, April 24, 2006

Headingley Pubs - Part 2

Sun 23 April 2006

To recover from the great Cumberland Rum Nicky baking (and eating) we headed out in the sunshine to investigate a few more Headingley drinking venues.

I was quite excited as Zed (in Chapel Allerton), Arc, Trio and The Box were hosting a real ale festival for St George's Day. As The Box was heaving we made our way to the Arc (a former drinking spot for Andy) and managed to find a spot on a sofa a long, long, long way away from some dressed up students who were obviously on the Otley Run.

The ale for the Arc was from Fernandes Brewery, based in Wakefield though the hand pump was so well hidden down the end of the bar that you'd have never known it was an option. It was also very poorly labelled (a piece of paper with spidery writing that you just couldn't read) so I had to order it as 'a pint of the handpull' - at which point the bar maid looked suitably bemused.

Anyway, pints acquired, the first thing we were intrigued to notice was that my pint was a lot colder than Andy's pint of Grolsch! So quite possibly not cellar temperature ... The beer itself was actually not in bad nick and had a really nice, refreshing and summery taste (once it warmed up). They seem to do a lot of food promotions, and while I doubt I'll be going back for a quiet pint on the weekend I will be heading over to try out their steak and burger deals.

To get a decent beer we headed over to Arcadia, in the Arndale Centre. Although this bar has a non smoking policy (putting Andy in a bad mood before we got there) they are, at present, running a Timothy Taylor's promotion, which meant I ended up winning a free pint! Arcadia is part of the Market Town Taverns group, which also runs the excellent Coopers in Guiseley. The selection of beers is great and I, personally, love the smoke free atmosphere. Arcadia is quite a small bar but it feels cosy and even though there is no outdoor seating the large windows mean you can enjoy the sunshine to an extent.

Arcadia also has an interesting food menu and, to be honest, I'll be eating there before I eat at the Arc.

1. The Arc, 19 Ash Road, Headingley, LS6 3JJ, phone 0113 275 2223
2. Arcadia Ale and Wine Bar, 34 Arndale Centre, Headingley, LS6 2UE, phone 0113 274 5599

How to get there: buses to Headingley are many and varied ... the best selection runs from outside Bar Risa on Albion Street. Take a 1, 28, 95, 96, 97 or 97A. There is a bus stop at the Arndale Centre and the Arc and Ash Lane are a short walk towards the cricket ground.
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