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Town Hall Tavern, Leeds

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A good pub handy for those on Jury service
ALBEERT - 6 Mar 2018 13:23
Timothy Taylor's pub in the centre of Leeds opposite the courts so expect to hear lawyers talking about work and cases, what not. A room that is smaller than I was expecting is the pub itself with the low u-shaped bar on the left hand side. Bar man is friendly and we had a brief chat about Taylor's beers and he seems to really like their range which is obviously helpful. They have all of the regular Taylor's beers with no room for any guests, except new beers which Taylor's are experimenting with. I had a half of ram ram which went down well and was well kept. Music playing months background at a low sound so it added to the atmosphere, pictures of old Leeds on the walls and a couple of snug type areas in the room. Pictures of old landlord adverts and boxes of whisky on the top of the walls. Good Pub this place is and definitely worth a look in, especially if you find yourself in the crown court for whatever reason...
Wezzielad - 6 Mar 2018 13:06
What can I say, this place had two milds one, one light, one dark, both fantastic. What more could anyone want - fantastic fish and chips, yes they had that too and I hear great things about the pies though I haven't sampled those yet.
dyyony - 2 Aug 2017 20:34
Visited a couple of weeks ago. As others have said very pleasant and cheerful staff .Full range of Tim Taylors ales. I had a nice pint of Golden Best followed by a pint of mix, Golden Best and Ramtam. A real old and mild.!

It was nice to see the mix of lunchtime customers. Oldsters,office staff and aging barristers with their bottles of claret.This is Leeds legal area.

oldandmild - 24 Jun 2017 08:12
Not a comfy pub: the decor is too coldly modern for my taste. Can't fault the beer or the staff, however. DerekDrinkforbrains has rendered superfluous any further comment on the former while the latter were indefatigably cheerful and attentive. I'll certainly be back.
Kenny260556 - 2 Sep 2012 22:34
Had a couple of excellent pints of Ram Tam in here last Friday night. Very friendly and efficient bar staff, and not too mad or crowded. I liked this pub and would happily go back.
paul154 - 8 Feb 2012 16:11
This pub has recently gone through a refurbishment - I have uploaded a new photo from their website - it also has gained a new manager and staff who were all very friendly when I visited.
It has been modernised, but in a good way - still lots of local flavour in the piccys on the walls, dark wooden floor/bar, interesting victorian type green tiles and still excellent range of beers (obviously Taylors), but also stocks little known Freedom lagers.
The biggest change though is in the food offering - I had a Lamb dish, and my partner has a steak sandwich, and both were excellent quality and very tasty.
Overall, a good change - and well worth a revisit.
Leedsdrinker - 4 Aug 2011 19:27
Lovely place with cracking selection of Timothy Taylors ales however due to its
location (near to many of the law firms in the area) was full of besuited idiots
chatting loudly on mobiles and trying to outdo each others gelled mullets !
Nice place , shame about the lunchtime clientelle maybe.....
brownieathome - 12 Nov 2010 11:27
There are 4 valid reasons for visting this pub - Best, Golden Best, Landlord and Ram Tam. "Gennuflect when ye approach the altar of beer O ye heirophantic seekers of the nectar of truth ! For, hath it not been said, that if ye seek ye so shall ye find ye ? And thy reaward..."'

DerekDrinkforbrains - 21 Jul 2010 12:05
Situated a shortish walk away from Mr Foley's ( on which I have just posted ) along The Headrow into Westgate and in the heart of the city's legal and financial district is The Town Hall Tavern. It's closeness to the inner ring road, only a hundred or so yards away, helps give it a bit of an out-of-town feel, however, compared with pubs further in the centre.

The green and gold painted exterior tells us that this is a rare Timothy Taylors tied house.

It's a comfortable, carpeted, well appointed pub with much light pine wood panelling and, despite an open plan layout, a number of different areas. The walls are decorated with pictures of old Leeds and, reflecting its location, a number of framed legal cartoons and caricatures. Note also the Leeds United memorabilia, particularly the photo of the League winning side of 1965 ( Mick Jones, Allan Clarke etc ). I gather that the pub gets busy with the office crowd at lunchtime when good value hot food is served.

Remarkably, on my recent June evening visit, despite being festooned with flags of the 32 World Cup teams and a live game being in progress at the time, the two pub TV's were not showing the game, nor even the one day cricket international, but a Rugby League game - Sheffield Eagles v Barrow Raiders. This game was being watched keenly by one customer ( the duty manager ?) , but, apart from that, the pub was virtually empty.

4 Timmy's beers were on - Landlord, Best, Golden Best and Ram Tam. The Best - £ 2.55p - was reasonable. The pub is listed in CAMRA's 2010 Good Beer Guide. Probably as a reflection of its location, it's not open on Sundays.

This is a pleasant enough pub, but it's not near the top of my list of Leeds pubs to revisit
JohnBonser - 12 Jul 2010 12:19
The ale is excellent here, my favourite being Ram Tam. Has been in the GBG for years and rightly so. Mixed clientele but a great friendly atmosphere every time I've visited. Recommended.
Steve45 - 18 Apr 2010 14:57
Nice pub,not open Sundays.Has full Tim Taylor's range except Dark Mild also a pump for Weston's Perry,unusual for the area.Golden Best not so good but Ramtam,a strong dark ale,well kept.

oldandmild - 10 Jun 2009 06:00
It's got the holy trinity. Sky sports, cracking pork pies (Wilson's) & the best pint of Landlord outside Keighley. Praise be.

Pub has had a facelift inside. Bright shiny new feel to it, but unlike the poncy holes on Greek St (full of call centre team leaders filling in their application forms for The Apprentice) this place remembers what a pub is meant to be about. Serving good ale & has a friendly atmosphere.

Well worth a visit when in Leeds.
InterPorkPies - 16 May 2009 21:22
Busy unremarkable town centre pub. Golden Best disappointing. Friendly staff
simontheeditor - 12 May 2009 19:41
Back again, just to see if the beer was as good as last year. Well it was! I tried a selection from the four Taylor's draughts on offer, so good!
They had Weston's Organic cider on as well, which I tried and it was absolutely delicious.
For those customers who don't fancy any of the above (sad!), there is Carlsberg, Amstel, Guinness, Peroni, San Miguel, Becks, Urquel and Stow Cider on tap, with another eleven bottled beers (of which only Newcastle Brown was domestic!)
Friendly chatty staff too.
Cibalia - 24 Mar 2009 19:46
Late review from November. Large single roomed pub with distinct drinking areas. Pleasant and comfortable. Enjoyed a couple of Timothy Taylor beers.
gillhalfpint - 17 Jan 2009 19:03
This pub used to be one of my regular haunts many years ago when I lived in Leeds. Back then it was a Tetley's pub serving one of the best pints of Tetley's bitter in town. Visited a couple of years ago and it was still an excellent pub albeit now a Taylors pub - probably just as well considering how downhill Tetley's has gone.
graham2 - 8 Aug 2008 11:48
I made a return trip here on Monday night and wished I could have stayed longer. Although clearly a locals pub, the atmosphere was most welcoming, the people were friendly and the ales were in fine form. I don't normally comment on such things but the place was spotlessly clean - some pubs are a little "daggy" these days.
Ordinary - 16 Jul 2008 22:37
A medium sized, city centre pub, opened up into three drinking areas. Decorated to a high standard, with photos of old Leeds on the walls and interesting memorabilia on the shelves. One of Timothy Taylorís stable of pubs.

Reputedly the only pub in Leeds to offer a regular range of Taylorís ales, besides Landlord. On my visit there were also Golden Best, Best Bitter and Ram Tam. (What a shame they couldnít offer Dark Mild to complete the set and be a true mecca for Taylor fans).
Theí Landlordí was as fresh as a daisy and served nicely cool, not cold.

A pleasant barmaid, who topped up my pint twice, without asking.

The pub was fairly quiet and lacking in atmosphere when I called on a Thursday evening. Always known as a watering hole for the legal profession, I suspect it is still busiest during the day.
Handy for concerts at the Town Hall. (A good alternative to the nearby Victoria Hotel, which can get rammed on music nights). Also handy for the city art gallery.

Cask Marque accredited. Has Sky TV.


aleandhearty - 26 Feb 2008 12:59
It's very clean and smart, serves Timothy Taylors.
I still in a way miss the old place with the best Tetleys in Leeds.... not that I'm a Tetley fan/drinker.
mikeupd - 25 Feb 2008 13:30

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