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Cardigan Arms, Leeds - pub details

Address: 364 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 35802) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Burley Park (0.5 miles), Headingley (0.9 miles), Leeds (1.8 miles)

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user reviews of Cardigan Arms, Leeds

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A short bus ride from the station (bus 33/33a) brings you to this superb old building which is sadly in need of some TLC. As you walk in you can see just how fabulous it must have been in its heyday. Central servery with vaults/public bar at the front and a large corridor area with rooms off it. Lots of decorative cornices and tiling much of which is now hidden by fruit machines and a juke box and the ubiquitous posters! However,they do have their CAMRA Heritage Pub poster up so hopefully they are proud of being on the National Inventory of Classic pubs. There is gaffer tape all over the place - keeping the old lino flooring from blowing away!! I wonder what's underneath? Perhaps some genuine tiling ? It does have real ale but the management have got confused between real ale and keg beer as the CAK ALES sign advertises John Smiths and Tetley's Smooth as well as lager! Anyway,this is a pub you should see in case it ever ends up as the very sad Rising Sun a few doors down!
mcroyal - 13 Mar 2014 12:14
This place is easy to drive past on the busy road that lies outside, and the exterior may not invite you in, but do not be put off.
The drinker enters into a bygone era, a little rundown, but one that should be treasured. The central bar serves both a tap side and an open floored area, but this in turn leads into three seperate rooms, all dark wood panels, ornate ceilings and fireplaces - , one can only admire how this place must have been at its peak, but where its open there's hope - drinkers of Leeds and beyond, do not let this pub close !
At the bar, two real ales were on offer, Tetleys, (which I ignored as it's no longer a Leeds brew), and opted for the Leeds Brewery Pale instead which was nice.
Yes, you'll find cleaner and trendier 'bars', but this is how all were once, and those that survive should be visited - you'll be sad when theyv'e all gone.
SouthYorkshireman - 12 Sep 2011 20:33
This pub, with its various different rooms, is extant proof of the old Victorian adage - "Only a depraved people drink in open plan pubs." Was thriving 20 years ago. Now, sadly, head banging ing music and ropey beer (which would very probably give you a head banging hangover if you drank very much of it) are the only accompaniments that the locals and passing traffic (such as myself) have to remind themselves of former, happier days.
DerekDrinkforbrains - 21 Jul 2010 19:19
It's so sad to see a fabulous pub like this slowly dying and so obviously in need of some TLC. This pub has suffered greatly since the demise of Tetley ownership and their very able design team. Although listed, I fear it may suffer the same fate as the nearby Rising Sun - boarded up and due for conversion into flats. Go and visit it before it's too late!
bigjim778 - 15 Mar 2010 19:26
I'm a bit surprised that this pub wasn't previously on BITE and that the John Bonser Roadshow is the first to get here and comment.

The Cardigan Arms is a multi-roomed Victorian gem in the Burley area of Leeds ( west of the City Centre ) with much original glass, tiling and screens, which earns it a listing in CAMRA's National Inventory of Unspoilt Interiors. There's also a Tetley Heritage Inn plaque outside.

The pub is situated opposite a large modern retail pub, where the usual brand names may be found, but both this pub and The Rising Sun nearby ( on which I'll be posting next ) stand testament to a much earlier period of architecture and building.

It's very much a locals pub, but not in the hostile or unfriendly sense.

Only the Tetley's Bitter was on as a real ale - 1.85p - and there was nothing to indicate that other real ales were ever available.

It's a bus ride out of the City Centre to get to if you don't want to waste drinking time - Kirkstall Road is a main A road and there's plenty of buses - so, if you're in to ornate old-fashioned Northern drinking dens, you'll probably want to give this one a go.
JohnBonser - 2 Oct 2008 14:12

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