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Bar review: The Grove Inn, Leeds

LEEDS has changed tremendously in recent years with new buildings springing up all over the place.

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Bar review: Friends of Ham, Leeds

WHEN this place first opened as an up-market beerhouse and charcuterie, it seemed like a bold experiment in a corner of town which had some places to recommend it – the Scarbrough, the Brewery Tap – but little to suggest it might become a new centre for drinking culture.

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Eight of the best speciality rum bars in Leeds

As much as we all might love to hop on a plane and head for the Caribbean, things aren’t always that straightforward.

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Sunbridge Wells is in a series of converted underground passageways.

Review: The subterranean drinking delights of Sunbridge Wells

on the surface, spending an evening drinking underground doesn’t sound particularly appealing.

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Review: New beer book takes a jaunt through history

FROM its origins in Roman times, through the regular historic skirmishes between England and Scotland and the mailcoach travel of the 18th and 19th centuries, to today’s high-speed concrete highway, the Great North Road has remained a vital artery connecting London to the faraway towns.

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Bar review: The Liquorist, Greek Street, Leeds

There’s some talk at the moment about a resurgence of Greek Street – once one of Leeds’s most celebrated night spots.

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Cardigan Arms.

Pub review: Cardigan Arms, Kirkstall, Leeds

IT MAY not be so bloody as Balaclava, but the battle is on to save the Cardigan Arms.

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Pub review: The Coach and Horses, Harrogate

The Coach and Horses in Harrogate overlooks the Stray, which, on a sunny Friday evening is looking its best; all dressed in floral spring finery.

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The Windmill also remains a popular local drinking house.

Pub review: The Windmill, Linton

Linton Bridge has been closed since the Boxing Day floods of 2015.

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The Lost and Found in Greek Street, Leeds. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Bar review: The Lost and Found, Greek Street, Leeds

It’s been a while since I last visited the bars of Greek Street so, having read about the plans to pedestrianise the area again this summer, I decided it was high time for a return.

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Pub review: The Doctor’s Orders, Sheffield

ALTHOUGH this is some way adrift of Taverner’s normal beat, I visited the Doctor’s Orders to satisfy some personal curiosity – and to get to the bottom of a mystery which a regular reader emailed to ask me to investigate.

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Pub review: Victoria Hotel, Leeds

Ten a penny, now, are the pubs which are at pains to show off their vintage credentials – the dandyish names, the moustache-and-suspenders staff, the 1920s cocktail vibe.

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Pub review: The Red Lion, Shadwell, Leeds

BESIDE the back door, a wicker basket packed with blankets is a thoughtful touch which says much about the Red Lion.

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Nathan Clark at Brudenell Social Club

Bar review: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

I don’t want to take anything away from The Brudenell.

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The Angel.

Pub review: The Angel, Hetton, near Skipton

THEY’D been pruned right back when I visited the Angel a few weeks ago, but soon the determined vines of ivy will be once more bringing their rash of red and green to the front of this famous inn, which regularly features in lists of the very best dining pubs in the county.

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10 of the best no-frills pubs and bars in Leeds

Elaborate cocktail concoctions and glamourous décor may be in fashion, but the traditional boozer still holds timeless appeal.

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Tatt’s outrageous! Man with face tattoos left feeling ‘belittled’ after being refused entry to Leeds club

Tatt’s outrageous! Man with face tattoos left feeling ‘belittled’ after being refused entry to Leeds club

A man claims he was discriminated against by nightclub bouncers in Leeds because of his tattoos, leaving him feeling “belittled” and “embarrassed” on his visit to the city.

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Bar review: The Record Cafe, Bradford

IT COST me rather more than most albums do, and certainly more than a download, but the triple-gatefold 12-inch record in pristine heavyweight vinyl which I bought at the Record Cafe is already one of my very favourite things. I’m playing it now, as it happens.

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Old Red Bus Station opened in Vicar Lane, Leeds, last year. Pictures: James Hardisty

Bar review: Old Red Bus Station, Vicar Lane, Leeds

Travelling into work I pass this quirky Leeds venue every morning on the bus and think to myself that I really must call in one night to see what it’s like behind the dated brick exterior.

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GOING OUT: The Vesper Gate, Kirkstall ticks just about all the boxes for being a great pub.

Pub review: Vesper Gate, Kirkstall, Leeds

Now that we have emerged from the period of perpetual darkness and entered the land of eternal sunshine (notwithstanding my penchant for absolutism, you get the general drift), it’s places like Vesper Gate, Kirkstall, which really come into their own.

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