Bar review: Kith and Kin, Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton

Kith and Kin, Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Kith and Kin, Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
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The summer sun has beamed relentlessly over Leeds in recent weeks – making every bar with a beer garden all the more attractive.

In the north Leeds suburb of Chapel Allerton beer gardens are aplenty, and with its growing cafe culture vibe you’re never short of outside space.

Kith and Kin, Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Kith and Kin, Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Whether you’re after an afternoon beer or even a sun-drenched coffee at the likes of Caffe Nero, House of Koko or Opposite, you can’t go wrong.

Kith and Kin, in Stainbeck Lane, has quickly become one of the best sun spots in the area over the last year or so – and that’s saying something with it being next door to the expansive Mustard Pot.

Since its owners, Arc Inspirations, gave the venue formerly known as Zed Bar a countryside conservatory makeover its popularity has soared.

The increasingly shabby covered beer garden was replaced and redesigned, and the whole bar space was given a lift through an outdoorsy cream and green colour scheme.

Kith and Kin, Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Kith and Kin, Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Harbouring some of the same green-fingered inventiveness seen at venues like The Botanist – even teaming up with local growers from Chapel Allerton Allotments and Gardens Association to help with its food and drink – this place balances community and cool surprisingly well.

There are hanging lantern lights, a parquet wooden feature wall, weathered floors and a mix of comfy chairs and quirky plastic seats dotted around the venue. The whole design of the place brings the outside in.

Meanwhile a funk and indie pop music soundtrack adds a youthful feel.

Drinks-wise, you can choose from around 30 cocktails, 18 varieties of wine and champagne and around a dozen bottled beers and ciders. There are also a handful of draught options including Symonds cider and Coors.

There is also a summer menu available, which offers two-for-one on eight selected cocktails as well as deals on beer, signature gin and tonics, and Pimms.

Making use of the two-for-one summer cocktails, we went for a couple of amaretto, lemon juice, sugar and bitters Amaretto Sours (£7.75) and a pair of gingerbread syrup, lime, rum and ginger beer Golden Stormy drinks (£7.75).

The former balanced that sour tang and almond aftertaste well, while the latter combined lovely intense ginger warmth with zesty lime to form the perfect summer drink. Our bill came to a good value £15.50.

Overall Kith and Kin has bedded in as a go-to bar in Chapel Allerton.

Throwing together a light outdoor theme, creative menu and welcoming atmosphere has proven a quality cocktail in itself.

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