A trio of Leeds watering holes are celebrating their debuts in the ‘who’s who’ of pubs and beers.
East of Arcadia in Meanwood, and Otley’s Fleece and Horse and Farrier, have all made their first appearances in the Good Beer Guide 2013, which celebrates the country’s taverns and breweries.
The three new entrants are among 30 of Leeds’ pubs that were selected by the judges as deserving recognition for their excellence in the hostelry trade.
The annual Good Beer Guide, compiled by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is considered the ultimate almanac of ales and beers, and profiles over 4,500 pubs in rural and urban areas.
Leeds CAMRA member and national campaigner Barrie Pepper said: “From the Victorian splendour of Whitelocks, taking its 34th entry, to the light and modern Veritas, now with its 2nd entry, this just shows that the guide caters for all tastes and is as relevant now as when it was first published 40 years ago.”
Speaking of Leeds’s three Guide debutantes, he said each was highly deserving of its spot.
The Fleece is “well situated because it backs onto the river” and had proven very popular since opening as a Wharfebank brewery pub last year.
He said the Horse and Farrier has been rejuvenated by the Market Town Taverns chain, which now has 15 pubs, and 14 of them are in the Guide.
East of Arcadia, another in the Market Town Taverns stable, sits on the site of a previous pub that was knocked down.
Phil Shepperson, manager of East of Arcadia, which opened two years ago, said: “We try and use local suppliers where possible, for example Meanwood brewery Ridgeside. We try to keep it in a 20-mile radius and keep down the ‘beer miles’.
“It helps the local producers, and keeps the interest of customers because they know it’s locally produced.
The 40th anniversary edition of the Good Beer Guide also celebrates the 1,009 breweries which are currently operational across the UK.
Of those, 123 are in Yorkshire - and 19 have opened in the past year alone.