Restoration of historic Leeds pub wins design award

The Cardigan ArmsThe Cardigan Arms
The Cardigan Arms
The restoration of a Victorian pub in Leeds has won a top design award.

The Cardigan Arms on Kirkstall Road has won CAMRA’s Joe Goodwin Award as part of its national Pub Design Awards.

It was designed by Leeds architect Thomas Winn and boasts an impressive multi-room interior. However, it has struggled in recent years due to lack of investment and a changing demographic. It was saved from closure by Kirkstall Brewery who have restored it to its former glory.

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The Cardigan Arms in February 1982.The Cardigan Arms in February 1982.
The Cardigan Arms in February 1982.

It has been announced just days before the launch of CAMRA's Summer of Pub campaign, which aims to promote pub-going over the warmer months and celebrate the contribution of the great British pub to our heritage.

“The pub has truly been restored to something approaching its former glory, whilst subtle changes, such as the introduction of a wide range of real ales and a brief but well-chosen menu to draw in customers from well outside the immediate area.”