'Family, dog and beer-friendly' - Preston Bar, Roundhay Road, Leeds review

It has grown to become a 'home from home' for the north Leeds residents that regularly file through the doors.
Preston Bar, Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds.Preston Bar, Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds.
Preston Bar, Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds.

Preston Bar - North Bar’s Oakwood edition - first opened in 2013 and, according to its website, remains “the most recent member to the North Bar family”.

Family is the operative word when it comes to Preston Bar.

Its position on Roundhay Road - sandwiched between the popular Stew & Oyster and cafe-bar Hessian - would make you think it may lose out on some trade.

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But Preston has cemented its position as a leading watering hole on Oakwood’s suburban dining-out strip, and it continues to draw in crowds every day of the week.

First impressions

There is an immediate homely vibe when you walk through the doors.

A scattering of tables, neatly laid stools set against the quaint but traditional bar, and a warming sofa-style seat leaning on the back wall make for an almost ‘den’-type feel in here.

There’s plenty of North Brewing Co. memorabilia and symbolism around the place too, reflecting the rise in popularity of what has become one of Leeds’s favourite local brewers.

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The name, Preston, is an homage to Thomas Preston, a grocer from Chapel Allerton who built the venue in the late 19th century.

The atmosphere

Due to its homely feel, weekends here are teeming with families.

We’re here on a cold Sunday afternoon but that doesn’t stop at least 20 people packing into the venue.

There’s a couple that appear to be in their mid-to-late 20s, a group of lads in their 30s and at least four families - including babies and cute dogs - enjoying a refresher.

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Preston is very dog-friendly and you’d be hard-pressed to find an evening of the week where there isn’t an adorable pooch to pat.

The bar also has an outdoor area for summer - or smokers - with a few benches and tables laid out in warmer weather.

The drinks

First off: this is a North Bar. That means that, if you’re a beer fanatic, there’s plenty tucked away on the humble bar to tantalise your tastebuds.

Sputnik, North’s near-5% pale ale, is a regular on tap here and goes down a treat.

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For those in search of a bit more kick, a half - or schooner - of 6.9% Transmission may be more up your street, with a smooth but hoppy taste.

There’s often a good selection of guest beers here too - all laid out on the board - and usually at least one stout or porter on offer and a sour.

Chilled wine, and of course, spirits, are also on the menu.

The service

As a North Bar, table service is offered here subject to availability, often even during the busier periods of the day.

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Staff are always friendly, warm and pouring pints with a genuine smile.

The verdict

At just a five-minute walk away from the bottom end of Roundhay Park, Preston Bar continues to be a lovely spot for locals. Those passing through or visiting for the first time will not be disappointed.

Address: Preston Bar, 468 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, LS8 2HU.

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