364 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS4 2HQ
Recently taken over by Kirkstall Brewery, this pub has a long and illustrious history. Built at the end of the Victorian era, its name harks back still further, to the Cardigan family who owned much of the land west of the city centre. Their most famous – or notorious – son was the Seventh Earl of Cardigan who led the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava in 1854. The ducal name and the family surname of Brudenell survive in street names nearby.
Following a refit, inside, there are eight handpulls on the beautiful, curving central bar, giving drinkers the chance to try some of Kirkstall Brewery’s own (Three Swords, Framboise et al) and a host of quality beers not produced in the LS postcodes.
Food is also served here, in what will undoubtedly end up being another flagship public house in the Kirkstall Brewery empire, the other one being The Bridge, Kirkstall. It’s a pub at the heart of its community which has now been given a new lease of life.
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“A proper real ale pub with a wide selection of drinks. Newly taken over but still has that yesteryear feel about it with multiple small rooms to sit in. Live bands play now and again.” | Google review, December 2017
“Staff were attentive & lovely. Food was delicious & not that expensive, will def go back ! Great old pub too” | Google review, November 2017
“What a pub! Amazing selection of ales including their own superb Kirkstall Brewery offerings. Also they’ve managed to spruce the place up perfectly that includes keeping it’s old charm.” | Facebook review, November 2017