Former patrons of the Prince of Wales would not recognise this new incarnation. The owners of Baht’ap have done a complete overhaul inside which makes for a pleasant — if a bit dull — atmosphere.
We were encouraged by them marketing themselves, at least in part, as a craft and cask beer place. We found five casks from Theakston’s, Saltaire, Roosters, Ossett and Black Sheep (all Yorkshire, true to the bar’s name), as well as Sam Adams, two Meantimes and Guinness Porter on keg. A few crafts like Point, Dogfish Head and Lagunitas make up a decent but not-hard-to-find bottle selection.
Food seems to be part of the long-term plan as the space has a full kitchen, and the website describes food as “coming soon.”
Baht’ap was very busy on the the Saturday afternoon we visited, full of people either finishing their Leeds shopping or getting ready for a night out. The place has the right ingredients, but something about the execution just didn’t add up for us. Spending £9.15 for two bottles probably didn’t help.
It feels like Baht’ap is trying to peddle the middle of the road and be a pub for all seasons. They succeed in that, but don’t offer anything that would draw us back in. We couldn’t really spot any selling points you wouldn’t find at a Wetherspoon’s, but at twice the price.