Crowd of Favours is the newest addition to the city centre by Leeds Brewery, and your questers were keen enough to visit it on its opening day. Being big fans of the other members of the franchise, we expected to see a fine selection of real ales, good food and a lovely atmosphere. We were definitely not disappointed.
We were first struck by its size — it’s one of those places where you keep discovering little room after little room. There are five separate seating areas upstairs, all of which are inviting and feel like someone’s living room. There’s also an entire downstairs with exposed brick arches and unfinished concrete floors that feels like — well — someone’s basement, but it works. The whole décor seems to be traditional pub meets modern bar so you’ll see giant graffiti next to a fireplace next to some leather sofas next to a real settle.
The bar, which is accessible from all sides, has four casks from Leeds Brewery plus four guest ales. Interestingly it’s the only place we’ve reviewed so far that has absolutely no bottled beer whatsoever, but the Brooklyn Lager, Flying Dog Doggie Style, Moa and Bacchus on keg should be enough to keep the non-CAMRA crowd happy too.
They’re not short on amenities or events, either. Downstairs will be the spot for dancing on the weekends as well as the “Secret Cinema” on Tuesday nights. There’s also a weekly quiz and a takeover by a different brewery once a month. We ate from their lunch menu which was quite tasty, and they have a separate dinner menu plus fondue which we’ll have to try on another visit. And I’m always happy to see a new place that serves breakfast late on Saturday and Sunday (4pm!).
Situated directly between the Duck & Drake and Outlaws Yacht Club, Crowd of Favours might be hoping to catch the overspill from both. But with a unique flavour and so much to offer, we predict that this place will become a crowd pleaser in its own right. (See what I did there?)
I am giving 1 star because I have to give them at least 1 however my experience would quite happily justify leaving 0. One of the staff behind the bar is possibly the rudest person I have ever come across in my life. Never have I felt so small. I merely asked if they sold peanuts, for her to look down her nose and inform me that I should look elsewhere if I required peanuts. Avoid this pub, stuck up with nothing to back it up.
[LBQ note: comment edited slightly to remove unnecessary personal description of staff.]
Top marks for this place, had my date here last night and we both had the steak, it was cooked perfectly to my liking which is medium rare. Will definitely go back, the food was to die for
Another atmospheric pub with an interesting ‘bookshelf’ dark wood bar and cinema events downstairs. Feel and mood is somewhere inbetween stylish city centre pub drinking and kooky indie. The beers are pretty good and local, and are not especially cheap or especially expensive. The anecdote about peanuts is shocking yet at the same time, not at all surprising. If a pub won’t give you peanuts or lager and black because they’re making some sort of statement, you really are through the looking glass. I haven’t had any such problems myself yet.
Comments omg!!!! ..got some chips what I got was proper old skool chips with skin#loved it!!!😍Best old skool pub so far,warm,friendly 👍🏼