It’s a boat.
It’s hard to spend any time in Leeds without hearing about Dry Dock. It’s probably the most famous student pub in the city, and it’s the final destination for those completing the infamous Otley Run. And it’s a boat. That’s pretty hard to miss. And yet, we’d never been in before now. How does is stack up for the Quest?
The beer selection is not bad: 3 cask ales (when we visited they were Black Sheep, Yorkshire Gold and an Acorn one called Butter Bump) and a selection of “world beers” including Punk IPA, Sierra Nevada, St Mungo and apparently Vedett, Brooklyn and Modelo although these were not available when we visited. Nothing exceptional but a fair selection. We encountered a strange chain-pub contradiction in service: the bottled beers were chilled to exactly the right temperature, and yet the bar staff knew nothing about how to serve them correctly.
Did I mention it’s a boat?
The range of amenities available here is unbelievable: there’s a roof garden, food, breakfast, late opening, an internet jukebox, a pool table, live music… I could go on. You’re not going to get the best food or pool or live music here but having them all together is a very compelling prospect, and indeed the place is very popular with the local student crowd. We did feel rather old…
Also: it’s a boat.
Prices are quite reasonable, especially for food. You can get any two beers from their “world beer” range for £6 as well. It must be the first pub we’ve been where a Punk IPA and a Sierra Nevada will set you back less than a couple of cask ales. It’s part of the Scream student pub chain, so if you’re a member you can expect further discounts.
Since it’s always crowded with students and doesn’t have any particular niche (and we’re beer snobs) we’re probably not going to find ourselves in Dry Dock all that often. But for some of you it’ll be perfect.
And it’s a boat.