The Adelphi’s reputation precedes it. I knew about this place before I’d even moved to Leeds, and it’s obvious why. This brand of Victorian-inn-meets-deservingly-pretentious-gastropub is infectious.
The building is fantastic — four separate drinking rooms downstairs leading off from the bar area in different directions (all still with their original Victorian fittings), an upstairs area that’s decorated to look like someone’s living room, and a little beer garden at the back. Some of the rooms (including the whole upstairs) are often closed off for private events, so it can be a bit hit-and-miss whether there will be space for you, especially since it’s so popular.
The beer selection is excellent, and they know it. There’s even a “today, we will not be serving” blackboard, listing all the Greek Street classics. There are 6 cask ales (Leeds Pale plus carefully chosen guests) and 3 classic American keg beers (Brooklyn Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale and Blue Moon) as well as a handful of bottles, including a number of fruit beers. Beer is slightly on the expensive side, but worth it for the selection.
There’s also a large menu of really good gastropub-style food, which is normally a bit pricy but if you visit on a Monday there’s a two-for-one deal on burgers, which is exceptionally good value. On Sunday they pull out all the stops for traditional roasts alongside their regular menu.
Tuesday is quiz night and there’s also comedy held irregularly upstairs. In the summer they lay out tables at the front to make a pavement café area to complement the wee back garden.
We really like it at The Adelphi, but so do lots of other people. If you can cope with the crowds, or you want to visit at a quiet time, this is a great place to get some excellent food and a good pint.