The Highland marks the western boundary of our quest, and has a very local pub feel. We’re not exactly sure whom it’s a local for, as it’s surrounded primarily by student residences and casinos. It’s definitely not a student bar, as the crowd included people of all ages and seemed to be home to some regulars. We were warmly welcomed, despite not being regulars and we would feel very comfortable coming back.
It’s a bit hard to find, and the best landmark for it is Maxi’s, the large Chinese restaurant with the pagoda out front. If you make the effort, though, you’ll find a comfortable little pub with a beer garden offering nice views of Armley. The beer is ok but could be better, with Leeds Pale and Tetley on cask plus one rotating guest cask (which wasn’t on when we visited). The only thing worth mentioning in the fridge is Yorkshire Gold and there’s also San Miguel and Tetley on keg.
There are limited menu offerings of a curry or a burger so we’re guessing they don’t have a full kitchen. But value is hard to beat, with a couple of pints setting you back only £5.35.
While The Highland isn’t going to score that highly on paper, we did find it rather charming and would not hesitate to come back. It’s got a classic and friendly feel to it and is a good spot to enjoy a pint if you’re in this area. (Which may not be that often, but definitely check it out the next time you are.)